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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas! - More Andrew Photos

We have been trying to figure out how to get a decent shot of the two kids together for a while now with little luck. Our house is terribly dark leaving a narrow window of opportunity for photos when the sun is shining in and with Elizabeth being sick we have been trying to keep the two separated as best as we can. Now that they are both well again we tried to pose them some place safe where Elizabeth couldn't drop Andrew if he started to squirm, our bed. This photo was about the best we could do... Just what exactly do you think Andrew is thinking in this picture? I think it would make for a great caption contest! While we at it we also snapped off a few more a Andrew. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

More Baby Photos

We just got everyone home over the weekend and have finally got things around the house into a quasi manageable state. In between Andrews numerous trips to the all-you-can-eat milk buffet we took advantage of a narrow window of opportunity to snap a few pictures.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Andrew's First Photos

Here are a couple of Andrew's first photos. He came in at 8lbs 15oz, and 23 inches in length at 4:27 am. Everyone is doing great, Andrew is eating well and Kate is feeling great.
We'll have more photos in the days to come... check back again soon!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Thanksgiving


We have so much to be thankful for this year to include our wonderful families. My mom and dad came out to Colorado on Thanksgiving Day and brought the beautiful Texas weather with them. Thanksgiving and the Friday after were in the mid-sixties and we made the most of it by spending a lot of time outside at parks, sitting on the back porch and going to Boulder.


Elizabeth loves going to the park and the more people to go down the slide with, the better. After grandma and grandpa went down the slide about 10 times, they figured out that Elizabeth would still be entertained if they just stood at the top of the slide instead of at the bottom. You see, Elizabeth will continue to ask you over and over and over again to go down the slide with her until you give in. She goes down all by herself but enjoys the company. I think she needs a playmate. Hey! How about a little baby brother!

On Saturday, we headed up to Pearl Street in Boulder. The highlights for Elizabeth were the rocking pig outside a store, an ice cream cone (I've never seen anyone devour ice cream like Elizabeth) and her butterfly balloon hat! We found a great place for lunch, the West End Tavern, and the highlight for dad and Jan was the Odel's Bourbon stout. They liked it so much that (1) Jan tracked it down at a specialty liquor store so that they can have it again the next time my dad visits (I must mention that a bottle of this been costs more than most bottles of wine we purchase) and (2) we had to go back to the tavern this weekend for seconds. . . and they were out.



Elizabeth does not understand locations yet so the entire time we were in Boulder, she asked us "where is my boulder?" So we found this big boulder to take a picture but Elizabeth was not convinced. She kept saying that this is not a boulder, this is a rock!

CD Release!


So a while back you may remember I was asked to play the drums on a recording project for church... Well a few weeks ago we released the CD, Immanuel, and it is available on iTunes. Here is the link to our website: http://forefrontchurch.tv/immanuelep/

Here it is on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/immanuel-ep/id338287974


While I have performed on several CD projects over the years, this was my first on the drums, and let me just say, it was a huge learning experience. Recording drums is an art form in an of itself and you quickly learn that every nuance of your playing is easily heard. This is great when you are playing ineresting parts but is also a double edge sword; being the only person in the band not playing a stringed instrument every mistake really stands out.

I also learned why studio drummers have several snare drums. Depending on the song, some snare drums will complement the music and add life and energy to the song where others just stick out like a sore thumb and take away from the music. Getting that great sound turned out to be much more difficult than I thought.

In the end I am pretty pleased with the music and the way it turned out although I can hear a couple little imperfections that will probably drive me crazy forever!

Next year we are planning to record a complete album which should be great! I know of several things already that I will do differently this next time around and hopefully we will continue to get better. In the mean time, I'm sure you'll enjoy the music, its pretty darn good if I do say so myself!