Thursday, January 28, 2010


Multiple chins don't look good on many people but I think Davey can pull it off...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Recessive Genes

Most people say that Malia looks like Andrew. If shown pictures of me when I was little, most people will see that Malia looks a lot like me too (not that Andrew and I look alike!)

But who does Davey look like?

The other day, I asked Andrew's mom what she thought and she couldn't come up with anyone. Then she made a comment about how Davey got all of the recessive genes. I think she is right.

Davey looks like Davey. She is my beautiful little girl with deep blue eyes and blond hair - who would have guessed?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

I have never been very ambitious in the kitchen. But something changed inside of me a few weeks before Davey was born - I started to have the desire to cook and bake more - to try new recipes. It has been really fun.

Last week I saw a recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Bread and decided to try it out. It turned out really good. Here are a few pictures of my kitchen helpers.

Davey kept her eye on the second half of the dough while Malia and I worked on the first loaf. Ok maybe her biggest contribution is that she sat contently in her bouncy seat while we made the bread.

Malia helped me put the cinnamon-sugar mix on the dough - needless to say I had a lot of cinnamon-sugar on my counter when we were done!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Croup and Great Hair

We are currently battling croup at our household - thankfully it is only Malia and not Davey too. Malia is doing well - in pretty good spirits during the day but has trouble sleeping at night due to coughing which is leaving her mommy sleep deprived as well (although is isn't all bad because she is rather sweet, cute and cuddly in the middle of the night).

Anyway I took these pictures before she got croup - although this is kind of what she looks like when she is sick too...

Malia usually wakes up from her naps (and sometimes in the morning) with some great looking hair. She usually wakes up a little groggy too as you can tell by her face!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Terrible Twos

We have had some struggles with Malia this week - outbursts and breakdowns that are seemingly over nothing. Some may say we have entered the terrible twos.

The other day I overheard a woman say that she wished that she could ship off her kids from 18 months until they were 3. While I understand a little of why she would say that, I would argue that there is always going to be good and bad, fun and hard parts of each stage of parenting. Personally, I am not willing to miss out on all of the good, fun times of the terrible twos just to not have to deal with the bad, hard parts of this stage.

The last few days have been challenging with Malia. But in those same days, she has made me smile, laugh, tear up (in a good way), and has made me understand more about the love of my heavenly Father.

Yesterday on the way home from hanging out with some friends, Malia cried (loudly) the entire 20 minute drive home. An inconsolable child when you are driving definitely tops my list of things that make me want to scream. I kept my cool while we were in the car - I just turned up the music and didn't try and calm her down anymore because my initial attempts had gotten me nowhere.

When we got home, I took Davey into the house, briefly explained the situation to Andrew and then calmly went back to the car to get Malia. Amazingly within minutes of not being trapped in the car with her screaming, I was able to look into Malia's big brown eyes and feel nothing but love.

Sometimes, it is hard to really grasp how much God loves his children. Being a parent has helped me understand the depth of God's love in so many new ways and for that I am so grateful.

And here are some pictures that remind me why it would be oh so sad to send our children away for the terrible twos.

A few days ago, Malia transported almost all of her little people from our playroom (aka the supposed to be dining room that has no table, just toys!) unto the toliet. So random and funny- only a 2 year old would decide to do that!

So beautiful to me.

No caption needed!

Big Shoes

Sometimes Malia likes to put on Andrew or I's shoes and walk around in them - always makes me laugh.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Davey and Baby Davey

Malia got a doll soon after Davey was born. When asked the name of the baby she replied "Baby Davey". As you might imagine, it makes things a little confusing at our house to have Davey and Baby Davey but I don't think Malia is going to change her baby's name anytime soon.

Davey and Baby Davey

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Davey is such a smiler these days - I love it!

A little smile...


... and bigger!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Getting Shot, Shot, Shots

Yesterday I took Davey for her 2 month check up - she checked out great minus the doctor confirming my suspicions that she had thrush. I have an anti-fungal liquid that I get to give her 4 times a day for 2 weeks now - pretty minor in the scheme of things - especially since she seems completely unphased by it.

Davey weighed in at 11 lbs, 8 ounces which means she has gained 4 1/2 lbs already!

She got her first round of shots - Malia really liked Davey's band-aids.

Today I took Malia to the doctor for her 2 year check-up. She is very healthy also - we are grateful.

Malia had to get some shots too. I was definitely more nervous about her getting shots than Davey. It went well though - some crying and tears but nothing a sucker couldn't cure.

Can you tell what color it was? Never again!

P.S. My title was a play off of that Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot song - whenever I hear that song I just picture Michael Scott with his little Jamaican braid - anyone else?

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Zoo Take 2

Every Friday my father-in-law, Dan, writes a piece called "Friday Fragments" that goes out to the YFC staff and volunteers. This week featured his experience with Malia at the zoo - thought you might enjoy it.


The book is called School House. It’s one of Malia’s (our two-year-old granddaughter) favorites. It’s one of those “Chubby Shape Books.” It has 85 words scattered across 16 pages, enhanced with some creative pictures.

On page seven of the book the teacher (a glasses-wearing lamb, clothed in a purple-striped dress), points to a flip chart with a picture of an elephant on it. The copy on page eight reads: “The teacher asks the children to name the animal. Can you name the animal?” (Hey, how do you get one of those writing gigs?)

For whatever reason, Malia loves this book. Every time we get to page seven, I too point to the flip chart and ask her to tell me what the animal is. Sometimes she answers; sometimes she let’s me know that I need to push on to page nine and ten.

On December 30, 2009 something incredible happened. It was on that chilly Denver night that a group of us headed to the Denver Zoo. They had more lights than animals, and more cotton candy and kettle corn than lights.

In due time we made our way to the Pachyderm building. The sheer size of the crowd made us realize that something more than lights and junk food was available inside.

I scooped Malia out of the wagon that we were pulling her in and made my way through the “stink” into the building. An immediate left and we were on the railing in front of two enormous elephants. The animal on the left was drinking out of a puddle in front of it and the monstrosity on the right was scooping up hay and shuttling it from trunk to mouth.

Without looking at her, I admonished Malia… “Look at the elephants!” What a waste of breath! Malia was not only looking, she was spellbound. Her mouth was literally open, jaw down, and eyes as wide as they could possibly be. She was in awe.

We stood… I’m not even sure for how long. Malia’s expression never changed. No dialog, no question, no humorous explanation… nothing moved her from awe.

Until December 30 at 7pm, Malia only thought of an elephant as a two-dimensional, two-inch-high drawing on a flip chart page. In fact, on page seven the elephant is smaller than the teaching lamb!

But not at the zoo. The elephant was real, and it was grand.

“Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised…” ~ Psalm 48:1

Is it possible that we’ve done our best to tame the untamable God? Have we placed Him on page seven in a Chubby Shape Book? Is He safe, manageable, confined?

No. He’s awesome. And any and every authentic encounter with our God will propel us to a dropped-jaw awareness.

I went to the schoolhouse myself on the 30th of December… and I did it through the eyes of a two-year-old.

Yes… Great is the Lord!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Picture This

We took no pictures last night but a funny image will remain in my head for a lifetime.

4 grown adults marching around the house singing "Oh When The Saints Go Marching In" - all to the delight of a 2 year old who is also marching around and clapping her hands.

How did this start? Last weekend, Andrew had a college football game on and when the marching band came on, Malia was captivated. We have a growing suspicion that Malia really likes music and this furthered our theory.

So last night as we watched the national championship in college football, Malia was only concerned about one thing - the half time show. As the Alabama marching band took the field, she got really still and watched intently. And then, to my delight, she just started clapping along with them - she heard the music and her natural reaction was to join in with her claps - I loved it!

After Alabama was done, she said "More marching band." We tried to explain to her that they were done for now. Her Emmie asked if she wanted us to sing a song. "Oh the Saints" started and before we knew it we were all marching around, singing and laughing and watching the joy on Malia's face.

We took a break from doing this when the Texas marching band took the field, but then sang and marched a few more times before getting in the car to come back home.

I love to see the world through a child's eyes - let me tell you, I have never thought that marching bands were so cool as I do now!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Davey - 2 months

It is hard to believe that Davey is already 2 months old. Where has the time gone?

Davey continues to be a delightful, too-good-to-be-true baby. We love having her as a part of our family.

Here are some pictures of her trying out tummy time the other night.

Tummy time is a lot of work...

and a lot of work isn't always fun...

... and sometimes it leaves me exhausted.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Christmas, Part 4

This year, we had 4 Christmas celebrations:
1. With my parents when they came to help when Davey was born
2. With my sister and brother-in-law when they came in early December to visit
3. With Andrew's parents on Christmas
4. With Andrew's siblings over New Years

It was actually nice to space things out, especially for Malia as she got something new to play with every few weeks instead of all at once.

I only took one picture while opening gifts - it is a good one of Malia with her new monkey backpack from her Aunt Alli and Uncle Chris.

While together we did have a little photo fun with Davey and her cousin, Graham. He is currently twice as old as her - funny that this is the only time that will be true.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

The Zoo

Earlier this week, we took Malia to the zoo during "Zoo Lights". This was her first trip to the zoo and - thanks to my friend Ali, who generously gave us a season pass - it will not be our last this year!

Malia got to ride on a carousel for the first time. Despite not really smiling while on it, we know she liked it because when it stopped she said "more".

Awe looking at the giraffes.

This "bear" was one of her favorite parts of the zoo. She stood and waved at him for several minutes with the biggest grin on her face.