March 2007

2007-03-30 11:51:51

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A few weeks ago (I know, I slept on this), our friends Tracy and Justin swung through town to say hello and see some of their Rochester friends. I had just ordered a couple prints through Happy Owl Glass, so Tracy was able to delivery them to me personally. (Screw you, United States Postal Service – joking of course.) Tracy also gave me one of her newly designed T-shirts! (It's the raccoon one - Sarah B and other haters of raccoons: you may not want to follow this link!) I love her work; I can’t get over it. It was fantastic to get out for a night and see them as well.

This past week, we had an offer we couldn’t refuse: a family photo shoot from an RIT student who wants to get into family portraiture. She happens to be a mommy of a kiddo in Greta’s class as well. She came over one night to scope out our house and to snap some individual portraits of Greta. She came back over this past weekend to take shots of the whole family (Maynard was even in one of the shots, but I’m going to guess she won’t make the cut). So far, we’ve seen the proofs from Greta’s photo shoot and we were extremely happy with what she got. We haven’t seen photo shoot round 2 yet, but we have high hopes for them. The concept she had for the family shot was right up our ally. We were so excited about making it look good that we (Pat) even painted a wall in our dining room to get the whole gestalt we were looking for. We mean business. The bad news is I don’t think the pictures will ever be posted here since she’s a photographer and they get all touchy about that kind of stuff. You will have to just assume they are awesome, and if you really want to see them, you’ll have to come visit.

Last Saturday, Greta and I kissed Pat goodbye and went to Syracuse for the evening to see some of my old high school friends. Jeremy and Carrie graciously invited us over to their huge-mungeous house for formal BBQ. I had tons of fun but realized Greta is getting to be a little bit of a two-person job. She’s really fast, really grabby, and doesn’t know her own strength. At one point, it seemed like she was trying to master the old rip-the-tablecloth-off-the-table-while-it’s-set trick. Sheesh.

Yesterday, Pat and I went to a very interesting talk at the RIT library about the “strangest book at RIT,” The book is called Hypnerotomachia Poliphilii, which I can now pronounce, thanks to the presenter. It was great to learn about this book. Without sounding totally corny, my life feels more complete knowing what I know about it now. I’ve been to some amazing talks at RIT, but this one was definitely the best.

This weekend we have some good-clean fun in store. We are planning to take Greta to the butterfly exhibit at the newly renovated Strong National Museum of Play. She is definitely ready to enjoy this exhibit. I’m just hoping she isn’t able to actually get within arm’s reach of any of the critters (see paragraph 3). We also plan to take some wagon rides (Greta’s new favorite pastime) and have the Leshers over for some parental fun. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

-Fran

2007-03-28 20:33:07

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Greta definitely takes after her daddy-o for the most part, but there are a few things she got from me for sure: my bad skin (she's such a rashy child), my temperament (sorry to her future spouse/partner), and my Gene Simmons's tongue ('nuf said).

This doesn't show the full effect, but it gives you a glimpse, I suppose. As a side note, this photo was taken about five minutes after a complete meltdown/tantrum she had in the tub. She was freaking out so much we didn't even have time to clean her booty (the last step in the process). And now look at her...

-Fran

Someone's been having fun this weekend

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And it's us.



-Fran

Time to give back

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I can't think of anything new to say, so I was trying to think of a clever topic for you guys to talk about, but I'm all clevered out, apparently. Plus, I wouldn't want this site to start being clever all of a sudden.

Soooooooo, what do you want to talk about?

-Fran

Greta's Stats from her one-year checkup

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This just in:

  • weight - 20 lbs 13 oz (45th percentile)
  • height - 29.75 in (71st percentile)

Greta's growing has taped off a bit, which is a-OK with me (she's still a very good eater, but much more active now). She also took her shots like a trooper (I'm getting better about watching my child get shots as well).

Addendum:

Tonight, Pat taught Greta how to drink out of a cup and how to say "beep beep." I smell a Father of the Year award nomination.

-Fran

Bad Hair Day

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This picture does not do the hairdo that Greta had upon waking from her afternoon nap justice. It was so bouffaunt; it was amazing.

Seriously, can we zoom in on that?

Spectacular.

It reminded me of the kid from Love Actually's hair, who appears to have the same hair style as his mom.

-Fran

Greta's second St. Patrick's Day

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For those of you living under an internet-rock, Greta's birthday was yesterday. She had been sick all week - probably the sickest she's ever been, so we were nervous the birthday party was going to be a bust. She made a good recovery, though, and even though she was definitely under the weather, she rallied for her party guests and managed to eat cake, open presents, and entertain her 30 guests.

Here is Greta with her friends Colin and Maddie in the baby cage - err, I mean "O.K. Corral"

Greta with her Greta-size carrot cake

Greta with a carrot cake mole.

The carrot cake mole appears to be mobile.

Opening presents is fun and easy

Greta got a Radio Flyer!

Greta with her fancy hat and St. Paddy's onsie

A platter of grilled meats in honor of Greta's birthday (also seen: Fran and Phil)

Who had fun at the party? We did!

Thanks to the grandparents for taking lots of pictures and passing them along. Pat and I were way too busy to take photos, yet I expected them to magically be on our camera at the end of the day. When I went through the images and only saw five, I almost cried. Anyway, the good news is there were lots of pictures taken! Yay for that.

-Fran

2007-03-15 13:13:32

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Today is weird. I don't like it.

2007-03-12 20:56:37

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Big news: I had the best hot dog I've ever had in my life. I haven't mentioned it recently, but I really like hot dogs. Guilty pleasure. As if you don't. So anyway, I was in the mood for a hot dog, so I suggested we get takeout from Dogtown Hots. Best. Decision. Ever. So good. The bun was an Italian roll that was perfectly hollowed out for a doggie. They buttered the top of the bun and then made it super toasty. The hot dog itself was very good as well, and there was a perfect hot sauce:onion:mustard ratio. If you find your diet dangerously low on nitrates, consider going to Dogtown for a tasty dog.

This weekend, Pat, Greta, and I were playing, and Greta took her toy phone, picked up the receiver, held it up to her ear, and said, "Hello." Pat and I both looked at each other and gasped. We both thought it was a fluke, because we definitely never taught her that. And then she picked up the receiver again and said, "Hello." Okay, our daughter is going to be a phone jockey. Then, on Sunday morning, we were all out at breakfast and when our waitress came up to us, Greta greeted her with a big "hello" as well. Our daughter is so cordial. The downside to having no experience with kids is that I never know what I should be trying to teach Greta. The upside to having no experience with kids is that I get surprised by little things Greta does. When are kids supposed to start saying "hello"? Is Greta a super genius? She also says "doggie," just in case that sweetens the deal.

Here's a recent picture of the li'l genius sporting a barrette for the first time ever. Yup, that's a scull and crossbones.

We're really excited for Greta's birthday party this weekend. We finally got our cards out in late Reed fashion, and we're really happy with how it turned out.

See? Simple. I blurred out the address for you stalkery types.

The party is just family, a few (literally) close friends, and some of Greta's "friends" (and their parents). It should be a good time. Any time I get to eat carrot cake from Cheesy Eddie's and see Greta in a party hat is a good day.

-Fran

I made one too

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-Franny