Rocky and I were able to visit Utah for a week and had a great time relaxing with family and friends.
It was a drag that Brandon couldn't come with us but it was worth it when I saw how excited he was when we got back.
It was kind of crazy because my parents have re-done their basement and I was able to stay in my old room. Even though things look much better I could still feel the old comfort that I knew through my young life. I think there is just something special about that house and I'm pretty sure it is the people that live there.
Rocky was able to make a new friend. In memory of Grandpa Jolley she calls her "Feller."
She has a square of white tape on her forehead because Jill and I were using her for a scientific experiment. We wanted to know if she knew that she was the person in the mirror. I heard on the Radio Lab podcast that they tested monkeys by drawing a dot on each forehead and observing if it would react by trying to wipe its own head, or the one in the mirror. The monkeys, incidentally, knew that the dot was on their own bodies. Rocky didn't do so well. Our first experiment failed because she was so enamoured by her face that she never even noticed the tape. We tried again later by using a sticky note with a cartoon drawn on it. She nearly stubbed her finger trying to get it out of the mirror.
I probably could have come to the same conclusion by reading it on Wikipedia but this was a lot more fun.
My little girl is very much like her dad in that she could sleep anytime, anywhere. (With the sad exception of when she is in a late-night flight on the way back to Eugene.) This picture documents how she feels when I wake her up before she is ready. But, when she started to cheer up I took a video of her sleepy eyes.
Unfortunately, at this point the battery in my camera died and I wasn't able to take any more pictures. It is pretty lame that when I get to visit the people that I don't feel I get to see enough I spend all of my camera energy on taking even more pictures of the only one who came back to Eugene with me.