Video Play

John and Julia hosted a play when Max and Charlie were here. It was a big hit with the family. They watched the video over and over again. Recently, I thought it would be fun to film their reactions to watching their movie about a month post recording. They haven’t lost their affinity for it and even recorded a new movie today with a slight variation.

John and Julia’s First Photos

Don’t you wish you had the first photos you ever took?

Not long back, John got hold of our Family Digicam and went to town snapping pictures of just about everything. I didn’t put him up to it at all. As you’d imagine there were a lot of unusable photos. There were also a lot of photos that got some of the basics right and some that even captured something special. Best of all, they all represent a unique perspective – that of a child and a first-ever photographer. My Favorite of John’s photos are the portraits of Charlie playing his guitar this summer. How cool! I tried to only delete photos that were blank or completely out of focus.

Just in the last month Julia picked the camera up and did the very same thing and with very similar results. My favorite of Julia’s is her self portrait close-up of her face.

First, here are John’s Photos

John’s First Photos

Now, let’s take a look at Julia’s photos.

Julia’s First Photos

Julia’s un-birthday Party

With mum away on business in Chicago and our family otherwise scattered to the wind Julia’s official 4th birthday went off without a hitch. Grandpa Lorenz bought Julia a new birthday dress (shown in video below) and we got her a Princess art kit with various coloring and painting utensils of destruction. For dinner Julia had her favorite pasta (that would be Penne with Four Cheese sauce “No Cheese Daddy”) and we followed that up with some splendid cup cakes which were enjoyed by our Birthday Girl, John, Grandpa Lorenz and yours truly.

Later this week on Wednesday we’ll have her play school party with 12-15 of her class mates and then her official family birthday party with more cake, family fun and presents. We wish all of you could be here.

Here’s a quick video of us singing Julia in to her 4th year.

Oh Julia

and I picked up my baby girl

and I held her

and she held me back

and I knew that life could never be more perfect than this

Church bells ringing

The church bells rang out at 10 this morning at St. Ann’s Catholic School.  Julia, John and I are at our new park (Jose Marti Park) on the Intracoastal, which is adjacent to St. Ann’s. We’re moved from Welly World, we’re far from unpacked but today feels like it could be a regular day and that feels like a good thing.

Today, we’ll watch The Open on TNT, we’ll unpack a skosh and we’ll whip up a killah web site for Rob’s hurricane window business. At least, I’ll move it along to the next level. The winds are up today at the Beach and the prevailing wind is uncharacteristically cool. Sitting outside without benefit of a shade tree at this time of year is akin to suicide but today it’s NOT. It’s lovely.

Mum and Neil have shuffled off to Copenhagen and left behind them a wake of Muesli and Tea. The house is different without them of course and we will miss them both. It was a nice visit and I’m so glad that all my kids and Shannon got a chance to be around them and vice versa. I’ll upload some pics from the visit shortly but for now time is too short for photo editing and the like. What are some of the highlights? Watching the Space Shuttle launch from Cape Canaveral on July 4th as we cooked hot dogs on the bar-b-q. That one we’re sure to remember.