over valentine’s weekend, adrian took claire, lily and me on a picnic at the farm at south mountain. almost 6 years ago, adrian and i tied the knot there under the canopy of pecan trees as the sun dropped behind our gorgeous mountains. just sitting there with our beautiful baby girl and lovable puppy was a amazing reflection on how fast times passes and what huge changes life brings. it was a great day. claire was awake and happy the whole time, i fed her the bottle for the first time in public and she did a good job. lily was an angel as always and had fun chewing on all the sticks lying around. if you live in the phoenix area and have never visited the farm, i beg you to add it to your schedule. it is a true gem in our desert and a wonderful place for fresh, organic, local food as well.

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GO CARDINALS!!!!

Feb 1, 2009

super bowl sunday is here! we are so excited in arizona that our long suffering cardinals are poised to win it all. did you know that their drought is outmatched only by the chicago cubs? we may not have had any crazy curses from goats or anything but it’s about time for the cards! we were out running errands yesterday and it was crazy seeing the majority of people decked out in their red and flags flying from their cars. it almost brought a tear to my eye. i am also a devoted mn vikings fan (not to worry minnesota family, i haven’t given up on them either) but adrian has been a steadfast cardinals man since birth and i am pumped to cheer on the hometeam. isn’t football the best? i hope the celebration of the cardinals victory lasts all the way into this upcoming august so life without football will not feel too long! and did you even have to ask my prediction? CARDS WIN!!! and if you don’t believe me then you will have to live with the fact that your disbelief is causing little claire to cry. here’s the evidence:

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shame on you! now turn that frown around by joining with us.

GO CARDINALS!!!!

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yummy.

Jan 23, 2009

guess what our little superstar is doing now? getting the hang of eating rice cereal from a spoon! we practice once a day and so far she LOVES it! it is the cutest thing ever, super messy and she makes all these quiet coos as if she is saying “mmm mmm good!” she really is showing great skills by keeping most of the cereal in her mouth and not on her chin and she’s getting the hang of moving the food around with her tongue and down to her tummy. it has been a blast!IMG_0285

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photos.

Jan 20, 2009

just a little note that there are tons of pictures if you want to browse around. click on “photos” on the right sidebar and then on whatever album you want to see. i added quite a bit more to the albums recently. enjoy!

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6 months!

Jan 20, 2009

today Claire is 6 months old! we celebrated by going out to lunch as a family at Liberty Market. the weather is so nice here (about 80 degrees) that we sat outside on the patio. it was a great day. i even finally got around to taking down the Christmas decor while Claire napped. here’s some pics from the day:

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well, i hate to have to tell you all that we got the worst news of our lives but it is true. claire’s brain development is more abnormal than we thought and we still have no answers for her future- only that a “normal” outcome looks less likely than before. her brain tissue is thin, meaning she does not have as much brain as a typical infant does; there is no pressure in the extra fluid in her ventricles, meaning her brain is not thin b/c of pressure from the fluid so a shunt will not help; and lastly her EEG showed very abnormal brain waves especially in the left side. she has been having mild seizure-like behaviors for the past couple weeks but they were not detected on the EEG, this doesn’t mean she is not having seizures though. we are starting her on an anti-seizure medicine hoping that this will help the neurons in her brain behave more normally, but it is not guaranteed to work. we are also faced with the fact that her head size may swell and she will need brain fluid to be drained if the ventricles do not stop growing or the opposite-  her thin, unhealthy brain tissue may stop growing and lead to a small head size. we pray that seizure medicine will help, her brain will mature and learn to communicate more effectively and her physical development will be completely normal.

are we devastated? yes. are we angry? yes. but are we giving up? never. claire is still the same beautiful, lovable miracle that she has always been. this new information does not change that. we will never stop fighting for her and working hard to find ways to help her reach her full potential- whatever that may be. we grieve for the dreams we have lost, but we will have to find new dreams for claire and still embrace the joy that she brings to our lives. this is the hardest thing we have ever faced, beyond any imagination and expectation but claire deserves all the love, patience, dedication and comfort that we can give her.

she is our daughter, our inspiration, our delight, our precious gift.IMG_0311

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Claire: pronunciation /klɛər/ meaning- clear, bright, shining, illustrious, famous.IMG_0252

is she not the very definition?

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i wanted to pass along that Claire’s brain procedure will be next week, thursday the 15th. we expect Claire will be in the hospital until saturday and one of us will be allowed to spend the night with her. please join us in prayer for Claire’s healing, for the doctors and nurses who will be caring for her and that we would not waiver in our hope that we will have encouraging answers to her brain conditions. also, i want you all to know that Adrian and i are leaning on each other, our marriage has never been stronger and we are so in love with our beautiful, strong baby girl. she doesn’t even know what an inspiration she already is to us. the huge hurdles she has faced in her few months on this earth are nothing short of amazing. in the midst of brain, kidney, reflux and feeding problems she still continues to smile, coo and wiggle with happiness. sure, she is not where other babies her age are developmentally but we are so proud of what she has accomplished and we know that there is much more to come.IMG_0262

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flickr mosaic

Jan 3, 2009

i saw this over on my friend’s blog, lucy’s house, and decided to go for it.

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from left to right:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your online name.

make your own at mosaic maker, fun stuff!

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merry and bright.

Dec 27, 2008

IMG_0180 here’s our claire bear in her christmas dress. complete with black tights and shiny patent shoes. she looked like a little doll. her first christmas was full of love and TONS of clothes! claire is fast becoming a mini fashionista if you ask me. claire was awake for most of christmas eve with the venders, doing her little wiggles and smiling a bunch. she napped well on christmas morning and woke up to spend some time with my side of the family and gave her nana some big grins. the only downside was she has increased her gagging lately but so far today has been great so we hope it was just a little bug she was suffering from and not a long term thing.IMG_0201

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