October 29, 2010

Daddy & Christian's Adventure

In September, Larry flew to Pennsylvania to attend his grandfather's funeral. He decided at the last moment to bring along Christian (despite Krista's extreme concern that Larry would never be able to handle him on his own). It did turn out to be quite the undertaking as Larry had to single-handedly wrangle Christian through airport security and keep him entertained for six hours of flight time, two takeoffs, two landings, a layover, and two hours of driving; only to have to turn around two days later and do the whole trip again in reverse. As if that were not enough, they missed their return flight after being stuck in traffic for three hours and had to travel back to Larry's parents' house until they could catch a later flight (adding another five hours of driving to an already long trip). By the time they finally boarded their flight home, Christian had already spent more than eight hours in a car and it was fast approaching his bedtime. All things considered, Christian really hung in there and proved to be a pretty happy and resilient little guy. Here's a quick slide show of their adventure (omitted are all the pictures of Christian crying and frantically trying to escape from his father's grasp to roam the airplane aisle).
Despite the long hours of traveling, Christian was in great spirits and was happy to see his Grandma and Grandpa Furr.

Here is Larry's father with his siblings Teri, Randy, and Cheri, immediately following the funeral.

Later that day the family got together to visit. Christian had a lot of fun playing with his cousin Abby and Larry's cousin Annie.

Back at Grandma and Grandpa Furr's house, Christian and Abby got in some quality time together.

They especially enjoyed playing on the piano together.

Here are the cousins playing a duet.

Although it was a strenuous trip, Larry and Christian are very happy that they made the trip to Pennsylvania to visit with family and honor the memory of Great Grandpa Furr.

October 25, 2010

Grandpa Furr: 1926 - 2010

Archie (Art) Lee Furr, 84, passed away Monday, September 20, 2010 at Harrisburg Hospital. Born June 16, 1926 in Stanley County, North Carolina, Art was the son of the late Alanzo and Lona (Turner) Furr. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in engineering and completed his post-graduate studies at Syracuse University. Art was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, having served on the lighter-than-air blimp squadron in Lakehurst, New Jersey. He was married to Anita Perrucci on December 29, 1951.

Art began his professional career in New York working for IBM. In 1965, he relocated from Port Chester, New York to Pennsylvania as part of his promotion to General Manager of the IBM plant in Mechanicsburg. Beginning in 1975, Art spent several years in Paris, France as an expatriate for IBM, returning again to Mechanicsburg in 1977. After 32 years at IBM, Art qualified for an early retirement. He later moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he accepted a position as Director of Logistics at Wang Laboratories. After several years at Wang, Art moved to Anaheim, California where he was Vice President at Anacomp. After leaving Anacomp, Art returned once again to Mechanicsburg where he spent the remainder of his retirement in real estate sales.

Four generations of FurrsArt, Larry, Larry, and AvaDecember 21, 2007

Art was a member of the Silver Spring Presbyterian Church and the Mechanicsburg Club. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anita on March 15, 1997; and sister, Barbara Ann Allman. Art is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Yeager) Furr; four children, Cheri Fisher of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Durand Furr of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, Larry Furr of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and Teri Furr of Hoboken, New Jersey; five grandsons, Larry, Ryan, Daniel, Jamison, and Jordan; a granddaughter, Annie; and three great grandchildren, Ava, Abigail, and Christian.


These are some pictures from Art and Anita's wedding...

The bride and groom

Anita getting ready

Anita with her parents Cosimo and Lee

Arriving at the wedding ceremony

Anita being escorted by her father Cosimo

And here are some pictures of Art while he was with IBM...

October 18, 2010

One Year Old (+ a month)

We recently had Christian's 1-year portraits taken at DMC Studios.

In the spirit of full disclosure, we were a little slow to schedule them. So by the time the pictures were taken (a week ago today), Christian was already 13 months old. Hopefully this will not offend anyone's senses.
As you can see, Christian was extremely amenable to having his pictures taken. It helped that he thought the photographer's camera looked really fun. However, it didn't help that on several occasions he got precariously close to lunging to try and grab it.
He even allowed us to put this hat on his head for a few pictures.
While Christian was changing into another outfit, Ava stepped in front of the lens for a few pictures.
And of course we had to get some pictures of our two cute little kids together (never an easy task).
Christian was excited to have the photographer all to himself again (or maybe he was just excited to have another shot at getting his little hands on her camera).
Then he decided to get a little serious on us...
...but that didn't last for long once he saw this way cool armchair. (Incidentally, Ava has a pink armchair like this at home, of which Christian is extremely jealous).
And then Christian decided he was done with pictures and ready to go home.
We are so pleased with how well these pictures turned out, but sad to see our little guy growing up so quickly.

October 11, 2010

Ava's First Day at Dance

In August, Ava started dance classes. She had been wanting to take dance for a long time and was super excited for her first day of class.

She is taking a ballet and tap class. Here she is all ready to go!

Though she was disappointed that they don't do somersaults in her dance class, Ava has loved going to dance. She does her "step kicks" and her "step passes" all over the house! In other news, in August, Ava also attended her first car show.

The car show was at the Thanksgiving Point gardens which was one of our favorite places to go last summer.

This was Ava's favorite car. She was very excited that it matched her dress.

October 4, 2010

Christian's First Birthday

On September 8th our sweet little Christian turned one.

For his first birthday party, we had a baby blue and brown polka-dot theme.

We had yummy cupcakes, ice cream, birthday cake, and lots of candy. (We still have lots of candy left if anyone is interested.)

When it was time for cake, we found that Christian was not very interested in the cake and just wanted his bottle.

We are so thankful for all of Christian's family and friends that were able to come to his birthday party. Christian was so excited for all of his fun gifts.

Here is Ava (Krista's party planning helper) and Jordan (Krista's cousin Whitney's little boy). Jordan and Christian are just a week apart in age and are naturally the best of friends.

The kids were super excited to crawl inside of Christian's new sandbox. Christian was determined to crawl up the umbrella pole.

He was also excited to play with his new blocks with the older boys, cousins Seth and Luke.

We love you Christian and are so happy to have you in our family!