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…..


July ’04

Overheard today: Elsa helping Monti do thank you notes for 3rd bday.. Elsa ” what do you want to say in your thank you notes?” M: “thank you”

simple enough.

Dahlia learned to point.. She points at things…… funny as hell. I guess you gotta be here to see it 🙂

“Daddy- the CVD is out” Monti (talking about a cd)


June of ’04

  • Nickname: Dahlia – DeeSter
    Mickey Dougal
  • Monti : Monts

Monti is calling us all the Haddons. I am Steve, Elsa = Mary, Monti is of course Eliza and D = Ben. Josh I guess is The Lumps.


May ’04

  • Nickname: Dahlia – Smiley McDougal
  • Tuncie McDoochmo
  • Deester Sittin on her keister
  • Monti : montague
  • Gumball
  • Jumpy

Words: Monti – Airport = O pert


Monti & Dahlia stuff

Monti calls trucks – frucks
She has an amazing vocabulary. She is pretty mischeivous. Dahlia is so sweet. Will fall asleep actually in the crib… Something Monti never did. We are somewhat settlling into this new house… Buying furniture to fill it. Need to get blinds badly. Elsa at the doctor. I’m about to get on a conference call. Monti is playing with Mr. Potatohead. Dahlia with Elsa. Bought a couch last week with KC when she was here. It will be delivered tomorrow. I head to portland tomorrow for some calls on Wednesday. my first driving trip for the job.

Waiting for the new van to come next month.

Also, Monti has this word that she uses sometimes – – “superbuys”.. We don’t know if it means supervise or what. She uses it like

Then we superbuys it..

We have no idea what she’s talking about.

She is nuts about Madeliene next door. She has only played with her about 20 mins total so far. Our fence is crooked. We hear that the builders won’t cover it in the warranty . . I gotta figure out if that is true. We are waiting for the rest of our security deposit from long beach. They only paid part of it.


One of my fave older pics – the girls doing yoga



New house

We just moved in to our new house last week. Dahlia was so good on the trip

She slept about 85% of the time. Monti however was a bit nervous about the whole thing. Didn’t really like sitting in the car that long. Lumpy was bad on the drive and Jackie was great. Corky hid most of the time.

Monti calls the remote control the nemo remote — mixing the movie Finding nemo with it.

Dahlia is such a smiler… Smiles so much. She is so good tempered. Monti wakes up with yelling… Yelling, kicking.. I have to tell her to lay back down and be quiet.

Mom and Dad were out here to help with the move-in. The move-out was hell. We had bub, louis, Maggie and Rob helping. It started at 7am Monday and we didn’t have it ready to go till 4pm Tuesday.

Dad installed the garage door opener. Mom watched the girls for two days straight it seemed. House move in was 100x easier than out.

The drive to here was pretty once past Sacramento.. The state line went up into the snow line.

I’m a bit nervous about my new working partner. He is a bit tense all the time.we shall see how it goes. I’m currently getting part two of my ACSA training this week in Cupertino.


Baby on the way

Well it’s mere days before baby #2 arrives. Monti is such a sweetie. Think she may know something is up. Our possible names are:

  • Josie
  • Roxanne – Roxy
  • Maxine-Maxi-Max
  • Casey

Elsa likes Cici or something like that.

I also like Samantha.. Probably a few more. It is hot hot hot.. No breeze we are dying here in the Long beach apartment… Lesa and Gabe here… Lesa here to help with the new baby before she goes back to school. Elsa’s parents coming in this Thursday I believe. It will be a full house here.

But back to Monti. She was crabby today – didn’t eat very well and went down for a nap at 11:30 am which is early for her. They went to 2nd street then but came back and M was crabby. I had a big presentation for Disney – the intro of the G5 to them. It went well.

We ask monti – where’s your sister? She points to her belly. So cute. She has ceased saying awwright right after we gave the grandpas the tee shirt. Guess she read it and got disgusted with herself. Elsa big and uncomfortable. Not sleeping well. Our bed a fit and fury of heat… We have fan blasting on it. Elsa pressuring us to finish with the name ideas. she is starting to pack for the hospital. I am not nervous this time – in fact i’m looking forward to it . I should really get my camera and everything together. maggie breaking up with fess or having serious problems. I am not sure where they are at at the moment but I know it’s hard on her and him. I feel bad it’s been 5 months since i’ve written last. I’m sure there have been things i’ve forgotten but I guess you have to start again sometime……..Monti will count all the way past ten.. sometimes she jumps around. She likes a show called Dora the explorer. Stil likes Maisy but not as much as before. She also likes blues clues. She is getting better about letting elsa go away. She can be babysat. Elsa and I saw first movie in a long time the other day – Whale Rider. Good movie.Well i’m tired and should head to bed. I’m reading Bone Collector right now. Elsa also reading a Jeffrey Deaver book.


Monti on the Potty?

Monti is saying “pooh” and such now.. We think she may be getting close to sitting on the potty…

She is so sweet. Got her haircut last week by Nani.. She calls her Nina.