Swingin'

October 27, 2009 at 11:38 PMJeremy


Swinging.

I was swinging next to Jonathan trying to stay in synch with him.  I slowed my shutter speed down to 1/30 sec to get some sense of motion.  Looks pretty decent (although I'd accidentally left the camera at ISO 800 from the wedding a week before - d'oh!)

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Lazy Saturday

October 27, 2009 at 11:36 PMJeremy

Saturday before last was a pretty easy one.  I mowed the yard in the morning while Marci and Jonathan got groceries.  After that, the only thing we had left to do was get the oil in Marci's car changed.  She left to do that so Jonathan and I took advantage of the pretty day and played outside. He swung in his swing, walked around on the deck, pulled dirt out of my potted plants, and played in the bird bath. (don't worry, I'd just cleaned and filled it after I finished with the yard)


Splashing.

He's still a little small to use his playset, but we decided to check it out anyway.  He likes the covered part up top, and really got a kick out of the steering wheel that these playsets all inexplicably seem to have.


Steering.

Once Mommy got home, we took some turns assisting Jonathan on the slide, picking him up and trying to keep him upright as he slid down.  That gets tiring quick, but he really likes it.  


Sliding.

Then, under his mother's supervision (seriously, check the timestamps - these pictures are after the one where she's holding him on the slide), he decided that just playing with the plants' potting soil wasn't enough:


Snacking.


Smirking.

What a handful!  But we got him cleaned up and had some more fun.  I'm so glad that it's finally cooling off down here so we can spend some time outside.


Smiling.

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Tired Helper

October 27, 2009 at 11:35 PMJeremy

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The Basdens

October 27, 2009 at 11:32 PMJeremy

A few weeks ago we got to celebrate as two of our friends, Ben and Michelle, got married!  It was a beautiful ceremony.  I didn't get many pictures, since they had several pros handling the task.  Morgan got a picture of us at the church:

The reception at Ridgewood was just a beautiful as the ceremony.  It was a dessert reception, with all manner of sweets.

Somebody had gone to the trouble of putting up a letter 'B' in lights out on the golf course outside the ballroom.  A little cheesy, but why not?

Congratulations Ben and Michelle!  We hope you enjoy a long and happy marriage! 

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Fair and Balance

October 27, 2009 at 11:29 PMJeremy

The first night of the Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo was nice and cool, and being a Friday during high school football season, we figured it wouldn't be too crowded.  Jonathan wasn't big enough to ride any of the rides, but we thought he'd enjoy seeing the sights so we loaded up and headed out there.

Jon hadn't been feeling that great since he'd gotten shots that day, but he was mostly content to just hang onto one of us and watch the people.  I, on the other hand, had two specific purposes in mind for coming out to the fair:

1. Corn Dog

2. Funnel Cake

We each got a corn dog, and got a third one for Jonathan to eat from.  He ate it right off the stick; he didn't finish it, but he ate about half of a jumbo dog, and that was enough to perk him up for a while.  We looked at the animals, and ducked in out of the cold for a while to look at some exhibits.

We all shared a funnel cake, but by that point Jonathan was running out of steam again, so he didn't eat as much as I thought he would.  We walked around just a short bit more, and then headed back home, sleepy baby in tow.

Now, the "balance" part of the title refers to how much money this little "adventure" cost.  I knew the food was going to be overpriced, but I never figured just how bad it was going to be: $5 to park, $10 each for Marci and I to get in (Jonathan, thankfully, was free), $5 per corn dog, and $5 for the funnel cake.  Grand total: $45, and that's without riding a single ride or playing a single game on the midway.  And yet the news ran a story about the fair lamenting the weather as a reason why fair attendance was down.  Maybe it has something to do with the outrageous prices?  Sheesh.

Still, totally worth it for a fun evening for my boy, and watching the excitement of him eating his first corn dog.

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