Sunday, December 30, 2012

Video from China 2012

Amongst the many things we've been up, thumbing through all of our pictures and video of our trip to China has been coming and going. Well recently I just bit the bullet and put this video together, with Courtney's input of course. It serves as kind of a highlight reel of the trip, from our tours to simple cultural events, you'll find the good stuff here.  And if you don't like good music, feel free to mute it.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Snow day

Texas weather is super fast changing. Christmas eve was high 60s / sunny and although the weatherman warned us of rain and possible snow the next day ... I don't think we were expecting this.

The snow started to fall around 1pm.  Max spent the early afternoon looking out the windows trying to understand why everything was turning white.  And after his nap we finally got him dressed up to venture outside.  Given the high winds and frigid temps we only spent a little bit of time outside but it was totally worth it.

Hope you had a memorable Christmas like us.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

You Think Kids Are Curious?

Polar bear iceberg-camera creepin' around

Curiosity is human nature. Actually, it's a primal instinct amongst all animals. We let Max play with my iPhone at dinner tonight and he managed to open the camera app. Naturally, he began pressing the only "button" on the screen knowing that something was a little different about that section of the screen. He was taking pictures. When I saw the photos he took it reminded me of the polar bear iceberg-camera and the images that came from that device built for this BBC documentary. If you're unfamiliar with the story, some filmmakers wanted to get some unique and new angles of polar bears in their natural habitat so they created a remote controlled piece of "broken ice" with a camera mounted on it. The polar bears became extremely curious with the device and eventually destroyed it, but not before some of the most amazing video and photos were captured. See the comparison of the curious animals below, each in their natural habitat.

Curiosity of a polar bear (age unknown)

Curiosity of a 1.5 year old human

Thursday, December 20, 2012

15 month appointment

Max went to the doctor yesterday for a few shots and a wellness exam. Of course, Dr. Sherrod only had great things to say about our little man.

Here are Max's stats:
Head 46.6 cm
Weight 23.9 lbs. 35 percentile
Height 31 1/2in. 65 percentile

We have a tall healthy skinny baby! Who picks his veggies out of his pasta to only eat his veggies and begs for yogurt instead of sweets.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Season

We have been busy preparing for the Christmas season and our 3rd national championship game in 4 years. Tyler did a great job with the lights this year. We also put the tree in the dining room this year so Max could have supervised visits. The gate before the stairs keeps him close enough to look but not touch. Plus I didn't think it would be fair to Miss Nicole to have to spend her day saying "no" and "don't touch" 85 more times than she has to.

When we put the tree up Max was more interested in the camera than the tree itself. We were trying to get a great shot of Max and the lights but after Tyler snapped it once our vain child had to see the results.

And to end things with one of my new favorite photos ...

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