Welcome Moxie Elizabeth

On Monday, July 21, at 10:57 am we met our daughter, Moxie Elizabeth :)
7 lbs, 10 oz, 20″



Moxie’s birth story starts a few weeks ago, when we confirmed that the baby (we waited until she was born to find out she was a she!) was breech, and started trying various ways to get it to flip head down. I started seeing a chiropractor who said my pelvis was at a 35-45 degree angle, and needed to be 0-15, preferably 5 degrees. He did adjustments on my hips over two weeks, and I could feel a huge difference. The baby still did not want to flip on it’s own, so last week I went to go see the OB who would be able to do an external cephalic version.

We checked into the hospital for the version on Friday morning. There were several nurses who had never seen the procedure done, who wanted to watch, which of course I was happy to let them see it. They monitored the baby for a while, the doctor did a quick ultrasound to confirm the head was still up, then covered my belly in ultrasound gel. He dug in and flipped the baby in one try – it hurt a lot but was probably less than a minute long. He said “okay!”, and it took me a minute to realize that was it! He insisted that it’s not usually that easy or fast, and I believe the chiropractic adjustments made it possible for her to flip around so easily with the doctor’s help.

They monitored her for a while longer, then we left!

On Monday, I woke up at 5 am having contractions. Just like with Mark, they started out very close together. We went to the birthing center at 9 am. I hadn’t wanted Kyle to leave me alone to take Mark to school yet, so as soon as I was in the birth center he rushed Mark to school and back, and got back around 10. The midwives had gotten the birthing pool ready for me and I was so happy to get in it! The hot water relaxed my legs and back, and the only position that had been close to comfortable was leaning over so I was able to hang on the side of the pool and float a little.

Around 10:30 my midwife asked if I felt like pushing and it didn’t take long for her to arrive after that! They put her immediately on my chest and then had to pick her up again so Kyle could say it’s a girl!


She was ready to nurse right away, and Kyle and I called all our family to let them know she was here!



Kyle went to go get Mark, while I had an herbal bath and Moxie got measured, then the boys came back for us and we went home! We were home before 3 pm. Mark was very excited to see me and the baby. He is learning quickly to pronounce “sister”, “she” and “moxie” and is very proud of his little sister!






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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in General


Like Father, Like Son

Kyle watching tv:


Mark watching TV:


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Posted by on June 21, 2014 in General



One of Mark’s new favorite activities is jigsaw puzzles. We found this big floor puzzle at Half Price Books, and unfortunately it wasn’t that cheap but he loves it.







We found this one for only $1 at Target – it was marked for ages 5 and up but Mark did the entire thing by himself, right away. I hand him a piece facing the right way and he figures out where it goes, and carefully puts it in place.





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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in General


Houston Weekend – Day 2

The next morning we checked out of our hotel and went to “The Breakfast Klub” for chicken and waffles.

Then over to the Houston Zoo. First stop, Meerkats!

Then we went to the Elephant exhibit.


Baby Elephant nursing!!

Baby Elephant PLAYING!

The baby was 2 months old and 2 days, and named Duncan.

Here’s Mark refusing to pose for me.

Playing with a display about Texas:

Brushing a goat in the petting zoo:

Leaving the zoo we found a train for Mark to ride! It did a circuit around Hermann Park in Houston, right next to the zoo. I think Mark had fun on the train, he was really quiet and just held on to the railing the whole time, but when it was time to get off he did not want to leave!

That night’s game started at 6:10, and we got there at 4:30 to try to get an autograph, but weren’t able to get one. The most exciting part of the game was when I was trying to get a photo of Kyle and Mark, and suddenly Kyle shot his hand up in the air…

It was just a squishy ball from the cheerleaders, but it was perfect for Mark – and Kyle didn’t hurt his back trying to catch it, so win-win!

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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in General


Houston Weekend – Day 1

This weekend we went down to Houston to see the Angels play at the Houston Astros, and also visited the Houston Zoo (mostly for me, Mark had fun too.)

I think Mark’s favorite thing was the train at Minute Maid Park (The Astro’s stadium). At the beginning of each game, it drives along the roof there, and it also lights up and moves if the Astros score a home run (which never happened while we were there!) Mark loved the train though, and every time we would do drawings on his Magna Doodle he would ask for a train with a car with oranges!

Minute Maid Park Minute Maid Park Minute Maid Park

Here’s the view from our seats on Friday’s game:

Mark entertained himself during the game mostly by playing his Thomas & Friends games on the iPad, here he is doing a puzzle:

And playing with Daddy’s baseball glove:

The Angels won, 11-1, and we got to see a great game. Mike Trout hit a home run that hit the wall of the stadium just 2 sections away from us.

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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in General


Frontiers of Flight Museum

This weekend we got to visit the Frontiers of Flight Museum where Mark got to see all sorts of airplanes and helicopters.

None of the inside pictures turned out because they had huge windows everywhere so every single photo was backlight by a window and is just black with a window, so here’s the photos I got outside. Inside Mark mostly ran around pointing at all the airplanes suspended from the ceiling saying “Airplane! Airplane! Airplane in the sky!”. I showed him the hot air balloons and blimps, and the space ships too, and he knew what all of them were. The helicopters were definitely his favorites.

I got Mark to pose in front of this plane for a minute:

He ran back over to me and wanted to take a picture of the plane himself. This is what we got:

The helicopters were Mark’s favorite:

Mark and Kyle went up inside this airplane:

Mark liked looking at the photos of the planes almost as much as the actual planes. I think he was a little overwhelmed.

Touching a plane:

Mark was allowed to pick out a toy from the store, and he chose this Fire Helicopter:

Mark had a fantastic time, on Monday going to school he did not want to give up his helicopter, and I had to convince him to leave it at home and just tell his friends about his fun weekend. I asked him “What did you get to do this weekend?” and he yelled “I SEE AIRPLANES AND HELICOPTER!!!”. Then of course as soon as he got home, it was “Hi Mommy! HELICOPTER?!?” and we had to track it down out of my car.

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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in General


Random Videos

Mark likes his dinner:

Ashes, Ashes, Ashes, Ashes…

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Posted by on March 25, 2014 in General


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