Things are well in Corvallis. We were lucky enough to have Christy's mom Sheryl and Christy's aunt Patty come out for a visit. We had a very good time with them and they had a great time with Anders and Henry.
Anders is taking early swim/water lessons with Christy and is doing great! Christy says the instructor thinks Anders is a natural. He is doing so well in fact, that recently Christy and Anders moved up from the Water Babies class to the Water Kids class. He is very nearly backfloating on his own, and happily swims under water. I haven't had a chance to go swimming with Anders yet, but plan to soon, maybe this weekend.
My colleague at OSU, Dr. Annette von Jouanne is a big swimmer. Her whole family is, actually. She paid me one of the most interesting compliments I have ever received the other day. I was telling her about Anders achievements in swimming and Annette mentioned perhaps he had inherited my physique. She said I could have been a champion backstroker on account of my having long arms, flexible ankles, and a "back like a hull." It still makes me laugh. Coming from her it was a big compliment because of her swimming background. A swimming proclivity is never something I imagined I had. I don't feel uncomfortable in the water, but I certainly never felt that I was anything special. Maybe if I would have backstroked more. Sigh, what could have been...
Fall has descended full force in the last few weeks. The trees have turned and are quickly losing their leaves. It has been chilly in the mornings on my bike ride to work, although it certainly won't get as bad as some of those February mornings back in Minneapolis. Now in the last few days the rain has come in. Folks around here seem to think this is the coming of the winter rainy season, and things will be wet for the rest of the winter. In a way I like it; I have always been a rainy weather person. It's thoughtful weather. But on the other hand it can get tiresome if it drags on too long and it's nice not to get too wet when biking. I think I will miss the snow.
Things are well at OSU. My class is going well, and I have received some very nice positive feedback from students and other faculty. Things are going well on the research side too. There are the ongoing wave energy projects and I was recently contacted by an aerospace company about a possible $200k, 2 year project. I can't discuss the details yet, but if it goes through it will be a nice contract to have under my belt, and will give our group some useful expertise in equipment and technology relevant to renewable energy applications.
Lastly, we were recently in Portland for a quick weekend. We journeyed with our neighbors Tim, Heather, and Henry, who were going to attend a birthday party for one of their friends. It was a very nice visit and we would like to sincerely thank everyone there, especially Heather's aunt Sue and her husband Bruce for their hospitality. On the way back we drove out to the coast and had dinner and spent just a little bit of time on the beach. Both Anders and Henry love the beach. When we drove over the crest into the first coastal town and the ocean became visible on the horizon, Anders made his excited noise, which is typically a low moan made on a breath inhale, like a creaky door. It's very cute.
Anders has been a ton of fun lately. He is really developing fast, physically and mentally. He has started putting two or three words together and his enunciation gets clearer all the time. He is also working very hard on his motor skills. He just very recently learned to jump, as you can see in the video. He is such a fun, happy, good-natured little guy. I love hearing his excited footsteps down the hall as he comes to greet me when I walk in the door at the end of the work day.
Here is a clip of Anders taking some of his very first real jumps.