Thursday, March 30, 2006

Favorite Game

Meg loves to put her hands inside my shoes and crawl around. I have no idea why anyone would want to put any thing inside my shoes other than my feet, but she loves it. Here's a couple of videos. I won't make you download them this time, you have to click on them!
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And in case you all miss Pam, here she is at Omsi!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

She walks!

Megan finally put that odd step here and there together for a string of eight consecutive steps - in other words, Megan can walk!

Megan had been very resistent to "parental pressure." She would fall to her knees if we tried to hold her hands and make her walk. And she'd throw a minor tantrum if you stood a few feet from her when she was standing up and said,"Come here. Walk to Mommy/Daddy." But peer pressure proved to be too strong a force. Mac and I were admiring the coordination of a friend's 17 month old, when Megan up and decided it was time for her to get a little attention too, so she picked up a toy and walked across the room. We're just thankful that the 17 month old didn't offer Megan a cigarrette!

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I got rid of the auto loading's too annoying. link (~2 MB)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

For my Dad

He doesn't believe we have any deer in Salem. This one was practically coming in the left-open gate from the pasture.

The Vocabulary of a 14 month old

It is amazing how all those little cogs in Megan's head are so desperately trying to figure out language.

Megan's words at 14 months are "hi", "daddy", "kitty", "doggie", and "duck," and she is getting pretty good at "mom" and "teeth (pronounced "tttth" - for some reason Megan really likes teeth).

Megan also has a pretty good sign vocabulary, including "more", "I love you" (adjusted by us to suit her uncoordinated hands), "food", "all done", and her favorite "hat". She tries a few other signs (shoes, socks, get out, milk, thank you), but they are mostly just flailing hand motions at this point - like babbling with her hands.

We didn't start out with the intention to do a lot of signing and we certainly had our good laugh at "Meet the Fochers," but it has seemed to help Megan communicate and watching her sign "more" after you toss her in the air is just so darn cute! The only problem is that now she has started using "more" with no antecedent - I know it means she wants something, but what??

Megan loves games that involve hats- her favorite sign (two taps on the head, or in Megan's case, sometimes a very enthusiastic five or six hard whacks on the head).

Monday, March 20, 2006


Today Megan helped me build a bench for the herb garden. She was a great help with the unpacking and she mostly entertained herself while I worked. As an added bonus she got to eat a few small pieces of styrofoam while my attendtion was diverted.

After the bench was finished, Megan showed me one more reason I've got to keep a close eye on her: she climbed onto the bench all by herself. Maybe she isn't so motor retarded after all.

In other motor milestones, Megan actually built something with blocks today instead of just destroying (ok, so it was only two blocks high) and she's learned to stack one of the super legos. This is all fine and good, but Megan has yet to take more than two steps on her own.

Sunday, March 19, 2006


On Friday and Saturday I had a conference at OHSU. So we stayed at the Heathman hotel, charged it to the company, and had a great family weekend in Portland (oh, and I went to a conference for a few hours).

On Thursday we took Megan to OMSI. Meg love, love, loved all the water tables.

As it is a science museum, Megan had a few academic pursuits of her own. In fact, she definitively proved that the protective properties of a plastic smock could be overcome by large enough quantities of water (like, say, for example, if you try to drink from a bucket...repeatedly).

Megan also liked all the buttons, but what the heck is all this gritty stuff??

Thursday, March 16, 2006


Megan is rapidly accumulating new tricks. She is happy to show you her tongue on cue. Now if she would only learn to walk!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


We've only had one day of rain, but already we miss the sun!

Lucky to be Alive

Some days you just have to feel lucky to be alive. For me, today is a prime example. Just look at the e-mail I got at work:

Yesterday while making a Building Safety Inspection I came across a hazardous condition that I feel it is important to warn you about. A recycle container for used batteries also contained waste aerosol cans. This can be potentially dangerous to the point of causing an explosion. Even recycle batteries can still carry a charge. The waste aerosol cans are metallic and can cause the battery to short circuit. This will heat up the metallic can causing the residual pressure to expand. These cans have been known to have serious explosions under this type condition. Please make sure that batteries are kept in a separate container. The health and safety of our patients and staff depend on our vigilance.

Thank you

No, No, Thank you, Greg Glowe, Diligent Safety Inspector. You certainly saved our workplace from complete and total annihilation. The ground could have opened up and swallowed the hospital whole if we had continued to let dead batteries mingle with empty aerosol cans. I plan to nominate you for employee of the month.

And now knowing that the hospital's discarded waste was plotting my destruction yesterday, I am, indeed, lucky to be alive.

P.S. - I am also lucky to finally have some free time at work again so that I can screw around and write cynical blog entries.

P.P.S - How much do you want to bet that Mr. Glowe has never used his cell phone at a gas station?

Friday, March 10, 2006

The Future Dr. Smith

Megan actually loves teeth, so maybe we should get her a toy dentist set as well.

Thursday, March 9, 2006

A cold day in ...

The only thing worse than Canada losing to the U.S. in hockey is the U.S. losing to Canada in Baseball !!! I always thought it would take an act of God for this to happen. I guess the snow in Salem today is about as close as we'll get.

In other news...
"Look Mom! No Knees!" (2 videos 3.0 and 3.2 MB each, respectively)

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Cat Lover

Have we mentioned that Megan loves our cats??

And we should also mention that Zeus is a very tolerant kitty (note that Dante isn't in any of the pictures), but I don't think I'd go so far to say the Zeus loves Megan.

Picture-and-a-caption, Day 1

Sorry to let you down, but I don't have a caption!

Tuesday, March 7, 2006



This is only a test of the Smith family broadcast system. Had this been an actual post, there would be pictures or charming anecdotes.


All joking aside -it's been quite some time since I posted - almost a month! If I am not careful my site will turn into the blackhole of a blog that Mac's has become. But the thing is I just haven't been into it. The Olympics were a two week time vacuum, Megan was sick for quite some time which limited the cute photo ops, and we've been occupied with kitchen remodel decisions and garden chores.

It's not that I haven't tried. I have two half finished entries in the queue, but they seemed to drag and editing them just seemed to be too much work. I think maybe I just need to go back to the picture-and-a-caption format till I regain some of the old blog enthusiasm. Or maybe we just need to do a few more blog worthy things now that Megan is healthy again!