Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Big Hat

I guess you can call this our own version of way-back Wednesdays, or In the Past Fridays, or whatever you'd call it on Tuesday. Back when we first had this tiny little dude I thought the cutest thing in the world was him wearing sunglasses and a hat. See, e.g., below. (I'm ashamed at how legal that citation was, sorry).

Sadly after he turned about three months old Beckett turned on sunglasses and wouldn't wear a hat for more than five seconds at a time. Until, that is, he recently figured out that he could wear hats made for a much larger head on his tiny little dome. Hard to believe that he's already 21 months old.

Dawnell suggested that we add another picture of him wearing a big hat, this one is of him in my woolen green cap. It makes me want to purchase sombreros and fedoras to see what Beckett will do with other types of hats that I own.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Circle of Life

About 30 years ago my grandparents gave me a wooden rocking horse. It's solid wood, pretty heavy, and takes up space. Living in a studio in Manhattan, followed by a one bedroom in Jersey City, I never even thought of passing it on to my own kids, at least not without a move back to Utah.

But my mother's insistence and my stepfather's connections got the rocking horse out here, and I'm pleased to report that Beckett loves it. These pictures aren't posed either, Beckett was just loving on the horse.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ipod Shuffle

I know we just had Christmas, but Beckett's birthday is coming up in April and I think I know what to get him. I don't know what he's going to expect when he's sixteen.

Thankfully he has his head phones on so we don't have a Alanis Morissette coming after us like Prince did to this lady and her baby:


I guess we just have to worry about Steve Jobs.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I Love the BCS

I removed the embedded link because it was messing with our formatting on the blog, but I urge everyone to go view the song on Hulu:


I promise this is the last BCS and Utah post of the year, but I wanted to share this great video from SNL about how much Will Forte loves the BCS.

Also, three more additional points:

1) Utah had the 56th best schedule according to Jeff Sagarin. He has Penn State as the 55th toughest schedule and Notre Dame is 50th. Can anyone claim with a straight face that if one of those two "storied" programs had been the only undefeated team in the nation that they would not have won the national title? Exactly.

2) Even the focus on strength of schedule is a bit of a red herring, because it assumes that teams "slip up" against mediocre but not good teams within a conference. This doesn't happen to teams in the top 5-10. They lose to other good teams. Florida ended up playing 5 teams that finished the season ranked in the top 25 (and went 4-1). Utah played four teams in the final top 25 and went undefeated. I'll acknowledge that Florida's conference is tougher, but to me there isn't a huge difference between beating the 58th best team in the country in the computer rankings, such as Tennessee, or beating Wyoming, a team that beat Tennessee on the road but is still ranked 122. A top team is going to destroy both squads pretty easily. The true test is success against other good teams, something that Utah had more than enough of this season to justify their National Championship, which is how I will always remember this season.

3) I got really angry last night when I saw a Sports Illustrated commercial honoring Florida's win in the BCS runner-up game because now I can't subscribe to SI to get my limited edition t-shirt, DVD, and commemorative book in honor of the Utes' unrecognized national title. Oh well, at least the BCS saved me some money this year.

Friday, January 9, 2009

The University of Utah

Dawnell and I both graduated from the University of Utah and are both very pleased that we went there instead of other places. But this post isn't about our education. I just wanted to say thanks to a few people. So here you go:

Thanks to USC, for losing to a team that Utah beat. I'd also like to thank you for playing in a conference that got dominated by the Mountain West Conference all season long.

Thanks to Texas, for winning in the last seconds against a team with two quarterbacks who can't throw a pass five yards straight.

Thanks to Oklahoma and Florida, for both proving beyond any doubt that you were not far and away the two best teams in the nation. Yikes that was a poorly played game last night.

Thanks to the 16 AP voters who got it right and voted for the University of Utah as national champions.

Oh, and on a sarcastic note:

Thanks to the BCS for figuring out a way that a team who goes undefeated with victories over the 6th, 7th, 18th, and 25th best teams in the country doesn't deserve to play for the national title. I'm so glad that instead of rewarding perfection we reward a team that runs up the score on its mediocre opponents and loses at home to Mississippi, a team who only lost four times during the regular season.

There are no legitimate counter-arguments in my (admittedly biased) mind. The Utes schedule was sufficient that a perfect season should not be denied the perfect ending.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

The night before Christmas, and the kids were looking adorable at our house. Here's Beckett with his friend Anna. The next morning Beckett was fascinated by his new train sets. Dawnell and I were actually more fascinated by the battery-powered Thomas set at the top of the picture, but Beckett is an Ikea dude through and through.

He was also fascinated by the new laptop that his cousin got him. Now maybe Dawnell can check her email without Beckett trying to rip the laptop out of her hands.

But Beckett's greatest joy was riding on his new truck. I'm sure all the parents can relate when I say that my greatest joy these days is seeing Beckett's excitement at the little things in life.

Yea 2008!

May your 2009 be as full of fun as every day with Beckett!