Saturday, February 28, 2009

Another tooth - the molar

On Friday, I noticed the first of Matthew's molars coming in on his right hand side! They mentioned he was unusually grumpy at daycare and the doctor had mentioned that the molars would be coming in soon. When we pulled up from school, I was carrying him inside and he laughed and, sure enough, there was that molar peeking up through the gums. Such hard work for a little guy!

School Day Report

Here is a video clip of Katharine talking about her school day.
This was taken on February 26.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Get Well Su-Su

This is a special message sent out to Aunt Su-Su who just had surgery! We are wishing her a quick recovery!!

P.S. I will be calling soon Su-Su as I have a friend about to go through the same thing here in Charleston!

Counting my treasures

Here is KK counting her "treasures" from school (she loves collecting rocks and shells she finds on the playground). This was taken yesterday evening.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Concentration and Frustration

This is Matthew concentrating on a simple task. If you don't really like my kids, it may not be the most entertaining video you ever saw. But, everything my kids do are interesting to me, so why not preserve it!

Little Climber

Here is a video of Matthew "playing and discovering." I don't remember KK playing in quite this way. You will see the hand of "safety-czar Dad" making sure that no harm comes to our little one!

Monday, February 23, 2009


My kids - having fun! These smiles are the reason I exhaust myself trying to keep up with a 3 year old and a 1 year old! May they always find joy in each other's company!

Operation Roof Relocation

For those of you who aren't aware, Paul and I tried unsuccessfully to sell our house last year. So, we tried being bitter, we moped, and then... we decided to do it again! It's a whole new approach and it is on starting now!!! We have labeled this project "Operation Roof Relocation" and we feel like we can make it happen this time. We have a new agent who is one of the top sellers in the leading agency here in Charleston (Mike Ciucci - Carolina One). The project actually kicked off about a month with an "evaluation" of the sale-ability of our home by our new agent - which came complete with a homework list. For the last two months Paul and I sweated, we toiled, and we spent some serious cash (at least by my frugal standards). Here is brief review of what we accomplished:

  • New paint in the living room (Sullivan's Dune), kitchen (Aiken Ivory), and master bedroom (Aiken Ivory)
  • New light fixtures in eat-in area of kitchen, the bedroom, and the hallway
  • New window in hall bathroom
  • Replaced some siding on the house
  • New carpet in the three bedrooms
  • About half of our possessions put in storage
  • All personal pictures and artifacts removed from house
  • Added in a few plants
We officially hit the market this coming Monday (March 2) and then we hope for the best. Hopefully the summer will find us in a new, two-story house in a sidewalk lined neighborhood with a community swimming pool!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sick Day

Another sick day with a not-so sick baby! Poor little fella did have a rough night with a fever and trouble sleeping. But, this morning a bit of a runny nose is all we have to show for last night's struggles. So, we are at home with Momma trying to work and Matty getting in to everything he can find! Fun, fun, fun!!

Monday, February 09, 2009

The Birthday Report

On Sunday afternoon we had a small gathering to celebrate Matthew's first birthday! Matthew had a blast and we hope a good time was had by all!

The party was hosted by mom and dad and attended by Grandmomma and Poppa Roof, Scott and Ashleigh (Matthew's godparents), Mark and Olga (KK's godparents), and Chadwick and Shantell (very loyal members of the HCBMS).

Matthew is pictured here enjoying his cake (definitely the highlight of the party)! We got him his own "smash" cake and he took that to heart. He was tentative at first, gently poking the frosting and then not sure what to do with the goo on his fingers. Then big sis stepped in and helped him figure out he should taste the frosting. "Mmmm, not bad" is what Matthew would have said if he could talk. Once he got a taste he got a bit more brave and grabbed a whole fist full of frosting and gobbled it up. Then he discovered cake and this was also good but made the cake look like a drum so he pounded on it for a bit as well. It was a fun time that led to a brief party break to hose the little fella down! What a mess! (Katharine wasn't too far from needing a bath either from all her "helping"!).

New Hat

Friday, February 06, 2009

Matthew's 1 Year Check Up!

Today was Matthew's one year old check up and and he got rave reviews. He weighs 23 pounds, 4 ounces and is 30 inches long. He is the 55th percentile in both height and weight. Perfect! He got three shots today and a finger prick (no fun all the way around). He can give up bottles anytime and move into whole milk in a sippy cup. And we can also move into almost exclusively table foods with baby food as a back up. Quite a big boy step! She still estimates that he will walk around 15 months. I think he will do it sooner but we'll see!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Roof Family Update

Well, obviously, the first thing to note is that life has been very busy as I have not been able to post anything for almost three weeks! And I don't really even have any exciting pictures to post right now. But, a news update is still in order.

Tomorrow, my baby boy turns one year old!! It is such a weird feeling because in some ways it is hard to believe that a whole year has already gone by. On the other hand, it feels like so long ago that I was pregnant that it is hard to believe that this time last year I was pregnant and about to pop! So what does the one year mark bring for our boy:
  • He is a very proficient crawler now and zips around the house.
  • He is standing with assistance and attempting to take steps with assistance. We can tell he can't wait to walk!
  • His eight tooth is coming in on the bottom. That makes four on the top and four on the bottom.
  • He says Ma-Ma (usually when he is distressed and needs something) and Da-Da.
  • He still loves his sis and smiles when he sees her.
  • We switched him into his big boy carseat (forward facing) and he just loves it! It has been quite a treat for him to ride in a way that he can see things so much better. He loves to watch his sis and look out the window.
  • He is starting to enjoy more and more solid foods and is VERY interested in whatever we are eating. But, he is still not a big fan of most fruits and veggies in their "solid" form.
  • We have his one year old check up on Friday so I will have to post again after that with more updates!
Katharine continues to do exceptionally well. Her class (in combination with the 3 year old classroom) is taking yoga on Wednesdays. She seems to really enjoy it and I am glad to see her get started out early on something that is good for body, mind, and soul! She still has her imaginary friend (the mouse name Cuba) and now Daddy has one too and so do I. She still claims Henry as her boyfriend and Leila as her bestfriend (although they bicker more like sisters). She is still being stubborn as can be about potty-training and I wonder somedays if Matthew will end up teaching her!

Luckily, both children are in good health right now. Which is more than I can say for mom and dad. I have pneumonia that resulted from a flu and have been out of work for a week! But, the more I read about pneumonia, the more I feel that I shouldn't push it so I can better as quickly as possible. I think Paul may have it too but he has yet to go to the doctor to confirm. Hopefully, our illnesses won't put a damper on Matthew's B-day activities this weekend!

And, lastly, in our family updates: Operation Roof Relocation. As you may have heard we had our house for sale last year with no success (very frustrating process). Well, we have decided to give it another go since we really want to move to a neighborhood with more family-friendly amenities. So, we have new agent and new agenda and we have termed it "Operation Roof Relocation!" We have painted the living room, kitchen, and master bedroom. We re-carpeted the three bedrooms, changed out some outdated light fixtures, put about half our possessions in storage, removed all our personal photos, and generally spiffed up. The place is looking pretty good if I do say so myself. We hope to get this project officially up and running by the end of the month at the latest. We are optimistic that someone will bite this time!