These pictures were taken in September by Natalie Norton at Erik and Kindsay Nortons wedding. I love, love, love, love, love these photographs. they make me happy when I look at them. Thank you Natalie for taking these without us even knowing it. I will always treasure them.
Erik has had the back of his hair cut a few times to avoid the appearance of a mullet but never really needed the rest of his hair cut until a few weeks ago. We were a little worried that he wouldn't sit still through the event but the girl knew what she was doing and right away gave him a sucker. He was calm and sat still the entire time. He was extremely sticky but very handsome in the end.
To celebrate Lindsay's birthday (February 5), Lindsay and I spent a Friday and Saturday together in Julian at a cool Bed and Breakfast. Erik played with his Grandma and Grandpa in Ramona while we spent a fun, relaxing (and much needed) night to ourselves.
Just prior to our Julian getaway, I successfully completed my resolution for the new year, to grow a beard! Some people make resolutions that challenge themselves to reach new heights. Others make goals at the new year to improve humanity and the condition of those less fortunate than themselves. But not me. Not this year. I resolved to display my manliness to all I met by wearing it on my face! (Josh, my brother-in-law, tells me mustaches and the like promote issues of men's health). But I grew this work of art for purely selfish reasons.
Ultimately my beard proved too scratchy and water droplets would constantly remain after I drank anything, so I decided to display my manliness in more subtle ways, like performing acts of heroism. You know, like the things James Bond or border patrol agents do.
And alas, the slide Erik cannot get enough of. Santa sent it in the mail a week late. He said something about all the stores in San Diego County and the North Pole being out of this particular toy. So other things were left under the tree, and the mail man brought this shortly thereafter.
In January, Erik learned to climb onto the bathroom counter and into the bathroom sink. He loves to sit in the sink, play with the things left on the counter and to brush his teeth, all from within the friendly confines of the bathroom sink!
NOTE: Since February, Erik is no longer allowed in the sink because he insists on turning on the water, even if he is fully clothed.
Seeing that a new blog posting is long overdue, and being tired of having friends make jokes about our inability to keep up in this fast paced blogging world, we promise to have new postings before the weekend is out!
Our Branch of the McBride family was established in August 2005 when Lindsay and Spencer were married for time and all eternity in the San Diego California Temple. Its ranks grew to three in August 2006 when Erik Clark McBride was born in Kailua, Hawaii. We now number four with the addition of Laney De McBride, born in August 2008 in Poway, California (I guess we are just August people). So welcome to our fan club's unofficial website. We are, afterall, our own biggest fans!