Friday, June 24, 2011


After years of waiting, Cars 2 is finally in theaters.  We went right away and give it eight thumbs up (at least we think the little one has thumbs by now).  We expect to own this one when it is released on home video.  Matt realized that this is the first movie that he and G have ever seen together!  Ka-chow!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Father's Day Gift

We know that we have been incredibly blessed with our dear Gabriel, and for a long time we really just wanted to focus on him.  We wanted to be the best parents we could be, and we wanted him to grow up feeling special and confident.  Whether or not we've done just that, when Gabriel was closing in on four years old, we all began to feel as though our family could be even fuller.  Thus began our obsession.

Many of you know that the past three years have been very difficult for us in that we have been praying, trying, and yearning for a second child.  Gabriel has been asking and praying for a baby sister or brother for even longer than that.  Add in lots of fertility testing, a miscarriage, and the beautiful children born to seemingly everyone we know, and it would be fair to say that a large part of our hearts has been occupied with the dream of a fuller family.

Well, our dear family and friends, the wait is over!  Gabriel has gotten his wish and is a big brother.  By early next February, we will have another son or daughter.  Patty is seven weeks along, feeling great aside from a nagging but oh-so-welcome nausea.  Our little Blueberry has a very strong heart beat and looks great.  We could not be happier.

We have had two ultrasounds already, and because Patty has passed that milestone thirty-fifth birthday, we will have an extra opportunity or two to see great pictures of our baby.  At the first ultrasound, we were at six weeks, and Blueberry's heart rate was 104.  Last Friday, it was up to 132, which is right where we want it to be.  Our baby's size is perfect, and we could see arms and legs, or at least their beginnings.  His or her "tail" should be gone any time now!  B measured 8 mm on Friday, which is over 1/4 inch from crown to rump.  Friday was also the first time Patty has worn maternity clothes this time around.  It has been amazing how quickly the body changes the second time.

Our baby at 6 weeks

Our baby at 7 weeks

So, it's a great time.  We hope that you will share in the happiness of our good news and celebrate with us.  Here's to big bellies and healthy babies!  And Happy Father's Day to all dads, veteran and rookie!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Food, Glorious Food

We attended a "forever party" today, which is a celebration of a child's adoption - she now has a "forever home."  When we left, we needed to explain what the foster care system is all about.  One of the examples we chose to use is when a child isn't getting fed.  We said, "There are parents who don't feed their kids enough."  The response from the back seat:  "Tell me about it!"

Later, while I was napping and M was working on an airplane model, G was getting bored.  He said to Matt, "Daddy, don't you know the most important thing is entertaining your son?"

He is getting funnier every day.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Always Entertained

Including our son, we see four kids playing game systems.  How many do you see?


In the time it took to attach that photo, it has gone up to 103!  The glue holding my parking brake has melted and I had to push the thing back together.  Nuts!