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Brian, Kristine, Analise, and Josiah Toone

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A Belated Merry Christmas!

30th December 2004

I’m logging on from my Grandma’s computer here in Indiana. I thought I had posted an entry on December 26th wishing you all a merry Christmas and some other tidbits, but I don’t see it here. Hmmm…

Anyway, we’ve journeyed from California to Wisconsin to Iowa and now to Indiana since December 19th. I’ve got lots I could write, but for now, suffice to say it seems like a long time ago that we were saying heartaching goodbyes to our dear friends in California. Christmas was wonderful, and Analise loved spending time with her family and thorougly enjoyed her first Christmas. She mostly enjoyed the wrapping paper, especially eating it! Just yesterday she set a new milestone – finally rolling from her tummy to her back. Now, theoretically, she could roll all over… We’re ready to childproof our new home in Alabama right from the start.

I just wanted to post something sweet and sappy. Brian and I created a new game on our trip today. To go back and forth sharing one thing we love about the other person. It was fun and sweet – especially when one of his turned into about 6 things he loves about me, and he summed it up by saying he’s the lucky one in our marriage. Aw. I love my husband… in more ways than I can tell on a 6 hour trip from Iowa to Indiana.

I’ll try to come back soon with some pictures of the sweet little girl! She’s 6 months old today!!!!

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It’s a white Christmas!

25th December 2004

I know you’ve not heard from us, but we’ve been been moving from California to Wisconsin. I’ll share more about our marathon journey later, but I just had to check in to let you know that we’re having a beautiful – but cold! – white Christmas here in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

Analise is having a great time enjoying her Aunts Anna and Kat and Uncle Hal. She’s getting more interactive by the day – smiling, babbling, grabbing, sitting, rolling, reaching, and eating everything. She loved her Christmas gifts… well, actually she loved the paper:) I’ll post a few pictures later today.

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A little bit of Wisconsin in California

13th December 2004

Today the most amazing thing happened. Brian got a roll of quarters from Safeway to do laundry. As he opened them, he noticed that the first was the beautiful, shining new Wisconsin state quarter, highlighting the cow and cheese. But then, as we unwrapped the roll, we found the whole roll was Wisconsin quarters! Amazing that such a thing would happen in the unfairly cheese biased state of California! It was a slightly redeeming act after all the “Happy cheese, happy cows” commercials that rip on the wonderful cows of Wisconsin.

I tried to save the quarters, but Brian insisted we needed them for laundry.

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I make great apple pies and cute babies

26th November 2004

I just had to blog this… We spent Thanksgiving with our friends Steve & Corrie and Steve’s family. I spent this morning baking an apple pie from scratch. I love homemade apple pie, classic Betty Crocker recipe. First tasted it in Nicaragua for Thanksgiving 2001, when Lori Thompson made it. MMMMMmmmmm… No other apple pie compares.

Anyway, I brought homemade apple pie, and of course Analise came with us. Steve’s family loved having a baby to snuggle with and love on, and Analise was in prime smiley form:) Later in the day as we were leaving, someone told me I make great apple pie and cute babies. I love that…

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. If you’re a friend of mine checking in… I miss you. I’m so thankful for the amazing blessings God’s showered upon me – us – this year. And you, my friends, are among them. May God richly bless you, as well.

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Crazy Milk Adventures

17th November 2004

Read on only if you want a glimpse of “real life” as a working/pumping mom:)

Before I dive into the adventure, here’s a glimpse of Analise “Puppy” Toone on her belly. She’s now rolling over and she’s pretty pleased with her new talent! The hat is one we just got on sale at Baby Gap:)

Last Thursday, (after a rough start to the day, which you’ll hear about soon) I realized that I’d forgotten to bring empty bottles to bring the milk I pump at work home. Grr… Anyone that’s breastfed will realize that milk is like “gold”… and you hate to dump it and you can’t just NOT pump. I thought I would have to dump the milk since I had no way to carry it home, but then I found a solution;) So here’s a conversation I had with Brian on Instant Messenger just before going to pump.

you’d freak out if I brought milk home in a coke bottle wouldn’t you?
Brian: hmm
Brian: well
Brian: r u serious?
Kristine: well yes
Kristine: i just finished a coke
Brian: if you rinse it out extremely
Brian: keeping in mind that the bathroom
is a VERY contaminated place
Brian: and all surfaces could be potentially
full of germs
Brian: and be very careful in washing
your hands before rinsing the coke bottle
Brian: being very careful not to touch
the lid of the coke bottle on the spicket or any other surface
Brian: or better yet if you have access
to a sink outside of the bathroom
Brian: you could rinse out the coke
bottle there
Brian: again assuming that everything
(including the knobs to turn/off the water) are highly contaminated
Brian: if all these precautions are
in place, i would be OK with milk in coke bottle
Kristine: April’s and I are laughing…
but I’m hapy to tell you that I use the kitchen sink
Brian: i’m glad i could lighten up the
afternoon, but you need to exercise due precaution when handling our baby’s
Kristine: which is so much less contaminated
Brian: BUT you should assume that it
could be contaminated by someone with SARS or the flu or maybe
just a cold
Kristine: lol
Kristine: ok, will do
Kristine: going to wash out my bottle
and transfer the milk
Brian: ok, proceed with caution

(To break up the reading, here’s another glimpse of my smiley girl in her bouncy seat. She prefers to use her hands on the toys instead of kicking at them, so she’s learned to slouch way down until she can reach them. She’ll sit here as Brian’s working at his computer on his almost-complete dissertation.

Then a funny conversation with my sister, Kat, just as I’m leaving to pump:

hi sister
Kristine: i gotta go
Kristine: sorry!
Kristine: i need to pump – i’m leaking

Kat: sick
Kat: bye
Kat: too much information
Kristine: one day you’ll understand

Kristine: it’s kind of funny
Kat: i’d rather you don’t explain it
Kristine: paired with the fact that
Analise threw up on me as we were leaving the house, and i didn’t have a
clean shirt, so i just washed it off and wore it backwards
Kristine: I’m a mom now, what can I
Kristine: One day you’ll appreciate
my honesty!

So there you have it! Real life with the Toone family! No boredom here – we wouldn’t want it any other way!

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Our Little Pumpkin

4th November 2004

Yes, every baby should be dressed up as a pumpkin at least once:) And here’s my little one! I have this picture as the background on my computer at work, and I just grin every time I see it. Jenni was babysitting so she got Analise all dressed in her halloween/fall outfit and arranged the pumpkins. Corrie – who’s taken the BEST pictures of all the BEST moments of our life:) – took the picture. She looks so little next to the pumpkin!! I’m not sure anyone checks in here, but I’ll keep posting just the same:)

Analise has become quite vocal. Here’s another Instant Messenger conversation between Brian (at home with Analise) and I (at work).

Brian : my goodness
Brian: there’s a cat in our bedroom
Kristine: lol
Kristine: a cat, huh?

Note:If you’d like to hear the “cat” in the bedroom, check out this video… Analise is a VERY vocal baby, and she loves to gurgle, squeal and lately, she particularly enjoys making a howling-squaling cat-like noise when she’s entertaining herself in her crib. It’s VERY comical.
(conversation continues)
Kristine: did you just put the baby to bed?
Brian: yep, she was yawning
Brian: i said “young lady, one more yawn and it’s straight to bed for you”
Brian: she said “ok daddy, i won’t yawn, i’m not tired” followed of course by a big yawn

I have to say, yet again, Brian’s such a great stay-at-home daddy. He’s working hard on his dissertation, making definite progress, and getting to spend quality time with his sweet little girl. I’m jealous! My time will come soon enough…

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The Littlest Republican

3rd November 2004

Well, in case you can’t make it out from this photo, Analise voted yesterday! She and Brian did their civic duty together before the babysitter arrived. When they came home, she started chewing on the 164 page California Voter’s Guide. Here’s what Brian told me on Instant Messenger while I was at work:

Brian (typing with Analise on his lap): heyn were goping to vote
Kristine: lol
Kristine: have fun sweeties!
Brian: k, be back in a little bit
(time lapse)

Brian: we voted!
Brian: analise has an “i voted” sticker on her outfit
Brian: she looks so proud of it
Brian: she also was so overcome with excitement, she tried to eat the voter’s guide when we got back
Brian: guess she didn’t know how else to express her love of democracy and freedom!

That’s my girl! We’re raising her to be proud to be an American! If you’d like to see a cute live video of Analise voting, you can click here…
Lastly, here’s one more picture of my little American girl – if you click on the photo, you’ll see the bigger image of her proudly wearing her “I voted!” sticker:)

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We’re still here!!!

26th October 2004

Just hanging onto the craziness of life here! Analise is GREAT – growing every day. I’ll post again tomorrow and include a couple pictures. If you’re really bored, though you can check the video album.

I love my daughter and husband! 😀

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Adventures of the Super Dissertating Daddy

12th October 2004

First, before I get to the fun adventure story, here’s a picture from my dad’s recent visit.

As I was on my way to work last Friday, my cell phone rang. It was Brian calling to relate the latest moment in his adventure as a Stay-at-Home-Dissertating-Daddy. Analise had been happily gurgling at her fish mobile, sitting in her swing. From up the stairs, Brian heard “mild explosive noises”, that almost always indicate a Blowout In Progress. [Note – Once you’ve changed a Blowout, you would understand why it’s Capitalized!]

As he gently extricated her from the swing, he noticed that the diaper hadn’t YET leaked onto her sleeper. With luck, he might not having to change her clothes. Carefully, he managed to get the diaper off Analise without incident. Throughout any Blowout event, Analise always has the sweetest, most innocent smile on her face. So as Brian’s getting the diaper ready, Analise proceeds to “fountain” [Note: Aptly named because when she pees without a diaper it makes an amazingly high little fountain, quite a feat that initially impressed us, but now it’s more annoying than impressive]. So the sleeper and changing pad are now wet. Unfortunately, now he needs to change her.

So as Brian gets a clean sleeper under Analise and is wiping her off – for the 2nd time – she sneezed and squirted poop [Note: Another thing we’re amazed our little girl can do!], requiring yet another sleeper change! So finally, Analise is clean, in a new sleeper, and Brian puts her on his shoulder, wanting to call me to relate the adventure.

But the fun is not over…. As he’s picking up the phone, Analise unloads breakfast all over his shirt. Poor girl… she’s got tummy issues so no one is safe within an hour of her eating. Here’s the after picture…

All that to say, Brian’s a SUPER DAD🙂 He’s definitely dealt with more Blowouts than I have. There are frustrating moments for both of us when I’m wanting to be the one at home managing all the moments and issues and blowouts and seeing all the fun little things Analise is doing, and Brian would rather I was to be the one at home full-time. But, honestly, we’re really lucky to have some great people watching Analise part-time, and Brian’s loving the special time he’s got watching Analise grow in these early months.

Check back soon for more Adventures of the Super Dissertating Daddy!

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Organizing my life

5th October 2004

Hello world! Hahahahaha. If you have ever taught yourself a computer programming language, you probably chuckle every now and then at such a greeting because of its perennial usage in the first program you are instructed to write.

I have been thinking a lot about the subject of this blog — organizing my life. From papers and books and mementos on my desk at school to papers everywhere in my office area at home, I am surrounded by physical clutter most of the day. This is not too mention the countless files that I have replicated, duplicated, and distributed on five computers that I use regularly. Similarly, my mind is also full of clutter as hundreds or maybe even thousands of things vie for my attention every day.

In short, it’s right about time for some good organizing in my life. What better place to begin could there be than with my spiritual life. Jesus commands us to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33) even before the seeking the things we deem vital necessities. Paul sets the example of a focused life:

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14

This then is the substance of what I am writing about tonight. I want to organize my life, but I must set my focus above on Christ Jesus, lest I get lost in all the clutter and the noise.

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