Yes, I know it has been some time since the last time I wrote here. Exactly one month, in fact. I have my reasons, which I will state shortly. It has been a busy month for Emi, as she has learned to walk, said her first word, and graduated Kindergarten. She stands almost five feet tall, and is now fluent in 7 languages. Sorry you guys missed all that.

Obviously not. Here’s recent proof that she hasn’t changed too much in the last month.

What was that?
What’s that over there?

So, as I mentioned, there are a few reasons it’s been so long since the last update. Here they are.

1) Time. Since many of our family members have computers in such a pathetic state of being that the full-sized pictures would likely send their browsers into a comatose state that their hard drives would never recover from, I have to resize all of the pictures on here before uploading so as not to bring about the Compupocalypse for anyone. Since I know how to use a computer, I don’t have any of those easy 1-click programs to deal with my pictures that create a mess for file storage and memory issues on the PC, so I have to sort through the pics, manually choose each one to upload, and then resize each one individually. All of these processes take a significant amount of time, and it was wearing me down and I was slipping in other areas.

2) The video card in my office computer up and died the day after my last post, which started me down a nearly three-week process of rebuilding one PC, and building two new ones to get myself re-situated. It’s still not perfect, but at least I am up and running again. I’ve got a Windows 7 machine networked with a Linux machine, with both operating off of the same mouse and keyboard. I’m sure I’ll discuss more about this later because it’s just so cool, but I’ll move on for now. I’ll simply say that because of problems I have with my laptop, whenever I sign into WordPress for this blog, my internet connection dies, so that leaves my office computer as the only option. This, of course, left me unable to do anything for a couple of weeks anyway.

3) One of my best friends in the history of the ever, Ben Johnson, went down swinging in his battle against leukemia about three weeks back. I’ve known Ben for more than half his life, and damn near half of mine. He was one of the best people I’ve ever known, and I still don’t have the words. It’s probably the first time in my life I’ve been struck speechless by something. To be honest, I haven’t felt much like doing anything lately because of that. I miss him more than I can say.

4) I’ve been actually spending more time with Emi and interacting with her more in a lame attempt to take some of the stress off of Sara. Also, I just plain like spending time with her. I vastly prefer it to, say, writing about how someone else has been spending time with her. So, I apologize if this upsets anyone, but if I have a choice between spending time with Emi, or signing in to do all sort of things for an update, chances are I am going to choose her. Them’s the breaks, eh?

So, to satiate you, at least for the moment, here are a couple more pictures.

Broadway Emi skips down the Yellow Brick Road!

Emi Halford.
Metal face. METAL FACE!

I truly enjoyed doing the updates so frequently on here, but it was getting to be too much. Too much time, and I was stressing out over getting them done, and losing time to do other things. You know, like my job. Or spending time with my little girl. Chalk it up to burnout, but these Emi Updates won’t be coming as frequently, because I simply can’t keep up that pace. I trust you will all understand, and Emi has a message for all you haters that want to complain.

Emi's got two words.
Emi prefers the single deuce.

Definitely my little girl. I didn’t even have to teach her that. DNA is a powerful thing, my friends.

Until next time.



  1. Aunt Duck says:

    I’m sorry for your loss Matt. I hope Sara and Emi are there and able to help pull you through. Thank you for the update, I for one truly appreciate these as they are often the highlight of my day. I hope you enjoy your holidays :)

  2. Dad says:

    So sorry to here about Ben. I do know what it is like to lose a close friend. On the lighter side, you are right. DNA is amazingly powerful stuff. Take care of yourself and the girls.

  3. Valerie Renee says:

    I miss Ben every day too. :( I’m glad that you have Sara and babygirl to help you to get through it.

    She is amazing. I am so glad I was able to “see” you guys on Thanksgiving. I love you and I miss you. Keep it metal. <3