Friday, January 30, 2009


When I was a kid, conversations very often turned to the size of my hands and feet. I was almost all of my current height in elementary school and was even given the classic nick name of '7 footer'. However, the magic bean that had slipped into my formula as a baby started running dry once I got into junior high and that was the death of the name '7 Footer' in reference to me. Currently every child in our house is pacing small for their age and it has lead up to believe that Matisse would fall right in line with his older (wiser...Kiana asked me to say this) siblings. Weight wise, Matisse is pacing average, but his height is noteworthy with him pacing in the 95% bracket for his age. Where the focus is starting to shift to is his Hands. The other day he attempted to palm a basketball and couldn't understand why it wasn't happening. He touched my face from behind while I was on the computer and I could have sworn it was Mika. As we all wondered how this particular area was growing so fast, there was something I observed the other day. While holding what seemed like just a toy, Matisse started chanting some odd thing like...Bla Bla Ma Ka Bu Ba & then continued to just look at his hands . I'm not sure if there's a direct connection but from this photo you must admit the brother's got some paws on him.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009


Boys can't help but want to horse around, play a little rough or try and jump off something way too high. It's just in their DNA and for the most part you just try to avoid any broken bones if possible. To date, we have managed a pretty injury free zone - of course minus Kai's stitches, his major Kai*nievel fall and the constant thumping of Matisse during the early walking weeks. However, that's the past and there's no need to rehash those moments. My reasoning for even bringing up the boys' traits is to highlight the beauty of what having two older sisters brings to them.

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The girls just seem to bring out the inner soft side that all of us guys have, but tend to keep it stored away. You can see the girls' effect with everything from Kai's constant hugging to Matisse wanting to give kisses to anything moving. I understand that both of these qualities could end up in a law suit in the future, but lets not get too far ahead of ourselves. As for now, we are glad to see the boys taking to expressing their feelings and showing affection to the ones they love.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009


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Who says miracles don't happen? First the United States elect a Black President and then, on January 9, 2009 the earth stood still as our chandelier finally came alive! This gem has been in our garage since Spring 2007 and has waited to make its debut because of missing parts, German bureaucracy and various electrical mishaps. We have long thought that our great-grandchildren would take it to one of those notorious Antique Roadshows in 2070 to have it appraised as an unidentifiable vintage object, never to have left its box.
But on my birthday, said January 9, heaven opened its doors and sent armies of little Home Depot angels onto Jason's wings to make the impossible possible: Handsome Ransom touched not only a hammer, but a drill, a ladder and a level! It was a tedious 4 hour project, but the entire family loves the sparkling result - it was well worth the wait and the 47 emails to the German manufacturer. And, as far as tokens of love are concerned, Jason is covered for the next few birthdays, Valentine's and Mother's Days... him spending half a day as Mr. Fix-It means more to me than when he said "I do". He may have preferred giving me a kidney! Danke Schatzi!!!

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009