April 26, 2011

Easter Bonus

One more picture session related to Easter as Ezra got his basket from Mama and Daddy. Bonus videos at the end.

April 24, 2011

Easter at Four Months

The camera doesn't begin to capture the faces this boy can make. The camera actually distracts him and makes him do "Mr. Serious" face. In one week, Ezra started a little laughing and a lot of reaching out and grabbing stuff. For the second week in a row, we hit the road to Virginia except this time to the beach to visit my side of the family. Thanks to my baby brother, Jered, for taking our picture today.

Easter is my favorite day of the year. We have already talked about making it a North Carolina based day going forward. We missed you all at Good Hope this morning. Wish we could've been there.

We wish you a very happy Easter filled with the greatest news of all: a Savior who died for us and rose again, just as He said He would do. 

Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, 
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 
And behold, there was a great earthquake; 
for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, 
and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 
His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 
And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. 
But the angel answered and said to the women, 
“Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 
He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. --Matt. 28:1-6

[Easter present from Lola at a pit stop on the way home from Virginia to make the car ride go a little easier.]

[Show off the midriff]

April 20, 2011

Early Easter

Over the weekend, we made our first family trek back to Blacksburg since October of last year. I really missed the place. Believe it or not, that was the longest stretch I hadn't been there since I first set foot on campus back in 2001. [I am ten years removed from high school, a home owner, a husband, and a father. Wow.]

The weekend also marked more important significance: the 4th anniversary of April 16, 2007. Jessica was still a student at that time, and while I had already graduated, I was actually in Blacksburg that fateful morning. It's not a story we like to relive, but maybe I will share next year on April 16th. Some of the morning events on campus were dampened on account of the severe storms that tore through VA and NC on Saturday. In fact, we spent most of the day with the cleanup of downed trees in the neighborhood.

Since the whole family was in town, we were able to celebrate Easter with Jessica's family a week early. While no longer the grand production it once was in past years, the tradition of dyeing Easter eggs kept on. Ezra got his first Easter basket from Grandma and Grandpa which included a few stuffed animals, toy cars, rice cereal (to be eaten soon we hope), and two voice-recordable storybooks. Grandpa recorded Goodnight Moon while Grandma read On the Night You Were Born. We love them. Thank you.

On a side note, at one week shy of four months old, Ezra is a portly 17 pounds 6 ounces. We go in for his 4 month appointment on Monday.

April 10, 2011

Three and a Half Months + iPhone Favorites

Oh, spring.

Fair weather, pollen, itchy eyes, and walks around the neighborhood. A miserable quarter close at work is in the rear view mirror. A round of golf at Finley Golf Course with friends [UNC School of Medicine Charity Golf Classic benefiting the North Carolina Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation]. Thank you, Greg.

Since the last post, Ezra's eczema spread from patches here and there to covering his arms, legs, chest, and head. Thankfully, we're seeing signs that it is starting to clear up a bit. Over the last few weeks he has gotten stronger and more playful. Last week the doctor weighed him in at a bruising 16 pounds, 11 ounces. At three and a half months, Ezra is wearing 6 month clothes.

Here are a few pictures of our afternoon walk today. Thank you Michael & Sarah for the Ergo baby carrier. We love it.

iPhone Uploads, a random collection of pictures over the past month from both of our phones.