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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas in California

Now that Christmas is over, I have a second to update with some pictures of Christmas. Poor Ryan has the worst cold he has ever had complete with puking, fever and stuffiness. We are hoping it is gone before we fly home.

This is from Christmas morning. I am playing in my niece's new little hideaway.

My new nephew, who was born on the 12th.
Another shot of my niece looking like Cindy-Lou Who.
Baby Santa #1
Baby Santa #2
Some other shots of Ryan:

Crawling takes a lot of work - you may lose your pants and your shoe in the process. It is also quite a feat if you can make it across the kitchen with your measuring cup.

Looking cute on Christmas Eve.
Smiling after shoving a whole teething wheel into his mouth. (It's pretty much all he will eat right now - that and Cheerios.) This is how he has spent the last few days. Passed out on someone.
And finally, some other Christmas shots:
The Christmas tree - baby proofed from those who like to pick up speed at the prospect of ripping ornaments off of the tree.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.
Nana and Papa telling Ryan about the creche and "The Night Before Christmas".
Christmas dinner - the ladies
Christmas dinner - the men

Happy Holidays to all!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

It's exciting times for a 9 month old!

We are visiting my parents on the west coast and Ryan has had the opportunity to meet their dog, Frisco - a golden retriever and my sister's two cats. (This is of course on top of meeting his new cousin, but that deserves a separate post with pictures.)

Ryan is mesmerized by the animals. He whips his head around everytime Frisco passes him and think he is just the neatest thing since sliced bread. He tried to touch the cats' tails too.

Ryan is also fascinated by all the things on the walls at my parent's house. (Similar to Marc's parents house and this further reaffirms that Marc and I REALLY need to start decorating our own house if our kid is google-eyed over walls that aren't blank. )

He thinks the fans and all the moving, singing Christmas toys are great too. It's fun to watch him take it all in.

More to come...

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Current and Future CEO's - Have I got the man for you!

Since we are spending some quality time with my parents over the holidays, I thought this would be an excellent time to feature my father's company - Maver Management Group. He specializes in business acceleration consulting to jump start the results and ease the pressures faced by C-level executives.

While I can tell you numerous reasons as to why he is an excellent businessman, his website details it the best with the following:

John Maver, a former Division President and General Manger with both Procter & Gamble and Clorox and CEO to several private companies, driving his businesses to record levels. John also has a breadth of successful business acceleration consulting experience across multiple industries. He has a demonstrated ability to drive business and profit growth quickly with a track record of putting in place strategic plans and organizations to deliver long term business success.

John has helped his clients accelerate their business progress by quickly cutting through complexities to surface the key leverage points. He provides creative translation of best practices from his broad based experience in leading startups through multi-million dollar operations in the US and internationally. He is an effective team builder and developer of business alliances to provide enabling capabilities.

His clients have come from a variety of industries including: Consumer Package Goods, Healthcare, B-2-B, Foodservice, Industrial, Institutional, Technology, Semi-Conductor, Telecommunications, Small Business, Service and Not For Profit.

For an analysis of how he can help you and your business call John Maver at (925) 648-7561 or email him at john.maver@mavermanagement.com .

Saturday, December 15, 2007

My poor baldy

Ryan got his second haircut today and while he isn't quite bald, it is way shorter than we thought it would be.

Here he is playing in the car before he got it cut.

He was so patient until she started cutting it super short - then he got upset.
Here is smiley now. On the bonus side, he won't need a cut for awhile.

Friday, December 07, 2007

A Visit with Santa

Ryan visited Santa at the mall the other day. He couldn't stop looking at him. He was totally fine for the most part and then he burst into tears. We didn't get that picture though.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Ryan vs. the bear - 9 months

It's that time again! I know I say this every month but I can't believe how fast this first year is going. Here is smiley at 9 months. (He is in desperate need of a haircut too.)

A trip down memory lane

Here he is at Week 1:
Here he is at Week 2:
Here he is at 6 Weeks:
Here he is at 2 Months:
Here he is at 3 months:
Here he is at 4 months: Here he is at 5 months:
Here he is at 6 months!
At 7 months
At 8 months
At 9 months

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Snow Day!!!!

We had our first big snowfall last night so today we dressed Ryan in his snowsuit and took him outside to play.

I think we were more excited about this than he was. :)

Showing off his puffy little body.

I was showing him the snow.
Look Dad! Snow!
Marc made a slide for Ryan.
And then we made some Snow Angels. (Admittedly, we moved Ryan's arms and legs. He was too stiff to move.)
Look Ryan - this is how you do it. Dad - I've had enough of this snow.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Look what Santa left in our stocking

Marc's mom made Ryan a stocking for Christmas so Ryan decided to model it for us.
He really liked it.