Sunday, December 28, 2008


got some big holiday updates coming this week- we saw a ton of family in a short amount of time and santa was good to all of us. in the meantime, i'd like to share one of the many perks of being up at five am with a smiling, playful baby:

Thursday, December 25, 2008

the first day of x-mas

wishing you and yours a very merry christmass!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

the two days of x-mas: making friends

last night bebe met some very special friends for the first time: alex, elyse, jess, and alena, aka the yarmo girls. they've been big fans of the beebs for a while now, and we were finally able to arrange a meet and greet for bebe and her adoring public...

clockwise from the left are elyse, alena, jess, and alex. the short, kind of bald one is bebe.

she held court on the floor for a while and the girls got to see her wheel around a little. eventually it was time to take the relationship to the next level: snuggles. and speaking of taking things to another level (perhaps not the 'next' but who knows- as they say in australia: good one on ya', alex!)

elyse was up first, and by virtue of being first got the best of the beebs. she was getting a little fussy and really needed a nap. but like the true professional baby she is, she rallied and did her best to snuggle with everyone.

jess watched in the wings and then grabbed beatrix when she least expected it. that could be anytime really, as i don't think bebe ever expects anything. she's still surprised when she poops her own pants, for crying out loud.

alena gets a smile...

and then she gets an un-smile.

alex was the last to take a turn, and beatrix was fading fast. we only had a matter of seconds to get a group shot:

it was so much fun to hang out- we talked about having babies, gaps in certain people's driving knowledge, academics, politics, boys... there wasn't much we didn't cover. the yarmos (incl. parents mary and steve) are so great and always fun to hang out with. we can't wait 'till the next time we're all together! hopefully sooner than next x-mas...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

the three days of x-mas: the tree

i like having a christmas tree, but it's my job every year to put on the lights- and it sucks. ask anybody who's had to do it and they'll tell you it's easily the worst tree-related job. from untangling, to bulb checking, to the actual application of the damn things, it is truly a pain in the ass. the end result can be very rewarding, but when you're knee deep in miles of string lights... let's just say that you're not focused on what the end result will be. one of the great benefits of having children is being able to teach them to start the coffee maker or sending them to fetch things from another room, but you can also dump all of the crappy jobs that you no longer want on them. so this year, i had my little elf bebe tackle the lights. heh heh heh...

here ya' go beebs. i've laid out the lights so all you have to do is make sure the bulbs are in tight and untangle the strings. good luck!

so i gotta' get all these lights...

on that tree.

aaaannnnnd i'm all by myself. well, best to just dive in, i suppose.

all the bulbs seem to be working, but i know that if i don't check them all, i'll get them on the tree and then one of them won't work...

i think i got this. it looks a lot harder before you start.

daddy! i think i'm good here. piece of cake!

there are an awful lot of lights...

it's easy to lose track if you don't stay sharp.

gotta' concentrate!

they're really close together. can't they spread them out a little?

oops. this one's out. i'll give it a little drool to get it going again.

aaannndd- we're back! drool is the best conductor of electricity. and i don't even know what electricity is. but i do know drool.

maybe all of these lights should be tasted, um, i mean tested...

still got a long way to go. i feel like i've been at this for hours.

this is a job that takes a lot of patience. i can see why mommy doesn't do this part.

if i could whistle, i'd be whistling right now.

whoa. these lines get tangled so easily!

how did this happen? i have to back up a step.

hmm. maybe i have to back up another step.

alright. i've backed myself into a corner somehow. how are they more tangled now than before?

c'mon! stop winding around! stay straight! arghhhh!!!!

if i could curse, i'd be cursing right now.

"how's it coming in there, bebe?"
yeah, great. just fine. awesome.


it's getting dark outside.

and i'm worse off than when i started.

look at all of these @#!%!# lights! why are there so many lights? why?!?

i'm going to have to chew my way out of this.

although i'm going to need some teeth first.

can i get some teeth down here? hello?


there's no way this pile of lights

is making its way up onto that tree. anytime soon. ever.

i give up.

but in the end, we got the lights worked out...

complete with our traditional devil head at the top. paganism is alive and well in our house...