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Here’s what’s up with our boys this month:

Calvin got some jigsaw puzzles for Christmas and he’s totally into them. When he started out he was asking me for help with every piece, but as soon as I left him alone with the puzzle he had the whole thing put together in about 2 minutes. I guess he was just trying to make me feel needed 🙂

He also got this cool drawing table, which he digs and which is helping us to reclaim our dining table:

He LOVES to draw, and is starting to do some stuff that’s recognizable. He’s been doing mostly balloons and happy faces for the past few weeks, but now he’s branching out. Today he drew several birthday cakes that were really good!

He’s gotten really into the baby lately, and wants to hold him and try to get him to smile all the time. It’s very sweet. He’s still a little jealous of the attention that Henrik gets, though, and will sometimes try to act more like Henrik in order to get attention for himself.

He’s picked back up with potty training and is doing pretty well, although he seems to think he has to take off all his clothes every time he goes to the bathroom. Actually, I think it’s just an excuse – the dude loves to be naked.

Henrik is doing great. He’s sometimes a little fussy in the evenings, but overall still an easy baby and a good sleeper. He’s smiling a lot now, and is much more alert during the day.

I took him to the doctor on the 13th and he was a little over 13 pounds, and 22.5 inches long, so he’s growing well.

We are all enjoying the family time we have right now before I have to go back to work. It’s been a real blessing to be able to stay home for a good amount of time. We’re very grateful.


It’s been a rough month. At the end of December we found out that Eric’s dad had stage IV cancer, and he passed away on January 10th. Eric flew out to Florida with his brother and Uncle and was able to be there for the memorial service.

Butch was one of a kind, and it’s hard to believe he’s gone. I’ve been trying to think of a story or something to illustrate who Butch was, and I keep coming back to his letters. Butch was a great letter-writer. He wrote regularly to the local paper. In fact, he kept writing letters to the editor of the Sun Post (in San Clemente) well after he moved to Florida! He always typed his letters on an electric typewriter – just couldn’t get his head around the idea of using a computer instead.

After Calvin was born he started addressing letters specifically to Calvin, and I’m so glad we saved them because they are a treasure. I’ll let Calvin read them all some day when he’s old enough to know better than to use some of the words Grandpa Butch taught him! But actually, the letters paint a pretty great picture of Butch. Yes, they were often full of the bluster and BS that he was known for, but they also capture his sweetness and love for his family.

Here’s the one he wrote to Calvin the day we went to the hospital to have Henrik (click on it to view larger):

For those who are interested, a couple of links:

  • Butch’s obituary in the Daytona Beach News Journal
  • Video that was played at the memorial (created by J.G. Pasterjak, Butch’s son-in-law)

And here’s the Butch I’ll always remember, laughing and playing with Calvin:

We’ll miss you, Butchie!

We got some cute pics this week. Here’s one to tide you over – more tomorrow, I promise!

We’ve been busy, busy, busy with family visits and remodeling, and have been pretty bad about taking pictures and videos in the past couple of weeks. My sister and her family were here right after Christmas – she’s going to send me some photos because I only took 2! I will post when I get them, but here’s a picture of Henrik with his cousin Thelonious: Thelonious was really good with the baby, although he had to fight my sister for holding rights! Henrik continues to get nice and chunky. I haven’t weighed him recently, but he’s awfully chubby and cute: He’s started smiling, too, but I haven’t caught it on camera yet. So sweet! He smiled at Calvin a couple of times the other day and now Calvin gets right in his face whenever he can and yells, “Do a smile, baby!” like a little drill sergeant. I haven’t been able to convince him that this is counter-productive. Speaking of Calvin, this is why we’ve had to hide all the markers in the house: He not only colored all over himself, but on several walls and pieces of furniture, our sheets, the floor, a bunch of toys…thank God for washable markers! Calvin turned three last week! I can’t believe how grown up he is. We were pretty much partied out after the holidays, and Calvin makes it easy to keep it low-key. He still knows how to have a good time, though: We’ve made a ton of progress on our remodel. The framing is pretty much done, and the roofer is here this week putting a new roof on. It’s been noisy and messy, but we’re surviving just fine.  It’s fun to see it all coming together, and that extra 400 square feet is going to be SOOOOOO nice!

That’s it for now – I haven’t done any video editing recently, but I’ll try to put some up soon.