Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back Under Quarantine

Brennan's queued up for another round of surgeries (hopefully his last for both his birthmark and his hypospadias) on Tuesday, September 8th. Learning our lesson from last year (when we missed our first shot because of an upper-respiratory infection), we've preemptively put him on quarantine for the few weeks leading up to his procedures.

That means: No kids club at the gym, no children's church, limited play dates (Lisa can't live without them), etc. Fortunately, the weather's warm so we've been able to take the boys to the pool (as well as our gym pool) and try to keep them active.

Until then, though, we'll be praying and hopefully avoiding any little bugs. It's bad enough that Brennan will be going through some of this recovery at 22 months -- I don't want to push it back another few months and risk him remembering even more of it!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ventriloquism for Three-Year-Olds

To his credit, Clay has been an excellent tutor for Brennan's language development. Several months ago, Clay began picking up on our regular challenges to Brennan to speak -- "Brennan, can you say ______?" During meals (when they sit across the table from each other) or during car trips, Clay would begin throwing out words and phrases and prompting Brennan to repeat them. We thought it was adorable and, to be honest, it actually has done a lot to accelerate Brennan's speech development.

Somewhere along the way, however, Clay has found a way to manipulate this hobby to his own benefit . . .

"Brennan, can I have that toy? Can you say, 'Yes'?"

"Brennan, is it my turn? Can you say, 'Yes'?"

. . . and on it goes. Brennan has been a quick study of this deception and no longer falls for it -- but Clay still gives it a try several times a day.

Maybe it's time for me to invest in a howdy-doody doll for Clay?

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Happy Birthday Martha!

Happy Birthday Aunt Martha! We love you!

Sunday, August 02, 2009


Clay and I went to a magic show while in Myrtle Beach. Later that week, we stopped in at a magic store in Barefoot Landing that I frequented regularly during my childhood. I picked out a simple trick for Clay and he's been practicing it. The look on his face when he pulls off the "dissapear" is priceless!