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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Fun at the Fair


Sad Sophia
Originally uploaded by Chris Hafner.

This past weekend, Leigh, Sophia, Bryanne, Kim, Chavi, and I all went to the Washington State Fair in Monroe for an afternoon packed with heat, sweat, pig races, needlepoint, tractors, and swine.

Despite the photographic evidence here, everybody had a great time, including Sophia. All I can say is that the applause preceding the pig races was a bit loud for her.

Check out the slideshow here.

Browse the photos here.

We're working on getting all of our digital photos online, but you can look at all of our albums here.

Bryan and Sophia Say Goodbye


Bryan and Sophia
Originally uploaded by Chris Hafner.

While we held his going-away party the weekend previous, before Leigh drove him to the airport, Bryan and Sophia played and had a good time before they said goodbye.

Very, very cute.

Check out the slideshow here.

Browse the photos here.

We're working on getting all of our digital photos online, but you can look at all of our albums here.

Daddy/Daughter Day at the Car Show


Car Show Fun
Originally uploaded by Chris Hafner.

Sophia and I went on a daddy/daughter expedition to the LeMay car show in Tacoma this past weekend. You gotta start 'em young!

She seemed to enjoy herself, despite her father's really bizarre taste in cars. Check out that pristine Ford Maverick!

Check out a slideshow here.

Browse the photos here.

We're working on getting all of our digital photos online, but you can look at all of our albums here.

Bathtime with Baby


Phia and Pooh Bear
Originally uploaded by Chris Hafner.

It's not often I'm home from work early enough for bathtime, but last week all the stars aligned and I was home and ready to go with my replacement camera.

Sophia is just old enough now to sit in the big tub - no little plastic one for her anymore! Her cuteness doubles - squares? - in the tub, and I think you'll enjoy the photos. As an added bonus, Leigh's cousin Christofer was in attendance.

Check out a slideshow here.

Browse the photos here.

We're working on getting all of our digital photos online, but you can look at all of our albums here.

Bryan's Going Away Party


Amy strikes Blue Steel
Originally uploaded by Chris Hafner.

Leigh's brother Bryan just left for New York City; he's attending NYU this fall. We're all sad to see him go, of course, but we took advantage of the opportunity to get everybody together for some fun.

As you can see here, Amy is all over the Zoolander Blue Steel expression. I'm still using my backup camera here, so the photos aren't fab ...

Check out a slideshow of the party here.

Browse the photos here.

We're working on getting all of our digital photos online, but you can look at all of our albums here.

Sophia's First Birthday Party


Eyes Tight Shut with Excitement
Originally uploaded by Chris Hafner.

We celebrated Sophia's first birthday earlier this month with a bunch of family and friends. It was a little chaotic - kids everywhere! - but I think everybody had a good time. Unfortunately, the flash broke on my camera just before the party, so unfortunately some of my photos of the event are a bit dark and/or washed out.

As ever, though, Sophia is the picture of cuteness.

Check out a slideshow of the party here.

Browse the photos here.

We're working on getting all of our digital photos online, but you can look at all of our albums here.

Lake Crescent Trip


Lake Crescent Meadow
Originally uploaded by Chris Hafner.

Last month, Leigh, Sophia, and I went out to Lake Crescent for a quasi-camping and hiking trip - and we had even more fun than we bargained for!

Check out a slideshow of our trip here.

Browse the photos here here.

We're working on getting all of our digital photos online, but you can look at all of our albums here.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Eric Allen Babysits


Thu 3 Aug 06
While Dad works, Mom travels, and Grampa disappears, Phia and I have a great time getting to know each other. I discover that Sophia is the happiest baby I've ever known. Even when she stumbles, falls, and starts to cry, it doesn' take but a silly face and crazy sound effects to turn those frowns upside down. She is sheer joy.

I especially enjoy the Phia Naptime Monologues which last anywhere from 10-15 minutes before she actually lays down to sleep.


After morning nap and before lunch, I decide a walk to the park is in order. She follows me around the house to her bedroom where we gather a long sleeved shirt (just in case) and a hat. She takes it upon herself to grab the hat from my hand, places it on her head, and then rushes to the living room full of purpose. Curious, I now follow her to find that she is well on her way in a serious attempt to set up the stroller all by herself while continuously chattering about this and that.

Obviously she agrees with my decision to go to the park.


So sure I've been around since Phia first came into the world, and yes I've seen her baptized and even saw her briefly at my wedding, but today is truly a special occasion. I am blessed to have had so much time with Phia. I know today that I've made a new friend. Thanks Phia. Sorry I'll miss your birthday, but here's to a happy first! At least Tommy will be there to celebrate with you on my behalf.