Monday, March 31, 2008

2 year old love

at breakfast...

Mariana: I love you, Daddy (as she puts her hand on his resting on the table)

Daddy: I love you, too.

Mariana: I love you too...and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Here are the photos!

and a video for those who are really interested.

Austin took the training wheels off Allia's bike today and gave it a try with her. She did great!

Yay, Allia!

She rode a bike with no training wheels yesterday! :-0

A very sweet friend of mine took the girls to the park with her girls while I stayed here with napping Gloria. Then when baby woke up, we joined them. Allia and her little friend have the habit of trading bikes. When I arrived, they were dying to trade, but my friend had made them wait for me to get there since her daughter now rides without training wheels. Allia just hopped right on and did great! She wasn't the least bit scared. She can balance and stop really well, she just has a little trouble getting started. What a plan was to work on that this summer when Daddy is done with school and we have a little more family time, but it looks like we will be able to check that one off the list! I am so proud of her! I only wish I had pictures, but I had no idea I would need my camera at the park!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Vaccine Book notes

Here are some of the findings I consider noteworthy:

* Chicken pox vaccine is made from human embryos (Note to self: Decline that one! is not even a really serious disease!)

*Almost all of the vaccines contain significant levels of Aluminum. No level of injected aluminum in infants has really been determined to be safe. It has been determined to cause problems in infants who receive IV Aluminum in doses much smaller than what is found in the vaccines. Get one Aluminum-containing vaccine at a time (NOT 4!) if necessary to avoid this issue as much as possible.

*Don't get the measles vaccine until after age 3 (this should assure that autism is not caused by this vaccine, and measles is not usually serious anyway). Get the mumps and rubella seperately at age 12 months or later to reduce reactions.

*Spread out vaccines to only receive one or two at a time so you don't overload the poor baby's immature immune system.

*If you get a flu vaccine, make sure it is mercury free or at least one of the ones with only a trace amount. This is pretty much the only vaccine that still has significant levels of mercury in it.

This is what I have so far. I really like this book because he approaches the issue rationally, states the facts associated with each disease and it's vaccine and the research (all cited) plainly. Then he concludes with several alternate vaccine schedules depending on your particular concerns as a parent. Great book!


At lunchtime:

Allia: Mommy, I am very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very hungry!

Mariana: Mommy, I am hungry and hungry and huuuuunnnngrrrry!

(I promise I gave them a snack at 10am!...oh and Allia was hungry. She at a half PB&J, 5 broccoli florets, a container of soy yogurt, a piece of Easter cake and a half container of blueberries! Mariana, on the other hand, was just pretending. She ate her broccoli and 1/4 sandwich!)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Some research

After Gloria had a pretty serious reaction to her 2 month vaccines, I decided to do some research. I am reading this book, and it is very eye opening! There is a lot we are oblivious to when it comes to this stuff. I just figured if they recommended it, it was safe, especially to prevent serious disease! I have some thinking to do before our next appointment...

Happy Easter!

Jesus is risen, Alleluia!

Here are some photos from our weekend:

Easter morning

Baby smiles

Ready for mass

Outfits by Manah

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Holy Thursday

"I have longed to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; because, I tell you, I shall not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

Then, taking a cup, he gave thanks and said, 'Take this and share it among you, because from now on, I tell you, I shall not drink wine until the kingdom of God comes'.

Then he took some bread, and when he had given thanks, broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body which will be given for you; do this as a memorial of me'. He did the same with the cup after supper, and said, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood which will be poured out for you.'"

Luke 22:15-20

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sort of. Most of the church is not celebrating the feast today, but how can we not do it with a girl like Mariana?! We obviously have some Irish blood in there!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Spring "Break"

Well, this week has been wild and crazy but lots of fun. It seems that we cannot help but do major house projects over spring break. So even with a 2 month old, this year is no exception! Austin built a corner garden with the girls and then everyone (including visitors!) helped lay sod in the half of our yard formerly filled with weeds.

*Edited to include "garden" photo and carnival photos

Mariana sports "big pigtails" in honor of Aunt Karen, Jake and Jared visiting

Thanks, Jake, for helping!

Our growing girl

The cousins

Girl talk with Aunt Karen (Gloria's purple tongue compliments of Gentian Violet)

The girls enjoy their first trip to the carnival

The garden...this new one has a nectarine tree in the middle and flower seeds planted (hopefully to bloom in a month or two) as opposed to Austin's other garden with a grape vine and pepper plants.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Just a little cornmeal

Mariana apparently doesn't care for it.

(We have brown patch in our backyard, and Austin found a natural remedy...lots of cornmeal spread in the he let the girls help. Leave it to Mariana to dump it on herself!)

Water, anyone?

Now that's what I call scary. I might be drinking my neighbors' leftover prescription drugs. Yum.

Friday, March 7, 2008


Well, she may be #3 but not when it comes to size! Gloria weighed in at 12lb 5 oz today, several ounces more than her sisters at this age...and she was several ounces less than them at birth (sisters were both 8lb1oz, Gloria was 7lb14oz). Yay for our fast-growing girl! Oh, and she *hated* the shots of course. Poor baby.


Yes, it was snow. No big deal to you Northerners, but we never see snow here, especially not the really big pretty white snowflakes. We just opened up the shades this morning and then went running out the door once we noticed. It lasted a whole 30 minutes. Now it is sunny, breezy and around 50 degrees out. Crazy weather!

And the winner is...

Austin! He entered a contest where the Masters students make a poster depicting their thesis and present it at the Departmental banquet, and he won first place. I am SO proud. He also gets a monetary award for winning...lucky guy!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

2 months old

Our little Gloria turns 2 months old today! What a blessing she has been! Please pray for her tomorrow, as she will have her first lovely vaccination experience!

She is very well loved!