Monday, June 30, 2008

Katelynn stuffing her 1-year old face so she can go back to playing in her sandbox

We bought this tub and filled it with sand so Katelynn actually has a place to sit and play. She loved it. Notice all the attention she is getting. Below Katelynn is cuddling up with the bunny a friend gave her. The Chinese love stuffed animals and that is what every one of them gave her. She always grabs the stuffed animals at the market, so she is happy to have her own now. On the left is the van we cruise around in. A nice little ride although it doesn't go too fast and it sounds as if it will explode at any minute. The last picture is of a "water cow". We have yet to figure out it's purpose in life other than sloshing around in knee deep water. We will have to do some more research.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The great flood. That is a road under that bridge
that you are looking at. That water is probably
15' deep.

This is Cami's new swing...and apparently Katelynn's new jungle gym.

This is Katelynn fitting into this tiny bowl that
she pulled out of the cubboard.

This here is a place we went to in Shanghai for the
20th year anniversary of the Shanghai Branch.
This bouncy place was so much fun, you could jump
just as high if not higher than a trampoline on the top of the mounds. In my
opinion it was better than a trampoline because once you
were jumping as high as you wanted, you could launch
off the top into the air in any direction and land just fine. Supermans,
or Grannies off the top were great fun, just to launch out
and roll into a flip. Other cool stuff at the park like that big
tree house, and giant outdoor little kid water park. FUN!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

16th Grandchild

Here is our new addition. Sophia Kartchner, aka Sophie until about the age of 16. On Thursday, June 19th Wendy was kind enough to labor at home by herself (Chloe was great help) until I finnished up work. Wendy's sister Allie came over at about 5:30, then we were off to the hostital by 7pm. This was one time I felt justified in speeding, even though I took time for a shower at home. We checked in and labored for a bit longer thinking about an epidural, then the Dr.

came in broker her water and things went fast after that and no time for an epidural. Wendy did amazing. Sophia was born at 10:36 pm. She said afterwords that natural birth is over rated and next time, pending our sanity, an epidural is the way to go. Chloe Loves to kiss her bunch and adore her.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Baby is born!

Friday the 13th marked 41 weeks of pregnancy for Keriann, and the stubborn, hesitant fetus inside her was finally coaxed out into the open.

We arrived at the hospital shortly after 8:00, and the atomic wall clock read 13:44:45 at the moment of birth. The interim was filled with laboring, about 5 games of speed with a borrowed deck of cards, and 2 pushes at the end.

Hazel weighed 8lbs 2 oz and as 20 inches long at birth. She and Keriann are both doing great. OK, OK, you just want pictures...

The first moments of life... The delivering doctor was Dr. Ling. I do think he can catch flies with chopsticks, but he didn't threaten to squish anything like a grape.

The other kids love her, and love to hold and help us out with her as much as they can.

She has a bit of bilirubin in her, and is hanging out in the blue lights as a precaution. Doesn't she have a lot of hair?

She is a very snugly baby. She loves to be touched and held. That is all great fun during the day, but not so much at night.

We like her, and will be looking forward to showing her off to all of you.

Tom and Keriann and family

Sunday, June 8, 2008

North West Living

By request, we will post a few pictures of our local goings-on. We will also hope to soon post some pictures of our new addition. At this moment, Keriann is 9 months and 2 days pregnant, so we should have a new family member quite soon. (About 3.5 cm, 70%, and -1 for those medically oriented).

Any name suggestions would be welcome. We are trying to find a name that would work well in a Limerick. Last night we kind of ruled out a few names...

"There was a young lady named Abby,
Whose thighs were quite notably flabby..."

"There once was a girl named Pearl,
Who kind of resembled a squirrel..."

We similarly ruled out Ellie, Matt, Tipper, and Frankie. (You may mentally compose those lines of verse yourselves). Keriann did point out to me that if I had tried to rule out previous names based on silly limericks, we might not have a Mattie or a Sam. I guess that's true.

Now, onto what is happening. After 1.5 months homeless, we finally found a nice little home to rent. The children were happy to have a place to call home. While our new stomping grounds are not as warm as we have been used to, Everything around us is very pretty.

These and the picture at the top were taken at Rosario Beach. It's about 10 minutes from home, and on my way to work every day. No white sandy shores where we can lay and accumulate actinic damage quite like Florida, but there are great tide pools, and fun places we could explore if we had kayaks (Father's day hint?)

Other local highlights include a huge forest trail system, several small lakes, and Deception Pass. The trails begin right across the street. When we went the the other day we found a newt, a cool tree frog, and all the banana slugs one could ever desire. We have not yet done the hike at the pass, nor been out on the lakes, but we will soon.

The kid's are very cute, of course. Sam recently celebrated his third birthday, and has started, just in the last couple of days, going pee pee on the potty. I am trying to upload a little movie of his birthday celebration. Stand by for that.

We were recently fortunate enough to have Grandma Barlow visit us for a week. We enjoyed her visit very much and we think she enjoyed herself, too, although her quarters were rather spartan. Before she left, we hung out in Seattle a bit. We went to Pike's Place Market, checked out the old beach house where she lived a long time ago, and went up the Space Needle.

That's about it for our update. We will try to post again soon once our yet nameless child is born. If possible I will try to get close up video of the child's grand entrance onto the world stage, just in case any of you still doubt that child birth is a beautiful thing. Oh, wait. Maybe posting that would violate Blogger's user agreement. Maybe an audio recording will suffice. We will look forward to soon being updated on each of the rest of you.

Tom, Keriann, and family

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Kenny found a friend in the garden yesterday. I am hoping it might eat all the squirrels.