Thursday, July 21, 2011

What's in a name?

Thought you might like to hear a little background on the name.

Gwen: We spent a lot of time thinking about a name for our baby girl. There was a list of requirements and frequent trips to this website to analyze popularity trends. In the end, it turned out to be the only name that fit all our search criteria and that we both really liked. It means "white, fair, blessed". As an added bonus, one of my Grandma Brown's very best friends was named Gwen.

Sophronia: meaning: wise. Levi Orlando is named after Jerry's grandfather, Jerry Orlando Mortensen. So, we thought it a good trend to stick with a family name for the middle name. So Gwen's middle is after my Grandpa Brown's great-great grandmother Sophronia Kelley. Sophronia Kelley was a Mormon pioneer who joined the church and traveled to Salt Lake City with the saints. She was present when Brigham Young assumed leadership of the church. I found the following story about her on a genealogy website (told by her daughter).

"The next incident I must refer to was while crossing the Missouri River. My mother was driving her own team and wagon of supplies with her baby on her lap. The water was so deep the box on the wagon she was riding in floated off the wagon and tipped over, throwing her and her baby into the water. Her brother, who had crossed the river just ahead, ran down the stream, climbed out on some willows that reached out over the water. Reaching down from this position, he caught her clothes as she went under and held her until help arrived. She was unconscious as they dragged her onto the bank, but was still holding the baby."

As an added bonus, Joseph Smith had a sister named Sophronia. She was born in Tunbridge, Vermont, which is about 30 miles from where we are now living.

Pictured: Sophronia Kelley

some good ones

In case you didn't recognize it, that is Krissie being a Tyrannosaurus for Levi. What a good friend she is.

Friday, July 15, 2011


These pictures make me happy.

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Help

I have some amazing parents. After a visit from dad and kathy and then from mom, I felt so lucky and more than a bit spoiled. And Levi, well he soaked up every minute of the grandparent attention. Here's just a sampling of our good times together.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

4 weeks old

I can't do magic with the camera or post production like Viv can, but I tried to snap a few when Gwen had her eyes open this morning. Here ya go grandparents. She'll be 4 weeks old on tuesday.

 Inadvertent smile?

Spooked or suspicious? I can never tell and this seems to be her preferred look when she's just hanging around.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


I know a bunch of you probably just want to see baby pics but too bad. Instead I wanted to show you a little demo of our seasons.

Exhibit A: Our visit to Mascoma lake this morning.

Exhibit B: The same lake and roughly the same spot 6 months ago.

Note: If you interested in perfoming miracles, it is considerably easier to walk on water in January.

We're trying our best to enjoy the season (summer season, and newborn season) we are in right now, without getting too anxious about whatever freezes might come our way again.

And I guess I'll put a bonus pic at the end again as a reward for making it to the end of the post. I think they'll be good friends.