Monday, June 20

Cute as a bug

MJ visited the zoo in Lincoln today. She discovered a certain kinship with the creatures there.

Thursday, June 16

Drifting off

MJ heads toward napland with her Lufthansa blanket. Photo courtesy of our friend Liz, who came in from Michigan to visit for a couple of days.

Red, white, and blue

With another successful Flag Day behind us, it's good to read in USA Today that "[t]he Senate may be within one or two votes of passing a constitutional amendment to ban desecration of the U.S. flag, clearing the way for ratification by the states."

That's right - fortunately for all of us, Congress has solved every other problem facing the country, and has turned once again to the yearly flag burning debate. Of course, this year the issue is even more grave than usual. The Citizens Flag Alliance, which supports the amendment and keeps track of these things, reports that flag burning incidents are down only a little in 2005 ... to a total of ONE.

It's a little hard to grasp those kinds of numbers. To put ONE in perspective, think of the number 10, then subtract nine. To use a sports reference, if you had a large football that was as big as 100 football fields, just ONE of those footballs would stretch across some 100 football fields. In astronomical terms, just ONE piece of string as long as the distance between the Earth and the Moon would span all the way from us here on Earth to our closest neighbor, the Moon. It took the Apollo astronauts three days to make the same journey! That's a big piece of string!

So you can see why we need to spend time on the flag amendment.

Monday, June 13

Pondering in the car seat

"If time is an aspect of space, as Einstein showed us," MJ thought, "does that mean that, when my car seat is at rest in space, such as at this stop sign, I am traveling through *time* at the speed of light? And furthermore, why is my binky attached to this plastic chain?"

Friday, June 10

Hey you! Baby!

You'll need to click on this photo to see a larger version. Every day MJ pulls herself up on the footstool so she can look in the mirror behind it. At the same time, an identical baby looks through the mirror from the other side. Weird!

On the town

MJ's first trip to a restaurant, just down the tracks from us at Union Station. With no high chair available, MJ sat in the stroller and enjoyed rubbing colorful food around her mouth.

Wednesday, June 8

It's tiring to be small

MJ fell asleep while she was playing this morning. We covered her up with the blanket her Aunt Amy made. Looking on is the Big Lamb that Uncle Dave no doubt had a hand in picking out.

Hello

MJ's pal Isabel stopped by for a visit on Monday. They mostly discussed 11-dimensional superstring theory. And diapers.

Tuesday, June 7

Friday, June 3

Spoon

MJ likes to steal the spoon at mealtime. She'll chomp down on it and refuse to give it back until all of the food it once neatly contained is rubbed about her face and hands.

Yawn.

On Wednesday MJ took her first Metro ride. Here we are waiting for the train at our stop, heading to the doctor's office for a checkup.