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August 9th, 2012
02:45 pm


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Rosie: almost 2!
Clearly I need to create some new icons; Rosie's head is now a mess of curls. The hair on top of her head is almost 5 inches long, even.

I'm also planning to post a new round of pictures on flickr, plus some pictures from this past weekend, which we spent in Georgia at the lodge in Amicalola Falls state park, attending the wedding of a dear college friend. (it was a nice trip, but we're glad we now have no travel planned for a while-now it's time for people to come visit us!)

Actually, what it's time for is to put together Rosie's second birthday party and plans. So far we have invited several local friends to join us at the summer music concert at the botanic garden the thursday before her birthday for food, music and fun, and a small circle of relatives and friends may join us for a google hangout the morning of her birthday (August 18th). For the in-person party, current cultural expectations indicate we need to have party favor gift bags or other take-aways for the kids, so I'm working on that right now. Which I'm having some fun with.

I also want to find a good recipe for a chocolate torte or cake that will work well in small servings. We went to one kid's birthday party where the cake was cutely decorated but tasted terrible. I don't want that. Rosie loves chocolate, so I figure chocolate chip ice cream to go with it.

I also created an amazon wish list for people who would like to send her something and are uninspired, but if anyone just wants to send a card, or something not on the list, here's the address:

Rosalind Gray
5006 Royene Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Printed pictures of our friends and of your kids would be especially appreciated.

I feel kind of awkward saying "hey, it's my kid's birthday--here's how to send her stuff and here's a list." so I want to make it clear we do not expect people to send things, there's no obligation, yatta yatta, and we're definitely not of the mindset that it's important to acrue stuff just to have it. But my parents always ask for a list so I went ahead and made one, so I thought I'd share it more generally, and I do think having physical reminders (like pictures) of friends and family around is really nice. So there's the address, if you are so inclined.

She loves to dance and loves music videos, so music or itunes gift certificates would also, er, rock. :)

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Date:August 10th, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
I.... thought I had you friended?? I don't know what happened! I still have flinx friended. I'm glad you linked this from G+because I'm not sure when I would have noticed. I really like your posts!

Anyway, I'll see if I can't dig up some pictures to send over to you all. I often feel like we don't have enough pictures of our friends. :-)
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Date:August 10th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
I.... thought I had you friended?

You know, the same thing recently happened to me with someone else I was sure I'd friended. I wouldn't put it past LJ to have lost some links somewhere.

I really like your posts!

Thanks! I was just kvetching to Brian about how no one had responded to this one anywhere despite the crossposting, so I particularly appreciate your comment here! Makes me feel less like I'm just talking to myself...

Anyway, I'll see if I can't dig up some pictures to send over to you all. I often feel like we don't have enough pictures of our friends. :-)

Awesome, thanks! I'm slowly working on getting more recent photos in albums, plus Rosie has a couple albums of friends and family with a rotating collection of pictures that are mostly a year old now. Managing the thousands of pictures and videos we're taking of Rosie has upped my appreciation of having a few favorites printed and on the wall, fridge, or in albums (or books).

I still haven't made us a wedding book, or a "Rosie's first year" book, though I did print us a copy of the "Rosie and grandpa" book I made for my dad last father's day (right before kodak.com stopped offering their book-making service and shifted such online storage and projects over to Shutterfly. I haven't tried to make a book yet in shutterfly, but since they seem to think an apostrophe is a foreign character not to be allowed in gift comments on an order, I'm not optimistic.
Date:August 13th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)

Glad you threaded this to FB

...since I'm not hooked up to your LJ account, I wouldn't have seen this blog unless you posted the Twitter link.

...Still seems weird to be expected to log in to an open blog to get updates on the family way... Like potential strangers are more likely to find out what's happening with my family sooner than I am.. but I guess that's the new way of the world. :-)
Glad to learn such good plans are in place for the in-person party. Have fun with it!

Rosie's 2nd and Marnin's 40th are just two of the singular events of family and friends that I'll be missing this year... :(

As I have no family, and you already have recent pics of me, I'll have to find something else to send her! (already have some ideas)

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Date:August 14th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)

Re: Glad you threaded this to FB

Glad the link on FB worked for you.

Come to think of it, the picture of you we have in her "who loves you" photo album is about two years old, so I'll try to print out a more recent pic soon.
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