Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lost Tooth

Finally!  The tooth has come out.  Keith pulled it out tonight right after dinner. Papa and Curly were here to witness the big event. Elise had a nervous smile on her face as she watched.  I saw Sam process the idea that his tooth was actually out and I could tell he wasn't sure if it was really real.  It is something he has been wanting for so long.  Then we dove in to several emotions over the next hour.  First there was shock and then excitement.  Then a little disbelief that the tooth fairy would actually be coming to our house tonight.  I took a mental movie of the discussion between Elise and Sam about what the tooth fairy does with all the teeth that are collected.  They still believe that there is magic in the world.  I love that.  Then Sam started to worry that it felt weird without his tooth and wondered if his mouth would always feel weird.  Then he said he missed his tooth.  Excitement came back and he ran to put the tooth under his pillow.  After Papa and Curly left, he started talking to me about his old tooth and he started to look sad.  His lower lip started to quiver and he started to cry.  I held him and he told me he thinks he misses his tooth.  Then he said, "I think I just want to be zero again.  Will we get to be zero again when we are in heaven?"  Poor guy  - he is worried about aging.  Me too.  I wish he could be zero again too.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Sam has been asking for years to try Octopus.  I don't even remember what drove this request but it has been a dream of his for quite some time.  I took him to Sushi last week.  He tried Squid, BBQ Eel, a seaweed salad and RAW OCTOPUS.  I wouldn't even try it.  Our friend, Doug shared an order with Sam.  Sam said he loved it.  Doug described it as seafood flavored bubble gum since it was so chewy.  No thank you...but I  love that I have an adventurous eater!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Hi Lam!  I hear you have been checking the blog from Vietnam and are disappointed on a daily basis.  I am happy I still have someone checking the blog!  I have no good excuse other than just being a busy mom.   I will try to update again tomorrow.  Thank you for still checking!

Saturday, January 1, 2011


I thought Santa came up with a genius idea this year.  He wrote a letter to the kids and beautifully explained the meaning of Christmas.  He reminded the kids that Christmas is not about the gifts we give and receive but more about celebrating life and all the people we get to live it with.  He created a new game and hid lots of little people around the house for the kids to find.  He told them to keep them and play with them throughout the year to remember the spirit of Christmas.  We are to leave the people out next year for Santa to hide again.

I found Elise playing with them the other day...

My heart warmed as I watch her line them up.  She said they were going to the movies.

You can see this group is very diverse.
 But wait...what is that girl in the wheelchair doing?
 I think she had some sort of accident.  Did she knock a few people down?
Ummm...I am starting to think that was no accident.

I think this girl may be evil.  What is she doing?

Now she is picking people up and throwing them off the edge of the table to their certain death and my daughter is smiling.

Not exactly what Santa had in mind I think.  There was total carnage and this girl showed no remorse.  The warmness in my heart turned to a chill up my spine.

There was no discrimination at all.  If you were blind, on crutches, a baby, a senior...it didn't matter she was taking you down.  Elise thought this was the funniest game ever.  I think she may have missed some of the key details in Santa's message.  Well...he tried.