Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Keep on Tapping

Even though Celeste and I have chosen to abstain from doing any more plays and musicals for a while, it doesn't mean we're out for the count. A local high school has recruited us to teach them some tap moves! So every Thursday we go to the high school and spend an hour teaching basic tap. It is SO FUN! I forgot how much fun it was to tap. It's been too long since I've put on the tap shoes. It's also great to be teaching tap to others. The world should be drowned in a cacophany of clicks and clacks. Anyone that knows anything about tap should teach their neighbor. I bet the world would be a much happier place!

So after we teach the classes, we're going to choreograph the title song of their school musical, Anything Goes. So that's going to be an adventure as well.

Well, here's a simple shout out to TAP!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Christmas Picture

For those, who don't know, every year in the Barrand family we do a "themed" picture. Here's 2006 for ya. If you need me to spell it out for you: We are cannibal's eating misssionaries. .....What exactly is Brad feeling right now?
Why did I marry into this family?
I look really hot in animal skins!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Baby Girl

Between the legs shot- Notice anything missing?

So we found out today that we are having an active baby girl! It was a really fun experience to see her punching and moving. We were hoping for a boy, so now we're adjusting our thinking and getting hyped for all the girl stuff. And first things first: the names! Here is a list of names we are thinking about for our girl.


Vote on what you think!

Side View -she is rubbing her eye on the far side

Front View- Peek-A-Boo! (both hands covering her eyes)

Side View- She has her hand in her mouth, biting her nails? Just like Mom!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Christmas fun

From Christmas 2006

So our Christmas break was just the best thing ever. When will we ever have the same opportunity again? Never! We left Illinois on Dec 18th and we didn't get back until Jan 7th. That is like 20 days! It was practically as long as our Europe trip (but at 1/10 the cost!) Needless to say, we had a blast and we loved being around family. Famiy is just great. It's not always harmonious because there are new members joining the family left and right, and eveyone is moving in different directions, and things are always changing (but hey, it wasn't always harmonious 10 years ago either!) But it's always fun, and always filled with love. And that makes for a perfectly relaxing Christmas vacation.

This year we got a digital camera for christmas, so we caught up with you "real" bloggers. Now we can point and shoot and upload. And just in time too, since Celeste will be having a baby in just 4 short months....or is it long months?

Too bad we didn't have it in Texas with my family. We didn't nab any sweet shots of the fam. But we did get some in Colorado.
From Christmas 2006

From Christmas 2006

By far my most favorite gift this Christmas was Guitar Hero II. It was a spectacular success at my house, and did pretty well in Colorado too. Parents even joined the ranks of excited gamers waiting their turns. And it was well worth the extra effort to drag the guitars along with us on 3 different flights to share the happiness with others.

My favorite thing we did during the trip was our day in Fredericksburg, TX. It is a quaint little German-town in TX. On main street, there are tons of shops and restaurants and it was fun to wander along in beautiful weather and just enjoy the day. Plus the town has an interesting tie-in with the Mormon settlers in TX. The Germans of Fredericksburg were tradesmen and craftsmen and didn't really know how to be farmers. Luckily some Mormon settlers came in and had a mill and helped the townspeople a lot. So that makes the town even cooler.

And finally, my favorite game of the break was Empire Builders the Europe version. It is a phenomenal game about carrying goods from city to city to earn money. First one to $250 million wins! It's so creative too. You each have to build train tracks, and the game board is basically a big connect-the-dot, and you each have a crayon to do just that...connect dots to build your railroads. Each dot costs a certain amount so you have to balance where you pick up goods, where you drop them off, how much money it costs to build the tracks, and how much money you get at delivery. It's really fun! And I have to boast just a tad...Celeste's Dad is a master at the game. He practically wins every single time he plays. I've never won before (we played the America version last year). And I won this trip! Let me tell you, that is no small feat against Dad Barrand.