Friday, February 29, 2008

Amateur Wedding Photographer

My younger brother Trevor was married today. He and his new wife Amanda were married in the Richland, WA LDS temple. It was a beautiful ceremony. It was so cool to be in there with them as they were being sealed. I was reminded of the covenants that I made when I was married to Jeanie. I am so happy to be married to a wonderful woman who loves me so much. I know that Jeanie, Jewell, and I are going to be together forever. I love my family so much and am excited for Trevor and Amanda now that they are starting their own family. I nominated myself to take some pictures for them today. I have included a few of my favorites in this post.

One Month Birthday!

Jewell is one month old today. And just as cute as ever. This is a picture of her that I took at Trevor's wedding today. We had to leave her with someone else while we were in the temple for the ceremony. It was the first time that Jeanie and I have both left her. As soon as the ceremony was over we rushed back outside to be back with her. Happy one month baby Jewell!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Dr. Mario

I have found a new name for addiction and it is Dr. Mario. So yesterday I was fooling around on the internet. (In case you don't know that's a thing that Al Gore invented.) I decided that I wanted to get some more ROMs for my Nindendo emulator. So I found a site that gave the top 100 NES games to get some suggestions on the best games to download. One of the games on that list was Dr. Mario. In the last 24 hours I have played Dr. Mario for at least 6 hours and maybe more. (That might not seem like much but I don't exactly have 6 hours to spare.) My sister Tiffany and I spent all of last evening playing. And I can't stop thinking about going and playing some more right now. I believe that Tiffany has caught this addiction also. Her eyes lit up when I mentioned that I might bring the Xbox (modded with NES emulator) home with me this weekend. Just the mere thought of playing some more Dr. Mario glazes my eyes over and all I see are little pills falling into a bottle. Kind of ironic that a video game about drugs falling into a pill bottle is addictive isn't it?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Aunt Tiffany

Jewell's aunt Tiffany came to visit this week. She came from Tennessee for my brother Trevor's wedding that's on Friday. So she flew into Seattle a little early so she could come see Jewell.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Baby Mohawk

I love doing this with her hair now. I don't think I'd be a big fan of it if she decides to keep the look when she's older. She wasn't in the best mood when I took these pics. Probably because she's been sick the last couple of days. (It breaks my heart every time I hear her little cough.)

A Walk in the Park

The weather in Seattle has been amazing for the last week! Unfortunately I have been mostly cooped up inside. Normally I would have been out climbing but I am still recovering from a tendon injury. So I was planning on going to a Mountain Bike park in Seattle proper that I just found about. But that didn't happen. So the extent of my outdoor activity for this lovely weather has been... A walk in the park! (There are no pictures of me because I'm the family cameraman.)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

26 Years Later

Jeanie pulled out her scrapbook the other day and showed be a photo of her with her old baby quilt. It just so happens that we still have that quilt. So at her request we did our best to recreate the picture of her when she was a baby. Jeanie(mother) is on the left and Jewell(daughter) is on the right. The photo of Jeanie was taken in October of 1981 and the photo of Jewell was taken in February of 2008.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Background Chooser

I have added a background chooser to the blog. You just click the background that you want. This will be a semi-permanent addition to the sidebar. (The random background feature is still active.) I'll try to add the holiday layouts to this feature sometime soon. Here it is:

Monday, February 18, 2008

Uncle Blake

Uncle Blake came to visit today. He's up in Seattle to go to the Marlyn Manson concert. Jewell was a good girl and resisted the urge to pull on his creepy-guy goatee. (I once had a creepy-guy goatee myself.)

Friday, February 15, 2008

Grandma & Grandpa Nelson are in Town!

My parents just got here today. It is there first time seeing Jewell. There got here at a really good time. Jewell was awake and in a good mood. She seemed a little bewildered by the new faces she was seeing. She wasn't upset though. Of course I was manning the camera. Here are some pics. The last picture is pretty much real time. Grandpa and Jewell are both napping on the LoveSac right now.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day! This layout is only supposed to display today only but my server is confused about what day it actually is. So this layout may be up for an extra day. My little Valentine: Some of our Valentines decorations:

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Two Weeks!

Jewell is two weeks old today. I am still loving every minute of being a dad -- well almost every minute. Really the only thing that I don't like is when she is crying and I don't know what to do to make her happy. I don't mind changing diapers. I don't mind getting up and holding her during the night. Here's some pics from when Uncle Jeremy and family came to visit. Unfortunately I couldn't be there when they came because I was off shooting a film for one of my school projects.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Baby & Daddy

The first thing on my todo list when I get home:

Baby & Daddy, originally uploaded by longroper.

She's nice and quiet when we clean her head. It's the rest of the bath that she's not so fond of.

The Good Part, originally uploaded by longroper.

This is what I like to call the swoop. It's where Dad comes in and takes over for the fun part.

The Afterbath, originally uploaded by longroper.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

One Week Old!

We have had our little baby for one week now. Every time I look at her I just melt. It's amazing to think that she's really our's to love and take care of. So I finally got the video camera out and took some footage of her today. It's a bit long so don't feel obligated to watch it all. Enjoy.

Monday, February 4, 2008

New Look

I've been fooling around with the template for our blog a little bit. My latest change is to make the background a random pattern. Check it out. Hit your browser refresh and see what happens. Patterns courtesy of squidfingers though I hope to add some custom ones in the near future.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Eating From a Bottle

Jewell ate from a bottle for the first time today. It was very empowering for me. Before there were times when she would cry and only mommy could take care of it by feeding her. Well now I to can fulfill my little baby's needs. (Of course I still can't supply the milk.) And now I am obligated to wake up in the night and feed her. I guess being able to help my wife is not such a bad thing though.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Sleeping On Daddy

Sleeping On Daddy, originally uploaded by longroper.

Jewell didn't sleep too well on her first couple of nights home. Last night she was wonderful though. This morning she stayed awake laying on my chest and she was being such a cutie. Up till now most of the time that she's been awake she's been either eating or crying. So it exciting when she stays awake and is just chillin'.

The picture on this post is the morning of her first night home. That night she wouldn't sleep in her bassinet so we ended up having her sleep on our chests.