Friday, May 30, 2008

2 months old

Tomorrow will mark Zoe's 2 month birthday.
It is amazing that it has already been that long.
Her little personality is blossoming more each day.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

On a whim...'s the new 'do!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

So proud of herself...

...she rolled over (from tummy to back)
for the first time this morning.
She's 8 weeks and 2 days old.

Farewell to my Fresno Friend

This weekend I drove up to Fresno with the kids to visit my good friend Winona. Her and her husband have just bought a beautiful home in Georgia where they will be moving next month with their adorable son and baby-in-utero so that her husband can begin his new job. I am very excited for them but sad to see them leave.

Win and I met during our freshman year in high school in Kenya. I was there as an MK (missionary kid) and she came for a semester to live with a family she knew from back home in California that were also missionaries. That semester was just the beginning, never did I imagine we would still be in each others lives 18 years later.

We stayed in contact after she left Kenya and in our last year of high school found out we had both chosen to go to the same college. We wound up rooming together all four years. After college she moved a number of times with the army (yes she is quite the adventurous gal, something I've admired about her since the first time we met) but we kept in contact.

We have been through much together. We have laughed and cried together. She has been the truest of friends.I love her dearly and though we will be across the continent from each other (not the first time) I know we will remain friends. We may not talk every day, we may go months (hopefully not years) without seeing each other, but we will always have a friendship that is priceless.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

i love that our son finds so much joy in jumping off things.
last night i watched him jump off the couch over and over
for the entire time i was nursing zoe and then some
(i would've posted a video of that if i had had the free hands).
all i needed to do to encourage him to keep jumping
was to say "Wowww" which he prompted me on if i forgot. :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


...they are showing up now.

Can anyone offer me some help?

I notice that the videos on my last two posts are no longer showing up. Anyone have any idea why that would happen and how I can go about fixing the problem? For all of my technologically gifted friends out there. :)

BTW It has been nearly a week since Malachi swallowed the coin and we still have yet to see it on the other end. Please pray that it comes out soon!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Another Week Older :)

our baby girl is 7 weeks old today and is growing so fast. she has a beautiful smile, loves to make bubbles and is starting to "talk."

The 24 Letter Alphabet

Sunday, May 18, 2008

As Promised...Baptism Photos

Father David baptizing Malachi.

Receiving his Baptismal Candle.
We are laughing because the baby that was baptized before him was not sure what to do with the candle since he was so much younger but Malachi was very ready to do it himself.

Getting dressed in his white post-baptism outfit,
signifying being cleansed.

Being anointed with oil.

Thank you Lord for the amazing blessing you gave us
when you brought Malachi into this world
and chose us to be his parents.
Give us wisdom and grace as we,
along with godparents, family and friends,
raise him.

We continue to pray, as was included on Malachi's birth announcement, that he...
"...may be able to comprehend with all the saints
what is the length and width, height and depth of God's love,
and to know the Messiah's love that surpasses knowledge,
so you may be filled with all the fullness of God."
Ephesians 3:18-19

Like Brother, Like Sister

aren't they sooo cute!!

Friday, May 16, 2008

can't go to bed before i write this post

it is entirely too late and i really should be in bed but i just must write about the days events because it was just that, an event!

i woke up this morning ready to tackle my long list of to do's. i determined that as soon as malachi finished breakfast we would head out the door for our walk to get the day started off on the right foot, no pun intended. :)

well after i cleaned up the breakfast dishes i proceeded to get malachi changed to leave and that is when it all began.

i just caught a glimpse of the silver coin before malachi put it in his mouth. i actually didn't see him put it in his mouth but the coughing tipped me off. of course looking back on the whole thing i can't figure out why i didn't take it away from him immediately. probably because zoe was crying, i was in the middle of changing his poopy diaper and well, i assumed he wouldn't put it in his mouth let alone choke on it. how things can change in a split second.

i sat him up and my first instinct was to hit him on the back and then i quickly stopped remembering that is not the thing to do when one is choking. he was coughing so i let him do that and tried to remain calm. he did stop coughing but then proceeded to throw up. when that stopped he seemed scared but was breathing and appeared to be okay.

i have heard that is common for kids to swallow objects such as coins and that they typically will just poop them out after a few days so i figured i would just be waiting and sifting until the coin reappeared. but malachi continued to act not himself and then threw up again. so after a call to the doctor we headed on out to the er.

to make a long story a little shorter i prayed all the way to the hospital, for malachi and for safety while driving since i was quite distracted with watching my precious boy (especially when he threw up again as we drove). i felt relieved once we were at the er just knowing i was now surrounded by people that could help.

after throwing up a fourth time and getting an xray we discovered the coin (likely a quarter by the look of it on the xray) was lodged in malachi's esophagus. while waiting for the doctor that was trained to do a retrieval of that kind malachi fell asleep and when he woke up started to act like himself finally. i forgot to mention that this whole time he was acting very clinging, not talking and just kept saying, "hold me." well when he woke he was talking up a storm so i asked for another xray to see if the coin had moved. and yes it was indeed in his stomach!

so now we wait and pray (and ask that you pray for him as well) that he will be able to poop the coin out without any problem. i am so grateful he is okay, god protected us on the road, and that zoe slept the entire time he was not doing well so i was able to give him all my attention.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Family Photo

i don't have time to post more but i thought i would at least post this one photo from Sunday. our friend daniel took pictures of malachi's baptism and did an amazing job!! he seriously captured every moment, thanks daniel!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!!

first of all, happy mother's day to all mothers that are reading this. hope you are enjoying your day as well as i am enjoying mine. the day began with a breakfast made by my loving hubby and both kiddos slept in a little later so we were able to enjoy some uninterrupted conversation. thanks both to kurtis and the kids for that gift! then we went to church and malachi was baptized and received his first communion! what a blessing to get to do that on mother's day.

not only is it mother's day but we also got to celebrate pentecost sunday! most of the parishoners wore red today to signify the tongues of fire that descended on the disciples at pentecost. i now know for sure that we have been at our church for over a year because i distinctively remember pentecost sunday last year due to the abundance of red.

a year ago i had very different feelings and opinions about this episcopal church thing. frankly, when i first attended mass i hoped kurtis would get this desire out of his system after a few weeks. oh how glad i am for kurtis' persistence with me.

growing up in a christian home there was never a time i didn't know about god and yet 31 years later i am relating to god in a much more robust way. this is happening as a result of being a part of a community of believers that live the life of christ year after year.

how exciting it has been to both kurtis and myself to follow the church calendar. it provides a framework that grounds all other things that we do. as a teacher i always sought to have routine in what i taught knowing that it would only enhance the ownership a student had of the content. what i perceived as boring repetition in a catholic mass, daily and annually, is actually doing for my faith what i aimed to do as a first grade teacher!

after mass we picked up these incredible burgers from a place called rudy's down in newport beach that kurtis has been raving about as the best burger he's ever had. i didn't want to eat them at the sports bar where we got them (not exactly a mothers day type place) so we took them to a park for a picnic. they were deliciously exceptional but not your everyday burger in price either so it was a real treat. malachi played a little as we sat and relaxed with zoe.

we left the park and dropped by to visit a friend then came home. when kurtis asked what i wanted for mothers day earlier in the week i asked if we could just come home and spend some time in the backyard, bbq and do a project or two. he has been working so much that we don't get to do that much. so we got home and malachi and kurtis put together two adirondack chairs. in fact that is where i am sitting right now, in one of our new chairs, under the stars along with my fabulous husband and beautiful baby girl (malachi is sound asleep in his crib) and rafiki, our chocolate lab.

wow i just noticed the time, it is late! kurtis says he's trying to maximize my mother's day. what a fabulous day it has been, i say he's accomplished his goal wouldn't you!

btw i haven't posted any pictures lately because apparently my 'startup disk is full' and i can't download pictures from my camera to my computer. so after i get around to fixing that problem i'll post more pics.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

What did you say?!?

i must say that malachi comes up with some pretty funny phrases and sentences but this one takes the cake...for right now at least! :D

i was sitting down to nurse zoe and he tried to stop me from sitting then said...and i am quoting word for word...
"no, i want to sit there and nurse her on my ni**le"
(i am not sure if writing that last word would cause me any unwelcome visitors so i figure better safe than sorry)
too bad i didn't get that on video!