the first supper

At George's 4 month check up our doc told us that we could introduce George to solid foods. Timidly, we began that process. George gobbles up anything that gets in his mouth, hands, paper, grass, medicine - so we had little doubt that he'd like "big boy food." See the results for yourself below

Welcome to the real world of food George. May you enjoy a long and happy relationship with it.

post script:
you'll note my amateur camera skills. Eventually we hope to be able to capture video in a way that doesn't look like an a. 3rd grader took it or b. an embedded journalist in Afghanistan. Patience por favor.


a special friend...

George has a special friend. His name is Ben. Ben the snuggly sheephead. He's kind of like a sheep ghost, a floating head with no actual limbs. He's incredibly soft, and a fantastic sleeping companion.

Here's George sleeping on our bed - you can just see a little bit of Ben.

Here's a good shot of Ben and George. We first started putting Ben with George when George was a newborn. Just a bedside companion. Now that George can move around and snuggle - George really likes the company.

Ben has an incredibly soothing effect on George. When we try to get George to sleep... if you put Ben on George's face George will almost immediately get heavy eyelids and start to drift off. Normally Ben is like a stuffed animal ambien. He looks peaceful now, but today George had Ben in a headlock and was punching him in the face. Fortunately, Ben appears to be quick to forgive.

I don't remember having something to snuggle like this. Could this be a lasting relationship - or just a flash in the pan fling? Are we setting ourselves up for some sort of disaster-tantrum when Ben goes missing or the eventual waves of nausea when becomes so tattered that he looks like an old dishrag from Red Lobster?

Not sure... sleep tight George...


more colorado pictures & fun

Friday we gathered in the park with my Denver area siblings. It was quite the event.

Four of the five Pulsipher boys all had babies within a year. Pretty cool.

We bathed George in a sink at Breckenridge. He naturally took this "lounge" position all by himself. I think it works great with the marble counter top. Like a real fat cat.

Our brand new niece Leeaira. She is a beautiful redheaded girl and we are so happy to have her in the family.

George & Dad

George and Mom - this is normally a run at Breck during the winter. In the summer it makes for a lovely "hike."


we... had... the time of our lives

I'll let the pictures (and captions) do the talking:

Golfing with the Brothers in Law at Copper Mountain. Apparently the highest (elevation wise) professional ranked course in the world. 1oK+ above sea level. Personal highlight, driving the par 4 18th hole, three putting for par. I've done this 5 times.

Campfire in Breckenridge. Little known fact about Ashley. When she has her hood on, she's in a mischevious mood. She was out to prove that she made the best smores.

George and Mom next to the great Mississippi River.

Eliza looking eerily peaceful

That's better Eliza

Three things to note here: 1. Sportin' the ticket around my neck = cool. 2. My new "transition" glasses. I bought them for commuting. Pretty jaunty right? 3. Smug grin of satisfaction as I ascend peak 8 to partake in some alpine slide antics.

Croquet in the park. Check out that backdrop eh?

Ashley and George on the Danube

After a lovely week with Ashley's family in Breckenridge, we headed south to Denver. Denver hosted the democratic convention in 2008, and as you can see from the picture below politics were still in the air!

George pretending to be an old-timey democrat from Alabama at his cousin Serena's 1 year birthday party

George taking politics too far - posing as a socialist monarch!

Back up to Beuna Vista for a couple of days. The heavy rains had produced an incredible amount of wildflowers

George continues to take artistic liberties with headwear... modeling a flashy driving cap on Main Street, Buena Vista

Beautiful sunset up at Kolob (my parents house)

George was most impressed with his cousin Isaiah. They quickly became best friends

Plotting a socialist uprising. I smell a Junta...

In Denver one night we all went out for cupcakes. I had coconut creme, Ashley had red velvet.

Isaiah wanted that one (and got it)

Cupcake aftermath

George temporarly giving up headwear for accessories ala Kanye

Kanye George at the Market, Downtown Denver

For the 4th of July we went to my favorite place in the world for that celebration. My Alma Mater - CU. Boulder Colorado

One of my favorite parts of the celebration is the impromptu paper-airplane toss. Look at all those paper airplanes. The ultimate goal is to not only get them on the field, but to get them far out there. I'll give you one guess who the champion was this year.

Me suckers. It was so awesome. My airplane floated to its resting spot in what seemed like an eternity. I flexed my muscles in conjunction of a hoot worthy of a national hog calling winner.

Once it got dark, the fireworks began. George was pretty enamored with the spectacle. Look at that face.

My advice for flying - be flexible. While we were waiting for our flight in Denver to LA - they announced that the flight was overbooked and needed volunteers to catch the next flight a mere 55 minutes later. Ashley and I volunteered and we got 2 free vouchers PLUS a ride in first class on the way home. We were total impostors... if our life were a Sesame Street Episode of "One of these things doesn't belong" we'd clearly be the sore thumb. But that didn't stop us from downing all the free diet cokes we could handle while rubbing shoulders with the wall street journal folk. So awesome.

That's pretty much it. There was lots of fun, cousins, hugs and kisses to go around. Hopefully we'll be back in Colorado before too long.