Monday, March 22, 2010


Deepest apologies for taking so long to post. There has been so much going on! For a few weeks, it seemed like everyday was a new is a little recap...

Matthew turned 5 months old on February 24. Figure I better get these up before he turns 6 months...which turns out is just in a couple of days! He is still entertaining us with his lovely smiles. I started him on solids around 5 1/2 months...he is still figuring it out. But here he is above super excited to be in the high chair!

He smiles. A lot! More on Matthew in the 6 month post...

This may look like an ordinary easter bunny, but it will always be a special stuffed animal to me. on February 28, Mike heard Peter wheezing very loudly from his bedroom around 11pm. We got him up and it turns out he had an intense case of the croup. He had it once before last October, but this was much worse and had a rapid onset.

We ended up calling 911 and Peter and I took an ambulance ride to Torrance Memorial. When I got out of the ambulance, one of the paramedics was standing there with this bunny. I almost started bawling! How sweet of him to think of that at such a late hour....

We were taken care of by a wonderful staff in their ER and got home around 230am. They gave him a steroid IV and chest x-rays. Peter behaved like a total champ, he was so brave! After some sleep, he recuperated very quickly and was thankfully well enough to celebrate his 2nd birthday the following Friday/Saturday.

sidebar: Okay, I don't have a picture for this, but ANOTHER milestone that happened is that we were the victims of "ding dong ditch." Around 3:30am the morning of Peter's party, our whole bedroom shook and we thought it was an earthquake. Mike leaped out of bed and went running for the door. Next thing I knew, he was standing by the window in the front room, peering out the window.

I guess some young hooligans thought it would be funny to kick our front door really hard in the middle of the night. Well, it wasn't funny. I had the biggest adrenaline rush, I thought I was going to puke or pass out. It took me forever to fall back asleep, which is a big deal these days....

We ended up calling the police department--I wanted to feel like I could do something! They said they had gotten a couple of other calls. Felt good to know we weren't crazy.


I made Elmo cupcakes to go with the theme of the party.

This is a picture of Peter blowing out his candle on his birthday. Gramps and Omi came over to celebrate. About 2 seconds after this picture was taken, Peter decided it would be a good idea to put the candle out with his fingers. :( I actually thought we would have to make another visit to the ER. Turns out that ice helps a lot. Thanks, Daddy!

We also spoke with Heidi in Australia via skype. It was so fun. Peter kept going up to the screen and giving her kisses! Made it feel like she was a little closer than she actually is.....

i have to say that i think one of Peter's FAVORITE presents was 195 cat stickers that yours truly gave to him. when he opened the box he gave a big "ooohhhhh!!!!!!" it was so cute. even if it is cats.

Didn't get more pics of the decorations, but we had it all decorated with balloons and streamers and Elmo table cloth, balloon, etc. Those are the party favors. I felt like a mom putting those together.

singing happy birthday!

enjoying his burns this time made for a more flavorful experience, i'm sure

He's 2!!

Dara and Zeke......

Miss Kendall.....looking adorable as usual...

Peter is getting pretty good at opening presents. He got a lot of cars, sand toys, Sesame Street toys, and other fun stuff!

Dara and Harper (1)

john and harper

gramps and little brother