Saturday, March 31, 2007

Monday, March 26, 2007

What happened to spring break??

I knew I would feel like this...but where did my break go?

I started spring quarter today. My class seems like a good bunch, and since I'm teaching almost the same syllabus as last quarter, I think it should be fairly smooth sailing. My grad class (my last grad class during my MA!) seems pretty cool. Debunking the Victorians! Woo!

I don't have time to write now, but I owe this blog a video and a nine-month-birthday post. So check back!

Monday, March 19, 2007


Grades are filed. One final paper is in, the other is still pending, thanks to a last-minute extension from my professor. Winter quarter is now officially over.

Spring break is never long enough, especially when compared to our long, luxurious six-week winter break. Only one week? That's crazy.

Fortunately, this year Jeff and I (and Charlotte) are staying put. Last year Jeff went to Arizona (where it was unseasonably cold--bah!) and I flew solo to Iowa to visit my family. Well, not quite solo...Miss C came along, too.

That was such an uncomfortable flight, in part because I think Charlotte picked midair over Iowa to flip from head-up to head-down. It felt...weird.

This year we can just sit back and relax and wait for the visitors to come to us. Which they are--my folks will be here Wednesday.

In Charlotte news (because I know why you people are here, and it's not for me!): she has a top front tooth busting through, and it's been wreaking all sorts of havoc on her sleep. I also caught her grinding her bottom teeth against the new interloper. Let's hope the partner tooth emerges at the same time to lessen the sleep disturbances.

Watch for a video soon. Until then, you'll have to be content with the picture above, one of the "rejects" from a photo shoot I did a couple weeks ago. (Prints coming soon, grandparents!) Note the arm-rolls.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Big congrats to Jeff's brother Steve and his girlfriend...I mean fiancee...Katy. That's right, those crazy kids got engaged tonight. Charlotte's congratulations are forthcoming.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Around Christmas time, Charlotte began getting up on her hands and knees, rocking back and forth. After a while, this rocking turned to crawling--backwards. In no time, Charlotte began making her way around the room, but always in reverse.

Just yesterday, something clicked. Jeff and Charlotte were playing with a ball on the floor, sitting up a few paces apart. Charlotte decided she wanted to get to Jeff, got down on her hands and knees, and...crawled! In a forward direction!

It was a little stop-and-go, and she did a face plant after her first attempt. But she wasn't discouraged, and tried again. When I got home from school, she crawled to me. Now it's just a day later and she's already much better at it, almost a smooth crawler.

One lesson I take from this experience is that babies will do things in their own time. I felt weird every time someone would ask "Is she crawling?" and I would respond, "Yep, but only backwards." I know that crawling isn't even considered a developmental step for babies because so many skip it, never do it, or do some variation of it (creeping, army-crawling, rolling, etc.) All the weeks of reverse crawling that led up to this sudden forward motion were practice, warm-up for the big event, which she did when she was ready for it.

Sunday, March 04, 2007