Monday, May 25, 2009

Family Photo

Well, we finally took a family picture a couple of weeks ago. We want to wait until Heather's just a little bit older before we take her in for professional photos, but these turned out really well. Hope you like them!

Friday, May 22, 2009

She Did It!!!

Daniel and I walked into Heather's room this morning at 6:30 because Heather started making noises and we thought she might be waking up. We peeked over the bed only to find that Heather had ROLLED OVER! We were so surprised! I am not sure if it was an accident, or if she is starting to figure it out. I put her on her tummy a little bit to see if she would do it again, and she got really close, but she didn't quite make it. We will be doing a lot of tummy time today to see if she can do it again. If she does, we need to be more careful where we put her. If not, we need to be more careful where we put her. She did it once and she can do it again. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

It's been a pretty good spring/summer "vacation" so far (the mild sarcasm is due to the fact that we are working almost as hard even though school is out). My favorite job is being a dad, and I love the time I get to spend with Stephanie and Heather. I definitely don't get as many special experiences with Heather, but as you can see from the pictures that we have fun together.

Unfortunately, I have a couple of jobs that pay me to spend a few hours per day away from my two favorite girls (ok...maybe 10 hours is more than a few). Regardless, I am loving what I am doing almost as much as I love being with my family. I love finding ways to use technology to advance learning and science.

Speaking of work, I am pretty excited to be going on two trips this summer. In June, I will be spending 3 days in Piscataway, NJ at a conference planning and implementing an open platform for learning/training technology. In July, I will be spending 5 days in Durham, NC at a conference receiving training on how to use software to analyze and visualize genomes. Not only is this exactly the kind of thing I want to do for grad school, but it is also very close to where I want to go to grad school (Duke). This will be a great opportunity for me to network.

The only regret I have about this summer is not being able to bring Stephanie and Heather along. We almost bought a plane ticket for them to come out and visit New York City while I am in NJ, but we would not have had enough time to enjoy ourselves. Oh well, one of these days when we're rich and famous we'll be able to travel the world and visit all sorts of places. For now, we'll just be content with helping Heather learn about her new and exciting world.

We love you all. Can't wait to see you again!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Growing Pains

I think Heather must be growing this week, because she has been fussy, and eating tons, and not sleeping very well. Today she slept in until 10 (okay 9:40), went back down at 11, woke up at 12-ish (we went shopping and as we pushed her over the tiles as you walk into walmart, she woke up), then went down at 1:30, and has been sleeping ever since. It is nice to have her sleeping so much today because I have been able to get a lot done, but it also has made me realize how much I miss her. Here are some pictures that we took this week. I know it is a lot, but she is just so darn cute I couldn't leave these out!

Heather has been scooting. The other day, she scooted out of her pajamas and her blanket. She left a little cocoon behind her.

She didn't quite make it all the way out of her PJ's.

Daddy showing off his talented girl.

Helping Mommy sort through her clothes. She is already into the 3-6 month sizes, and truth be told, she is a little big for some of them.

She was so smiley and happy I wanted to take some pictures, but you just can't capture everything on camera I guess...

Sound asleep in her car seat. Finally!!

Hope you enjoyed these. Love you all!

Monday, May 4, 2009

2 Month Check up

This morning Heather and I went to the Doctor for her 2 month check up. She is doing great! She is a big baby. She weighs 12lbs 10oz, is 23 inches long, and her head circumference is just under 42 cm. That puts her in the 90th percentile in weight, 75th percentile in length, and off the charts for head circumference. The Doctor remeasured he head and measured a little bit smaller than the nurse, so that made her just over the 95th percentile. (I think the big head is Daniel's fault.) :) He said not to worry about it, and that she looks great! We love our little girl, and are so happy that she is doing well.

This is a picture of Heather pushing herself up with her hands. She is becoming increasingly good at it, and is learning fast. Daniel thinks this picture looks weird, and the truth is, it does, but it also shows off her big head. :)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Quinoa, Baby Photos, and Indian Food

We had a great week. I was recently hired as a research assistant in the plant genetics lab at BYU, and on Friday the lab went up to Lindon to plant a small crop of quinoa for testing. Almost all of the work I do is on the computer, so it was fun to get out and do some dirty work with the field biologists. I helped plant a few of the plants, but I spent most of the time making a map of the plot (each plant had an ID number, and I recorded the relative locations of all the plants). Since I was going up that way, Stephanie decided to drive me to Lindon and drop me off on the way to visit my Mom and sisters in Cedar Hills. I heard they had a good time!

Stephanie also took a bunch photos of Heather on Friday. It's hard to get good photos, so it's nice to have a digital camera so we can take bunches and bunches. This is our favorite from the lot.

Today we tried out one of the recipes from Julianne's recipe blog...and we loved it! The chicken tikka masala was creamy, spicy, and delicious!!! Thanks for that tasty recipe, Juli! We liked it so much we're going to steal it and put it on our recipe blog!

We love everybody and hope you have a great week!