Thursday, May 30, 2013

15 Months

I am 15 months old! I can say hi and bye-bye. I love to swing, swim and play with my sister. I like to eat- hot dogs, meatballs, squash and sweet potatoes are some of my favorites. I am drinking all my milk from a straw (except for my bedtime bottle with daddy). I sleep well and am taking one big nap in the middle of the day. I like the monkeys at the zoo. I love playing with my family, friends, teachers & therapists. I give amazing hugs and sloppy kisses. I can blow bubbles! I am loved!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Zoo time!

We love our local zoo. We love the monkeys, who put on a show for us Friday afternoon.
Penny even loves to watch the bison...she wishes they would run around, but they tend to do a lot of this...
We love the peacocks (there are two). This guy was pluming his feathers. 
We love the playground!
And we are so excited to get to know the giraffes this summer! Can't wait to spend more time at our zoo!

Friday, May 10, 2013


Great Gram went to live with Jesus in Heaven, I explained to Penny. After an initial "why?", she stopped asking questions and started saying things like "oh, and God is there too, and Our Father is in Heaven." Her little tangents made me smile. 
Gram was feisty. She lost her sight years ago to a brain tumor. So when I was pregnant with both Penny & Porter, she not only felt my belly to 'see' how it grew, but she grabbed my boobs too ;) 
I remember digging for worms with her in her backyard, walking to the store and riding in her little white car with all The windows open. Dressing up in her jewelry  and building houses out of little blocks right beside her. Playing for hours at the playground. Making farina, jelly, ambrosia, halupkies and, my favorite, toast in the coal stove. She had cable and let us watch Nickelodeon. She introduced me to Days of Our Lives.
We shared a sweet tooth :) There was always a box of Swedish fish in the drawer. Gram loved busy work and time passers that required patience- solitaire & paint by numbers. Each night, she got on her knees to say her prayers.
After she lost her sight, she loved to listen to books on tape and good music. She loved to talk and tell stories.  She loved my babies!
I don't know how much Gram knew about Porter's extra chromosome. We never told her. On a recent visit, I was giving Aunt Sue an update, talking about how he wasn't walking yet. Gram said to me "he'll walk when he's good and ready and there's no sense in worrying about it." Wise words during a moment of clarity! 
Aunt Sue took care of her for many years and no one will miss her more. We love you Gram!
At the viewing, Gram was dressed in a beautiful pink dress. Penny thought she looked like sleeping beauty and keeps asking about Great Grams princess dress :) I hope she's seeing my kids from up above, watching over them, Dahlia, baby Annie & Aubrey! Rest in peace Gram!
Gram taught us our nursery rhymes, and I can't stop saying "one, two, buckle my shoe" when I see this picture of the kids! She was with them for sure!

Friday, May 3, 2013

They just keep getting bigger

Big boy car seats, monkey bars...they are not babies anymore!

My shopping buddies

As Porter gets stronger, we recognize it in little on our grocery shopping adventures- big man is sitting in the cart these days, loving the colors and activity our adventures being. Sister is counting the days until he's ready to "drive to the beach" in the car cart with her :) And, I'm loving every minute, soaking it all in. Thanks to aunt Nic for helping this past weekend!