Friday, November 28, 2008


I thought I'd have to wait at least a few years before I felt like I really knew knew my son. I had no idea that a little one year old could be so ridiculously funny, that he could make me laugh a real laugh. And he knows when he's being funny too, and is intentional, and that's one of the best things about it. He is more and more his own person, which is a marvel to me.

I'm thankful for my Lentil! I guess most of my pregnancy thoughts so far have been rather vain (my hair is so shiney and pretty! I get to wear Mary Perez's shirt that I forgot to wear last time! etc.) but I suspect that once I have a belly I will think more appropriate motherly thoughts. Still. I am grateful to have shiney hair for seven more months, and I won't take it back!

I am grateful for my Matthew, who works so hard and is so fun (I mean fun!), who plans fun things like roasting marshmallows in our woodstove when Lucas has gone to bed, who is sneaking towards me right now which means I should probably go.

I am so thankful to the Lord who has given me all good things in life. And I am thankful for so much more, but like I said, now he is here and is wanting to go home and celebrate Fridayness so now I am finished.*

*A terrible lie! I have like six minutes more! I am thankful for my mamita, who takes care of Boo in the mornings when I am nauseous. I'm thankful for my papi, who gave Matt a really great job and always finds interesting things to say about my cooking. I'm thankful for my abuelita, who will do just about anything I ask, even posing by Santa for a picture when she didn't want to. I'm thankful for my in-laws, for Jon who loves to steal my Newsweeks** and who clearly gave Matt maybe 7/10's of his personality, and for Betsy who is always encouraging and has the most sneaky and subtle sense of humor. I'm thankful for Kelly and Megan, who arranged me a marriage and are the best sisters in the world. I'm thankful for Fyo and Jack and Lorraine and so much more but this time I really am cutting myself off.***

**You know that's a good person right there!

***Except to say that I am thankful. And I love footnotes. I'm grateful for them too.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

He has a heck of a life, he does.

Let me tell you why. He gets his hair cut surrounded by oohing and aahing grandpas and grandmas (five in total!) who all saved snippets of his golden hair to treasure and to mail to distant relatives. I don't know about you, but the last time I got my hair cut, it was a semi-hack job in front of the bathroom mirror. Not that I'm asking anyone to come and applaud, mind you*. I'm just saying.

*For the record, my next haircut is coming up in about 3 weeks. If you would like a lock of my hair, please send a self-addressed-stamped-envelope and I will attend to the matter in a timely fashion.

Let it be known that...

more people would rather see Fyodor on Ice than the Beatles and the Stones combined! Fyo, I tip my hat to you!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

This is a cheerier picture

in honor of my Lentil.

But now, back to Lucas! We discovered a new favorite food of his last night: lychees! We went to a Hmong banquet, and he went wild over them. Also couldn't get enough sesame buns, spring rolls, papaya salad, spicey pork with rice noodles, and pink layered rice cake. And for lunch, he had rice, sardines, and spinach! Para el no hay pan malo.

I am curious if the Lentil will have the same wide range of tastes as Lucas. Is it nature or is it nurture? We shall see!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Oh Lentil, how I love thee.

I was struck by an apple the day I found out I was pregnant. That morning I woke up feeling weak and sickly, so I scraped myself out of bed and went to brush my teeth. The sight of the toothpaste foam made me gag, which I brushed off because come on, that is always disgusting. This, however, was immediately followed by the thought "I would LOOOOVE a peanut butter sandwich." I must be pregnant, I thought! I took a test and sure enough... Several hours later I was struck by said apple (in this photo, the black eye was just starting to appear ~ it got purple-er and yellower and greener in later days), which made for an awkward moment when telling people I was pregnant. (Who wants to announce you're pregnant with a black eye!? Looks like the husband was not thrilled.) (Obviously, only to people who don't know my Matthew, come now!) I have noticed recently that I am a one-note song ("Lucas is cute! Lucas is cute!") so I thought it was high time to regail with tales about the Lentil. So there you go. There was the first day of our knowledge of his/her existence.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Tiny has taken to bringing us books to read him (including that giant one pictured above!), hoisting them up above his head to us and saying "pup pup pup." So we scoop him and read to him. (My grandma Lola, who can't see, makes up stories like "Oh my! Look at the dinosaur! The dinosaur eats naughty little boys! But not you, my golden boy!") I think there is maybe nothing so sweet and lovely as a sleepy little boy.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


(I think that's what it looks like Lucas is saying, anyway.) As for me, I too am oohing and aahing because my son is talking more and more! He says "Pup pup pup" when he wants up (so cute) and of course still says papa, mama, daddy, guapo, and bravo. (Bravo meaning "hurray!", not angry.) The newest thing that has me floored though is to see that he's starting to understand me! Please see exhibit A!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Picture One: Not noticing the socks on the ears...

Picture Two: Socks on the ears is the funniest joke in the world! (Or is this one even funnier...?)

Sunday, November 09, 2008

There are other,

perhaps more fitting (and certainly less blurry) pictures with which to announce our newest news. (That's right! I said news!) But this is my favorite because very much accidentally, our postures seemed to capture exactly how we feel. I am pregnant! Holy smokes completely wonderful I can't believe it wow!!!

Friday, November 07, 2008

So now that the cat's out of the bag...

My dad didn't know who won the election until yesterday night. He wanted to be the last American to find out, so he avoided every news outlet and told people in the shop to close their picos when they tried to talk politics. Alas, he was foiled. A nail through his foot forced him to go to the doctor (a day late and a toe short*) whereupon he heard those ladies on The View** talking about Sasha and Malia on the whitehouse lawn. The jig was up! All this to say, I can finally give my two cents about the election. More eloquent people than I have said powerful things about voting pro-life. I won't be redundant. So that aside, I just want to say that I am so thrilled to be alive to see the inauguration of our first black president. I think he's a good man with good intentions, and I hope that you will join me in praying that God would give him wisdom and discernment. This is too contained sounding; I want to sound bittersweet. I better give it up while I'm ahead.***

*A slight exaggeration.
**I assume it was The View. Who else would refuse to grant a simple request of silence?

Monday, November 03, 2008


Strange sightings have been made in the City of the Mound! Residents of Harrison Rd first noticed an enormous crop circle in their yard, where there was once a corn field. Upon closer inspection, they discovered two small spacemen lurking amidst the snapped stalks. The sky turned an eery shade that neighbors described as "hallucinogenic." What do these spacemen want? Only time will tell. -AP