Sunday, October 7, 2012

See Kai Run casting call

I apologize to all our faithful readers, (Grandma Wong that is you!), but we have been busy adjusting our family life from 3 to 4 people. Auntie Jaime is making me write more posts now that she is in town. It has become mountain of backlogged posts that will someday make it. Here is a fun one for now!

Garrett and I saw the casting call on our facebook and both decided we should enter Gideon into it. We love their shoes and we know that Gideon is cute on camera. The tough part was choosing which pictures to send to the casting call director. Here are the photos that we chose.




And of course this video!

Gideon's Gangnam Style from Gar on Vimeo.

We received an email for a callback. Woohoo! Garrett's mom watched Seona at home while I took Gideon. I wanted Gideon to feel comfortable in his clothes. So I dressed him in a T-shirt and khakis. He wore his velcro Stride Rite shoes. When we arrived, there were many kids waiting to be measured and photographed. They were dressed much more dressier than Gideon: fancy dresses, fancy shoes, button up shirts, polos and hats.

We checked in with the friendly lady. She noticed right away that Gideon was the dancer in the cool video. She liked it too! I thought that was a good sign. The children (some Gideon's age and some who were older) were sitting with their parental units waiting to be called. Gideon was not that child. He wanted to play with all the kids. He would come up to them and say hi. He would try to hug the girls. He also ran around in circles while waiting. Gideon was making himself known to the crowd. In true Gideon style, he was also trying to scavenge some goldfishes and fruity snacks from other kids by staring at them.

When we were called, Gideon was very excited to go behind the tables that he ran to the lady who was taking photographs. Unfortunately, Gideon was photo bombing another child's photo. I had to corral him back to the lady who was finding a shoe for his big feet. "Wow, a size 8 foot!" she said. Gideon tried on the right shoe and loved walking in it. He did not want to take it off. He started to cry, so the lady said he can wear it until we leave. Gideon was the only one who was upset by the shoe.

Then it was our turn to talk to the lady. She had bean bag balls to play with which Gideon loved. She asked him to hold the ball and throw it to her. In true Gideon style, he threw the ball away from her, probably thinking it was the Billy game. Then she wanted to take a picture of Gideon. He did not stand still for the photo. He decided to run away to the nearest wall and lean on it to pose for the picture.

Example but Gideon was not smiling. He was "smizing." (smiling with your eyes, term by Tyra Banks.)

leaning against wall

I had to hold Gideon while she took a picture. He was compliant but wanted to run around the room more with the balls. We said goodbye to the lady. As we were walking away, she wrote something down in one second and turned her page. Any thoughts on what she was writing down? At least it was a fun experience. We will probably still buy See Kai Run shoes. We will find out on October 15th if Gideon is called back for the photoshoot in November.

Seona's birth story from Siobhan's perspective

Well, the baby name bracket was not finished before Seona's arrival. Many thanks to those who voted and gave their opinions. Again, we had to decide on a name at the hospital. We had our top five but narrowing them down was harder.

Back to the birth story, this pregnancy was similar to Gideon's pregnancy. I thought for sure she would be early like her brother. After the 37th week, we were in uncharted waters. I continued my weekly OB appointments hoping to hear, she is coming soon. My OB was on vacation on my 37th and 38th weeks. She said there would be a chance I would deliver when she was away. Seona's arrived on her first day back from vacation.

I was four centimeters dilated at my 37th week appointment. The OB said she should arrive soon. No baby and I saw the OB the following week. Now I was five centimeters dilated. Since I had the strep bacteria cultures, I needed to take an antibiotic before giving birth. Since my first pregnancy came so quickly, the OB was worried I wouldn't make it to the hospital in time to take the antibiotic. She scheduled me for an induction for Monday July 23rd, basically break my water. I knew that once my water broke, the contractions would begin.

On Sunday evening, I was starting to feel contractions. By midnight, they were more frequent about 9 minutes apart and more intense. I called the on call OB. She said to wait to see if the frequency increased and it did. We left for the hospital at 2am. At the hospital, the contractions lessened in intensity and they were not frequent anymore. I was prepared to be sent back home. The on call OB was the one who predicted an early arrival for our baby. She recognized me right away. She checked my cervix and admitted me into the hospital. I was put on the antibiotics and garrett and I waited. We talked about our top 4 name choices. We knew we had to have a couple of names before her arrival.

My OB came at 8am to check in with me. She would break my water and then wait and see how my body reacts. She broke my water at 815am and left until the nurse would call her. The contractions started right away and getting more intense by the minute. The nurse asked if I would like an epidural. I said I would wait a little while. Five minutes later, I could not wait. I asked Garrett to call the nurse to call for an epidural. I am not a light weight when it comes to pain. The contractions were coming faster and more frequent as each minute passed by. I knew she would arrive at any moment. The epidural was placed and it was now the waiting game. Within an hour, my body was ready. The nurse called for my OB. She arrived and coached me on my pushes with every contraction. Four pushes later, baby girl arrived. Yup, four pushes! I couldn't believe it. She was crying like crazy. Garrett and I knew that we were in for a ride.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Seona Week 1, 2 and 3

We have been super busy at the Chan household. There has not been a dull moment. I have been taking pictures but unable to find the time to upload them or write a post. Seona is definitely different than Gideon. We are still learning more about her every day. For Gideon's weekly pictures, we used a lion to show his growth. The lion was special to us because Garrett gave it to me when we were dating. Garrett wanted a dragon for Seona's stuff animal but Grandma Wong wasn't too keen on Toothless from "How to Train a Dragon." So we settled for Sully from "Monsters Inc." I gave Sully to Garrett when we were dating. I think it looks too big next to Seona.

Week 1

Week 2 
Hmm... still figuring out awake time. She was not a happy camper as you can tell. P1100670

 Week 3

 Oh, Seona, we love you lots and lots! P1100701 P1100683

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Gideon's dancing moves

Garrett caught this wonderful dancing moment on camera. We affectionately call it Gideon's Magic Mike audition. =)

P1100590 from Gar on Vimeo.

23 months 2 weeks and 3 weeks

Yes, we are all doing well at home. We are slowly adjusting to having more than one kid to take care of. We will post more later. For now, here are his weekly photos. 23 months and 2 weeks
Gideon loves to read the book, 5 little pumpkins. He wanted it in his picture.

P1100547 23 months and 3 weeks
Gideon is now a big brother. It was hot in our house due to the warm weather. That is why he is bottomless!
Extra pictures...
Drawing with Papa
Drawing with Grandpa

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Gideon the organizer

We just realized that Gideon likes to put things in order. He puts all the magnetic letters in the bucket so he has more room for the magnetic animals. He puts the magnetic animals in a line, like a totem pole on the refrigerator. Here are a couple of pictures of his organizational skills. P1100466 P1100530

Summer Activities

Being a teacher, summer reading is important at any age. So I signed Gideon up for the King County Library Summer reading program for preschoolers. We already read to Gideon throughout the day and we take him to the library when we can. He loves looking at the pictures in the books and finding new ones to read with Mama and Papa. Gideon earned his prizes already and it's just the middle of July. He received a certificate of completion, glow-in-the-dark stars and these amazing glasses. P1100511 P1100539 Chinese Baptist Church put on a block party in the community. It was called Party on the Hill. There was an amazing turnout and many volunteers to organize it. Gideon had fun. Can't you tell by the pictures? P1100522 P1100524 P1100526 P1100527

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I'm not Billy!

This is a fun post that highlights our summer break with Gideon. Gideon loves daycare and we love Patty! Since Gideon has been staying with us and not going to daycare, I think he misses the kids and of course the dogs. Gideon loves to throw balls and I assume that the dogs would get the ball for him. So guess who has become Billy at our home? At first, Gideon would just throw one ball and ask for more or help to retrieve the ball. We thought it was cute but then we started to connect the dots. He was playing a game of fetch. I would go get the balls for him but after a while, it was tiring so Garrett soon was named, "Billy." Enjoy the video!

P1100538 from Gar on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

23 months and 23 months and 1 week!

We have been enjoying the summer break as a family. It is so much fun hanging out with Gideon and Garrett without a schedule. We want to give Gideon as much attention now before baby girl arrives. She is still enjoying her time in the womb. I have no idea when she will make her debut.

Gideon turned 23 months the day after the fourth of July. I can't believe that he will be two years old soon. On the 4th of July, we had friends over to hang out and play board games. Here is Gideon entertaining his guests with the water table.



Matching hats!


Matching shirts!


Matching shoes!

We took Gideon to his first Caspar Babypants concert at the local library. Gideon enjoyed the music even though there were a lot of kids around and it was his nap time. He even got an autographed CD. P1100510 Gideon enjoyed swimming at one of the few outdoor pools in Seattle. He liked the toys more than swimming. He was just content watching all the kids play and swim.


Happy 23 months with a haircut!


23 months and 1 week
Gideon is getting very wiggly. He knows what it means when I say, "It's time to take a picture." He climbs up on the couch next to the lion, but before I can get ready to take the shot, he is almost off the couch. He is wearing his Arizona Wildcats shirt with pride for Auntie Jaime! I found it at a Goodwill here and I have the exact same one too, but I don't know where it is right now.



Video post!

Videos that have been uploaded but not shared on our blog. Enjoy!

Gideon usually wears a sleep sack when he goes to sleep. It wasn't dried all the way so he just wore a comfy fleece pajamas. This is how I found him the following morning.

Listen closely and you can hear Gideon's transforming sounds.

Gideon loves fruit especially now that it's summer. There are so many choices. Here he is eating a peach!

Papa and Gideon doing what boys do best!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

2 Mirai vs 7 Soluna; 2 Selah vs 7 Celeste

It's been a fun first round through Baby Girl Chan's name bracket... this week features the final match-up of the round! 

However, let's get a quick update of last week's results:  Adela defeats Estrella 10-7, while Seraphina crushes Samantha 15-3.  Thanks to all our fans who voted via the blog comments and Facebook!

This week's match ups are:  2 Mirai versus 7 Soluna from the "International" region, and 2 Selah versus 7 Celeste from the "Biblical" region. 

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE:  Mirai (Mee-rye), Soluna (Sol-loo-nah), Selah (Say-lah), Celeste (Suh-lesT).

Gar:  I can't believe the first round is finally over... hurray!  For the first match-up, Mirai is a Japanese girl's name that means "future" - a fitting name since Baby Girl Chan is literally our future!  Soluna is comes from the Spanish words for "sun" (Sol) and "moon" (Luna).  Selah comes from Hebrew and appears frequently in the book of Psalms, where its true meaning is somewhat mysterious, but many think it means "pause and reflect".  Celeste comes from Latin and means "heavenly".  I like both names, but I'll give the edge to the names Mirai and Selah. 

Shiv: I can't believe it either. I liked Soluna but then I remembered they were a girl group with the one hit wonder, "For All Time." I don't know if I would like our baby girl to have a name that is linked to this group with a cheesy song with the cheesy line: "Baby you know it ain't no lie, I'm gonna be with you til the day I die." So yeah, Mirai! I think we are on similar wave lengths for this round. Just like how Soluna reminded me of the above song, Selah reminded me about the song, "Bless the Broken Road," on Dawson's Creek Season 1 finale. It was the background song to the scene of Joey wandering around Capeside and Dawson trying to find her.

Soluna -"For All Time"

Gar: Did Dawson ever find Joey?  Because I bet Tom Cruise would like some tips on how to find her!  (ZING! Heh heh heh).  You're right, Soluna would be a great name only IF that cheesy pop group wasn't around.  Calling someone your "sun & moon" is a very poetic way of saying they're the most important thing in your life.  It reminds of Game of Thrones, how Khal Drogo and Daenerys refer to each other as "sun & stars".  So, why not Celeste? 

Shiv:  Game of Thrones reference, eh? I guess I did bring up Dawson's Creek. Celeste is close to the word celestial, meaning heavenly. I would classify the name as uncommon, common name. Not that many people have the name but it sounds common, not unique or different in any way. I was looking for famous Celeste that have come into the entertainment world. (Pop culture references are important to acknowledge before giving baby girl a name.) Not much came up and that can be a good or bad thing.

Vote in the comments below!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

3 Adela vs 6 Estrella; 3 Seraphina vs 6 Samantha

Baby Girl Chan's name bracket marches on!  We're almost done with the first round... hurray!

The results from last week's voting:  Marisola edges out Misora 6-5; Estera and Shiloh tied 6-6.  (Votes are counted by on the blog, and via Facebook comments)  Using the ultra scientific method of the coin toss, Shiv called tails for Shiloh... Shiloh wins!

This week's match-ups: 3 Adela versus 6 Estrella from the "International" region, and 3 Seraphina versus 6 Samantha from the "Biblical" region.

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE:    Adela (Ah-DELL-ah), Estrella (Eh-STRAY-ah), Seraphina (Sair-ah-feen-ah), Samantha (Sah-man-thah).

Shiv: Now onto the next round, Adela versus Estrella. Well, Estrella means "star" in Spanish. It is a beautiful name. Adela is a variation of the name that I like, Adele. She is an amazing singer and songwriter. We do like her music but this year, a certain student kept singing the song, "Rolling in the Deep." So after liking the name for so long, I will have to go with Estrella. Seraphina means "ardent and fiery." Oooo.. I like those adjectives for our baby girl. She is a Dragon baby, so it would be fitting for her to be fiery!

Gar: Well, even if your certain student kept singing music by Adele, it doesn't mean Adela is a bad name!  It means "noble" and I think it would be a great name, though hmmm... one of Gideon's cousins already has "Adele" as a middle name.  Estrella might have to get my vote.  Seraphina makes me think of the seraphim, the 6-winged angels who were supposedly the most honored and most holy of God's angels.  Samantha is a more common name, the female version of Samuel, but it also has a good meaning too - it comes from Hebrew and it means "God heard".  But it also makes me think of those American Girl dolls...

Shiv: I don't think that Adela is a bad name but I will always remember this specific student just by associating the name with the singer. Estrella Acosta is a well-known jazz singer. Maybe baby girl Chan will have musical talents. Gar just referenced Samantha as to the American Girl doll. Oh, our daughter can get a doll and go to the American Girl store to get a makeover and have tea. Wouldn't that be fun, Gar? You can take her and have father-daughter bonding time. I can hear him now. =) Seraphina is an unusual name that could be shortened to Sera. Serephina Chan; it has a nice ring to it!

Gar: Seraphina Chan does have a nice ring to it.  And I will (reluctantly) take Baby Girl Chan to the American Girl store to get a makeover and have tea, if that's what she really wants even though the American Girl has only 2 Asian American girl dolls (Ivy Ling and Jess Akiko McConnell, I did my research) and neither is a "main character" doll (Boooooo).  Plus, those dolls and all their accessories are crazy expensive!  But yeah, Baby Girl Chan and I will hopefully have lots of good father-daughter bonding times over tea, delicious food, shooting guns, martial arts lessons, etc.  Heh heh.

Vote in the comments below!

EDIT:  Voting is now closed!

22 months 1 week, 2 weeks and 3 weeks!

Yes, I know that I am behind on Gideon's weekly post. It was a busy end of the year and also beginning of summer break. I had to clean out my classroom since I will be in a different position next year, math interventionist. It will be an exciting transition but I still had to clean out my classroom. I knew of this transition earlier but a pregnant lady can't be moving too many boxes no matter which trimester she's in!

Also, we had a couple of home repairs that needed to be done. The expansion tank on the water heater got a crack and needed to be replaced. We had to clean up the wet mess that it left on the floor at 6am in the morning! Then we found out that we had a crack in our heat exchanger of the furnace. We had to schedule some estimates before getting a new furnace. Garrett is waiting for the next repair. I'm glad that we can get it done during the summer and before baby girl comes. She'll be here this month! I can't believe I can say that!

Funny story: A couple of weeks ago, our daycare provider suggested that Gideon should wear a onesie tomorrow. I dressed him in a T-shirt and sweatpants. During nap time, Gideon took off his pants and diaper and left a poop in the pack and play. Sorry, Patty! The next day, I dressed Gideon in a onesie and pants. During naptime, Gideon took off his pants and his diaper. He pulled the diaper out of the onesie. While wearing the onesie still buttoned up, Gideon urinated. My mom says that he is ready for the potty but it has not happened again. Auntie Jaime just laughs every time I tell the story. Now it's on the blog!

Gideon loves to say letters and pretend to write the letters like us on his paper. Here is the "M" that he got correct. We are so proud. He has only done this twice.


Gideon hugging baby sister (really he is just hugging his mama!)


22 months and 1 week

This outfit is in in honor of baby girl name bracket. Can you guess what name he's representing? Also a shout-out to Miz H.!


22 months and 2 weeks

Also another shout out to Miz. H! It's a woot shirt that has elephants and giraffes being firefighters! Gideon did not want to take a photo. He showed me his foot!



22 months and 3 weeks

Gideon was holding two plastic balls that he likes to throw around the house. We tried to give him non-plastic balls to throw that don't make a lot of noise but he prefers these ones. He is pretending to eat them like a peach!



Sunday, June 24, 2012

4 Misora vs 5 Marisola; 4 Estera vs 5 Shiloh

Sorry friends for the long delay in a new name blog post!  Blame end of the school year craziness.

Results from last post:  Aiona routs Gasia 12-0; Elise beats Elisheva 11-0.

This week's match-ups: 4 Misora vs 5 Marisola from the "International" region, and 4 Estera vs 5 Shiloh from the "Biblical" region.

PRONOUNCIATION GUIDE:  Misora (Mee-soh-rah), Marisola (Mah-ree-soh-lah), Estera (Ess-teh-rah), Shiloh (Shy-loh).

Gar:  WE'RE BACK!  The International region has a good match-up.  Misora (Mizora) is a Japanese name that can be written with the characters for "beautiful" (Mi) and "sky" (sora/zora).  So the literal meaning is "beautiful sky", one of my favorite things from nature.  Marisola is a Spanish name that comes from "the sea" (Mari) and "the sun" (sola).  So the literal meaning is another nature reference, "the sea & the sun."  Growing up Seattle, you have to appreciate the sea (it's always there) and the sun (you love it when you can actually see it).  It's hard to pick, but I'll give the edge to Misora for the uniqueness of the name.     

Shiv: So many choices and so little time. Shiloh means "His gift" or "peace." I like the name for the meaning and how it sounds. Unfortunately, Brangelina has already taken this great name. Estera is a form of Esther. I like the story of Esther and how she was able to be courageous and brave. That is what I would hope for our daughter. I will pick Estera over Shiloh. As for the international region, I like the name Marisola. When we were brainstorming names, I liked the name Marisol, for the literal translation of ocean and sun. Garrett likes girl's names to end in an "A." So we modified the name to Marisola. Maybe our daughter will be nature girl who has the green thumb for our future garden in our backyard!

Gar:  It definitely help papa if Baby Girl Chan was a nature girl, because I have crazy plant allergies... especially to grass.  I like the name Estera over Shiloh too, but for a different reason... 

I don't want to name my daughter the same name as a dog.  No matter how good the book was... seriously!  Besides, Estera has a very unique and beautiful sound to it.  I don't think I've ever met a girl named Estera.

Shiv: One thing though, Garrett asked me if it means anything in Spanish. We have been reading this book called "Sorpresa" to Gideon in the car or at home and there is a word that Garrett thought was similar to Estera. The word is "estarรก." I told him that they are two different pronunciations because of the accent mark. For Estera, the pronunciation is Ess-TEH-rah, with the stress on the second syllable. I have not read the book about the dog named Shiloh. Hmm. I'm thinking thematic bedroom decor, birthday celebrations and birthday gifts! =)

Vote in the comments below!

EDIT:  Voting is now closed!

Monday, June 11, 2012

video post

We have taken many cute videos of Gideon and have forgotten to post them to his adoring fans. Enjoy!

21 months and 4 weeks & 22 months!

Yes, we have been very busy lately. The end of the school year is coming quickly and there are a lot of deadlines to keep ahead of. I cannot wait until the end of the year and it can't come any sooner. I have been swamped with report cards and of course my students. Last week, one student could not hold it together to stay in my class for more than one hour each day. She would whistle, kick another student or exit the outside door without my permission. Friday was the best: she went home after ten minutes in my class. What did she do? She did not harm anybody in my class. She pretended to be a baby and stuck her hand in her mouth. Then she would wipe her wet hands onto any surface in the classroom. Gross! The custodian and principal disinfected the classroom right away. I wonder what this week will be.

21 months and 4 weeks

Garrett's lovely staff threw us a baby shower. Well, we just wanted to have a fun dinner with everyone at Pacific Island Grill. They came and enjoyed the food. Then we were showered with lovely girly outfits and accessories. Thank you so much!

The highlight of the evening: Gideon likes to give fist bumps and high fives to different people that he meets. There were two couples getting ready for the prom at the restaurant: a Caucasian girl in a blue dress and an Asian girl in a black sequin dress. Any guesses on whom Gideon would ask for a fist bump? Yup, Asian girl. Gideon was also in the picture of the girl pinning the boutonniere on her date. He was raising his fist for a fist bump.

Gideon also wore his Hawaii shirt that Auntie Jaime gave him to the restaurant. It was a hit!



22 months

I cannot believe that Gideon will be two years old in two months! Oh my! The time has flown by and he is growing up to be a big boy. Gideon likes to eat all dairy products. If all else fails, we can always get him to eat cheese or yogurt. He loves to eat "cup o noodles" noodles. I think he likes the saltiness. I know it's not the healthiest, but he asked for more so I gave him some more. He likes to eat corn off the cob. He would take a big bite.

He loves to play with his water table. He would play for hours if he could. He sometimes tries to climb into the water table. I think he thinks it is a portable bathtub since we put some of his bath toys in the water table.

Gideon loves saying the letters when he sees letters on people's shirts or on a box. He also loves to say the letter sounds. At daycare, they watch a video about letters and their sounds. My favorite is when he says "huh, huh" "H".

This past week my staff threw a lovely baby shower for Christine and I. The food was wonderful and the company even better. We were showered with cute girly outfits and baby necessities!

This week's photo: Look at his feet! They are huge! He just started wearing these shoes in February. I think it is almost time for the next size up. 



Monday, May 28, 2012

1 Aiona vs. 8 Gasia; 1 Elisheva vs. 8 Elise

Last week's results are in: Cecilia beats Aria 7-4; Soledad wins over Sahara 4-2.

This week's match-ups:  1 Aiona vs. 8 Gasia from the "International" region, and 1 Elisheva vs. 8 Elise from the "Biblical names" region.

Pronunciation guide:  Aiona (Eye-oh-nah), Gasia (Gahz-ee-ah), Elisheva (eh-LEE-sheh-va), Elise (Eh-liz).

This week, we have some special guest commentators:  Grandpa & Grandma Wong!

Gar:  Though I'm a little bummed that Aria got upset last week, I'm a big fan of Aiona!  Aiona is phonetic spelling of the Irish girl's name "Iona", which means "blessed."  It's also a name for an island between Ireland and Scotland.  I like G-names of course, but I think "Aiona" just has a nicer sound to it.  For the "Biblical" names region, Elisheva is alternate spelling to Elisheba, a Hebrew name which is the root of the popular girl's name "Elizabeth."  It has the awesome meaning of "God is my oath."  Elise is a French girl's name that has the same meaning and owes the root of its origin to Elisheva... so in this case, I'll go with the original, Elisheva.

Shiv: When we were brainstorming names for the bracket, I was looking for a "G-name" that was unique and different. While watching morning news in California, I saw this name, Gasia Mikaelian. I think it was a moment where I liked the name for it's uniqueness. As for the other match up, I would agree with you about going with the original. Plus, Elise is a more common name that I have heard in the store or in the classroom.

Grandpa & Grandma Wong: I like Elisheva because it has the sound of Siobhan in the name. I don't like Elise because it reminds me of the not-so-great contestant on American Idol. Baby Girl Chan might be nicknamed like her mom with Shiv. I don't like Gasia because it has a similar sound to gas and she might be called gassy. Aiona has an Irish connection and the sound is nice too. I would not know what to nickname her. I guess she will always be just Aiona or maybe Ai. There is no danger of it being butchered when people pronounce it.

Vote in the comments below!

Here's a link to Baby Girl Chan's Name Bracket.

EDIT:  Voting is now closed!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

21 months and 3 weeks

Gideon had a hard week which means that I had a hard week. For some strange reason, he has not been eating his usual foods and being super mad during mealtime. Garrett thinks we have hit the terrible twos and that our calm and easygoing baby is becoming a toddler.

One morning, Gideon woke up at 330am from a nightmare or just because. We don't know exactly. I tried to put him down by rocking him back to sleep. He fell asleep on my shoulder but started to cry when I put him down. I asked Garrett to try to put him back to sleep. The same thing happened to Garrett too. So we had an early start to the day. I changed his clothes and started to get him breakfast. Something happened at breakfast and Gideon just started crying and kicking on his highchair. I took him out of his chair and he continued this tantrum on the kitchen floor. He calmed down and I tried to put him back in his chair but he started again. This went on for 20 minutes. Finally at 615am, he ate breakfast normally.

My parents came into town for the weekend. They drove up from California on Friday and arrived Friday at dinnertime. Then they will leave on Monday morning. We had a lot of fun playing, eating and watching movies!

We went to the Burien community center for the morning indoor play area. It was fun watching Gideon play with all the toys that we don't have room for in the house.

Then we took Gideon shopping at Carters. Yay, for Memorial day sales, up to 70 percent off! Gideon got a new hat to wear when it is sunny. (Garrett doesn't like it when I call it a sun hat!) This is Gideon playing at the lego table while I was looking around the store.


My parents brought up the water table that I bought for Gideon in California for his first birthday. I bought it for the friends to play with at Gideon's first birthday. Gideon loved playing with the water!


Weekly picture. He only stayed on the couch for one shot. Enjoy! Yes, he needs a haircut.