March 2007

Man it’s been a hard week; it’s short on commentary, but the same quality reads none the less:


It seems like we have Madagascar fever around our house.  Estifanos watches Madagascar daily.  He knows every character by name, but still watches the movie with the same excitement as the first time he saw it.  Meron knows all the song lyrics to every song in the movie.  She will bust out singing at the dinner table.   Yordie is even in on it.  She sits in her Tickle Me Elmo Chair, and watches for at least 3 minutes, which is her attention span.  She has Madagascar shoes with lights that were handy down from Estifanos.  Every morning she points to the shoes and says, “Shoes on.”  She will wear no other shoes.  I think it is good that I bought them some new DVDS for Easter.  At least we finished watching the Cailou Holiday Movie daily.  We watched that until March.   I am now off to move it move it. 

We went to Arizona last weekend. The trip, told mostly in pictures is under the fold. (Apologies in advance for the lack of cropping, it’s a tough week, only working 4 days, so with this many pictures to upload, something has got to be sacrificed.) (more…)

Just when I was loosing my faith in the internet with a lack of good content to share with you the last couple of weeks, I’ve got 5 good pieces for you (all parenting related).

Have a good weekend.

Here are some things I love about each member of  my family.  I know there are a million more.

1. I love my husband’s sense of humor,  his loyality, his knowledge, his sense of adventure, his desire to learn, and that he is the most amazing father and husband a gal could ask for.

2.  I love Meron’s zest for life, her laugh, her resilience, and the fact that she is an amazing sister and daughter.   I also love that she always teaches me about pop culture in the 5 year old world, and always has stories to brighten my day.  She is the greatest daughter I could have asked for. 

3. I love Estifanos’s smile, that he is an amazing friend, that he cares for others and animals, and that he is always interested in learning more. He always has good ideas, and he is so athletic.  He is an amazing older and younger brother, and the best son I could ask for.

4.  Yordie is amazing. I love her laugh, her talking, her energy, and her love.  She is a great sister, daughter, and is learning to be a great friend.  Her love keeps me strong.

5. My oldest pet is my cat Hana.  Hana is so loyal, and always there to sit on your lap when you have had a hard day.  She loves to cuddle.  She is named after Hana in Hawaii, and she reminds me each day to relax.

6.  Kona my younger cat.  She is timid and shy around most.  She tolerates me the best. She is sweet and has learned to love Meron who she sleeps with nightly. She doesn’t  like to be around people much, but loves to talk to us from the next room.  I love to hear her when I come home.  She also reminds me of Brian’s and my youth when we brought her home as a kitten.

7. Maui my older dog.  The most loyal pet.  She thinks she is a human and sleeps in the bed right next to me. She is caring and sweet to people.  She has welcomed the kids with open arms into her world, and she loves to sleep, play,  and cuddle with them even though she is twice their size.  I am so grateful for how patient she is with them.

8.  Dylan my 100 pound puppy.  He is the happiest dog I know.  He loves life, and reminds me to enjoy it.  He is always happy and loving.  He has been great with the kids.  He always wants to play in their games.   He sleeps with us every night,  and still eats things off the sink like he did as a puppy. He is the funniest dog I know. I love him.

These are just a few things about our clan.  Everyone in our family except Brian and I are adopted.  We come from many walks of  life, but have a ton of love for each other.

…put up a post about how real life is getting in the way of blogging.  I’ve been more busy at work than normal, I need to go back to doing experiments that have long incubation times, which gives me time to write posts.  Of course, starting a new blog doesn’t help much.  You’d be amazed at how much harder running a self-hosted blog is than a blog on (most of it is self inflicted because you can change so much more).

Next week at On The Fly: How come my kids never do anything funny enough to put up on my blog? 🙂

Inspired by Blaine and Julie (picture was actually on our agency yahoo group which I can’t link to…well I could, but you’d all have to join the group to see it), and perhaps someone else that I’m forgetting, I decided to try piggyback ponytails on Yordie.

Slightly out of focus, but you get the picture (oh, man that’s a pun in so many different ways):

Yodie in piggy back braids

A little better although she’s not actually looking at the camera:


Have you ever tried to take a picture of the top of an 22 month olds head?  They naturally look up at the camera.  This is the best I can do for a close up (the bottom crop isn’t mine, it’s the edge of the picture):

top of yordies piggyback ponytails

I think you get the idea.  You can do it with much shorter hair than you could with piggyback braids; it might be a good style for an older child with short hair (due to the orphanage shave).  You have to use a lot of rubber bands in the hair, so I do worry that it’s damaging her hair.  But it looks really good.

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