Friday, June 18, 2010

Everything is Green!

We had a good time in Portland. Shopping, eating, visiting, Jon-- it's all I need in life. Okay, I couldn't live without my kiddos but I definitely can enjoy a good weekend with just me and the husband (and Steve and Jill 'cause they are invited on all our trips. We like them so much we even invited them on our honeymoon).


This one is for Jill!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dean is 5

It's a month late (we had internet issues), but Happy Birthday Dean!!

5 Huge reasons to love Deanerd

1) We have conversations like this:

Jon: "Dean, you are something else." (Said after laughing at something Dean said).
Dean: "You mean something not me, something not human?"

I love how literal kids are at this age.

2) He know what he likes and what he doesn't like; and what he doesn't like at the moment is wearing shirts. The other day he came home from school, took off his shirt and loudly announced "I'm never wearing a shirt again!!". This proclamation was fulfilled until about the next day when he put on shirt to go to school. If you ever happen upon him whilst he is sleeping you will find him shirtless.

3) He loves Henry. He loves everyone in his family, but especially his baby brother. The other day we went to lunch with Christian Demke and he was trying to strike a deal with Dean. The deal was bartering Henry for Sheldon. When asked if he was down for the deal, Dean took one look at Henry and burst into tears. It was really sweet/sad/cute.

He also likes to brag about Henry. The other day I told Dean that Henry was born knowing Chinese ( reinforced by the fact that Henry was babbling cute little baby sounds) and Dean had no problem believing this. The next day he very confidently told people in the elevator that his baby brother knows how to speak Chinese. He later told us that he used to know how to speak Chinese when he was a baby too, he just forgot how to speak it now.

4) I still love his one-toothed smile. I will be sad when he has a matching set of two front teeth-- especially because they will be those awkward too-big-for-your-face secondary teeth.

5) He is no respecter of persons; he genuinely likes everyone. Except monsters. And shadows. And bad guys. Everyone else he likes.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I had the saddest dream last night. I dreamt that I was in the hospital because Alta had some sort of accident. It wasn't clear what had happened, but the result was that she was in a coma. She awoke and the doctors were trying to asses the damage to her fragile mind and body. They ran many tests to figure things out and for days all she could do was lay there paralyzed and cry. Finally they told us that there was good news and bad news. The good news was that she had stopped crying and the bad news was that she was permanently paralyzed. I was devastated. What kind of life was that to live, I thought. Her brain function was already compromised and now her body was useless to her. I wondered if she would still manage to eke joy out of her life being so disabled. I awoke from my dream shortly after and was really distraught. After thinking about it for awhile I began to have an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I felt gratitude for the fact that Alta does enjoy the freedom of movement and that she is able to use her mind--albeit differently than most of us--to navigate the world around her.

There was a time when I would focus on all the things Alta couldn't do. I'm not saying that I don't have days where I wish/pray/hope/obsess about her being potty-trained; her being able to brush her own teeth; or being able to dress herself (correctly), but through this experience I have really been able to appreciate every iota of progress and every talent/skill that she does have. Had she been a "typically" developing child, I would have never been excited about proper trunk control, or the use of alternate feet when climbing stairs, or the ability to pronounce hard consonants-- those amazing feats would have gone unnoticed.
I know I have said it before, but we are so blessed to have Alta--she has made such a profound impact on our lives. My perspective on life--especially my eternal perspective--has been forever changed.

Now if I could only find a market for her home-made confetti (made of toilet paper, wet wipes and book fragments), then I'd be rich. Extremely rich. Want some?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba birthday

This little guy turned one!!

He had a blast at his Yo Gabba Gabba party!!
He ate all of his Brobee cupcake...

He took a few swings at his boombox pinata....

He admired the best home-made DJ Lance costume ever!!

He passed out goodies in these little Brobee and Foofa bags that his mommy painstakingly made....
And loved all the cardboard replicas of his favorite characters!!!


My little H turned one on Nov. 20th and I am sad that a year has flown by so quickly. It is such a delight having him in our family and I can't imagine life without him. I tried to start a tradition of stating the reasons--numbering according to age-- why I love my kiddos. One reason just didn't seem to suffice for Henry so I thought I was going to put 12 reasons-- one for each month. After some thought, I decided that one reason was the perfect amount because it is the best reason to love Mr. H.

The number one reason to love Henry: he exudes happiness!!

Before I had children I had all these ideals about what I wanted them to look/be like. Now, after having three precious souls in my care and having a daughter with special needs, I realize that the most important thing to me is that they are happy (and healthy) little souls. We are so lucky to have three of the happiest little kids to raise. And since Henry isn't a naughty little imp (toddler) yet, I especially love soaking up his lust for life. He has a smile that melts, he is always flirting with strangers and he just loves loving his family. Happy One Year Henry!! Don't grow up too fast!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Halloween fun

Trick-or-treating with the Flakes.

Jon was a low-budget/ low-maintenance Plex and Henry was an adorable Yoda.

This is Jango Fett and a braying (is that what they do?) zebra.

Jengo Fett trying to take out Yoda.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A very belated post

Henry thoroughly enjoyed his first trip to the pumpkin patch.

He also enjoyed sampling the gourds (it reminded him of something).
Alta lives for horsies-- she gets so excited she pinches them!!

We love watching Dean drive his big sissy around. She loves it too.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Yo Gabba days

Look who's turning one in a few weeks!! He can't wait for his Yo Gabba Gabba party!!

Shortly after the above photo was taken, I found Henry in his bath (that I neglected to empty); he likes to be naughty.
This is Dean after filming his episode of YGG. I don't think we are allowed to post any pictures from the set until after the show airs. He stars in episode 301 (the school episode) which will air sometime next fall (hopefully); look for the nerdy-yet-cute teacher clad in a bow tie and glasses.
The wrap party for season 3 was kid heaven. Too bad you can't make out the kids' costumes 'cause they were cute! Alta was a zebra; she couldn't help caressing herself in her unitard/blanket/pajama outfit-- it truly was a costume fit for Alta. Dean was Jango Fett (all he knows about him is that he is on Star Wars and he really liked the gun that went along with the costume). And last, but certainly not least, Henry was Yoda. This picture had to be taken fast before Alta ditched us (or pinched DJ Lance), but it makes me happy because I think it's the first family photo since our new little guy arrived.