Thursday, September 28, 2006

Scenes from a day in the life

Maddox helped make dinner on Tuesday - pizza. He was so excited that he really wanted to eat the pizza before it was cooked; had to talk him down from that one. But it was tasty!

Chava does actually do things other than sit in her highchair and eat - it's just that the girlfriend moves so fast if she not buckled in, it's hard to catch her in action.

His fine motor skills keep progressing; I'm constantly amazed.

Monday, September 25, 2006

New songs from school

Check it out.

Gotta love Maddox's take on the lyrics.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Shana Tovah!

Chava enjoys her challah (say that ten times fast).

Maddox enjoyed trying out the kiddush cup and a kid's wine glass, but insisted on a straw.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Maddox does seem to be feeling better about school, for the most part. So answer me this: why is he getting up at 1 a.m. every night like he's ready to rock and roll?!

Monday, September 18, 2006

School Update

We've been alternately entertained and driven crazy by Maddox this weekend. I might have found his 5 a.m. bellyaching funny had he not been up for the day after this conversation:

"Mommy, my tummy hurts. I don't think I should go to school today."

"It's Saturday, Moshe PuPu - that means it's a family day."

"Oh, okay. Can I have eggs for breakfast?"

On Saturday night, he had a hard time figuring out what was going to happen the next day. So, he started in with the whining,

"I really don't like when you leave me at school. I cry until you come back. I cry so loud so you can hear me."

lather, rinse, repeat.... I must have heard this 3,674 times before bedtime.

Every now and then he'll give us a little clue that he actually has some fun at school. Last night I noticed that he had a hole in his pjs - when I pointed it out to me, he told me that Peyton had a hole in her pants and she had on purple underwear! When I changed his diaper, he informed me that Mikayla calls it a "diapey."

But this morning the alligator tears were rolling. However, Al just called with the report - he is having a GREAT day.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

A big decision

We talked it over. Hashed it out time and time again. It's something that can't be undone once we decide. We'll be stuck with it for the rest of time. It's not to be taken lightly.

Chava is going to be Kramer for her first Halloween.

A Chava by any other name...

She goes by Chava, Chav, Chavie, the Hippy Hippy Chav, TeeTee, TaTa (those are Maddox's pet names), Pudgely, Chaver, Harvie, the Deuce, and Baby.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

and now we know.....

Maddox got the geeky Eckhouse genes that have him wearing a watch and enjoying the computer. At least we know he'll make a good living.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Saturday, September 09, 2006


It was the much-anticipated Community Party at my office on Saturday. Maddox really enjoyed the pony rides last year so we had been talking about it all year. I guess Al is considering becoming the new "Croc Hunter" so he was seeing how Chava does as a croc baby. Maddox fell asleep mid-sentence in the car on the way home.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Even after everything....

they are the BEST.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

From last weekend

Catherine and family bought Maddox some new shoes... the same ones that Michela got. Very exciting. But the best part is that M has taken to calling Michela "Vernie."

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

First Day of School

If I was a good mom, I'd have some beautiful pictures of a smiling Maddox, all decked out in his first-day-of-school clothes, standing in front of his school with an apple for his teacher. But I forgot the camera yesterday, and today he refused to be photographed, and Al and I are both too tired from the emotional upheaval (let's just say the transition is taking a bit out of us) and being up at 1 a.m. (when Maddox needed SOMETHING TO EEEEEEEEEEEEEEAT!!!) to do anything about it. Maybe next week.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Mommys' Night Out

Susan and I checked in to the Westin on Sunday afternoon for a little shopping, drinking and talking. We were successful on all fronts... although I combined some alcohols that shouldn't ever get near each other. Of course, I forgot the camera and had to rely on my phone... with no flash.

From top to bottom: they didn't have a card to hang on your door that said "Two Exhausted Mothers Trying to Sleep" so we had to hang the one that said "Can't come to the door right now... I'm in heaven."

The birthday girl.

Our dessert sampler at Finale. They also brought Susan a birthday dessert on the house.... yah, we finished all of it.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Maybe she likes Reggae

The girlfriend has DREADLOCKS.