Archive for July, 2009

Seventh Anniversary Update

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Dear Family and Friends,

We have been married for seven years now!!  This past year was incredibly exiting for us as Serenity grew from a tiny baby to a talking, climbing, sweet little girl.  As the multitude of web entries can attest, we have been chronicling her development thoroughly.  I say we, it’s mostly Chrissie, the webmistress =)  Keeping this journal of Serenity’s life was Chrissie’s one goal and project she was determined to manage even with the busy life a newborn baby brings.  Recently, Chrissie created lists of Serenity’s favorite books, toys, activities (front carrier, water, outdoors/nature, motion, snuggles and games), words, food, pictures and music to summarize her first year.

Besides watching Serenity grow, this was a year of big changes for us.  Eric lost his job as Symphoniq did not survive the economic troubles.  So it was time to leave California.  We miss everyone there so much.  We are happy that so many of our college friends have moved back to the Oklahoma area though, and we do enjoy seeing Chrissie’s family more.  Serenity just loves running around after her cousins!

Eric is still job hunting and he has some hopeful prospects, and Chrissie is working part time at a flower shop in Tulsa.

We had tons of help with the moving process, especially Alan Mello, who drove Chrissie’s car back to Oklahoma in a fun road trip across the country.  Alan and Eric took it slow, catching a number of sites along the way of their five day trip, and Eric even caught a foul ball at the Albuquerque Isotopes minor league baseball game they attended.  Before that, all our dear Cali friends helped us move.  Jack and Patricia threw us a “not going away” party, where we finally created our own personal Epic Duels characters, which we call the Cali Expansion.  We often play this awesome game online on Wednesdays.  Yes, Dotahoe is still a big activity for us even though we can’t go to Henry’s house, we still play online using the webcam Ann bought us.

Speaking of Epic Duels, we held the Fifth Annual Epic Duels tournament in January.  We ended up sweeping the first two spots this year, with Chrissie playing Luminara and Eric playing Jango.  This was the first time Chrissie and Eric played at the same table.  Eric also spent a good deal of time playtesting the Lord of the Rings Epic Duels expansion online.  Eric is addicted to Magic Online, and enjoys playing it frequently.  Other games we enjoyed this year include Descent (thanks Johnny, Robert, and John!!!!)  and Galaxy Quest.  Except for the game is actually called, “Race for the Galaxy”, Chrissie just can’t remember the name even though we play it a lot.  We also call Battlestar Galactica Galaxy Quest.  Juan and Veronica got us hooked on this show, and we love it!  Other great shows include Big Bang Theory (you should see Serenity during the theme song), SYTYCD, The Daily Show, and Dollhouse.  Great authors Chrissie found this year to recommend include Julia Quinn for romance, and Patricia Briggs and Charlaine Harris for paranormal romance.  Eric continued to play Ultimate Frisbee and Softball.  The last softball game we were able to attend in Cali was one of the best attended games ever!  Johnny has taken over coordinating softball, and it continues even though we’ve moved.  Thanks guys!

We were very lucky to have several visitors this year.  Grandma and Grandpa came to Cali to see Serenity.  Alex, Chrissie’s nephew, also surprised us by visiting. Aisha was in Napa so we saw her too! For Tina’s graduation from law school Eric’s parents planned a big party, and a lot of Wainrights came out and got to meet the baby as well.  Lydia came for a visit and really enjoyed Serenity.  Gavin and Jennie came by around Thanksgiving to meet Serenity on their way to Hawaii.  (just in time for an extremely drooly baby getting her first teeth.)  Chrissie bravely took Serenity on an airplane to Oklahoma several times.  (Yes, nursing on the airplane next to a twenty year old guy on the first flight was fun. =) )  Mostly it was nice though because Serenity was so friendly to everyone.  Christmas was especially fun with a new baby enjoying the beauty of her first Christmas, and the wonderful chaos that is her family.

In sad news, Chrissie’s grandma Mimi passed away.  We did get to go to her funeral, and celebrate her wonderful 92 years and her special love for her family.

This year we got to attend just one wedding, Andy Huizenga!  It was a beautiful wedding and a great chance to see all our college friends.  Chrissie is over the moon about the birth of lots of babies.  Allie Bean, Samantha Vo, Henry Lo, Liam Snowberger, and any day now Abbey’s baby will be born.

Chrissie’s projects for the year include two blankets, one for Henry and one for Abbey’s baby girl, two patchwork stuffed animals (a sheep for Aidan and an elephant for Henry) and of course some scrapbooking.  She has branched into digital scrapbooking and is obsessed with photoshop.  But the biggest project of the year was for Serenity’s first birthday party!!!  It had a farm theme to celebrate Serenity’s favorite book, Barnyard Dance!  Chrissie got to paint, scrapbook, make goody bags and decorate like a madwoman.  Lots of friends and family took the time to read books to Serenity on video for her birthday dvd.  It was such a special project, much thanks to everyone that participated!  Serenity loves her dvd, and we watch it often.  It’s teaching her lots of new words, like “dvd” “jama” (Pajama Time) “penguin” and “hungry”!

We love you all!

Chrissie, Eric and Serenity


Happy Anniversary!!!

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

I hope you like your Anniversary present.  You only had to ask for a purple and black website for seven years =)  I love you!!!

Happy Anniversary My Love =)

Happy Anniversary My Love =)

Serenity Update 12.5 Months =)

Friday, July 24th, 2009


Serenity is starting to say the cutest things!  I know I need to write them down before she moves on to other things, so here they are.  My two favorites of the moment are “snuggle” which she pronounces, “shuggle” and “see me.”  She often says snuggle and then leans up against me or Eric.  It’s so sweet.  I love that she’s a snuggly girl.  She has started saying “see me”  when she wants someone to pick her up, or even if she wants us to give her something.  For instance, she said “see me” to her choo choo train and held out her arms.  It’s too cute!  It’s neat that she’s starting to figure out things to say on her own, not just stuff we’ve taught her by saying “Can you say…”

Other cute stuff:  She says “rock rock rock” when she’s wanting to ride the rocking chair, but it comes out “wocka, wocka, wock.”  Jennifer says she sounds like Fozzie Bear =)  She is very interested in the alphabet.  I can’t say for sure, but sometimes when we sing the abc song to her, she says the letter H at just the right moment.  And Eric’s been working with her on the new shape sorter that has letter shapes, and sometimes she’ll say the letter that comes after the letter he says, like Eric says A, she’ll say B.  It’s definitely not a regular thing yet, but she’s trying to figure it out.

She figured out that people have names just like things do!  We went to Norman for the weekend and she learned to say Gavin and Jennie.  She repeated them over and over and over, and each time she was so thrilled because she knew their names and could get their response.  She also tried Allie’s name, and Abbey’s name.  At the park, Tom tried to bribe her with a hundred dollars if she’d say his name in ten seconds.  About two minutes later she did say it =)  And just now she said Serenity for the first time!!  I thought it would take much longer as Serenity is not an easy name =)  It sounds like Sren Ti but it’s perfectly cute =)


Serenity has started playing with her shape sorter!  Eric figured out that while she still doesn’t like the yellow lid to be on the shape sorter bucket, she will attempt to put the shapes through the yellow lid if it’s just on the floor.  And she can actually do it!  There was much cheering and clapping for her =)


Serenity showed us that she has a great imagination today!  She was playing in the office, and she started asking to play with my mouse.  She actually said, “mouse!” “mouse!”  I have a cordless mouse, so I handed it to her to let her play with it.  Then she set it on the ground and pushed it around saying “car!” “vrooooom!”  It was so cute!

Serenity has evidently decided that Mama’s phone is only used to call Grandma.  I let her play with it (until she sticks it in her mouth, when I have to take it away.  This always causes her consternation)  and she ran around the room saying “Grandma grandma grandma” and “Hi Hi HI!”  This sounds more like Gaa maa ga maa ga maa.  She was very enthusiastic with both the grandmas and the hi =) A few weeks ago she actually managed to dial Grandma and she thought that was great fun.  I went ahead and called Mom so Serenity could really talk to her again =)

Jennie Jennie Jennie!

Jennie Jennie Jennie!