So this is Eliot

Eliot Bitner Dunford was born Monday, 13 October 2008 at 10:01am in Salt Lake City, Utah, weighing 8lbs 11oz and measuring 19in long.

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Baby Number 3

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Dunford Family Christmas Greetings 2007

Just so everyone has access to it:

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Dunford Family Christmas Greetings 2005

Good grief, it’s the middle of January and I’m just NOW finishing this up? Lazy, lazy, lazy…

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Abe is born

Read all about Abraham Hanks Dunford, born Sunday, 7 August 2005, at 5:40am in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Give the gift of livestock

We were a little stumped this year in deciding what to give Wendi’s mom and her new husband for Christmas. They have no kids at home, their home itself is nicely furnished, and they were able to visit us a few months ago on their honeymoon. They frankly don’t really “need” anything.

So we (okay, Wendi, she’s the creative one) decided to give them a share of a sheep from Heifer International. What they do is use the money from donations to purchase anything from pigs to bees to goats (and of course cows) and then gives these animals to people throughout the world. This gift of livestock is designed to be self-sustaining, with the recipient managing the resource through milking, breeding, etc., thus providing long-term benefit to the receivers and their communities.

I’m not sure how they took it, but I guess we are pretty weird, so they may have just chalked it up to us crazy tree-hugging Vermonters (by way of Utah and Georgia).

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Alison walks

2 years. 1 month. 23 days. I cried my eyes out.

Ali Walks – Quicktime, 313kb

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a family update

My brother has been bugging me to update this site, and Alison’s site has been neglected for even longer. I am currently working on some modifications to both but in the meantime, I’m throwing up some eye-candy for all to enjoy.

The month of June in pictures – chronicling our trek west from Vermont and Alison’s birthday.

On an aside, that photo album was made using iPhoto. It took all of 1 minute to resize, thumbnail, and page-ify that. I’ve been looking at other photo album blogging packages but with something as quick and easy as iPhoto, I think it will be an uphill battle.

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Season’s Greetings

Got our yearly Christmas card up and out the door today.


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Canon A60 and video

Okay, so the digital camera we have has the ability to record video, something a lot of digital cameras (and PDAs and cell phones and…) are able to do. But I’ve never really messed with it because of the less-than-stellar results of trying to use our DV video camera to take digital stills (poor color, grainy picture, and it takes 6 seconds to show the pic in the viewfinder). It’s always been my experience that any product with cross-functionality tends to be either mediocre in both or good in one and just plain horrible in the other (look at cell-phone cameras, fax-printer-copiers, and cross-trainer shoes).

So it was with great joy to use the Canon A60 to record Ali laughing. It was super easy; the camera records in .avi, I dumped it on the Mac using USB, and iMovie added the fades and export to Quicktime. And the results are pretty impressive. Judge for yourself: Quicktime, 2.3MB

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