Archive for September, 2008

Our Sonia!

So this news is probably not going to be interesting to many of you but since we use our blog to talk about everyday life, here it goes!

Most of you know that here in Colombia we have someone that comes a few days a week to help in our home. This allows me to get things done that take a million years here in a 3rd world country, like grocery shopping, paying bills, and working with speech therapy patients. Sonia has become a part of the family! With the heightened security situation she allows me to leave Jackson safe at home when I need to go to places that aren’t safe for him. She loves Jackson and he loves her! He now calls her “nya” because Sonia is too hard to say. One of the biggest parts of Sonia’s job is listening to my horrible Spanish and translating it into real Spanish so that we can accomplish things!!

Sonia has 7 weeks left in her pregnancy and I had to send her home early yesterday because she kept having back pains. I told her she needed to get to the hospital. She called last night to say that she is being put on bedrest at least for this week!  Ugh. I am bummed for her because I know it is stressful for her and I am bummed for us because we happened to have a million things this week that rely on having her!! We are looking in to her neice coming to help so that I don’t have to cancel patients, etc.

Sonia is so patient when Jackson wants to “help” her. She lets him try to vacuum!

This is a picture of her from about a month or so ago. She was kind of embarrassed but proud to have a picture of her pregnant belly! Pray that her baby boy would stay safe inside until the right time! We are praying for a healthy baby!


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Potty time?

Not really. Jackson’s potty arrived but he is years away from having a clue about what it is for!! He tells us about his diaper but quite honestly he doesn’t mind crawling around stinking up his world!!! Here in Colombia moms start having their kids try to potty train at 15 mos. Boys included.  So we decided that even though it will be a long while before he is potty-trained we would buy a potty and start being enthusiastic about trying every once in a while.  Too much information I am sure but here are a few funny pictures to share!

We had to read him a book so he would stay sitting. The boy never sits still so that will be half the battle with him!

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Yesterday afternoon we went for ice cream at Crepes and Waffles and then to the park nearby to swing. While he was swinging, Jackson spotted someone with a big bunch of balloons. He kept pointing to them.  Our friend Kima bought Jackson a balloon. It was too funny. He intently watched her as she walked over to buy it and watched as she walked back wishing and hoping she would share with him!  We could have left him in the park for hours with his balloon.

watching as Kima bought a balloon

“Looks like she is coming my way with that big blue balloon! Kima, you shouldn’t have!!!”

“Here it comes!!!”

“In my own little hand?!”

“Don’t worry guys, I can hold it and walk!”

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When I was like 10 I had a “luau” themed birthday party and we played that famous Beach Boys song. Today Seth and I booked a trip to Aruba! We have been talking about taking a trip just the two of us for a while but we finally booked and flight and made reservations at a hotel. We are going for 3 nights and 4 days in November.  It is only about an hour and a half flight from us here in Bogota! Seth’s mom agreed to come have a “Mia weekend” with Jackson so that we can go and not worry about him. I will still worry because it will be our first  real trip away. I left Jackson when I had to go to DC overnight for a Dr’s appt but never for longer than that! It will be sad to leave him but we know he will have so much fun and get so spoiled! Mia/Seth’s mom will get to come a few days before we leave and then will get to stay for almost a week after we return. It will be nice to have a visit with family! And it will be nice to lay on the beach in Aruba!!!

Now back to working out! Can’t go to Aruba without being in really great shape!!!

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Weekend in Anapoima

We spent the weekend in Anapoima, a place outside of Bogota that is warmer and sunnier with our South African friends. We all had a great time, despite the power being out all night Friday night. By the way, babies sleep much better with a fan in sweltering heat! We had fun in the pool most of the time and Jackson got some good times in with Keegan, the other baby boy along on the trip! Here are a few pictures!

Fresh as a buttercup even after no sleep the night before! How do they do it?

The house where we stayed

Keegan with the horse

Jackson steeling the horse


Jackson and Keegan spent most of their interactions together eating frozen bananas and stealing each others toys!

The beautiful pool

This was our 10th attempt to get a family shot…Jackson is catching on to this picture thing…the shovel is strategically placed in front of his face!!

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Boy, Oh Boys!!!

We got a call yesterday morning from our friends in Arizona. When I heard Dan’s voice I just knew he had good news! Our friends Dan and Margo have adopted twin boys!! They have been patiently going through the process and waiting for a baby and now they have 2! The boys were born Sunday at close to 35 weeks. They are healthy and oh so cute! Dan and Margo are thrilled and are scrambling to get another crib, and everything times 2! The Angermiller Family just doubled in size!!!

The boys names are Bryce and Seth. Seth is named after our Seth and from the pictures he looks a lot like Seth. This is such an honor!!! We can’t wait to meet the boys! You can pray for them as they finish up their time in the NICU growing and practicing eating.  Pray that Dan and Margo would get lots of sleep in the coming days as they wait to bring the babies home! And that they would have energy to accomplish all that they need to accomplish in the coming days!

Congratulations!  We can’t wait to hear more updates and see more photos of the cute boys as they grow! We hope the grandmas are on their way!

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Between cooking dinner and bathtime Jackson does not run out of energy!

Notice in the bath video that the fake cough still comes up when Jackson gets in trouble. He thinks we might think he has tuberculosis and have pity on him.

As of two weeks ago Jackson fussed through the hour of me cooking dinner, now he works feverishly unloading my cabinets! He hasn’t really mastered clean-up!

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