Archive for December, 2005

Humphrey and the Bumpo


Some great pictures of Amelia in her Bumpo chair with Humphrey the bear (hand made by Nette Nette, Grandpa Skip and Uncle Jeff).

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Amelia’s First Christmas


Christmas was a big event this year. We traveled up to Connecticut to be with my family which meant Amelia got her first plane ride. After an extended meltdown in the airport, Amelia did just fine on the plane. She fussed a little bit here and there, but then again, so did I.

We finally arrived in Connecticut well after my Grandparents’ bed time, but they wasted no time in coming over to meet their first great-grandchild. Christmas Eve brought introductions to the rest of the extended family and we even made it up to see Amelia’s other Great-Grandmother. We’ll call the rest of the trip “Amelia’s Winter Tour”; we made stops all over town showing off our latest addition to friends, family, colleagues, delivery men, janitors, waitresses and just about anybody else who would listen.

Cousin Alec (4) had a great time trying to play peek-a-boo with Amelia, giving her M&M’s and tossing a frisbee with (i.e. at) her. His heart was in the right place, but his execution was just a couple years ahead of schedule.

Amelia gave us the best Christmas present ever on Christmas morning when she laughed for the very first time as I played with her. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

Of course, the first Grandchild in the family got spoiled rotten on her first Christmas (and we haven’t even celebrated Christmas with the other Grandparents yet). She got some truly precious gifts, and if this year is any indication, you should immediately contact your broker to purchase shares in UPS.

Overall it was a great trip (despite the stomach flu that we passed around) and we can’t wait to see everybody again.

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Amelia Starting to Play


Amelia’s starting to react to play with familiarity, excitement and smiles.

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One Store, Two Store, I Ain’t Got My Baby No More

Tis the season for many things.

Holiday Cheer.
Good Will.
Parties.
Friends.
Gifts.
Decorations.
Shopping.
Snow.
Ice.
Lines.
Traffic.
Stress.
And now, Child Abandonment!

That’s right, after the pumpkin incident, I decided to close out the year with a bang.

Most people take a few weeks to get their Christmas shopping done, but not me. I decided to cram it all into one super-efficient night of shopping. I had lists all in order, my stops all planned out, everything was going to be perfect. Even better, I decided to bring my lovely daughter Amelia along to keep me company. Well after the first two stores were closed (who closes at 6 in the middle of Christmas shopping!) my plans started to go a little awry. I finally made it to the first store, then the second. On my way to the third, it dawned on me that those stops were a bit easier than they should have been. What could it be? Oh yeah, that’s right, I have a daughter!…and, she’s been in the car this whole time. Oops.

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Amelia’s First Sleep Over


Sorry, no cute pictures of Amelia sleeping with Nette Nette and Grandpa Skip, but there are some great shots of Mom and Dad partying with their friends.

PS – Amelia did great with her first sleep over, although Grandpa Skip’s stories of how difficult the night was have tended to get better and better over the last few weeks!

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Christmas Card Candidates


For the die hard Amelia picture junkies. Here are some of the better shots from our Christmas card shoot.

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Supper Club Christmas 2005

A few shots from our first full Supper Club gathering in a while. It seems like there’s always a lot of scarfs with this group come Christmas.

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I luv my blank blank!

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Love the hands.

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Spike!

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