Friday, January 22, 2010

Happy Birthday, Isaac!

Isaac turned 2 today, and though we aren't really celebrating for another couple of weeks, I do want to devote a few lines to our little one who is no longer my baby.

Isaac is a sweet-natured little boy who is far more patient with his older brother than should be expected. He is funny and loving and smart. His English and Spanish vocabulary are growing by leaps and bounds every day and he loves trying out new words just to see if he can. He loves to run, climb, jump, gallop and generally propel himself through life. He is utterly fearless, and if he were our first child, his kamikaze approach to life would keep us in a constant state of panic. He is a champion sleeper and is still taking a long nap everyday, thank goodness! Isaac loves food. He loves to admire it, play with it, share it, buy it, carry it around, and, most importantly, eat it. He is also a social eater and hates for anyone to be having a meal without him there to savor the experience. Isaac has no favorite foods, but can be coaxed into doing almost anything with the promise of chocolate for a reward. He is happiest outside and waits breathlessly each day to hear, "Isaac, go get your shoes." He loves all things that go and is very well-behaved on trains, boats, airplanes and buses, but not so great on long car trips. He loves to dance and listen to music. He is very attached to his bolsa (beanbag) and blanket, but otherwise not overly demanding so this is an attachment we can live with. Isaac likes to be read to. He especially likes books about things that start with "P," -- puppies, pigeons, pigs, penguins, etc. He is learning to count, identify colors and letters, and sing. He is healthy and affable and loves his Mommy and Daddy and older brother. It is impossible to know how your life will change with the arrival of a new child, but we definitely lucked out when Isaac was born. Isaac has made having a second child a true joy and we are grateful everyday that he is a part of our family.

In a year, Isaac has grown from this...

to this!

Happy Birthday, Isaac!!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

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Friday, January 01, 2010

Photo of the Day: Day 31

For three days at the end of 2009 we were lucky enough to attend the wedding of some dear friends we've met in Caracas. They got married in a beautiful ceremony on New Year's Eve in Austin, TX. The morning of the wedding we also had the fortune of taking a quick day trip to San Antonio, where Kenny fulfilled a long held desire to visit the Alamo.
the church at the Alamoon the banks of San Antonio's River Walk
eating the famous mango ice cream at the Menger Hotel

We have been very blessed this year and are grateful for the many wonderful opportunities 2009 has afforded. We look forward to what we hope will be an equally eventful, exciting and unexpected 2010 and send each of you our love and best wishes.

Happy New Year!

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