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Website Upgraded! Videos now more fun to watch…

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

When we were in Boston last week, it became clear that our little family website was a bit more popular than we had realized and the traffic was bogging down our little “beginner” webserver (we realized we had a problem when the entire staff of NWOA all reported that they had seen all of our videos!). Folks on the East Coast, in particular, weren’t having a great experience with the videos, which were taking too long to download.

This weekend, I upgraded our servers, moving to a new hosting facility. That means that videos in our photo gallery should download a LOT faster now—no more waiting for them to load!

I have two favors to ask:

1) This upgrade was a bit more manual than I would have liked. That means that you may come across parts of the website that are broken. I’ve tried to make sure everything works, so please let me know if you find something broken!!

2) The upgrade took me about five hours over two days, and mommy Holly got a little grumpy over it. Do me a favor and tell her (call, email, whatever!) how excited you are about the website upgrade—how much you love the zippiness of the new site… But don’t tell her that I told you to say it! 😉 (if you don’t have her contact info memorized, you can find it on the About Us page)


Avi’s First Wave

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

If you’ve been reading the blog, you know that these young parents tend to dote on the small milestones in our son’s life: a somersault, hanging in a swing, and even pooping. Well, I think we’ve now reached a milestone that we can all agree is a very Big Milestone: Avi’s first Wave. Why so major? Well, if you think about it, a Wave really signifies a certain social awareness of what is going on around you, a recognition of how people interact with each other. Yes, the Wave is a Big Deal. And, by coincidence, Avi’s first Wave was caught on video and happened to take place at Fenway Park (what could make a Boston Dad more proud??), thanks to the generosity of Avi’s Great Aunt Linda (who also witnessed Avi’s first Wave and was extremely excited) and Great Uncle Kenny (thanks GAL and GUK!), who gave us tickets to the game.

No teaser photo here–it’s best for you to just go directly to the video: one you don’t want to miss!

Avi Devours an Entire Sandwich at the Carnegie Deli

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Have you ever eaten ONE FOOD exclusively for three and a half months? Well, Avi has. Uncle Jake pointed out to him that he’s really cheating himself out of some of the more delicious aspects life (and Grossmans don’t go light on food!). Until now, Avi had been very satisfied with just milk all day every day but Uncle Jake got him thinking and Avi decided that he wanted to branch out. So, when we took a little excursion to NYC (because Dad had some work there), Avi started making noise about wanting to try some deli… And not just ANY deli–Avi wanted a Reuben (with cole slaw, of course) from the Carnegie Deli. And so that’s what he ordered and he devoured the entire thing! Man, we really should have taken a video of it. Instead, we only have this picture, taken right before he started eating it…

Avi also visited with some new friends and NYC and he REALLY LOVED Times Square. Some pictures and a short video are now posted to the Photo Gallery.

Gimmie somma dat!

Gimmie somma dat!

Meeting Avi’s Great Grandmother

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Avi got to meet his great grandmother “Nanny” (91 years Avi’s senior) a couple of days ago and loved every minute of it. You’ll remember that Avi Aaron was named after Nanny’s late husband, so it was quite a special moment when the two met. Luckily, we caught it on video, now posted in the photo gallery.

Avi and Nanny had met each other over video chat a number of times previously, but this was their first in-person meeting…

Avi Aaron and his Great Grandmother "Nanny"

Avi Aaron and his Great Grandmother "Nanny"

He Flies through the Air with the Greatest of Ease

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

The other day, Holly and Avi went to the park with our neighbors and our Little Gymnast (see previous post) showed his aerial acrobatic skills! Check out the new video of Avi on his first Swing, as he flies through the air with the greatest of ease… Now posted in the Photo Gallery.

Three Month Photoshoot Pictures

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Avi turned three months old last week. And to celebrate his Three Month Birthday, we… (wait for it) … had a photoshoot!! Surprised? What if I told you it was actually four different photoshoots?!?

Don’t worry, of the many dozens of pictures we took, we have hand-selected only the best dozen to post here. We’ve added them to the begining of the existing Monthly Birthday Photoshoot set. Enjoy!

Avi turns Three (months)!

Avi turns Three (months)!

Dear Someone, Thank You for the Big Belly Bank!

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Earlier this week we received a gift for Avi—a really cool piggy bank called a Big Belly Bank. We’d really love to write the generous giver of the gift a proper thank-you note but we have no idea who you are! We checked inside the box and the return address on the box (Elizabethtown, NY), checked our Baby Registry (which keeps track, automatically, of anything ordered from there), and we even tried to call the store that sells these to figure it out… but we’ve come up empty-handed.

So, Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous Gift Giver–thank you! Please don’t stay anonymous forever!

Did you give Avi this cool personalized Big Belly Bank??

Did you give Avi this cool personalized Big Belly Bank??

Training for London 2012

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Who needs to crawl or walk when you can just somersault wherever you want to go? That’s what Avi figures. And, not satisfied with just getting somewhere, Avi has thrown his full spirit into gymnastics—he has declared enthusiastically that he is now officially In Training for the 2012 Olympics in London, with plans to take home the Gold. In addition to maintaining a strict diet appropriate for an athlete of his caliber (exclusively breast milk), Avi can be found perfecting his routine in the gym. A “human interest story” in the making, NBC’s cameras snuck into Avi’s latest training session and captured a bit of footage that you are likely to see on TV in 2012… If you don’t want to wait that long, we’ve posted the video in our photo gallery for you to see.

"So which one of you is going to get the Silver?"

"So which one of you is going to get the Silver?"