Sunday, July 27, 2008

Catching Up

I have been extremely remiss in posting this week, since we've been house/dogsitting for some good friends. So here's what you may have missed:
The last of Stellan's birthday celebrations. He got a pretty slick NASA flight jacket, but he was much more interested in the ribbons on the package.

Ping Pong. We finally got the ping pong table we've been talking about getting for Museum staff to use during lunch hour, etc. The first lunch tournament was really fun and a portend of even more good times to come. I even played a couple of games with Stellan in one arm and my paddle in the other. I didn't win.

Stellan's official first word. Stellan is fond of dogs, and in fact came close to torturing poor Ursa this last week. He followed her around (yes, like a puppy) all over the house and poked, prodded and squealed her nearly to death. Ursa was rewarded with table scraps and constant company despite the fact that her family was gone. And Stellan spouted his official first word all week long - "Doggie!" It's the first word he's used repeatedly for only one single object or desire, so I'm putting in the books as the first real word in his vocabulary. He's used it ever since then at the sight or sound of a dog. Funny story - Stellan and I were listening to some folky-rock last night that includes the requisite tambourine, and when he heard it, he shouted "Doggie!" and looked around madly for the dog whose tags he thought he heard.
A really awesome field trip. Kevin and I took my Quasar class (the high schoolers I work with at the Museum) on a great field trip that included a tour of Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network headquarters, a delicious barbecue and an excursion to a boarding school in Ojai that hosts the Summer Science Program for astro-minded youths. It was great, went really late, and Kev and I have been paying the price for our late-night fun ever since. Totally worth it.
Our first laptop. With Kevin's new graduate career looming, it was definitely time.

Fun with grandparents. First we had dinner with Grandma and Grandpa Steward tonight, and then we went to Grandma and Granny's house for a present opening party (Steph and Nick did pretty well with the wedding gifts) and prep for Jenn's baby shower tomorrow. Think pink - lots of pink! More to come after the event.

Stephie and Nick's wedding. It will get its own post after this one.

Now you're all caught up. There, don't you feel better? I do!

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