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15 posts from July 2008

July 20, 2008

Casey's birthday party


July 19, 2008

24 Hours of Double Happiness!

Shanny at Bless Your Heart is hosting something cool called "PhoBloDays" (Photo Bloggy Days).  Here's the deal:  Everyone is supposed to post routine life pics taken every hour or two over the course of 24 hours.  I really looked forward to this but actually forgot about it when the day arrived.  Then I read about it on a friend's blog and grabbed my camera and got busy!

Our 24 hour period covers 8:30 PM Friday night to 8:30 PM Saturday night. 

Here it is in all its glory!  It might not be terribly exciting but it's our life and we're loving every minute! Well, most of them.  Enjoy! 

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July 18, 2008

Catherine in California!

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Catherine (of Catherine's Chatter) visited her Bloggy friends this week and squeezed out some time to meet up with us too!  Maddy took to her immediately last year and was just as quick to leap into her arms this year.  She's usually much more discriminating so that just goes to show you how sincerely friendly Catherine is! 

Yesterday, we all met up at the pool and splashed around for a few hours.   Maddy wanted to jump into the pool and had her choice of being caught by Mommy or by "Cath-rin".  She picked Catherine every time!

Also present were the uber adorable Salsa Twinkies, Rose and Marie (see photo above).  Gosh, as cliche as it might sound, they're REALLY are just as sweet as they are cute! 

It's exciting to imagine that this time next year Catherine will finally have her precious little Hannah!  We can hardly wait to see her and her baby together and hope they can travel this direction again soon!

July 14, 2008

Tongue Tied?

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We've been watching Maddy's speech for several months and measuring her progress based on her same-age sister, Gwen.  But now we're starting to question whether Gwen's speech is really up to par. 

Gwen speaks much more clearly than Maddy (since she doesn't have a cleft palate) but she's far from perfect.  Most noticeably, she can't produce a "th" sound.  We weren't worried since young kids usually have some quirky speech issues that they always outgrow.  Now we're not so sure she'll outgrow it.

I never knew "tongue tied" was an actual condition.  I thought it was just a figure of speech.   But a blogger friend commented recently that her son was tongue tied so when I noticed the tether of skin under Gwen's tongue, a light bulb went off in my head and I started reading everything I could find on the subject (http://www.tonguetie.net). I wanted to rule it out but I can't.   I'm almost completely certain that she's tongue tied. 

Put your tongue against your bottom teeth and try to talk without moving it.  That's how Gwen sounds.  When she sticks her tongue out, the little flap of skin under it pulls the tip of her tongue back so it takes on the tale-tale heart shape.  Normal tongues are pointed. 

Fixing this is relatively easy.  She's already seeing a Pediatric ENT specialist because of her ear wax problems.  At our next appointment, we'll ask about her tongue. 

July 13, 2008

Savage Maddy: Beautiful Jungle Princess

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Maddy is having a love affair with face paint lately.   She just can't get enough of it.   If we go to Gilroy Gardens, we have to stop by the face-painting booth and plop down $9.  Every Time.

She calls it "Paint Facing" and she smiles up at us when she makes her request and her eyes twinkle and our wallet just pops open and the dollars fly out.

Since we want the kids to attend college some day, I thought it might be cost effective to purchase a face painting kit and try my hand at creating the kind of magic the starving artists at the amusement parks achieve.  So far, so good.  Maddy hasn't even noticed that Mommy has no idea what she's doing.

This was my 2nd attempt.  My first attempt was yesterday (barely visible in the pictures in the last posting).    You can't tell from the photo but Maddy is wearing a pretty brown shirt paired up with camouflage pants and pigtails so this FaceArt was supposed to compliment her ensemble.  In the end, she just looked like she should be holding a spear and running from tigers in a jungle somewhere.  I think she pulls off that look quite well! 

As I'm about ready to post this, I noticed the date and remember that today is the 7th anniversary of our very first "forever day". 

Seven years ago, Andrew drove a huge UHaul truck to Hemet and loaded all our stuff and we all headed north.    North to our wonderful new life.  In the course of a few short months, we sold two houses, bought one, planned a wedding, celebrated then mourned a my 40th birthday (it was 9/11/01...) and started our life as a family of three.  Michael just turned 13 and our daughters were not even a glimmer in the eye of anyone.

Three summers later it was 2004 and, unbeknownst to us, our girls were born half way across the world.  We we'd known, we'd have thrown the party of the century! 

This month, our girls are four (FOUR?!?!)  Maddy's been our baby for almost 2 years (Gwen for nearly 3!) and our littlest princess is such a joy!    She loves face paint and fresh fruit (and bacon!).  She loves to sing and color inside the lines and write her own name.  She's amazing and we love her so much!  Life is good!

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