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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pictures of the House being Painted

So, the house (interior) is FINALLY getting painted this week. The kitchen as been primed-

Click on the link to see what it looked like before being primed and after....

It is my understanding that they will sand the cabinets and paint the first coat tomorrow. But, I'm not really sure about that. I know they will be working. But, painting cabinets is a serious job.

They started prepwork on Wednesday and worked everyday until today (Sunday.)

I am with the kiddos out of the house until the work is done and the smell is gone. I was hoping we would be home for thanksgiving, but it turns out that was just wishful thinking.

But, we should be home within a week....I am really looking forward to it!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Enjoying Our Day

Life is good around here. I'm not kidding myself- I know that times have been hard for us...we've been without a working kitchen for nearly a year! And living in the middle of an unplanned remodel for most of that time. But, we have a beautiful angel of a daughter and the best boys in the world. So, what is there to complain about?? We are immensely blessed.
Trinity is getting SO BIG! Here she is relaxing with one eye open! She doesn't want to miss any of the action around here. She will be 8 weeks old on Sunday. I really can't believe how much faster the time seems to go by with each child. She has been sleeping through the night for nearly a month and has been wearing size 3-6 months for nearly as long. She'll visit her pediatrician this week for her first set of shots. I expect she'll get a great report otherwise. She seems to be growing like a weed!

Here she is sporting a "hand me down" from her favorite girl cousin- ATHENA! This outfit looked brand new. Of course, we made a mess in it! We tend to do that. Oh well! I still got her photo in it before I had to change her. Speaking of her favorite girl cousin- that is because she is her only girl cousin so far! We find out this week if Michael and Patricia's new baby will be a boy or a girl. As of now, there are 6 boys and 2 girls on the El-Hakam side and 4 boys and 1 girl on the Maddux side. So, we'll either have a Maddux basketball team with 5 boys or Trinity will have a girlfriend her age! Either way, we are very excited about the newest Maddux baby. He or she is due to arrive in early May!Bakri is getting better and better at helping with Trinity. I think he is trying to burp her in this picture. He loves her so much! The difference between 3 and 4 seems to be huge. I am seeing so many changes in Bakri this year. We've always heard about the terrible 2s and we are learning more about those with Maddux (at least with the fits he throws) than we did with Bakri. With Bakri, 3 has been more challenging. But, now as he gets a little older- we notice him listening more, talking more and asking "why?" And when he asks "why," he really wants to know. It kind of makes the parent have to think about the answer and decide if it's important. It is really an interesting stage of development. Reasoning with our son is becoming easier. He is great at sitting at the table, eating with his fork and then asking to be excused from the table before washing his hands. This has been quite a treat for all of us and Maddux has followed suit. He now sits at the table with Bakri, eats with a fork or spoon and asks "may I be excused from the table?" before he gets up. Maddux usually answers to by saying "yes, you may!" :-) I sometimes think that Bakri growing up, forces Maddux to grow up faster than he would otherwise. I guess it's related to having a big brother close in age. He wants to do everything Bakri does.
Bakri really enjoys his school- PoeCo. I sometimes have a difficult time convincing him that it is time to leave the playground. He does like to check on Trinity or as he sometimes calls her "baby sister." He is the puzzle master. The child is seriously advanced at puzzles. Right now he has 4 wooden puzzles- each with 50 pieces. All of which he can put together very quickly and he will do it over and over again. He definitely needs more puzzles. I'm afraid he'll be bored of his puzzles soon.
After church on Sunday we went with some friends to Hermann Park for a picnic lunch. The boys love the train at Hermann Park so much! We live very close by. So, we rode the train on the last day before the old train closed and have really enjoyed the new train. It is SO MUCH BETTER than the old train. The new ride around the park takes about 10 minutes. They are also building a new train station and there will be a couple of additional stops around the park. I think it is scheduled to be complete in March. Maybe we'll have Bakri's birthday party at the zoo. It would be fun to ride the train around and visit the carousel. First, we have Maddux's birthday to plan. We plan to have a small party at home...depending on our house being ready!

One of the great things about our visit to the park last Sunday was the discovery of Maddux and Bakri's shadows. I love this picture! My little boys are growing up so fast. I can't believe Maddux is already turning 2. He is such an amazing little boy. We went to a music class at St. Andrews Fine Arts School on Thursday and Maddux was such a star. At first he was hesitant, but it didn't take long for him to warm up. He ended up being a very active participant. He tried everything and was really great at keeping rhythm. It is probably attributed to the drum set in our living room, piano in the den and guitars we keep in the red wagon. I told his teacher that we could probably host a music class at our own house! We have all of the supplies. In fact we also have a keyboard in the den. The kids have figured out how to get it to play jingle bells. It is this really upbeat version of jingle bells with a jazzy intro. They love to make it play and sing along.

I am really excited to start this week. Painters are scheduled to start on Tuesday. So, if everything works out, our house will be like new very soon. I can't wait! Lots of love to you all!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Our Weekend Adventures- All Saints Day Party & Cesar's Baptism

On Saturday, we went to 2 parties: The first was a Baby Halloween Party at Jordan and Brian's house. They have an adorable 5 month old baby boy- Charlie and they live in a beautiful home in a really great part of Houston- the Heights. Several old friends from College were there that also live just down the street or around the corner in the same neighborhood. There were probably 15-20 babies/ kiddos at this party AND they had chick-fil-A, which was a huge hit with my boys!

The same afternoon we went to another party in Magnolia at the home of James and Patricia Clark to celebrate All Saints Day. This was quite the party. Their home is on a big piece of property with tons of room for the kids to run around. There was lots of great food and drinks and so many of our friends from church at First Pres were there. Most of the children were in costume and most of the parents weren't. I had a really great time. I spent about 20 minutes enjoying dinner on the back porch. I decided to come in when the mosquitos starting eating me alive! So, I sat inside with some of my girlfriends. I was nursing Trinity (which is my excuse for why I couldn't be the one outside with the boys) Anyway, I had some really nice adult conversations! I loved it. And then, we had to go, because the boys were driving Moustapha crazy! Bakri found the pool...and we were not there to do any swimming. Maddux was content on the swing for a while, but once they were both loose, the party was over for us!
On Sunday, I led worship at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in West U. This was my 3rd Sunday leading worship there. I will be there for 2 more Sundays this month. It has been an amazing experience for me and our family. Every week things have gotten better and better. The band and I rehearsed tonight. I am really excited about the worship music this week. It is going to be really fun!
On Sunday afternoon, we attended our nephew Cesar Ignatius' baptism. Moustapha was honored to be Cesar's godfather. It was a really special ceremony. And the priest called our entire family to the water to witness the baptism upclose. That was really nice for all of us, including the kids. We could actually see!
Cesar's brother, Matias- we call him Mati and Bakri were somewhat well behaved at the baptism. They have a great time together.

Matias' sister, Soledad is Cesar's godmother.

Amira just returned home from spending a couple of weeks with Beatrice helping her with her twin sons. As soon as she got back she started her job with a law firm here in Houston. So, we haven't seen her much. She enjoyed getting to hold and feed Trinity during the baptism.

Trinity wore one of my dresses. Doesn't she look sweet? She is doing so well and getting so big so fast. We go for her check up with her pediatrician next week. Once she has her shots, she will be able to go into the nursery at church. That will be helpful.

I got really sick the evening after the baptism. We were out all day, and I was in a dress, so I had to pump- which went well. But, for reasons I won't discuss in this forum, I still ended up with mastitis. And now I am back on an antibiotic. So, I am NOT going to be doing that again. I thought it would be nice to let some of our family members feed Trinity while we were out. So I prepared bottles of breastmilk and had them with me. But, this is the second time I've gotten mastitis and I really don't like being on an antibiotic. Not to mention, I have not felt well at all. Hopefully, this won't happen again!

Cesar and Trinity had the same due date. Cesar was born at 36 weeks and 6 days and Trinity was born at 40 weeks and 3 days- so even though they were due at the same time, their birthdays are almost one month apart.

Grandma enjoyed feeding Trinity while Athena gave her kisses. Leila and Matias hosted a dinner at the Sweetwater Country Club to celebrate the baptism. We had yummy fajitas and enjoyed some fun family time.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Our Trick or Treaters

We had a great time with the kids last night. This was the first halloween where both of the boys really got it and had a great time. Maddux was very in character as a Texas football player. He never took off his helmet the entire time he was trick or treating and he carried his Mack Brown Texas football and his bag for candy...all while not really being able to see because of the helmet! But, he had a great time. So did Bakri. Of course, there was a point in the night where Bakri just wanted to get home so he could eat some candy. We probably only went to about 10 houses. But, it was enough for us and the kids really enjoyed it. We made special visits to a few of our neighbors houses that are also our friends. They liked having the kids come by and visit and say "trick or treat!"

Our fairy princess....Trinity!

The boys headed out to trick or treat!Yes, Bakri was crying here. We had just set out on our adventure and our train conductor took off running. This was him trying to smile after being caught! Maddux looked just like this the entire time. These children were giving out candy at their home. We were on our way to do the same. Knocking on the door at Liuda and Gustavo's house.
The train conductor loves m & msThe greeting committee at our house...ready for trick or treaters. The boys loved passing out candy.
Hmmm....let's eat some while we wait!
Hope you all had a happy and safe halloween. We're off to a baby halloween party today and later an All Saints Day party in Magnolia. Can't wait. We're also looking forward to the football game tonight. Hope the horns show up and beat the red raiders. HOOK 'EM...and good luck Maddux!