Sunday, November 30, 2008


With the kids being off school and us celebrating Thanksgiving, we've been hopping a little too much of late and haven't taken the time to enjoy a sunset from the patio in awhile. Since the sight is equally beautiful everyday, we tend to think we can just catch it tomorrow. However, the feeling should be that the one missed today can't be made up for by the one tomorrow. As we looked out this evening, I was thinking what a shame it would have been if we missed this one.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008


The reason for the RBE sign over Matisse-Ciel's head is that this kid will have to do some serious blossoming in the next couple of weeks. When asked to be the RB, we knew that there would be some pressure to get the whole thing called 'walking' down, but the fact that he's going to be rocking a cream tux adds another special element to the task at hand. If he were to go down (he will) in a black tux and proceed to crawl down the aisle, it would be one of those cute moments in the ceremony. However, going to a wedding sporting the ultimate sinful color of cream and expecting the child not to just annihilate it, is asking a bit much.

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So, if in the end MC is able to walk down the aisle, party to the break of dawn - all the while keeping his 'Super Fly' outfit clean, will easily cause for the history books to name him:


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Truth be told, I was not the leader of the march when it came to talking about getting a dog. There were enough factors that, at a minimum, gave me reason for pause. It wasn't for the lack of love I have for dogs, or even the desire to actually have one running around the house. It came down to: would the family be able to manage the dog and provide her/him with enough attention? - especially the important attention like picking up poop and potty training. The only other thing on the table was to go small or let me travel back with my time machine and get a Great Dane. It was actually the main factor that delayed the process - even though I feel a Great Dane would have been an incredible adventure for the family, it was in our best interest to go small for the kids (that's the mantra I said as the votes for "tiny" came in so strong).

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Once Michon came to the family, I tried to pretend some of the cute things she would do weren't happening. She is sweet, soft, quiet, gentle, sleeps through the night and potty trained herself within a matter of days. I even mocked the early training successes like sitting, staying and walking on a leash as a fluke. There was no way this little girl could maintain this skill level - or so I thought. It was almost as if Claudia gave her a heart-to-heart and let her know this was not a done deal, but an audition. Michon took that advice and brought her game to the next level. I knew she was a special dog when I noticed how cute and carefully Matisse-Ciel & her played together.

What's great about Michon fitting into the house so well is that I was the one that found her for the family. As Claudia would say, this goes on my long list of things I can take credit for. I don't actually have a list but I'm blessed with a great memory.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Until recently, Kai was the youngest and had to be a little survivor. When you're third in line, you have a way of becoming a survivalist - making do with what's available and staying clear of danger. We have been well aware of this self taught skill but didn't expect it to manifest itself when Kai began playing organized basketball. It wasn't obvious at first, but once we noticed Kai only touching the ball when it accidentally came to him or staying as far away from the basket as possible - we knew his survivalist instinct was getting in the way of his ability to show his star-like sportsman traits.

Leading up to this weekends' game, we sat down as a family and tried to help Kai curb the survivor and unlock the predator within. When you are talking to a 6-year old, it always seems as if they're in the moment with you, but we weren't sure if the speech was getting through. Right before the game started, we cheered for Kai and wished him well - he gave his normal adorable toothless smile followed by his even more adorable patent thumbs up. With everything lining up to the normal pattern, it left little insight for what was to follow once the whistle sounded.

Usually, when your child acts in a way that is unrecognizable, it is something that leaves much to be desired. This experience was the exact opposite with Kai showing the inner machine he has been hinting about, but until now it was almost like a mythical being. Once the ball was in play, we found ourselves in wonderment as Kai transformed. It was almost as if he had grown additional arms and legs as he darted from one basket to the other. He seemed to have also developed a keen instinct to make the right move as he was in on every play from driving the ball up the court to rebounding. There was no greater moment than when he took the ball out of bounds and proceeded to get into a zen-like focus with the rim.

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He shifted from one side of the court to the other until he found himself in the promised land. As we all stood with unbelievable anticipation, Kai seemed to have a calm come over him - it was as if he knew this was the moment he had been waiting for his whole life. With a quick look back at us to assure this was witnessed, Kai launched the ball in the air - as one could expect it was the slowest shot taken in the history of shots. We stood there watching the rotation of the ball until it did the unthinkable - it hit the rim, then the backboard, followed by a little more rim until it fell into the net with a grace even Baryshnikov could appreciate. Even though the game was far from over, and Kai would actually score again, this single moment was one we will all cherish as the moment Kai became a basketball legend.

P.S.: The NIKE AIR*KAI shoe and apparel line is set to launch spring 2010.


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Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Finally getting my head above water and after going through the blog over the last weeks, I couldn't believe how slow it read. I felt a need to get back on track before this ride down gets out of control. It's funny how my OCD works both ways - when I'm into something I really get into it and when I step away from something it's not the easiest thing to get back to.

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Even though the normal output of images and stories has been lean, there have been just as many adventures as usually. In the coming days stories to look out for:

We Discover Kai Is A Survivalist.

Michon - The Greatest Dog Ever!?!

Matisse-Ciel... So Over That Walking Thing

This tease won't have a long delay - you can expect these stories in the near future and I'll get back to getting weekly images up of Ransomville. I should mention that there's a good chance I might be getting a new toy that will enable me to provide some solid quality video pretty soon. If this gadget is as cool as it seems to be, I should be able to post enough video that I'm sure you'll ask me to stop or beg for more.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008