Wow, it's been a while since I've posted anything about our lives...
Well, anyways, Alex is now almost nine months old and is able to sit, crawl, and pull herself up to standing on coffee tables, couches, etc. So as of today, the crib is now on its lowest setting.
We went down to Texas to visit both sides of the family for Christmas. Alex took the trip down there like a champ, and while the trip back was significantly worse, it still wasn't too bad. She now has several new, noise-making toys with which to annoy me. Ugh...
Like her daddy was, she is completely awestruck by German Shepherds and shows no fear around them at all. They aren't terribly interested in her, but they are very tolerant of her when she approaches them.
She now has three teeth--the middle and right side incisors on the bottom.
Finally, I've been saving up money for quite a while now hoping to get a new 6-string guitar. My Larrivee 12-string (an L-03-12RE) has been awesome, but my old Seagull just hasn't been keeping up lately. The cedar top just soaks up the sound, even with new strings, the electronics don't work well, even with a new battery, and the bridge and neck need some serious work to get it to play in tune. It's been a good guitar, but it's still only a mid-quality instrument. Time to upgrade.
I'm sold on Larrivee's guitars for several reasons, so I knew I wanted a 6-string to match the one I already had. I've been looking on Craigslist and saving every bit of the money I received for birthdays and Christmas, but nobody in St. Louis was selling anything I was terribly interested in. Before this last Christmas, I had $510 saved up, and I'd priced a new one at about $1,200 (+tax). So, quite a ways to go.
Before we left for Texas, I checked the Craigslist there and found a 6-year-old L-03 SP with factory installed electronics, and the guy was asking $700. He'd taken good care of it and had a tech at Guitar Center check it out, so all my questions answered satisfactorily, I got myself another guitar. With the gifts from this Christmas, I not only covered the rest of it, but I also have enough left over for a good start toward a new computer.
I bought her on December 21, 2013. Her name is Solstice.