Photos Finally

I finally had a chance to sit down and organize the rest of the Christmas pictures. click on the photo blow to see them all.

famiyl photo

Also, here are a few fun ones from the last few days. Enjoy!

the boy in the backpack
Sam hiking with Daddy in his new super-cool backpack!

our little star
Years from now, Sam will think this is funny too.

just hangin' with dad
Just hanging out with Daddy.


The Holiday Whirlwind

I know , I know... It's been WAY too long since I've posted anything new. Christmas has come and gone and it's a whole new year already, and STILL, nothing new. Well, I'm sorry. It's been a bit of a whirlwind around here lately.

Christmas in Oklahoma was wonderful. We had the whole family there and it couldn't have been better. For the first time in a long time, I really felt like we made all the time together count. So often holidays are just a blur of present opening, turkey eating, football watching, etc. But this time it just felt like we managed to slow down, minimize the superficial stuff and spend a lot of really quality time with family. Sam made out like a bandit on his first Christmas, and thanks to all the family that was there, we actually had three separate celebrations. It was great to see everyone and Sam held it together for the most part, which made it a lot easier on us. There we're loads of great moments, but I think my favorite was a joint reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas,' by my Dad & David. Sam didn't appreciate it nearly as much as the rest of us, since he cried through the entire thing. In fact he'll probably be traumatized for years by the story, but it we've got some video that he'll think is hilarious in about 20 years. When we were done terrorizing the baby with Christmas stories, we had an engagement party for Kerry & Kristin, which was really nice. Some old friends I haven't seen in years turned up to wish them the best, and we all had a great time.

Alissa and I stayed in Norman for another week after the holiday and it was great just to spend that time with David & Sheila. Sheila spoiled us rotten with her amazing cooking and we took full advantage of having two extra babysitters around. We had a lot of great walks around Norman and took time to do so many of the things we never have time to do when we're home, rushing from one the to the next. I also think I actually managed to relax and not think about work for a day or two, which is almost unheard of.

On New Year's Eve we drove down to Dallas. I had a production working on location in North Dallas and got the bright idea to stop off on our way down. That was before I realized that North Dallas has exploded into suburbia gone wild, and that the traffic is worse than LA. Somehow we made it to the neighborhood where my crew was working, just in time to catch them packing up and moving on to the next location. I said a few quick hellos and we were off to a party being thrown by some friends of our friends Jen & Mark. We hung out for a few hours, ate their food and drank their beer, then made our way to Fort Worth to ring in the New Year with Alex and Sarah at a small little jazz bar downtown. We both actually managed to stay up until midnight, then went home to pass out like the old people we are. The next day we slept in luxuriously late and then had a fantastic brunch at a really cool little Mexican place out by the stockyards.

We made our way back to Norman and flew home several days later. Sam was great on the flight and we made it home without any international incidents. Since then it's been a whirlwind of unpacking and getting readjusted to life in LA again. I'm off tomorrow for a week on location in Colorado and Alissa is going to Santa Barbara to spend some time with David & Sheila, who are in town for a conference.

Sam is doing great and still growing by leaps and bounds. He turned six months old on Dec. 30th, and it's hard to believe how quickly the days have passed. He's sitting up on his own now, and he's dying to crawl. Every time we sit him down he scoots himself backwards across the floor as fast as he can go. He's got a little work to do on the directional thing, but otherwise, he's pretty much got the hang of it. We still haven't seen any teeth, but he's teething like crazy, so we expect something any day now. He's got his 6th month doctor's appointment tomorrow, so we're get to see how much he's grown since the last visit. We're both betting that he weighs well over 20 lbs. now, which would put him well into the 90th percentile for his age. It also means he's still on track for playing Tight End at OU in about 18 years.

Anyway, here are a few photos from our holiday. (Click on the photo for to see the show.) I'll post more soon. Hope everyone is doing well and that you all had a great Christmas & New Year's.

mommy & farmer ted

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