It’s okay. I’m still alive.

Could it be? Yes! After slaving in front of the computer for several hours, I’ve got another batch of photos for ya (though I can’t really consider them pipin’ hot). This time from August 2004. Plus, I threw in a bonus album: the long lost Fresno roll from May 2nd. It’s one of my favorites… with the excellent side lighting and Kaija’s hilarious expressions, I’m not sure how I managed to skip over it.

serra park 2004aug22
northstar at tahoe 2004aug14
kaija in august 2004aug06-29
lady in red 2004aug03
kaija and sandy in fresno 2004may02

Having a great time!

Yes, this is a photo of Kaija from, oh, about 7 1/2 months ago. I just thought I’d make it known that I’ve posted all of the photos from June and July that I hadn’t gotten around to posting. I did say that I wanted to remedy that and I wasn’t lying. Only 7 1/2 more months to go, assuming I don’t fall behind again… *sigh*One of the upsides to going through the photos now is that it’s fun to look back and see how much Kaija has changed over the past few months. It’s hard to believe that she still didn’t know how to walk on her own in these photos.

water babies 2004jul30
kaija mi onesie 2004jul25
kansas city 2004jul23-24
big sur picnic 2004jul18
playing at vasona park 2004jul17
sandy and leon’s 2004jul10
porch swing girls 2004jul05
back porch nature 2004jul05
kaija in july 2004jul03-31
3rd anniversary 2004jun24
brad and dipti’s parties 2004jun12,21
sunnyvale visitors 2004jun12-jul13
kaija in june 2004jun10-29

Concentration

This photo of Kaija was taken on New Years Eve Eve Day.I’m experimenting with a new plug-in for iPhoto I found called Photon. There used to be a charge for it, but they recently made it free. It allows you to post an image to a blog such as this directly from iPhoto. It is somewhat limited in how the blog entry is created, but it’s acceptible.I’ve also considered using a blog authoring tool such as ecto or MarsEdit, but I haven’t had the chance to play around with either yet.I realize I’m about 7 months behind (!) on posting photos. Considering that’s half of Kaija’s age, she’s changed quite a bit since the last album. I hope to remedy that soon.

Baby Kaija Walk

Well, I haven’t posted in a while, so I figured I owe it to the friends and family to make this one a good one.As I previously noted, Kaija started walking a few weeks ago. When sufficently motivated, we’ve taken out the video camera or used the movie mode on the digital camera to record her walking.Now, through the magic of iMovie, I’ve compiled all of these film segments into a short (8 minute, 15 second) movie that I think you’ll enjoy. I’ve supplied different encodings appropriate for various Internet connections speeds. Quicktime 6 or better (or software that can play MPEG4 encoded video) is required.High [45 MB] (for faster broadband connections)Medium [17 MB]Low [6 MB] (for slower modem connections)And as an added bonus, here’s some raw footage of Kaija walking the width of our apartment (complete with a livingroom strewn with toys) [14 MB] that I hadn’t downloaded from the camera to the computer before starting the project so it didn’t make it into the movie.

Michigan Vacation and Wedding

In the week leading up to Jennifer’s sister Robin’s wedding, we spent some time with family and friends in Michigan. It was great to see everyone, most of whom we hadn’t seen since the holidays nearly 6 months previous. We also met up with my old college roommate Brian and his family. We had tried to get together when we were in town in January but didn’t manage to find a time that worked for both of us. He and his wife gave birth to a baby girl named Elizabeth soon after, so it was great to bring Kaija and Elizabeth together.On the final weekend that we were in Michigan, Jennifer’s sister Robin married Andy Lawrence on the beach in St. Joseph. The weather was beautiful for both the rehearsal and the ceremony. I had the honor of being an usher at the event and Jennifer was a bridesmaid. Kaija was passed to various eager family members over the course of the weekend. It was great to see everyone for a few short days. Best of luck to the newlyweds!

Mt. Shasta

On Father’s Day weekend, I hiked up Mt. Shasta with my friends Rob, Brad, Matt M, and Matt G. Though it was the most strenuous physical activity I’ve done, I had a terrific weekend. I’m happy to say we all summited with no problems (though with a little sunburn here and there), thanks in part to the glorious weather. This allowed us to sleep beneath the stars sans tent Friday night, hike up firm snow Saturday and Sunday mornings, and glissade down softer snow Sunday afternoon. The views were amazing the whole way up.Matt M and Matt G also have photos posted from the trip, which tend to be more complete than mine as they took more photos during the actual hike.I plan to post a more thorough report of the trip soon. I’ll add it to the extended portion of this entry when it’s complete. In the meantime, enjoy the photos.

Kim Eagle

My cousin Kim was married to Joe Eagle in Pottstown, PA on May 22nd in my aunt and uncle’s backyard. The ceremony was in a beautiful wooded area next to a zen garden and coi pond that my aunt built. The weather was terrific, albeit a little warm and humid. Having grown up in Michigan but now living in California, the green that was everywhere was a welcome change of scenery. Though I was only there for approximately 24 hours, I’m glad I got the opportunity to visit with family I hadn’t seen in quite a while. Kaija had just started to walk with some assistance and she was happy to show off her new skills to others. She also enjoyed cooling off with a short dip in the pool at the end of the night.

Walk This Way

For Mother’s Day, Jennifer wanted to take a trip to San Francisco to do some walks from the Stairway Walks and Historic Walks books that her mother left with us. We choose to explore the Pacific Heights neighborhood since we were unfamiliar with the area. As it turns out, there are a lot of old Victorian houses as well as large mansions in this part of town. It seems to attract a bit of wealth due to the terrific views of the Bay.

Smiling and Drooling

To appease the growing ranks of friends and family hungry for more photos of Kaija, here’s a collection of miscellaneous shots taken between March and May. Enjoy.In related news, she started crawling about two weeks ago and is already well on her way to walking. Many other mom with whom Jennifer walks with during the week call her the Super Baby, since she’s doing now at 6 months what their babies are doing at 10-11 months.