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Date : December 2011

Year in Review: 2011

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Published on: 2011.12.31

What a magnificent year! Nothing this year was more significant to us than being Rebecca’s parents. It was her first full calendar year of life, and her activities consumed almost all of our energy, thoughts, and emotion. In a year’s time, she went from being a two-month-old helpless infant to being a 14-month-old toddler with[…]

Dec. 30, 2011

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Published on: 2011.12.30

After a couple of cold and rainy weeks, it finally dried up around Christmas and began warming up over the past few days. During my aunts’ recent visit, we saw 60s in the afternoons and we’ve hit 70°F a couple of times since then. Rebecca made great strides in her eating on the 28th and[…]

Two Aunts on the Road

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Published on: 2011.12.28

Yesterday and today (Dec. 27-28), we were blessed with a visit from two of my Mom’s sisters: Janice and Norma. Both of Oklahoma, they’ve been down to Mission, Texas, to see another sister and are on their way home, which took them pretty near Killeen.

Since Christmas

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Published on: 2011.12.27

Rebecca is still enjoying her new toys, mixed in with her old ones. Over the past few days, I’ve sifted through her toy boxes and removed some things: (1) things that weren’t actually toys, which we’ve let her play with, (2) old toys she doesn’t play with much anymore, and (3) a few baby-ish toys[…]

Christmas 2011

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Published on: 2011.12.25

Much like last Christmas (blog entry), we celebrated this year’s biggest holiday on Dec. 24. Unlike last Christmas, my wife worked through the holiday (five days straight, Dec. 23-27). She still managed to cook a tasty evening meal that included: chicken, dressing, sweet potatoes, pineapple upside down cake, cookies, rolls, herb-roasted potatoes, rice-and-beans, apple cider,[…]

Comprehension

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Published on: 2011.12.24

With some milestones, it’s difficult to pin down a specific date. For example, if Rebecca makes a sound, and it seems to be an actual word, we wait for confirmation. Does it always mean that one thing? Does she use the same word next time? If the confirmation comes several days later, or if the[…]

Journal: Dec. 22, 2011

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Published on: 2011.12.23

Ate lunch at IHOP in Harker Heights. Afterward went to the park behind the restaurant (see it on Google Maps). Rebecca had a great time at the park; it was 63°F. It was delightful to watch her run and play with abandon. At the small play area in our neighborhood, she sticks to the sidewalks[…]

Video: Spelunking in a Box

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Published on: 2011.12.22

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Christmas Brake Lights

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Published on: 2011.12.22

Last night, confident that Rebecca wouldn’t sleep if we stayed home and hoping she’d sleep in the car, my wife and I decided to drive north of town to see the much talked about “2011 Nature in Lights” holiday lights display at BLORA. After an hour and a half in the car, we were home[…]

Could You Imagine?

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Published on: 2011.12.20

(Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.) View it larger on Decluttr (Image notes after the jump)

Ancient History: 31 Days Ago

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Published on: 2011.12.20

In the age of digital photography and internet “sharing”, it’s almost senseless to post images taken 31 days ago. That time has passed and we’re looking for the new, the unseen, the now. Fortunately, almost all my readers remember earlier and less instant times when we wouldn’t see family pictures for months, when someone brought[…]

She Loves The Rain

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Published on: 2011.12.19

This afternoon, after Mommy got home, it continued to rain, but was warm — about 70°F. We took Rebecca into the garage and raised the door about three feet so she could watch the rain while staying dry. First, she made the ASL sign for rain (we didn’t teach it to her), and kept looking[…]

And Always Twirling

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Published on: 2011.12.19

(The title of this entry is a reference to ‘The Simpsons’ Episode 4F02 ‘Treehouse of Horror VII’, in which the alien Kodos’ political speech includes this line: “…tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward; upward not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.”) Rebecca learned to spin around a couple of days[…]

Early Christmas: Radio Flyer Wagon

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Published on: 2011.12.17

A couple of weeks ago when we went Christmas shopping, we let Rebecca have one present early, a “Busy Tumble Top” toy (see image). Mainly because we bought two other gifts of the same brand so the Tumble Top was free. Yesterday, she got another early Christmas gift: a Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon. (3 images[…]

Dec. 16, 2011: Notes

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Published on: 2011.12.16

* I took off my wedding ring this morning; it was getting so tight I was afraid it wouldn’t come off again. We’re going to get it resized soon so I don’t feel naked. I guess my fingers are expanding in my own age. * Rebecca took one nap yesterday; an early and short one[…]

The Percentage System

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Published on: 2011.12.14

When Rebecca first came home from the hospital (Nov. 6, 2010), she still had three weeks to go before her due date. She was tiny. As a premie, she was susceptible to so many things that the average baby doesn’t have to worry about… And both her parents are detail-oriented, organizational types. So we kept[…]

More Hand-Me-Downs

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Published on: 2011.12.11

Yesterday, we received another very welcome package from my wife’s cousin Shiram (in Odessa). It was a giant Luvs diaper box, crammed full of clothes that her daughters have outgrown. (1 image and links to 2 images after the jump)

Dec. 10, 2011

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Published on: 2011.12.10

Attention burglars: Our house will be occupied pretty much 24/7 through the holidays. Not only does my wife’s schedule include all the actual holiday days this season (we like the extra pay), but I’m personally still worn out from the last few months.

She’s Happy (She Told Us)

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Published on: 2011.12.06

(Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.) Rebecca gets off the sofa by herself Yesterday, Rebecca learned yet another word: “Happy.”

A Little More Talkative

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Published on: 2011.12.05

Rebecca has grown a little more talkative over the last couple of days. Don’t get me wrong; she’s been blabbing gibberish the whole time, but she added a few new words to her vocabulary yesterday and today.

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