Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Unpardonable Sin

Who did this?

I'm going to find out who is to blame and hunt them down.

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Whole Story

Baby sees snow for the first time.
Baby touches snow, and there is an instant of curiosity.
Wild screaming commences as if you have set his hand on fire.
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Sunday, December 27, 2009


It must be Italian.

Liz is shown with her friend's lamp. It's worthy of a "major award."

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Liz in Disguise

Her disguise is to pose as a Japanese tourist. Those who have seen Japanese tourists take pictures know what I'm talking about.
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We're Back, and a Little Sad

H did not like the ocean. At all. In fact, I think he felt betrayed. He's not sad to end vacation, but I could have stayed a little longer.

We're back to the mainland, the cold weather, and the reality of responsibilities (sort of). Having a baby on a red-eye flight was not ideal, but he slept most the way. One of us had to be awake to hold him, so we all needed some more sleep once we landed. The was a coughing baby that was sometimes a screaming baby, and I was just so glad that wasn't us.

Nick got a little sunburned, which is a little ironic. Part of his med-school experience has been to educate teenagers on the danger of the sun. I think he did it just so he'd have a tan to prove he went somewhere.

We'll be spending Christmas with our extended family.
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Monday, December 21, 2009

That is His Swimsuit

My dad's been sunburned before and is now totally prepared. Dallas is
also prepared, wearing a more socially acceptable rash guard.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ukelele Hero

Toots bought the boys a ukelele. Dallas has comendeered it and
transfered his mad guitar hero skills to a ukelele version of Johnny
Cash's greatest hits.

Monday, December 14, 2009

He's Into Everything

Here he is pulling containers off shelves, opening them, and removing
their contents. It's the only time he's ever shown interest in a bottle.

He also tried to get in the toilet today.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Indianapolis, Indiana

This is the interior of the capitol dome for the great state of Indiana. This is the third state capitol building we've visited in the past month. I don't have a goal of going of going to all fifty states, but I think if you're in the neighborhood you should go to just a little extra effort to see their capitol building. They're very pretty and you usually learn something. Did you know Indiana was the nineteenth state to join the union?
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What a Trooper!

We got home this evening after a great visit to Ann Arbor, Michigan for Nick's interview. Henry did really well in the car both going and coming back. The only problem we had this morning was that our windshield washer fluid was frozen solid. On an ordinary day, that's not too big of a problem. However, today, the first two hours of our drive had roads that were just wet enough to get salt spray all over the windshield. A few times we exited the freeway and splashed a new container of washer fluid on the windshield to get it clear. Somewhere in Indiana the fluid thawed and it works again. We're very excited.
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

From the Road

It's Called the Holiday Inn for a Reason

We'll show H pictures like this and tell him his first Christmas was
magical and full of delights. We will neglect to mention that we
didn't decorate or buy him any presents.

Ann Arboy Days

Nick is done with his interview here. While he was busy, H and I had
lunch with Brian Tanner at a burger joint called Sidetrack. It's
located next to train tracks and the train came while we were eating.
H made lots of friends at surrounding tables.
We really liked the sweet potato fries.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pure Michigan

This trip has been great so far. We made it here in good time, despite
waking up two hours later than we meant to. The trip was a very windy
one, but the roads were essentially dry with specks of snow blowing

Henry spent the evening with the lovely Jessica Allen, friend of Brian
Tanner. She said there was some crying when he woke up from his nap
(I'm guessing that went on for a while) but he was overall a happy
little guy.

When we came back, he was smiling and giggling and playing with bells.
He had no interest in the fact his parents had returned. When I sat
down he crawled over to me, but it turns out he was really just
interested in the banjo I was next to.
I'm relieved to know this process can go so well. We should get out
more often. This was the first time Nick and I had been together
wihout the baby and it did feel a little odd. We were almost to the
dinner when I realized the baby was NOT in the back seat and it made
me just a little sad.

We may alter our return trip due to weather. At the end of October we
drove home into the night and that was fine, but now I think we need
to plan things for daylight hours.

I-69 North to I-94 East

Things have gone really well on our road trip so far. Keep us in your
prayers. It has been REALLY windy, but the roads have stayed clear so

Brian Tanner found us a babysitter so it looks like I'll be going to
the dinner with the residents tonight. The baby has been a champ today
in the car, and I pray he will be half as good for a babysitter.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

If I text my post in with no pictures, I think it works.

We'll return to St louis in the morning. We loved Rochester and the Mayo clinic. Nick also interviewed in Minneapolis. Henry and I visited the state Capitol building. Our hotel is adjacent to the U of Minnesota campus and I hate the students because they jay-walk and are oblivious walking while they listen to their iPods.
Our rental car is a shiny GOLD Ford Focus. It makes it easy to find in a parking lot. At an intersection a lady pulled up in the identical car and mouthed "nice car" to me. It was pretty funny because the color is just so ridiculous.

We'll be home tomorrow.

Back in Minneapolis for the U of Minnesota