Count Down

Five Days Until Five

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with the jacket and tie we just bought him I hardly recognize my baby boy.

He is my own little handsome man who suddenly this year has blossomed and grown more than I could have prepared myself for. This is what all mothers experience and I am a sensitive ball of emotions this week. He is thrilled and has been counting down the months, weeks, and now days. 

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I sit back and see how quickly the time passed. He was our “mystery” baby and yet that dream I had when I was pregnant came true: of a curly haired boy calling to his Papa. This boy is smart, sweet, funny, and has the same gentle patience of his father. He is charming and makes me already so proud as he helps take care of his younger brother and sister.

Hope you will celebrate with us this Saturday as he turns five.

Cake Pops

An adventure and definitely a “to-do” that I can cross of my list.

I now know (thanks to Tina) how to make cake pops and cake balls.

Before:

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After:

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We made peanut butter and vanilla flavor (color green).

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We used sprinkles and had lots of fun.

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Taste test: they were a hit!

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Noticed

that her socks looked extra cute today

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that Michelle painted and Brandon carved these pumpkins for the party last night.

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that he can run around with his friends until he is exhausted.

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that I am particularly fond of the cloudy sky promising rain.

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that we spent at least four hours outdoors today, taking advantage of the sunshine.

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that the coughing is almost gone and we can pack up the humdifier until our next outbreak.

Out Voting

Joe is voting while I stay home. They boys are playing legos and baby girl is sleeping.

Joe has a fever, the boys have residual coughing, and I am happily tired from the 13 parent conferences I held today.

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The sun is setting earlier and I am enjoying the quiet around here. Happy Voting.

Fabulous at Fifty

is what I say about my friend Stella and her backyard birthday bash.

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Here are the highlights:

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cake and a jumpy house

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the reminders of her love for Disneyland

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plenty of space

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to hang out and chat with friends

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or listen to the music

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and of course pass around the cutie pie.

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This will be a month full of birthday parties.

 

Watts Towers

began as a backyard full of sculptures

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all made by one man

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impressive

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included found objects

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a local landmark

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art appreciation for the little ones

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a tour that sounded a lot like story telling

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a mailbox 

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the spiky cactus garden made from glass

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and a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning.

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on a whim I gave her the whole fruit

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usually I cut it up but was curious to see what she would do

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knowing it was soft and ripe

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she rolled and explored it’s strange shape

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she sucked the juice

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and she eventually ate some suprisingly big bites

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however she is easily distracted 

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and this is how bright her eyes light up to see her father come into the room.

Real Life Scary

At almost exactly midnigt Henry woke up not able to breathe and I rushed him to the nearest emergency room where he was stablized within four hours and then transported to Downey Kaiser via ambulance.

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We spent most of Halloween in the hospital in the pediatric unit with a lot of sweet nurses and doctors, in a room they personalized at 5 am (before we arrived), when they knew we were on our way.

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There aren’t many instances I can think of that feel more helpess as watching my children in pain. Our little Henry refused food, had to be hooked up to an IV, had to be strapped down in the ambulance, was breathing hard to catch his breath, moaned in his sleep, and cried a lot.

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Thankfully by the afternoon he was cheery enough for visitors, feeling a little festive,

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eating more, and eventually released to go home.

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They even gave him a costume, hoping to make him feel better.

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By the evening the doctor’s recommendation included going out in the cool air to assist with breathing, after being indoors for so long, so there was a quick tour around the block for trick or treating.

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This morning, after a full night’s rest, we happily changed our page on the calendar and are looking forward to this new month.

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We are spending the day in pajamas.

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We are so happy to be home.

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Our pictures below are from Friday night, when we had an early celebration, and I am so glad I saved those pictures because we had a frightful last few days.

Happy Halloween

from the superheroes 

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also known as Team Sullivan

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