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May 29, 2006

My son, Michael

This is my son, Michael. He's going to be 18 years old in just a couple of days! I can't begin to tell you how amazing that is to me since I can remember so well what it felt like to have him kick around inside of me. I remember holding his hands and watching his first awkward steps. I remember seeing him off to Kindergarten and then Junior High. I remember hearing him play his guitar so perfectly when he didn't know I was listening. I loved him through his grumpy stage and bit my lip and tried not to complain too much when he spent three years hiding behind a curtain of hair that fell straight over his beautiful face. I knew the day would come that he'd feel good about showing the world who he is. Today's that day.

This is my my son, Michael!

May 25, 2006

Madeline's Finding Ad

Today, we received Madeline's Finding Ad in the mail (from Brian Stuy). Madeline is almost 22 months old now.

The ad says that she was left on the day she was born, with a note, at the gate of a local school in Qinzhou. The ad was placed in the newspaper on November 20th, 2004. That means Maddy is less than four months old in this picture. I think she's precious and I knew instantly that this was our baby!

May 20, 2006

Freaking Mommy Out!

_____I made this collage with FotoFusion by Lumapix. While I folded laundry, look what Gwen decided to do.

She's never tried this before so imagine my surprise when I walked in the room and saw her sitting atop the kitty scratcher post!


Our family room is the most baby-proofed place in the whole house. I even have a video monitor pointed at this space so I can watch Gwen's every move if I'm in the office working on the computer. Of course, she'd try this little stunt when I was in the laundry room and she wasn't under surveillance! Smart girl!

She looks pretty darn proud of herself, huh!

Double Stroller

In anticipation of Madeline's arrival, we purchased a Graco double stroller recently. We shopped all around, and found lots of interesting options, but decided on this one because none of them really seemed just "perfect" and this one actually met most of our needs. It was nice that it was one of the least expensive on the market too!

We bought a Graco single stroller on sale before Gwen's referral and took it to China with the idea that we'd either leave it there or replace it if it got trashed on the trip. But it worked just great and we still use it every day!



Here's what we liked about our new twin stroller:

  1. It can be pushed with one hand. Most other strollers have two handles and must be pushed with two hands (unless you want to go in circles).
  2. If can comfortably be pushed by tall people. You don't feel like you're pushing a toy stroller and you don't kick the back wheels when you walk.
  3. It's "side by side" instead of "front and back". We liked this because our girls will be very close in age and the other type of stroller would inspire fights over who gets to sit in front, etc.
  4. It has a GIANT basket underneath. Most other strollers had pathetic storage. Even the super expensive brands!
  5. It has a place for Mom's Diet Coke and Dad's latte. And extra storage for keys, phone, etc.
  6. The seats are big enough to hold a 5 or 6 year old. I can't stand looking at a 3 or 4 year old in a stroller when their knees are up under their chin (or their feet are dragging on the floor!).
  7. It's a very inexpensive brand so it's less likely to get ripped off when we park it outside a restaurant.

We didn't like:

  1. The color. Boring Navy Blue. I made new seat covers and they reverse to another pattern but, since I'm a moron, I didn't notice that the pattern I so cleverly picked was Japanese characters instead of Chinese. They're probably upside down too. (I think I should stick to Care Bears in the future.)
  2. There's no place for our two little darlings to put their sippy cup and snacks. Mommy got around this problem by purchasing two Fisher-Price Snack Trays and attaching them to the safety arm bar with nylon tie-straps. Works like a charm! But I think they look too bulky so I'll probably try to find something else that works better. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know! :)

You might notice that Gwen needs a haircut. I'm trying really hard to resist the temptation to cut her hair. I want it to grow out enough that I can pull it back into a pony tail. I just wish we'd get through this horrible in-between stage quickly! She won't wear hair clips at all. So it's either rubber bands or nothing.

She loves her little baby, Rosie. She made extra sure that she was safely strapped in before we made our way to the park this morning.

May 15, 2006

Kat and Colin's have Sophia!

Kat and Colin's Journey to Sophia

Gotcha Day was Mother's Day. How perfect was that! Check out the pictures on their blog.

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