Tuesday, August 24, 2010

We gave Tate a camera

We gave Tate my old camera, because he always wants to take pictures. Over the last weeks, he has been running wild with it, taking pictures of almost everything. We thought that we would showcase his work here. While he is not behind the camera in every shot, he is directing the action of every image.

We start with Ice Water (a still-life)

Keri in Grandma's Hands

Tate in front of the camera....................and behind it

Cashus (OK, this shot bugged me. I have been trying for years to get that dog to give me a decent photo - Just one good one for your feeder, but no. Tate gets one within a few shots.)

Lightsaber Fights (with Cole)

At work behind the camera

Hana (the evil twin) being precious.........................Sion (the other evil twin) about to steal her mom's food

and thus concludes our exhibit of Tate's photography. We hope to offer more exhibits in the future.

More Keri Pics

More Pictures of Keri

Keri's first bath

Drying off with her chicken towel

Keri dressed for bed (our bed, since she still refuses to sleep alone)

Mutual inspection

Keri enjoying a post-meal stretch

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It was a dark and stormy night...

It was a dark and stormy night. The wind howled and the night sky was illuminated as bolts of lightning leaped from cloud to cloud, never quite touching the ground. As the woman's screams echoed down the hall, the masked man picked up a knife and walked slowly, calmly toward the woman, who was unable to move...

OK, it was windy and there was a thunderstorm on the horizon, and the doctor was masked, though he had a scalpel, not a knife. And they were moans rather than screams from Sachiyo, who was rather heavily drugged (by an anesthesiologist, not self-medicated) but I think you all get the picture.

At 2154, on 17 August, Keri Moench entered the world at 7 lbs 4 oz (3.3 Kg) and 19.75 inches (50 cm). Mom and daughter are doing fine. Both are lovely and will be home soon.

Keri, about 45 seconds after birth

Keri under the heat lamps going from blue to pink

Keri meets mom and big brother

Keri Moench

Tate's First Day

Tate started school on 16th of August. He is growing up so quickly. After a few days, he is really enjoying school.

Though his school district has only full-day programs, he is attending for only half a day. This is thanks to an Arizona law requiring school districts that have only full-day programs to offer a half-day option to anyone who requests it.

We think having 5-year olds in school for almost 7 hours a day is a little bit of overkill. He is still studying at home with his mom, so he is definitely not going to be falling behind academically. If anything, the opposite is true.

Devil Pups

We went to Camp Pendleton on the 7th to see Seth Trunick graduate from Devil Pups, which is a 10 day training program/summer camp sponsored by the Marine Corps. Seth did great, recieving one of about fifteen fitness awards out of 324 graduates. He had a perfect physical fitness score. We are very proud of him.