Monday, November 24, 2008

African Dance

Haven loved the music and dancing, though, like with everything else at Magic Kingdom, she was cautious.  Notice how she almost flees when one of the dancers approaches partway through.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Look away

Haven feeds Max, Max feeds Max

Update, finally!

With the collapse of my laptop, and a busy semester, we have been neglecting our weekly Haven update.  We are getting back on track this week starting with a simple Haven picture, and a shot of our latest big event.  This week Bethany became a U.S. citizen.  Just in time to vote in this year's election. 

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Delay in posting

There are lots of videos and pictures to share, however, my machine died last week, so updates will be delayed until my replacement machine arrives and the software is reinstalled for preparing the photos and videos.  Probably a week away.

Preview: She is counting and starting to sing.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Baby Wii Ski

She doesn't know the rules, but she does understand that her movement controls the skier.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Jen's Unexplained Paralysis

A colleague's 14-year old daughter has developed an inexplicable disorder that has transformed her from a healthy, active teenager to being almost completely paralyzed.  Her medical team has not yet identified the source or a successful treatment.  They are now looking for others who have shown similar symptoms to see if they can isolate the source and potential treatments.  If you have any knowledge that is relevant, or can circulate information to other groups that might know of families that are struggling with the same illness, please give them this web address:


Sunday, May 4, 2008

Sick Bug

Haven has a fever and was up for a few hours last night in obvious discomfort.  Lethargy dominated the early part of the morning.  We set-up some pillows and she laid herself back and watched the morning activity.  She started to perk-up after eating a bit:

Once she realized that we were serving her every wish, she got quite into the role:

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Word list

Haven's language skills are ready to exceed our ability to track it. Here is her known word accumulation to date:

11 months





12 months



Thank you (pronounced Thatk-you)

13 months

Dada (rarely used, mostly "Hey you")

Hi Gorilla (for all stuffed animals, gradually disappeared)


14 months

Ball (light on the 'l' sound)





15 months

Wa (for water)

Ah Dahh (All Done)

Hi guy (the replacement for stuffed animals)

Baby (pronounced Baa-bie)


16 months






Fish (almost always whispered)

Ot (for Hot)



Strawberry (more like Taw-beer-y)

Buh (for book)

Quack (with impossibly soft 'q' and 'k' sounds)


Friday, March 28, 2008

Best Dressed Tourney

My Uncle Kevin is the 16th seed of the West region for the illustrious Fashionable Four NCAA tournament of best dressed assistant coaches.

He is the best dressed Uncle I have ever met!  Vote for him by clicking "Rock the Vote" at the tournament page: NCAA Assistant Coach Best Dressed Tournament  (

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Out for a walk

Haven's two favorite activities at age 14 months are (1) putting on shoes, and (2) walking on pavement - especially up and down ramps or steps.  If we are not in a hurry to go home after daycare, she loves walking herself to the car, taking detours to climb up and down the curb.