Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Where Do Babies Come From?

For anyone who has asked (or answered) this age old question, we now have the answer!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Date Night

The leader of my mom's group volunteered to watch Kendra for a few hours tonight! Yeah!! A night out with my hubby and no baby!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Picture Time

Kendra has continued her foray into the world of food. I tried my hand at making baby food last night. It's surprisingly easy, and so much tastier than the store bought. I cooked up a batch of carrots, sweet potatoes and pears. After cooking and blending I poured the puree in ice cube trays and froze. After it froze solid I dumped the perfectly sized, individual servings into zippy bags for future use.

The pears were something new, and she LOVED them. We also gave her some Cheerios, but she's mostly confused by them. They glue themselves to her and she has no idea how to get them off. Dan put one in her mouth and her look was priceless. Utter confusion mixed with complete distaste.

She does seem to enjoy hanging out with us at the table in her high chair. Thanks to Bryan and Cheryl for this great gift!

Here is Dan feeding her some green beans. She prefers sweeter foods (go figure! She does have a bit of me in her after all.)

As you can imagine, we took tons of pictures over the holidays. I've broken them into various albums, so click away and enjoy!

For cute pictures of Kendra, click here.

For pictures of our first Christmas as a family of three, click here.

For pictures of Kendra meeting her great-grandma, Great Aunt Marilyn, Great Aunt Jean & cousin Kristen, and her Grandpa Richard for the first time, click here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Very Quick Update

Kendra and I are back in Seattle. Dad is settling into life in a condo, although not happily. He has email again, so feel free to send him some jokes, well wishes, whatever. Many people have asked about plans, needs, etc. Here's what I know:

1. We have no idea about future living plans, and are deferring any discussion until March (per dad's request)

2. He is pretty set for winter clothing, including coats. (Jean and I bought out Kohl's!) If you would like to send something, his sizes are pants: 38x30, shirt: XL, shoes: 9 1/2 wide. Gift cards are appreciated so he can get what he wants when he is ready.

3. The insurance is being very good so far. They've cut him a check for living expenses, and are paying for the condo he's in for one year.

For some good news...Little Girl had her 6month check up yesterday. She weighed in at a whopping 14lbs, 4 oz. That puts her squarely in the 10-25 percentile. Her head, however, is still solidly in the 75 percentile. My poor big headed baby. :)

She is eating solid foods (if runny rice cereal and liquefied veges are solids) and loving every bite. So far her favorite is carrots, although she's had green beans, squash and jalapeno beef jerky. (the jerky was dad's contribution - she just gummed it.)

Her muscle control is growing. She can now roll over from front to back, and as of yesterday, from back to front. She is so proud of her new skill - she does it quite frequently. She's not quite sitting up, but she's pretty close.

More regular posts to follow...

Monday, January 12, 2009


Karen's home tomorrow! Just sayin... 

I'm excited about that, ya know?

Friday, January 2, 2009

Pluggin' Along

We've still moving forward one step at a time. We've got dad in the condo, and it's nice enough in a corporate-apartment-impersonal sortof way. He hates everything about it. But it's temporary (up to one year), and it's better than crashing on a couch. It's at least some space he can call his for a while.

We went over yesterday and did some rummaging around in the debris. Miracle of all miracles, we found several picture albums. They are singed, covered with dirt and ash and soaking wet, but the pictures are there. We've been washing them under running water and drying them on towels laid out around the condo. After they are dry we're putting them in new albums. So far we have a pretty complete history from 1974-1980. There doesn't seem to be anything after 1981. We're going back out tomorrow and will root around some more. We found dad's tool box, but it's wedged in so tightly we can't get it out. He has no idea if anything survived in it, but he wants to look.

We met with an excavator today, and applied for a demolition permit. (No, dad hasn't made any decisions about rebuilding or moving, we just need to get the debris cleared out.) Because of the economy the contractor is pretty slow and can start work as soon as we want it. He's also willing to work with us - go slow so we can rummage through the debris as the layers are brought out. It's really amazing how stuff was tossed around by the backhoe. My bed is at the opposite end of the house from where it used to be. The file cabinets from the computer room ended up in the old garage.

We've also started on the inventory of the house. Have you ever tried to list every single thing in your home - by memory? It's crazy. We've made it through dad's bedroom and my bedroom so far. We have to list a description of the item, how old it is, where we purchased it, brand names/model/model numbers (if we know them) and how much it will cost to replace. The insurance company takes that list and runs some fancy calculations, then cuts dad a check for what they think his stuff is worth. If and when he replaces it with new stuff, they'll give him the difference. So if he claims he paid $10 for a pillow 5 years ago, they determine the pillow has depreciated and is now only worth $7. So they pay him $7. When he buys a new pillow and it costs $10 or more, they'll give him another $3 to make him whole.

Kendra and Dan are the only thing keeping me sane. My aunt Jean has been a godsend - again. She was a rock when mom died, and is such an amazing help now.

Mostly, I'm just exhausted.