Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Goodbye, Ruby.

We sold my old friend Ruby last week. She treated us very well for the past 5 years.





It was sad to see her go, but I was comforted by having a large wad of cash in my hands.



Ah, Benjamin Franklin. Let's hope our friendship never ends.

Friday, July 27, 2007

I'm not scared!

My Mom (and probably others out there) hates that I publish football stuff here, so here's an entry to clear out all those mean things I said about provo. Peter with Jr. Asparagus. Ah - so cute:

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Peter loves Aunt Jenny!

Jen came down from DC to see Pete last weekend. We all had a good time. Since Jenny was missing out on Gettysburg, we took her to Durham's own little piece of the Civil War - Bennett Place. This is where Johnson surrendered the troops to Sherman to effectively end the war. Appomatox was joke - Bennett Place is the real surrender spot. Unfortunately, the place no longer exists, but they have made a replica. And, built in to the replica is the original Bennett chimney!!!



Little Reb' Pete likes being in the South:



You can see the replica surrender house in the background here:



We had lots of fun with Jenny. We had boba tea from a Vietnamese place (it's not real tea you finger pointers), we relaxed and played with the baby, and we went to dinner at a cool yuppie-Mexican place we know. Jenny had the best turkey quesadillas with red mole sauce ever. I had the tlacoyos. What's a tlacoyo? I don't know, but it looks a lot like a taco. Jenny took some pictures but hasn't been able to send them yet. Here's one I took of her with Pete:



Time passed way too quickly, and Jen really had just one day with us. Now her summer fun is over, and it's time to get ready for school.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Doctor in the House?

So I had my PhD defense last week. I now possess an advanced degree. Tulane will be happy to hear that. I got all dressed up (for me, that means tucking in a shirt), played with Peter for luck, and went to school:



The defense is an hour talk about my research. I gave it in Room 119:



Amanda and Peter came to the defense



And so did Mary, our neighbor



I talked and talked



And then there was cake and soda and champagne



My friends were there



Drs Beale and Venakides got to hold Pete:





And I got to make a dent in the ceiling with a cork. It was my first time for this, so I was excited.



Thanks Dr. Beale!



Later, Amanda gave me a graduation present. I have always wanted a fancy pocket watch. I don't know why, I just like them. I am not good at close up photos. I think the camera can do them well, but I don't want to read the manual. It has "MJN PhD" engraved on it. Inside, it is shiny mother of pearl:



Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Peter's dress

It's time for bed.


When it's bed time Pete puts on his little dress.
This is the only dress you'll ever see him in.


If you look close you can see
the little fat rolls on his legs, soooo cute!

BIG FOOT!



He loves to suck on his fingers,
but his fist is usually what he finds.

Getting ready for bed is fun!
Here comes mommy.
I love you a bushel and a peck!


Lights out, time to go to sleepy town.
Good night.

The red sweater returns!

It would be a real shame if ya'll didn't get to see
the rest of the pictures of our sweet Pete in his
UofU sweater. A fellow U fan knitted it for him.



Here he looks like a little professor.
Hmm ... I think the answer to all our problems
can be found in the number 42.

Oh soooo relaxed.


This little guy looks like a real bruiser here.
Ya think he'll be a linebacker?

"Don't cross me!"


Peter what are you looking at?

Hey, stop playing possum Peter. You can't fool me.
Well I guess he's really out.
See ya'll next time.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

A Day in the Park

Time for a walk in the park.
Peter likes to be in his snuggli when we go for walks.
He doesn't like his buggy so much anymore.
I think it's because he likes to be up where he
can see all the action.



Pete is lookin' good in his sun hat.



We decided to take the picnic blanket with us today.
Peter likes to look up at the sky and all the big trees on campus.



Don't those eyes just melt your heart.


Peter really likes to be outside.
Whenever he is fussy, I just take him out
and he calms down right away.


That's one happy kid!


This is Peters first time feeling grass.



I'm so lucky I get to play all day with Peter.
We sure have FUN!


We like just kickn' it.