For the last 3 weeks, we have been in the US visiting friends and family and staying out of the New Zealand winter. There was a wedding in Seattle where we were reunited with about 10 dear old friends. A lot of them promised to come visit us down under. Then on to San Francisco for more family and Chloe.
There is a lot of philosophy running through my head about growing older and the span of life. As Robert Frost wrote,
"The old dog barks backward without getting up. I can remember when he was a pup."
I guess the secret is to find a way to be happy and have fun without getting in anybody's way. That's what Mom always said.
Now Chloe doesn't know any secrets as yet, but she does know about eating solid food. We started her with a small spoon and a little rice mush. Mmmm, good. The best part was that I was the first to feed her. I guess I did that silly thing where I open my mouth to get her to open hers. As they always do, airplanes went into hangers and trains into tunnels.
Kimberly and I have been sticking around babysitting and cooking and walking the dog. We are learning to be grandparents. I have been preparing 10% of the bottles and changing 5% of the diapers. But on the other hand, I am trying to provide 75% of the giggles.
Brandon and Vanessa were sorting out some infant clothes the other day and let me say that babies are quite the industry. There is some company called D&G that sell tiny pants for $125! When Kimberly saw them, she went nuts. She recognized the label and explained that even she doesn't have any of those. I suspect that will be a temporary problem.
Brandon modeled the entire outfit even though it was a little small.
Chloe also has a pair of Gucci shoes.
Good to know you got shoes to wear, when you find the floor.
And children in Darfur have flies between their toes. What a world.
Something is very wrong here.. but the outfits are so cute!
Yesterday, we took her to the zoo.
There were thousands of little kids on summer camp trips and Chloe was jumping with joy. She smiled and sang for 2 hours. When she is very excited, she kicks her feet all over. By the end of the day, I had bruises on my groin.
After an earthquake last night, we reckon it's time to got back to a one story house
It is going to be difficult to pull Kimberly away from her. But we gotta go back home so we can prepare to return in October.
For a good investment, buy stock in Air New Zealand.