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William has a tooth

December 16, 2007, 11:35 pm - James Farrer

It's official, William has his first tooth.  His front bottom right tooth is the first to come in.  His other bottom tooth is just behind it. He is also well on his way to becoming mobile.  He has been up on his hands and knees quite a bit lately.  He is starting to get his legs going back and forth but more often he starts rocking and scoots his legs up. He is rocking and rolling, or rather falling with a bit of a roll to his back.  He can't roll from his back to his front yet, but his is not letting that stop him.  When on his back he does these funny little crunches while trying to see and sit up.  One of these days I'm sure he'll figure out that it works much better to roll to his side first.  

With Christmas almost a week away we're getting excited for the break.  I've got a bit of vacation saved up and with the way the university holidays stack up, I'll be taking 2 full weeks off.  We are going to drive to Colorado Springs via Cheyenne for the holidays.  I am very excited but am also a little concerned about how I'm going to fare for that long without concrete plans.  I usually don't do to well without something to be working on.  I'll have some video games and am sure I'll work on the website stuff some more.  We'll see how it actually unfolds.  It might be just fine.  I know we'll have some good times with Shauna's family.  They are wonderful.  I'm most worried about the days while they are at work.  Whatever happens, I think it will be a good chance to round out my life.  I seem to be doing a lot of working and then coming home and doing stuff on the computer.  I've been spending many evenings playing with Abby and Will, but haven't had as much going when it comes to being constructive with my time.

I think there are a couple of factors that come into my lack of constructive activities lately.  The biggest factors are money and space.  Money is tight right now.  We have enough for our needs and are working to pay off our debts, but it doesn't leave much for recreational activities.  The other issue of space is an interesting question.  Part of it has to do with the fact that many of the activities that I would like to be doing are best done in a working area like a garage.  The train layout fits into that category as well as working on the truck/bike/etc.  We have a little space in the office area, but it's very cold this time of year.  We've got a space heater, but we've also got a lot of stuff in there and it's not well organized.  It might be a little easier if we had some shelves to organize on, but that goes back to reason #1 of my challenges.  Crystal should be moving out in the next month or so and that should let us move William into Abby's room and maybe I'll be able to stake some claim to that part of the room if Shauna's scrapbooking doesn't take over the space ;-).

So anyways, there's a bit o my musings about what to do recently.  My mind seems to always be going and sometimes it's challenging to be proactive about keeping it busy with productive things.  C'est la vie.

Holiday Musings

December 16, 2007, 11:33 pm - James Farrer

The holiday season has a way of making people think and reflect.  That is when they aren't running themselves ragged anyway. With little money to spend shopping or otherwise I have found myself thinking a bit about how I'm keeping with the holiday season.  I have been enjoying Christmas music, both at work (I have my own office now so I can put music on) and at home.  We have had a few family home evening lessons about why we celebrate Christmas and reading the Forgotten Carols (a good book with music that goes along).  We even drove down to Temple Square in Salt Lake to see the Christmas lights that they put up.  It's quite an amazing display.  I especially enjoyed trying to take pictures of the lights.  We'll see if anything turned out really well.  It would be easier to either see the lights with family or take pictures, but both provides a challenge.  I still enjoyed it though.  All in all, it's been a good season so far.  I think overall I am just not one to get overly excited about anything.  I suppose that is both blessing and a curse.  But that's a topic for another time.

I read a blog of a friend of Shauna's about Christmas goodies from/for neighbors and it's had my mind going.  Since we got some tonight I thought I'd put my own two cents in.  So for what it's worth, I think it is a sweet but ironic tradition.  I truly believe treat giving started as an honest gift to a neighbor and in most cases remains that today.  The ironic part in my mind has to do with the social pressure that comes from such gifts.  i think it may be worse in the predominantly Mormon neighborhoods that I've always lived in, we seem to always know our neighbors more than in some neighborhoods.  But then again, I haven't been in any other neighborhoods to really have much experience.  Regardless, there seems to come with such goodies a great deal of obligation.  I like to give goodies and I like to receive them as well, but sometimes, especially with the limited resources at my disposal, this seems like a great deal of burden which dampens the giving and receiving a bit.  

For example.  When our neighbors give us a plate of cookies it creates an implied (or is imagined a better term for it) obligation to return the favor.  To receive a gift without returning the favor would seem ungrateful, would it not? And then there's the task of keeping track of who to give them to.  We need to give them to friends, neighbors, and the more challenging list of those who give them to us when they may not necessarily fit into the other two categories.  While this is usually not because we don't like them, in fact it is more a matter of limited supply, it adds an extra bit of stress to whole process.  

Another interesting aspect of this whole goodies giving business involves actually eating them.  Both sampling those that you make to give away and then those that you receive.  The blog I read about these goodies talks about the less desirable plates that are sometimes received.  Overall, I find the selection tasty and colorful.  But the whole business over the bigger pictures contributes a large amount to the nations obesity epidemic I am sure.  But it's only once a year right? Either way, I don't think it will lessen the amount I will eat, but it can be a scary thought if you think about it too long (not recommended, try something more construction, like learning about Bernoulli's principle and how it applies in your day to day activities.  OK, I know I'm a geek, but at least I enjoy it).

I don't know that I really have a point to writing all of this other than it has occupied a disproportional amount of thoughts.  So whether you plan to give for the sake of giving, succumb to the social pressures of reciprocal giving, or just have an over abundance of goodies in the kitchen right now.  I hope you enjoy activities. 

Prayer of a Child

December 4, 2007, 6:41 pm - James Farrer

Abby was being her usual independent self tonight and would not come to dinner.  It wasn't worth fighting her at that point so we let her play.  She came to the table just as we were finishing and wanted us to say a prayer for her.  I told her she had to say her own.  After a little bit of going back and forth on the point she finally conceded and started saying her barely audible prayer.  She was cute as can be with her arms folded and head bowed.  The part that really did it in was her request for "help to save the day".

William was also being a very cute little guy tonight.  As we were getting dinner ready he was sitting in his high chair and watching me very intently.  When I would look at him and smile he would break out with a huge grin.

Kids are great! 

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