Saturday, August 26, 2006

I have a 3 year old where there used to be a 2 year old...

In recognition of this, there was cake...

Pin the pirate on the treasure...

Cool presents...

And waterballoons...

And everyone had a really good time!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

George Bush is flipping us the bird

We will be moving sometime between now and January. Military life. It's like a bad reality show. Life-altering surprises land on your doorstep when you least expect it:

You win an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii where you will live for the next 3 years in paradise!

Anyunghasseo! Pack your bags because you're moving to KOREA, where you can have all the kimchee you can eat for 2 long years!

Time for a little break from family life. You will be sent to a relaxing desert environment for 6-18 months. That's right, you're going to Baghdad! AGAIN!

Yes, Donn will be going back to Iraq sometime within the next 3 months. Just in case we get too settled in, we need these reminders of just how much our lives depend on the whims of the government. One day 4 years from now we will be done with all of this and it can't come soon enough.

Sunday, August 20, 2006


This was brought on by this beautiful post by Her Bad Mother.

You came from inside
Where you lived amidst my heartbeat
And rested your foot under my ribs
Dreaming in the space where my blood flowed all around you

I marveled that my body put you together
Put satin in your skin
Made your hair like feathers
And created two slate blue eyes
To look out and see light and darkness
To be overwhelmed by the expanse of the sky

You were like a gift to be unwrapped
Given to the world by the place where hope comes from

Outside you were more difficult to care for
I feared your helplessness at first
Holding you on my chest where our hearts could feel each other
I knew that we would figure it out

The smell of you
Was fresh and warm and not like anything else
Every bit of you untouched by the world

Each hour that passed you grew and changed
Until your cheeks became round and delicious
And your tiny legs grew strong enough to hold you up
You formed words to describe things around you
And learned through fearless curiosity
That not all ideas were good ones

My eyes were always following you
My ears listening to what words you were piecing together
Sometimes I would hear and stop what I was doing
Your innocence so nakedly exposed in your voice
Making it hard for me to breathe
Desperate to capture it
In photographs
With words
Unable to grab a hold of it
That wide-eyed trusting honesty
That precious unknowing

One day you will belong more to the world than to me
You will make your own decisions
Steering down the paths you choose to take
I'll shout out to hold on tight when the waters are uneasy and dark
Don't forget to wear your lifejacket

Although you won't always need me
I'll always know
You carry a piece of me with you

I gave it to you from inside

Friday, August 18, 2006