Genetic Expressions: One Year Old

April 07, 2010 By: erik Category: Morphing, Offspring, Photos, Videos, Weird 224 views

Erik and Nora: One Year OldWhen we were visiting my parents recently, my wife was looking through some family photo albums. Immediately she recognized her daughter in the baby pictures of her husband. I have to admit that sometimes looking at my daughter is a little bit like I have traveled back in time and am looking at my former self. It’s downright spooky sometimes. To bring this spookiness to my blog audience, I have asked my mother to scan some photos of myself during my first birthday, which unfortunately involved no spontaneous singing of 60’s pop hits that I know of. The resulting photos are downright eerie. Behold…
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One Year Old

April 05, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Partying, Photos, Timelapse, Videos 456 views

Nora's First Birthday CakeNora, twelve days ago, on March 24, 2010, you turned one year old. They were perhaps the longest 365 days of our lives, but your mother and I made it…and are now the proud, if not dumbfounded, parents of a one year old. By a coincidence involving the date your great-grandparents chose to get married, we spent your first birthday in the United States. You showed your shiny new blue passport and grinned as the immigration official took your mother’s fingerprints and mugshot. Mommy only has a red passport. You did better than I expected on the transatlantic hop, preferring your mother’s lap to mine, thus allowing me to watch a few movies. They didn’t have a microwave on the plane, just an oven, so when the flight attendant tried to heat your vegetable puree lunch in a bowl, she only managed to heat the bowl. On the ninety minute third leg of the journey, we were exhausted, and you spent sixty of the ninety minutes crying as loudly as you could. I experienced this in surround sound, because you were to the left of me and a six-month-old (who was freakishly born with two teeth) was on my right failing to harmonize with you. We did not know until our seats were already chosen for the pond hop that it’s possible to request a bassinet on the long flights. We did so on the way back and it made a HUGE difference not to have you sitting on our laps the whole time.
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Nora's First Swim

March 23, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos, USA 192 views

Cute at the poolOn the day before her first birthday, Nora went for the first time to a swimming pool. Armed with special “swimmy” diapers, a brand new bathing suit (an early birthday gift from her friend, Amy) and a love of water, she “dove right in”, so to speak. I didn’t go, so I can only relay what I heard from those in attendance. She was a little concerned at first about floating on her back, but eventually she got used to it. And then she was allowed to paddle around, supported by her mother’s hand. When they arrived back home, Nora was in a deep slumber in her car seat. Swimming will do that to you.
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Father’s Day Gift

March 23, 2010 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Photos 370 views

Father's Day Gift (crop)Last Friday, March 19th, was Father’s Day in Spain. My wife asked me for a recent photograph of Nora for a gift for me. I had no idea what it was going to be, but I printed a crop of her head from my current favorite photo. That night, when she got back from daycare, she brought with her a very pleasant surprise.
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James Holman Robertson

March 22, 2010 By: erik Category: Family, News, USA 487 views

James Holman RobertsonOn Friday, March 19, 2010, my beloved grandfather passed away, the day before his only great-granddaughter, Nora, was scheduled to fly, with her mother and me, to visit him. What saddens me most is the unfortunate circumstance that had given us hope for an encounter between my grandfather and Nora. His mind was sharp until the very end, but his hearing made communication difficult. His deterioration was slow, as he never really had any illnesses, and he was a good sport until the end. He was the favorite of all his nurses at the nursing home because he would nod in agreement to anything suggested, partly because of his poor hearing and partly because he was just such an agreeable person. I understand this completely because much of my initial charm to my Spanish family was based on my smiling and nodding and going along with whatever they suggested, when a lot of the time I had no idea what was being suggested.
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Treto Train Station

March 19, 2010 By: erik Category: Colindres, Photos, Photoshop 451 views

Treto Train StationA couple days ago the weather was nice, so I decided to walk across the iron bridge into the neighboring town of Treto. Partly because I don’t think I’ve ever crossed the bridge on foot and partly because I was curious about the nearest train station. The bridge is a well-known landmark, designed by some French guy named Eiffel. It was a very pleasant walk.
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Flower Girl or Rosquilla Monster?

March 18, 2010 By: erik Category: Family, Food, Parenting, Photos 326 views

Playful smileLast weekend I was all alone. Marga and Nora went to visit Marga’s parents in her hometown. While they were there, they went to some sort of festival where migas were served. Migas is a dish of fried bread crumbs, normally with some fried garlic, peppers or bacon mixed in. It’s delicious! Apparently Nora enjoyed some migas as well. She also tried some rosquillas, which are like Spanish doughnuts. What follows are some pictures my sister-in-law sent me of Nora’s activities over the weekend.
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Inverse Parental Naming Theory

March 17, 2010 By: erik Category: Musings, Spanish 248 views

Nora TongueFor the longest time, my daughter could only make vowel sounds and diphthongs. Eventually, with the help of her fingers at first, she was able to control her tongue enough to make consonant sounds. Ma, pa, da, and ta were the first. It was her natural progression of learning. Her mother and I didn’t help much beyond repeating what she had already said. Soon, it seemed like she was calling us Mama and Papa.
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Talking on the phone while driving

March 16, 2010 By: erik Category: Offspring, Videos 195 views

Phone call from the OrbiterProbably the very first mimicking Nora ever did of a behavior she saw in us that we weren’t intentionally trying to get her to mimic was her intuitive understanding that it was important, for some reason she didn’t understand, to hold the television remote control in your hand. It was just something that was beneficial to have in your possession. She’s done that for months now. Only recently, however, she has become fascinated with telephones. From her point of view, it must seem that, every so often, a grownup will hold a telephone to their ear and talk, sometimes pausing to listen, and generally devoting all their attention to the telephone. I’m certain that she doesn’t understand that it’s a device for communicating with another person that’s not in the room. She’s nowhere near that level of cognition.
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Spring Rears Its Fragrant Head

March 15, 2010 By: erik Category: Damn, Nature!, Offspring, Photos 151 views

Bring on the Spring, baby!This morning the clouds parted, the sun came out, and it was actually rather pleasant out. Not as nice as the t-shirt weather we had before the snowfall last week, but very agreeable despite the chill wind. I had taken my camera with me – something I rarely do anymore – so I was particularly attuned to the appearance of flowers around town. Spring brings so much hope for good times ahead. Below are a few photos I took along with a dash of random content thrown in for good measure.
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