Recovering from the Collapse & New Milestones

I'm eating rice cereal now!     Hangin' Out in My Overalls

I think I have recovered from the greatest upset in NFL history, finally. It took a day or two to lose that sick feeling that started around midway through the third quarter. I can’t remember the last sporting event that made me feel physically ill, as I watched. Even more eerie, Hadley began wailing inconsolably after Randy Moss caught the Patriot’s go ahead touchdown with just under three minutes left in the game. It was as if she sensed New England’s bid for sports immortality was ebbing and waning under the Giants final, game winning drive. Although, maybe she was just overly tired, hungry, and sensing the heightened tension in the room. In the spirit of Super Bowl betting, I say it’s a “pick ‘em.”

Getting Ready for the Game with Grandpa

Watching the Game with Grandpa

There is great news from the Haas household as little Miss Hadley reaches more and more milestones. Two weeks ago she began rolling over like it was her job. She had already flipped from her back to her belly a few times, but didn’t seem terribly interested, favoring a twisted, half flip, allowing her to look around without having to completely turn. Then one day she just started rolling onto her belly without a hitch and was nearly incapable of staying on her back. A week later, Ali had her mastering the next flip, from belly to back. So now, Hadley is a rolling stone to be sure, flip-flopping over and over again, rolling to various areas all around the room. She looks terribly impatient about crawling by the way.

What's that you say?   Don't bother me, I'm thinking.

Getting Some Love from Dad

Mid-roll   Watch Me Play!

Since the last post, Ali has begun a life of leisure with our baby girl, having left her job to stay at home to live on my teacher’s salary. Of course, her two biggest concerns are alive and well. That she will forget how to speak with adults and that Hadley will think staying at home is infinitely more boring than the day care center. Undoubtedly, Hadley will miss the level of stimulation some. The staff commented that they nicknamed our daughter Nosy Rosy, because she was always craning to see what was going on in the room with all the other kids. This is not terribly surprising, considering how distracted she can be when Ali is feeding her, scanning the room for me, if I am there, or just to eyeball her toys, making sure they are still where she left them.

Napping with Dad While He Works

Look, Dad! I like computers too!   I'm Getting Good at This

All in all things have been going rather well for all of us. Both Ali and I just keep marveling at how fast our little girl is growing and learning, while trying to get the house more prepared for her graduation to mobile.

In the New Toy!     Always Posing

New England Sports Dominance & Hadley’s First Halloween

I have been meaning to write something about the Red Sox since last week. Only a week and a half ago the Red Sox won their second World Series in the last three years and it is already ancient history.

What a transformation.

Apart from the floating rally downtown, Red Sox Nation has simply come to expect post season victories, now the that the curse has been broken. Maybe it was the fact that they didn’t meet the Yankees during October, but this year’s team won and it almost seemed anti-climactic. For all the hype of Colorado’s sizzling stretch run, this one never seemed to be in doubt. Perhaps that’s another reason for the short memories.

Of course, Monday morning, following the celebration in Denver, the Red Sox were very nearly overshadowed by the charging behemoth that is the local NFL franchise. There is no question that this is decidedly a baseball town, and the Red Sox reign. Yet, the Patriot beatdown of the Redskins, earlier that afternoon, was so spectacular that it drew the ire of the sporting world. Moreover, the midseason showdown against the Colts was looming so large on the horizon, it seems these two events stole some of the Red Sox sunshine. Plus, is there a team in the NFL that is likely to beat the Patriots at this moment, because Indy was unanimously the best of the rest and defending champ?

Hadley, however, was ready to go for game four with support for Tito’s team. Witness her below laughing with joy in her Red Sox gear.

On a separate note entirely, Halloween came and went rather quickly too. Yet, we still managed to outfit Hadley with some amusing holiday garb. Aunt Keri had set Hadley up with a peanut costume before birth. Unfortunately it proves hard to tell whether she is a peanut or simply a beige blob. Concerned, Ali secured an alternative for necessary costume changes. The result is a nearly two foot long dog, covered with savory mustard striping. Doesn’t she look positively delicious? Ali often tells our beloved daughter, “I just want to eat you.” Staring at the large all beef looking dog, I suddenly understood this idea on a whole new level.

Beyond that, here are some other pics of the little cutie!