"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Saturday, May 16, 2009

put me in the zoo

look what brennan can do...

(pediatrician's office this morning)

video

(aris, this means you get a batch now too;-) address please!)

our zoo pass is getting used.

a date with maddie from down the street was yesterday.

(she's the cute little blonde to the right of brennan)

we gave him his 8th (count 'em), 8th haircut on thursday

we saw lots of animals, but i think the children would have rather just played in the stone water ball the entire time we were there.
can you see me?
and the stroller?
i love the great apes.
brennan was barking at them.
not so "pork loin" in comparison, eh?
now, where's my picture from elem school in front of this???
ok, ok, next time i'll take pictures with some animals.
promise.
but, don't you think brennan counts?
i'm pretty sure we could put him in the zoo.
i'll bet it would be their biggest attraction ever;-)
at least i would go see him.
...
put me in the zoo
i will go into the zoo.
i want to see it.
yes, i do.
...
we do not want you in the zoo.
out you go!
out! out with you.
...
why did they put me out this way?
i should be in.
i want to stay.
just wait and see what i can do.
...
look! now all his spots are blue!
and now his spots are orange!
say!
he looks very good that way.
...
now look at this!
what do you see?
spots as green as green can be!
...
violet spots!
say! you are good!
do more! do more!
we wish you would.
...
i can do more.
look! this is new.
blue, orange, green, and violet, too.
...
oh! they would put me in the zoo,
if they could see what i can do.
...
we like all the things you do.
we like your spots,
we like you too.
...
but with all the things that you can do,
the circus is the place for you!
...
yes!
this is where i want to be.
the circus is
the place for me!
.
-put me in the zoo, by robert lopshire

Thursday, May 14, 2009

he has a great "downward dog"

i've been saying how brennan could be really great at yoga lately.
have you seen his "downward dog!!??!!"
it's the only yoga poze name i know, but i feel super cool when i say,
"oh brennan, great downward dog!"
like i do yoga or something;-)
cause you know, it's like pilates, chic & hip.
so i went in to check on him today after some abnormal pre-nap crying in the crib.
i found this:
it's not downward dog, but it must be something...

how is it possible to sleep like that?
there is definately breathing.
i checked twice.
brooke, are you having deja vu from seeing this post?
i can remember you finding blake like this once!
they really are two of the same, aren't they?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

a bump on the head & a birthday shout out

i have seen enough hospitals this year.
s.d.gib is home recovering from a bump on the head.
a bump on the head that required head, neck, & chest CT scans (all clear, mind you), and 12 hours at the university hospital.
did anyone else know there were CT scans for anything other than the head?
me neither.
there was a fainting episode, but they tell me men don't "faint."
they "pass out."
so he passed out and bonked his noggin' on the floor in the ICU.
he was not in the ICU for himself.
see it was day 2 of his summer internship so he was about to put a brace on a patient.
next thing he knew, KABOOM!
took pork loin to the doc this morning as well.
i'm a regular Florence Nightingale!
antibiotics prescribed.
wheezing, coughing.
felt like the rsv routine.
bronchitis or a form of pneumonia is what dr. jopling said.
two go arounds with "neb" for the albuterol treatment.
double puffs with the spacer 3-4x a day.
asthmatic, but not really, at least not until he's 2.
insurance purposes say so.
but they're treating him for asthma anyway.
just not calling it asthma.
i'd rather him not have asthma, so if it's just some wheezing that needs and inhaler and "neb," but it's not asthma.....
wait, that sounds like asthma.
...
on a lighter note,
the flowers are blooming on the trees in the park.
pretty, fluffy, pink ones.
and MOST importantly,
it's silver fox's birthday today.
dad is top left
so serious, who killed your dog?
happy 62nd p-diddy!

Monday, May 11, 2009

a "view from the top"


mom & me
i'm not sure what age i was when this picture was taken (maybe 2 or 3?), but it sums up my childhood.
airports.
i spent a lot of time in them.
my first flight, besides in utero (mom worked almost to delivery), was when i was 3 weeks old. didn't they know about rsv??!!??
we have an entire airport family.
that's where my parents met.
all of them;-)
it's a long story.
no, we're not flds polygamists.
no, i'm not adopted.
actually, half of my family is catholic.
that story's for another day.
so my mom flew for united airlines in all of its glory.
36 years by the time she retired.
in the third grade i wore her blue uniform, with the fancy hat.
they show the same uniform in that movie with Gweneth Paltrow about being a flight attendant.
you know the one?
view from the top, that's it!
the hat is the best part.
not b/c of it's classic, chic look.
but b/c Liberace was on mom's flight once, and he signed it on the inside.
she was working first class and he was riding.
true story.
an adventurous type she is.
you'd have to be with her job.
i grew up passing out headphones,
drinking coke, eating honey roasted peanuts & airplane lasagna,
watching movies on projectors, then personal tv's,
collecting the trash.
this doesn't sound very glamorous, but to a 9 yr old it was PURE BLISS!
really, give me a job, and i was in heaven.
that was when you could go up to the cockpit to see the pilots flying the plane.
it really put leo's "i'm the king of the world" speech to shame.
this was even cooler when i knew the pilots.
i remember drilling them about what each of the 2 thousand buttons were used for...
now i'd be gunned down.
i was at home on an airplane.
a room service/hotel connoisseur.
it came with the territory.
cheeseburgers, poolside.
and movies in the room.
i get nervous flying now.
i know, how is that possible???
i watch too much tv, that's how.
unlimited soda refills.
would you like the can?
no more.
getting to the airport 30 min. before departure and getting on.
security took 5 min. on a good day.
15 min. on a bad day.
not needing ID to fly.
wishing i could ride "jump seat."
getting mom's old travel pro roller board when she got the new one.
i used her garment bag to carry a dress with me last year.
as we came on board the steward said, "crew bag, hi! where are you based?"
DREAM COME TRUE.
i was "in" the club.
i smiled and said, "um, actually i'm not, it's my mom's, but she was based in sfo for a long time!"
don't worry, for 1/2 a second i considered answering that question with "dallas" and a smile;-)
sitting in vegas for 8 hours on standby, only to call it quits when the last flight took off without me on it.
there are and airports i've been that i don't even remember going to.
many airports i've been to i have not stepped outside of them.
heathrow, for instance.
i know, such a missed opportunity.
it was foggy.
i remember seeing the fog through the windows at security.
on our way to paris, they lost our luggage for 3 days.
no one cares about your lost bag when you're on standby.
i have flown on airplanes THOUSANDS of times.
really, i'm not exaggerating.
buddy passes.
so fun...at first.
"Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin
it's on my iTunes.
walking down the jet way with the gate agent, hoping to get the last seat out.
getting first class to hawaii.
or denver.
it didn't matter.
the rush of getting a seat.
the exhilaration of first class.
OH first class!!!
warm towels on international flights.
"unaccompanied minor."
oh i LOATHED that red and white striped button/pin.
the wings were rockin' though.
then came the first time i was old enough to FLY ALONE.
the world was at my wings.
knowing ALL of the abbreviations for each major airport in the united states.
passes and getting to sign my name on them.
it made me feel so important:-)
i never appreciated the gift my mother gave me in her profession.
i've traveled the world.
surprisingly, not very much of the USA, but asia and i are tiiiiiiiight.
specifically Thailand and Taiwan.
i have these amazing memories from my childhood.
i'm sure all of my parents could tell you all of the things they did wrong as parents, but when i focus on the amazing parts, my childhood seems pretty flawless.
hopefully brennan will give me the same courtesy;-)
i love you mom.
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whichever.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

things i adore

shout out to mom!
i love you.
(look for my fav pic of mom & me tomorrow)
the gentlemen were responsible for the sunday dinner festivities on mother's day.
it was so cute.
steak and shrimp.
key to my heart;-)
i just wanted one picture of us all looking at the camera with our eyes open.
this was as close as we got.
so handsome!

pork loin?

yes please.

cutest little loin.
i have fallen in love with brennan's clothes.
i mourn them already!

i have things in my wardrobe that i adore. like old friends. that little white coat and those plaid shoes? i adore them. the coat was a hand-me-down (thanks annie), and those shoes? target, of course.

i've started buying brennan clothes in 3 & 4T with the hopes that he will be able to wear them forever, b/c i cannot imagine my little baby not being my little baby. today he was in straight 3T. i think it fit him perfectly. dang, looks like OPERATION eternal baby/toddler/kid clothes adoration might not work after all.

any ideas on how to make their favorite clothes grow with them????

oh well, i guess we'll have to just have another boy!

no news, i'm just sayin...

happy mother's day!

love,

e

dear family,

no need to fret, i would never announce that kind of news on the blog without telling you first! you know how much i am into mugs and cute stuff like that;-) and again, no news, i'm just sayin...

love, em