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Hello Blue Eyes

Taken 2010 Jul 1 17:13 UTC by Amy Roney

Sleepy Time

Alex Asleep in Crib

Taken 2010 Jul 1 07:33 UTC

Bumberline


Taken yesterday, but my gateway from email->Flickr->blog didn’t work. Testing to see if was a temporary problem and all is well now, or if I need to actually spend time troubleshooting. After an hour in the line here, we successfully got into Bumbershoot and spent the rest of the day there and fun was had by all. Today and tomorrow Alex and I will be staying home while Amy, Brandy and perhaps one of Amy’s friends do the Bumbershoot thing.

The Mountain

June Rainier

Taken 2010 Jun 26 20:40 UTC

Touching the Ocean for the First Time

Alex touches Puget Sound

Well, Puget Sound anyway.

Taken 2010 Jun 26 18:17 UTC

Beach Walking

Sam, Alex and Amy on the Beach

Taken 2010 Jun 26 18:14 UTC by Brandy Donaghy

Beach Edge

Rocks on Beach

Taken 2010 Jun 26 18:06 UTC by Brandy Donaghy

LIGO Control

LIGO Control

Taken 2010 Jun 25 21:43 UTC

Babies

BabiesDid I mention I was behind in posting about movies we’ve watched? Yes, I believe I did. In any case, a few months back I actually took the morning off from work for a day, and we all went to the “Mommy and Me” showing of Babies. For those not familiar with the concept, the theater sets up in a way geared toward people bringing very small children, meaning newborns up through maybe age three seeming to be the most common age. They leave the lights turned up part way. The volume isn’t as loud as it might normally be. They let you order snacks from your seat and have people bring them to you so you don’t have to gather all of your stuff, etc. Nobody blinks about moms nursing in the theater, or babies crying, or slightly older ones running around a little, etc. The whole point is letting you be able to go see a movie and not worry about that even though you have an infant or toddler. Some of the older kids may start to enjoy the movie itself to, but the main point is for the parents I think. Brandy has been to several of these with Alex, but we decided we’d all go to this one together.

It was a lot of fun. Alex payed attention for a bit, then fell asleep, then payed attention again for a bit.

So, the movie itself. For those who haven’t heard of it, it is basically a no-commentary, almost no-words documentary where they just had camera crews shadow four different babies from four completely different parts of the world for their first year or two and see what they saw. So basically you get 79 minutes of watching four babies be cute, and noticing the differences (and similarities) between the four kids and their families.

And, so, well, it was cute. As long as you went into it with the expectation that all you would be getting was an extended look at babies doing stuff, then you got exactly what you expected and you could enjoy it and go “awww” at all the appropriate moments and cock your head to the side when you saw one of the non-american babies doing something you would never (or at least rarely) see here. (For instance, fighting with a goat and a chicken over who gets a bed or something.)

Anyway, cute movie. Probably more so if there is, is about to be, or recently was an infant in your life.

This is long gone from the theaters by now, but if you are into the “hey, let me spend time looking at something cute that doesn’t even pretend to have a plot or a point” kind of thing, then go ahead and rent this. :-)