Friday, April 29, 2011


This is terrible. I didn’t take any pictures at church on my baby’s first Easter. It’s terrible, but it’s reasonable. Our power went out about midnight. It was still off Easter morning, and it was a large accomplishment just to get out the door to get to church. We didn’t even have time to go through our Easter baskets before we left. So, after we got home from church and STILL had no power, we opened our baskets on the back porch.

"Wow Daddy! Are those Blue Rays in your basket? So far I'm impressed with this Bunny fella."

"Oh well you're welcome, but you should probably direct your gratitude to the Easter Bunny."

"Now my turn. Oh yay! It's a...a...a...what is this?"

"A book? But um there's a hole in it. 'It's broken. Mine are broken.' Name that movie, Daddy."

"Ooooooh. It's supposed to be that way. I get it now. This makes it easier to chew on anyway."

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

We sing, we dance, we chew

At seven months of age, Marryn has already completed a semester of college. Well, in a manner of speaking…relatively…ok honestly she’s in a baby music class at TCU and it’s the cutest darn thing you’ve ever seen.

Back in January, on the recommendation of my friend, Jen Wright, I enrolled my three month old baby in a Music Together experiential class at TCU. It’s through the College of Continuing Education. “Really? A music class for babies?” I can hear the snarky comment coming, but it really has a made a difference in Marryn’s development, plus she has so much fun!

Each week of the class I have noticed (as have other mommy classmates) Marryn interacting more, reaching for instruments and trying to “play” them, and vocalizing in new and different ways. Am I trying to turn her into a musical virtuoso through these classes? Mostly definitely no. They are a great way for her to interact with other children and experience basic music skills. We drum, we sing, we dance, we chew on things.

Thanks Mom for coming to music class so I could capture what is sure to be a champ maraca player in the making.

We’ve already enrolled in the summer class, and are looking forward to making music together again!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dedication Sunday

On Sunday, April 10, Marryn was dedicated at University Christian Church.

Our denomination practices believer’s baptism, so dedicating is a way to include a baby in the church community. Essentially, the parents pledge to raise the child in a Christian home and the congregation pledges to support them in their efforts - all in a public forum.

We were fortunate enough to have a large family presence in the congregation.

My mother made Marryn’s elegant dedication gown - definitely an heirloom from here on.

All went like clockwork. Marryn made her return to the church stage with grace and wonder, no crying. I on the other hand boo-hoo’ed like a baby. It’s that darn pipe organ! Every time I hear it the waterworks come on.

All in all, it was a beautiful Sunday celebrating the beginning of Marryn’s relationship with the church.