First Post. Empty House.

Well the girls are out of town with the grandparents in OR. I’m supposed to be getting ready for a conference call tomorrow am. Instead I am playing WoW… L29.. hopefully 30 soon.


London Bridges

Monti & The girls are in Chicago for 1.5 weeks.

Quick funny story – monti wakes up.. walks in by D… grabs her legs and starts singing London Bridges…. moving them in and out….Dahlia wakes up to this…. and makes the sign for more more.. they do it over and over.. cute as hell


My Little Cuties



Dahlia saying a few more words.. but not really. she’s very lazy. She is starting to do animal noises now which is hilarious. Grandparents love to see the signing. Dad was out last weekend to help build the Pergola. We pulled it together very quickly even though we had nasty weather. Monti learning about boyfriends/girlfriends.. But doesn’t really understand that. Which is good. She is also learning about Christ and such. Elsa resigning her back up for school.

Monti is going through a ‘death’ phaze.. she talks about it a lot (whether mommy is going to die on drive to pick her up, etc.) Teachers say that monti is extremely affectionate… very loving. says that she is a hugger… loves everyone. Teachers sister came in for one class and fell in love with her.

They both love chocolate… i put some easter egg chocolates in a small bowl for each.. they thought it was the best thing. both are healthy thank God…….. First time in a while.

Workfront : I’m almost 70% of my weighted #, less than half through the year. This is great.


Dahlia Signing

We are teaching Dahlia to sign since she has been so reluctant to start.

Monti is hitting less now. I am trying to bribe her to not pee pee in her diaper that I still put on her at night. She is now completely potty trained (yay!) otherwise.

D is eating like a horse but a recent cold is slowing her down. I can’t believe how much she eats. She is so photogenic.

I need to start videotaping more. The job is going well.. Numbers are pretty good.

Elsa is stir crazy taking care of the girls. She is in “paint the house” mode. We just finished up the bathroom — colored it a darker green version of the color I have here in my office.



Monti says the word “six” like “since” or “because”.

I can’t eat that six i just ate one of those daddy.

Dahlia now points to things and can somewhat get her points across in this fashion.

Dahlia is a chocolate NUT. We have a santa candy dish on tv. . she always walks near it.. points up at it and goes


Monti and her seem to get along a bit better these days. We had Madeline over yesterday. Babysat her for a couple of hours. Monti would not stop talking “and this is my cat, and this is my dad. here is our christmas tree” Poor mad was sort of homesick. I guess she didn’t sleep well. Elsa thinks she’s a failure of a mom around her since she couldn’t make her loosen up.

Went downtown to see the “windows”. It was a bust. Dahlia was bad. We pretty much left right after we got there.

girls are getting bigger.

i’m stressed about my job.. have to do cold calling with bosses boss on thursday. one on one. should be a very interesting day.

not close to making our number.. really need some big deals to come in in next couple of week.s

elsa getting sick of day in day out routine with the girls.

we are all looking forward to two weeks in Chicago.

dahlia definitely has a temper



Bad Joe! haven’t done an entry in ages

Monti walked through Ohare in United terminal.. saw lights on walkway to Concourse C.. Said

“it’s so beautiful”…

Dahlia.. so jealous.. anytime anyone gave Elsa attention on latest trip home.. Dahlia would throw her arms in the air likea little gorilla and scream.. Did it with Monti.. Then elsa hugged Eliza (as a joke) and dahlia sure enough did it again).. Was hilarious I guess. I wasn’t there. I was working at the sales conference as my first shot at being a rep. new boss.. scary time. Hoping I can pull this off. got a few big deals in the pipe but it’s a sluggish start.

Dahlia is a hitter and kicker.. She is such a frustrated little girl. Sometimes monti is actually afraid of her we think… She gets so violent.. But monti is pretty mean to her.. ALWAYS taking away stuff that dahlia is playing with.. Toys, food, whatever.. drives D so TOTALLY CRAZY…

Monti wanted a wedding cake.. That’s what she picked out at the bakery.. That’s what she wanted for a ‘treat’

Dahlia loves the cats… lumpy not too fond of her.

Ebony died yesterday… Sad day @ the kahsens.

We are going to Florida in a couple of weeks. Mom leaving tomorrow to live there with Grams.. Exciting time.. sad for IN people.. but she’ll be back every other month.


more 9/04

Monti very into princesses. Poor D keeps getting hurt.

Went to fair yesterday in Puyallup



Dahlia is soooo stubborn. She HATES to let anyone else feed her now.. Only herself.

Monti singing a lot. Singing the Goodship lollipop stuff. Dahlia getting in more hair.. 4 teeth. Cried for 45 mins last night before we finally caved. Lost her voice today. Today she cried for 30 and fell asleep. Monti’s sleep routine: put her in bed. tell her stories for 10 mins.. get up.. get her water.. she is wearing diaper but is potty trained for #1. After 20 mins she has gone #2 in diaper.. Change her.. Put on fresh diaper. Put back in bed. Hope she doesn’t get out. If she does , put out nightlight. If again, close door. Closing door is huge affront to her.

Another weird monti-ism. She HATEs when you book up or down the stairs without her or before her. She has this fear of being left behind quite a bit. Mostly about the stairs.. Sometimes about leaving the house but usu about stairs. Sometims will throw fits if u don’t bring her down stairs. Lots of fits these days. Lot of “corrective behavior” needing to occur. They are my darlings however. Love them both to pieces.



Dahlia looks like she will be a TomBoy to me.. Monti getting taller… Monti is three, Dahlia will be 1 this weekend. We are hot here in Seattle. Just bought an umbrella too large for back yard. returning it and asking dad to fly out to help build a deck.

Dahlia always so happy. that is the word i would describe her best with.. always happy. even when she’s throwing a fit you can tell she’ll smile right away..

Monti loves doughnuts.. cookies.. sweets of all sorts…. afraid of a lot of foods…… she eats pizza, grilled cheese, eggs, she finally tried a sausage (fake) sandwich and liked it……. rotini noodles but afraid of spaghetti….. olive garden she gets spinach dip……. and eats our ravioli. dahlia eats almost anything. loves all food…..