Almost 15 months old

February 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Eli will be 15 months old in about a week. He’s one sweet boy with a strut that beats John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. What’s news with the little man?

  • After two nights of “sleep training” (crying for 1.5 hours in his crib), Eli is now a pleasure to put down to bed each night. He cries for maybe 30 seconds and then he’s asleep.
  • He’s not shy about sharing his likes or dislikes — he is adept at pushing one’s hand away if you are offering him food or drink of which he does not approve. And, he’s happy to lunge or point for those things that he wants, including his brother’s toys.
  • He has an affinity for goggles. Water need not be involved.
  • He claps with glee.
  • He also rubs his hands together as if saying, “Well, what are we onto next?”
  • He has fun standing on low chairs, getting down when asked, giving a big grin and standing on them again. He is inclined to repeat this cycle 5-6 times for maximum pleasure.
  • His favorite baths are those with Henry.
  • His ninth tooth has come through his gums.
  • He waves.
  • He loves hanging with his Daddy, and tracks him wherever he goes.
  • He is hesitant to go to strangers and prefers to stick close to mom and dad in new situations.
  • He runs to the door every night when Mama comes home and gives her a snuggle that makes her day.

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Birthday Planner

February 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Although we have a couple of months until Henry’s 5th birthday, the theme or plan for this party is a hot topic in our household. It all began when he got the invitation to a school friend’s “Indoor Camping Birthday Party”. We all agreed that this party (complete with tents, s’mores and some kind of fun with flashlights) sounded very cool. Since then, Henry has come up with a new idea for his party almost daily. Some top ideas include:

  • Adventurer party (a la Indiana Jones)
  • Museum of Flight (after a trip to south Seattle with Brad and Eli)
  • Chinese Party (where everyone will write kanji)
  • Math Party

You might be asking yourself, “Math Party?” That was this evening’s contribution at dinner. Henry has been learning about subtraction and addition at his pre-school. And, we’ve been doing some here at home because he’s very interested in it. I went along with the Math Party suggestion, but I’m hoping that by April it’s off the table. As a word girl, math and party don’t work in the same sentence for me. But, for my sweet boy, I will turn over a new leaf if need be. Who knows, 2+2 could be a lot of fun.

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Quiet boys in their bedroom

January 13th, 2009 · No Comments

We’re conducting an experiment tonight. We’re hoping that Eli and Henry will fall asleep on their own. That’s something neither of them do regularly, if ever. So, they are in their room. The door is shut. Henry turned their light on…because “Eli likes daytime best.” We can hear babbling from Eli now and then. And, Henry has come out twice now to show us his creations – an airplane and then a card for me. He walked back to their room, calling out over his shoulder, “You can make a card for me, Mom. To say thank you for the card I made you.”

This attempt at self-soothing to sleep is likely going to fail. Especially if we allow them to keep the light on. And if Henry has craft supplies at his disposal. But at this moment, it’s very nice to have relative quiet in our house.

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Christmas Index 2008

December 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Minutes for boys to open their gifts: 10

Hours between gifts being opened and eating breakfast:2

First words when Henry saw the tree: “Santa brought me a map!!”

Eli’s favorite activity throughout the day: climbing

Merry Christmas call from longest distance: New Zealand

Two words that capture this year’s Christmas experience: simple and snowbound

What Eli and Henry bring their parents: great joy

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Dancing with Mama

December 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Each night after work I’ve started a new tradition.  I get home.  Open the door, select a tune on the iPod and we dance. All four of us.  This tradition came about after many nights of everyone (well, Henry and Eli) crying because they wanted a bit of Mama Love but someone else was in the way.  Our tunes thus far have included, but are not limited to:

  • Respect (Aretha)
  • If I Had a Million Dollars (Barenaked Ladies)
  • What the Day Brings (Brad — the band)

It’s a much better way to start the evening — four of us dancing with smiles and hugs all around.

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Metro Bus in our neighbor’s back yard

December 18th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s snowy and icy in Shoreline today. I got a call from our neighbor.

“Don’t worry if you look out and see a bus in my yard. Everyone’s okay,” she said. Yikes. Makes me glad we live on the inside of the loop that is our valley.

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8 years of slinging coffee

December 11th, 2008 · 2 Comments

While I haven’t been the one actually slinging the coffee,  today I celebrate my eighth year of employment with Starbucks.  It’s been an amazing journey.  One of the reasons I sought out Starbucks as a place to work was because of the mission statement.  I came across it when I read Howard Schultz’ book, Pour Your Heart Into It:

To establish Starbucks as the premier purveyor of the finest coffee in the world while maintaining our uncompromising principles as we grow.

What really inspires me are the six Guiding Principles, especially the three below, by which we follow this mission:

  • Provide a great work environment and treat each other with respect and dignity
  • Embrace diversity as an essential component in the way we do business
  • Contribute positively to our communities and our environment

It says a lot about a company that puts these principles at the core of the organization.  I know skeptics say it’s just “corporate speak” but I’ve worked in places that don’t have a mission statement.  Or which have a mission statement that people don’t even know.  That’s not the case with the Starbucks mission statement.  This focus on doing good, even within the corporate world, is what drew me here and it remains one of the reasons I stay.  Here’s to another cup!

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Active Kids

December 6th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Last night Eli amazed us with his humor.  Henry was roaring at him (like a lion).  And, Eli roared back.  He was thrilled with our hoots and hollers.  And, therefore, he repeated the trick several times — grins all around.

As I cleared the dishes from the table, I said, “Eli has a sense of humor.  Just like you, Henry!”

“Yeah…I think we’re going to be active kids,” Henry replied with a knowing nod for emphasis.

Ah, to be four years old and so certain about such things.  There’s no doubt in our minds that these two will definitely be active kids…they already are.

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Seattle Half-Marathon

November 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Brad and I are walking in the Seattle Half-Marathon tomorrow — 13 miles. Actually, I guess we’re walking it in 6 hours from now. I’m having trouble sleeping. I hope we have fun and I hope it doesn’t rain. The goal of this event has helped keep us moving when we might have otherwise chosen to sit on our duffs. So, already I figure we’ve “won.”  The last time I ran this race was 11 years ago, right before I met Mr. Sheffield.  It’s a nice thing to be walking with him this time.

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Nearly a year old

November 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

eli_oct_08.jpgTomorrow sweet baby Eli turns one year old. Here are a few of his favorite things:

  • Doing summersaults in the Spiderman chair (as of this morning)
  • Taking off his shoes and socks
  • Entertaining us at the table with his smiles and laughs
  • Bouncing to the beat of music
  • Pinching with great power
  • Cruising and taking a few steps
  • Clapping
  • Using his pointer fingers to sign “more” (he does this often as he definitely has an appetite)

We’re considering a name change for him — R.T. (also known as Rough and Tumble). I guess it’s what comes with having an active, older brother. Eli definitely strives to keep up and meet the challenges that Henry puts before him.

It hardly seems possible that it’s been a year since we woke up and wondered if my water had broken.  Yay for the wonder of Eli!

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