Monday, July 27, 2009


It's the 11th hour. All there is left to do is pray. So here is an unabashed request for a lot of them. Jake takes the Missouri bar exam tomorrow morning.

Good luck babe! We're all praying for you and we know you're going to do great! All of your hard work and studying is going to pay off...literally! Think hard...type fast...and if all else fails...pass a lot of gas to distract those around you! :) We love you Jacob. We're so proud of you!!!!!!!

And yes. This is the last time we're going to let you take a bar exam, so don't even ask!

Monday, July 13, 2009

syney sousen

Sweet little Sydney (Syney Sousen, as she calls herself) turned THREE! Three years ago today we were here, in Missouri, welcoming our baby girl to our family. Her birth was surrounded by a lot of anxiety because she had some issues early on...issues that were completely normal for the child of a diabetic, but were new to us since Jackson's birth was pretty un-normal for the child of a diabetic. Three years later, and there is still a certain degree of anxiety around Sydney, but it's due to her antics. This year she cut her own hair...inspiring a very short pixie cut, and she got 7 stitches following a fight she lost with a very sharp wood chisel. There were other highs and lows, but all in all, Sydney is all heart. She is such a cuddly, sweet girl and we adore her. She is very dramatic, often throwing herself to the floor and wailing when things don't go her way, but she also is the first to jump into my lap, throw her arms around me and declare her love for me...several times a day. I'm sure she will be very affectionate with her boyfriends...we're going to have to keep a close eye on that girl!

This year for her party, we had another princess Sydney is the quintessential princess. My dad took several pictures of Sydney at her party and we have a lot of video of Sydney caressing the Barbie's face telling her how beautiful she is, but here are some preliminary pics of the birthday set up.

And here is Sydney putting make-up on her dad...proving what a good, patient daddy he is!