Hi there, everybody. This is Jeff, finally getting around to putting some photos on our blog again. We were quite busy for a while there, and then I think we just got out of the habit of posting, and well... enough excuses, LET'S SEE SOME PICS!
I'm planning to go sort of chronologically as we catch up on photos, and here's a disclaimer that there are quite a few of these things. But I figured there are some folks out there who have been in Avery-withdrawal, and need a heavy dose, and I'm happy to oblige.
The first pictures are of Avery going to visit Santa at the mall back in December. She was excited about it, and happy as we threw money in the fountain...

...and SIGNIFICANTLY less excited when she actually met Santa...

... and then eventually willing to pose and smile, at a safe distance from him. (Isn't it weird that he's not wearing a red suit, by the way? Huh. I wonder if it's some kind of Colorado thing or just an eccentric Santa.)

And then she was much happier to give a hug to an inanimate reindeer-shaped object.

So now we'll fast-forward to a few pics from Christmas in Arizona. Avery got lots of fun stuff, including the coolest little indoor trampoline ever from Steph's folks. She was also a great little helper to Daddy as they make pumpkin bread together.

And now I'll leave you with a couple pics from today. Just in the last couple days she's started enjoying coloring books - and I mean REALLY enjoying it. She finally figured out how to do more than just draw a few lines on a coloring book page, and she's done like 10 pages in the last two days. So here's an action shot of her focused work, and then a proud little pose. (And Steph wanted me to mention that Avery's crazy hair is the result of swim-class today.)
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  1. Kelly on January 20, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    the lack of the red suit was the first thing i noticed in the santa pictures. maybe it was at the cleaners...

  2. Stacey on January 22, 2008 at 8:44 AM

    Jeff-I hope you didn't bake that pumpkin bread at 250deg! :) Avery and Santa sure are cute together. I miss you guys!

  3. j.ro on January 22, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    i thought the same thing about santa and was glad you mentioned it :o)

    i love love love avery's dedicated coloring. very impressive!

    jeff, i've been listening to pandora.com, so I'm actually hearing music outside of my little box. it's been fun and thought you might be proud to know that i actually purchased a cd that came out in 2007 ... crazy i know!

  4. Leah on January 23, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Hey Smith family, I check your blog regularly and have found that this blog checking makes me a very bad one sided friend. I hear about you but don't really contact you at all.

    Hope loves to check out Avery's pictures, especially the videos, she wants me to play them over and over again. She misses her best friend Avery.

    And now I must recommend that Jeff go out and immediately rent the independent film, "Once" if he hasn't already. Real cool music. You'll like it. The lead singer of the Frames stars in it and another band member directed. Check it out I don't think you'll be disappointed.

    There, now I'm giving back as friends are supposed to do.

    Miss you too much, makes me sad.:(