Two

July 22, 2010 at 10:22 PMJeremy

Jonathan is two!  We recently had a party for him, and knowing how much he's into sports, I tried my hand at making cake balls decorated to look like sports balls.  Very challenging, but they didn't turn out half bad:

Jonathan particularly liked the "football chocolate" and threw a fit to get more of the "laces" on the tops of the footballs.

We had the family over for cake and gifts, and everybody enjoyed watching the kids play.

Later on, after everyone had left the party, we were out in the back yard so Jonathan could practice his putting.  He put down his club and said, "Slide!" which is usually an indication that he wants us to lift him up and set him on top of his slide and then hold his hands as he goes down.  This time, however, he walked over to the stairs at the back of the playset and started climbing up.

He got to the top and walked over to the slide, sat down, and was off.  He did it again, and again, and again, and again.  While I was a little worried that he's starting to take bigger and bigger risks, I was also relieved that I don't have to keep lifting him up over and over so he can slide.  He's getting heavy.

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Jonathan's Party

July 6, 2009 at 10:47 PMJeremy

We celebrated Jonathan's 1st birthday on Sunday.

I think he was a little confused when people started showing up and he was put back in his high chair so soon after lunch.

Rather than let him make a mess of the cake that everyone else was supposed to eat, Marci fixed cupcakes so he could have a little cake all his size.

He didn't quite know what to make of it at first, and turned his nose up at the first taste of the gooey chocolate frosting, making me wonder if he is, in fact, my child...

 ... but he figured it out pretty quick and started to work demolishing it.

By the end he was pretty messy, but that didn't bother him.  Mommy decided it would be easier to just give him a bath than to try and wipe all the chocolate off his face and hands.

All cleaned up, it was time to open presents.  He got a little red wagon (well, rather a souped-up red wagon with wood railings, inflatable off-road tires, and a 330lb weight limit) just like the one he gets to play in at Mimi and Papa's house, a new ball, and some other toys--but I think he was most interested in the tissue paper.

He did taste-test some of his toys while cousin Lucas helped separate them from the packaging.

All in all, I think he had a pretty fun birthday, thanks to everybody who came and, of course, sugar.  Yesterday was his actual birthday, which I think was pretty good, too--at least pretty good considering he had to go to the doctor's office and get his 1 year shots on his birthday.  But he got to spend the day with Wella and Pops, and was pretty cheerful all evening.

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Happy Birthday Jonathan!

July 6, 2009 at 10:32 PMJeremy

My little boy turned 1 today!

Happy birthday, kiddo!  More pictures on the way.

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Happy Birthday, Bro!

September 23, 2008 at 10:51 AMJeremy

Brandon turned a whopping 31 years old today!  That's 217 in dog years!  And 11111 in binary!  (Only 1F in hex)

Enjoy a happy Saudi Arabian National Day!

I'd normally include a goofy picture of the birthday boy, but in this case I'm at work and besides, any picture of him is pretty goofy-looking.  HA!  I kid, I kid...

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Last Sunday

August 9, 2008 at 2:50 PMJeremy

Last Sunday was a pretty busy one.  While I was getting ready for church, Marci put Jonathan on a blanket on the floor and he was enjoying looking around and working his little arms and legs.  I got some great shots, but unfortunately I'd been playing with my camera in Manual earlier and forgot to change the ISO off of 800, so there's more grain that there should've been.  Still, my boy's dang cute.  Wink


Posing for the camera.


Throwing some kind of gang symbol.  Kids these days...


So adorable.

At church, we had a special guest speaker: Hank Hough.  Hank is a master dog trainer, and brought his labrador Prophet to give a great demonstration on obedience: both our obedience to God, and as parents, the importance of teaching obedience to our children.  It was really an awesome, powerful message.  I hope I can raise my child to be a champion.

Here's some shots from it, where I got to play more with my low-light fixed lens.


Hank and Prophet.


Ready!


Got it!

For lunch, we went to Mom's house for burgers to celebrate Marci's birthday on Wednesday.


She doesn't look a day over 27.

We stayed at Mom's house for quite a while.  Most of us got a nap while she played with Jonathan, and then we sat around watching Apollo 13 until the movie got cut short by a power outage.

It didn't really rain, but the wind picked up and there was a lot of lightning in the distance.  I didn't have a tripod, so I got my f/1.8 lens and just started shooting randomly.  I think I took over 400 exposures, but about 395 of those were almost solid black.  Only two actually had an obvious lightning bolt.

Inside, Mom lit a bunch of candles in the fireplace and Marci and Morgan chatted about stuff.

More fun with wide apertures:

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