Fighters of Evil

The Family Edelhay: Jordan, Alex, Angus, and Ursula,1999:blog-412707781535060520Thu, 25 Feb 2010 23:07:52 +0000the EdelHayThe adventures of the world-famous Alex Edelman and Jordan Hay. (alex),, 12 Feb 2010 22:59:00 +00002010-02-25T15:07:52.191-08:00Ursula at 3 monthsUrsula's favorite thing is interacting with people. She loves having smiling conversations. Someone will smile at her, then she'll smile back, that will elicit another smile, which gets a bigger smile from her, and so on and so forth. If this goes on long enough, it will erupt into cooing or gurgling. Ursula has a funny little cough that she uses when she wants attention. She uses it to beckon people over to her when she's in her bouncy chair or sitting on someone's lap. Ursula loves watching other kids. She loves to sit on my lap in a place with a good view of other kids-- fascinating. Angus and Amelia both adore her and will spend toddler forever (about 2 minutes) staring at her, trying to get her to smile.<br /><br />Ursula is so strong. She can stay on her tummy for long periods. When she's on her tummy, she wiggles and pumps her legs. She wants to crawl. I told Angus that she's working on crawling and he's very enthusiastic. He tried to 'help' her by giving her little pushes, but I told him that she has to learn to do it herself. Ursula has just started to discover her feet. She rubs the soles of her naked feet together and almost claps with them.<br /><br />Ursula likes toys that smile and kiss. She likes the fuzzy puppy puppet rattle, and the smiling dragonfly toy. She likes to grab them, and she likes it when someone makes the toy kiss her on the cheek. Ursula works really hard to grab and kick things in the playgym, but the playgym doesn't make her smile and laugh.<br /><br />Ursula is a no nonsense nurser. When she's done she's done, and she nurses for somewhere between 8 minutes and 20 minutes. She sleeps pretty well. In the middle of the month, she was regularly sleeping for a 7-9 hour stretch, but lately she's been sleeping for a 5 hour, a 4 hour and a 2 hour stretch.<br /><br />Ursula is a sweet easy baby right now. She smiles and is happy to go along with her brother and I when we go for breakfast or to the Museum of Flight. When she's tired, I swaddle her and lay her down and she goes to sleep on her own. She loves it when people sing to her. Alex sings 'If You're Happy and You Know It' to her after he changes her and she eats it up. Ursula can hold on to people now, and she does it all the time. When we hold her, she grabs our shoulder. When she's in a seat, she loves to hold someone's hand while she falls asleep. She loves to grab and hold blankets, her dress, or her mom's shirt.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 15 Nov 2009 20:44:00 +00002009-11-15T13:06:10.791-08:00Ursula Grivet Edelman<div class="blogged_flickr_image"> <a href="" title="photo sharing"><img src="" width="333" height="500" alt="UGE" /></a></div><p>We joyously announce another member of our happy family:</p><p>Ursula Grivet Edelman<br />born November 10th, 2009<br />at 8:46am<br />9 pounds, 11.6 ounces<br />20 inches long</p><p>We hit the jackpot with another big, healthy, beautiful baby. In the first few days with her, the whole family has fallen deeply in love with her. Fitting to her name -- which means "little bear" in latin -- she is strong but cuddly, calm but alert. Ursula's middle name (pronounced "gree-vay") honors her French heritage. She is a modern woman who can be reached via e-mail at <i></i>. Send her a note to welcome her home.</p><p>She was born via caesarean section, and mommy is recuperating well. Big brother Angus loves to hold his sister, tickle her feet, and gently plant kisses atop her head. Friends and family have descended upon us to surround us with love and support, and we are grateful. Spread the word, stay tuned for more photos and stories, and get some sleep on our behalf!</p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (alex),, 08 Nov 2009 00:55:00 +00002009-11-07T21:53:58.437-08:00Angus at 2 Years(Written at Angus's second birthday -- 9/22/2009)<br /><br />Angus is singing his first songs. He started with Itsy Bitsy Spider. The most exciting part of the song is when the rain comes to "wash the spider out". Angus likes making an emphatic hand gesture to show the washing. It's even more fun when Angus is in the bathtub and can do it in the water. His favorite song is inexplicably Baa, Baa Black Sheep. He can sing all of the words, but I'm pretty sure he doesn't know what most of them mean. My best theory is that he likes the song because it starts with the phrase "Baa Baa" which is the word that he and Amelia use for binky. Angus also sings Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and he does it while swaying back and forth.<br /><br />Angus likes to talk, but there are really only a few topics which interest him enough to have a conversation. So we have the same conversations over and over. Angus likes to talk about Amelia, Uncle Owen and Grandma and Grandpa. He likes to talk about cooking. Mostly Angus cooks pancakes, though occasionally he cooks soup. Angus loves construction vehicles and fire trucks. Anything that involves 'flashing lights' is a good story. Angus likes to talk about our point out anything that is in one of his books. One of his favorite books over the past two years has been a book about Pike Place Market. He loves talking about the cheese shop and how the tanker truck brings milk. He also loves talking about horses -- petting them, feeding them (hay or apples), and getting horse poop on his shoe. He got to pet and feed horses in Iceland, and Jan took him to see a horse show over the summer.<br /><br />Angus plays lots of different games right now. His favorite continues to be cooking. He makes pancakes and soup a lot, but lately he's also been interested in anything that he can cook with the fake whole chicken. Angus is really into physical feats. He loves jumping like a frog. He loves climbing everything -- playground equipment, rocks, furniture. Angus likes playing "I'm going to get you". He'll come up to someone and yell "I'M-GOING-GET-Y0UUUUUUU" then he will bolt down the hallway waiting for someone to chase him. Angus also likes doing skateboard tricks (on his no-wheeled skateboard). He likes riding his trike and digging in his sandbox or in the garden. He likes playing with his wooden train set (almost as much as his dad does). He likes driving our cars -- opening and closing things, turning on lights and playing with the radio. He likes counting, though it usually comes out as... "1, 2, 6, 7, 8". He's just getting into Play Doh and his favorite thing is when either Alex or I make 'fire trucks' for him using Play Doh. We usually supply the rectangle block and some wheels. Angus adds the flashing lights!<br /><br />Angus is building unique relationships with all of the special people in his life. Angus has been spending one day a week with his grandparents, and he's spent a few three or four day weekends at their house without mom and dad. With Grandpa, he gets up early in the morning, makes pancakes, goes on adventures in Seattle and visits the 'airport park' in Anacortes. Angus loves to talk to grandma. He follows her around the house looking at photos and art. He likes to watch her grind coffee, and then he loves to smell it. He also likes hanging out with her in the kitchen while she bakes.<br /><br />Angus loves seeing Uncle Owen. When he's about to see Owen or when he's just seen him, Owen is all that he can talk about. He and Owen build overambitious sandcastles and Lego structures. Angus has a Viking ship with a Viking family. We've nicknamed one of the Vikings "Viking Uncle Owen" and Angus likes to carry him around.<br /><br />Angus is really good friends with Amelia. He talks about her all the time. They also hug and kiss (especially when they say goodbye). When they're walking around outside, they hold hands to make sure they stick together. Just recently they've started to get rough with each other. Sometimes they hit or push, usually when they both want attention from Chelsie at the same time. But they also like to chase each other, squealing with glee, and to tickle each other when they finally catch up. It's really interesting to see Angus and Amelia together. Even though they're buddies, they are so different. Amelia likes to charm adults and Angus likes to climb things. When our two families went to the circus, Amelia liked dancing to the pop music and jumping up and down. Angus sat and focused on all the activity while sitting in rapt attention. Both Angus and Amelia love our nanny Chelsie. She's spending lots of time with them at the park, helping them learn how to share and taking them on field trips to the library, zoo and children's museum.<br /><br />Angus loves visiting Mamie and Terry in LA. He hangs out in their lush, warm garden. Mamie taught him how to water plants using a little watering can. He loves watching helicopters and airplanes in LA, and Mamie and Terry take him to LAX to watch the big planes land. He loves the sound when Mamie speaks to him in French, and he goes nuts whenever she bounces him on her knee and sings the French song about the farting horse.<br /><br />Angus also has little dates with his Auntie Jan. She's teaching him family traditions like Shabbat, Hanukkah and Yom Kippur. Angus loves being surrounded by family, and Jan always does songs that are fun for little guys. She takes him to visit Granny. Angus loves seeing all of Jan's kids, especially Roxy (Rocky), Jake and Lynn, who have all been living in Seattle for the past year.<br /><br />Angus loves being part of a big family. He loves being surrounded by family at Jan's house, and he loved living in a big compound with the Hav Family during our vacation to Iceland. He visited with everyone and showed off by sweeping with a big broom. He loved spending time with Zoe. Three months later, he's still talking about hanging out with Zoe in the hot tub every time he takes a bath.<br /><br />Angus has been a really great buddy for me during my pregnancy. Angus likes to pretend that he's pregnant. He'll stick his baby doll 'Bob', under his shirt and then pat his tummy walking around the house, and saying 'hi' until Bob falls out of his shirt. We've had lots of snuggling and reading and singing. Angus also likes standing on kitchen chairs at the counter while I cook. And he loves it when I chase him. We'll play "I'm gonna get you" or "1,2,3 race" together and he laughs and giggles.<br /><br />Angus also has special time with his dad. On weekends, they have special one-on-one time going out for pancakes in Ballard or Snoqualmie. They are engaged in some pretty epic train building. They also do Angus's bath together every night. They splash and kick and inexplicably say "Oh My Gosh!" over and over to each other.<br /><br />Angus loves reading books. Until a couple of months ago, his favorite by far was Goodnight Moon. Now he likes books by Sara Anderson -- Vegetables, Fruits, and A Day at the Market. He loves Each Peach, Pear, Plum and he likes to look for all of the little things happening in the pictures. He's just starting to like books that have longer narratives like Going on a Bear Hunt, Mr. Brown Can Moo, and Curious George. When he and Chelsie go to story time at the library, he can sit through the full story. There are a lot of old favorites that Angus still loves like the Taro Gomi books Spring is Here and My Friends, and the Hungry Caterpillar.<br /><br />Angus is still liking music. Mostly he likes to sing and dance. His musical tastes are expanding. He likes rock music (including his first rock show... Death Cab for Cutie). He really likes They Might Be Giants because it's good for jumping around.<br /><br />Angus likes attention. He's figured out a whole bunch of party tricks. He blows kisses, high-fives and fist bumps. He answers the question 'How old are you?' with an enthusiastic "TWO!". Angus is very affectionate. He gives hugs and kisses to people that he knows well. He also spins and dances when he's excited about someone new who has arrived. And he shows off by showing how high he can jump with both feet.<br /><br />Angus has a pretty normal bath routine. He picks out bath toys (trucks and frying pans are most popular). He takes a bath with dad. They sing songs and repeat catch phrases like "Oh My". Then we put on his jammies, and read two books. We tuck him in with his blue blankie, stuffed horsie, and pillow. Then either Alex or I sit next to him with the lights off for a minute or two. In the morning, sometimes he comes over to our bed for snuggle time, dragging all of his bedding with him.<br /><br />Angus is an eater. He still loves pancakes and pizza. he loves to help cook dinner. He stands on a char at the counter to watch us chop things. He likes watching bubbling pots and will play in the sink while watching his hands for half an hour. When he gets tired of being up at the counter, he'll go cook a parallel dish in his own kitchen using scraps from dinner (like carrot tops). Angus discovered corn on the cob this summer, and he loves really good tomatoes. He tries new things all the time, including soup, chili, olives and capers. He asks for juice (which we water down), applesauce, raisin bran and graham crackers.<br /><br />Angus is starting to test his boundaries. He'll try to leave through the front door, prolonging the moment of leaving by having one foot in and one foot out. He puts small toys in his mouth repeatedly. He'll put two feet up on his push wagon 'lawn mower' and risk falling down. He hits walls with toys, and goes in forbidden zones like the library and basement. But he only does these things once he makes sure that we're looking. He's definitely trying to understand exactly where the limit is. He throws some tantrums like crying under the kitchen table with the binky and his blue blanket, and hitting his hands together so hard that it hurts him. But overall, he's a sweet cooperative little guy who's just trying to figure out how the world works.<br /><br />We can really see Angus's personality emerging. Angus is cautious but brave. When he's in a familiar setting, he's chatty, but when everything is new, he sits back and watches while he figures things out. He'll make friends with other kids at the park or place space, but his approach is quiet and cautious. Angus isn't bossy (except with Mom, Dad and Grandpa who he tells "MOVE!"). He likes connecting with people by giving high fives for new people and hugs and kisses to old buddies. He talks about other people when they aren't there. He's very affectionate. He likes hugging, kissing, and roughhousing. Angus loves to laugh -- socially when other people laugh, at his own jokes, and after tickling.<br /><br />Angus likes vehicles -- the louder and more powerful the better. Angus likes having things put away or cleaned up. He's excited to share experiences with others. He likes to watch sports on TV with grandpa and Owen -- the more repetitive the better. Golf and Baseball are the best. They just swing the same way over and over again. He can't sit still for very long. Multi-course meals and extra long stories are hard for Angus.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 07 Oct 2009 03:43:00 +00002009-10-06T20:44:02.275-07:00Not a baby anymoreAngus turned two a couple of weeks ago. He's such a big boy. He had his <a href="">first haircut</a>. He can run. He can jump. He can climb almost anything. He spills out of my lap, and Alex can't carry him in two arms anymore. He's wearing size 3T. He's 34 pounds and over 3 feet tall. He's starting to get long and lean. And he's definitely not a baby anymore.<br /><br />So it's time to stop using the binky. Angus hasn't been using the Binky outside of the house for a while now. But he still uses it to sleep, when he gets hurt or scared, or when he's lounging around the house (think... anytime that you'd be wearing jammies). At his 2 year checkup, our doctor pointed out that getting rid of the binky won't get any easier. In a month, Angus will have to deal with a new baby sister, and in a couple of months she could very well have a binky herself. So we decided to get rid of the binky.<br /><br />We've been talking about giving up the binky with Angus for over a week now. We've been telling him that binkies are for babies, not for big kids. We've been telling how wonderful he is at big kid things (because he is great). We've been telling him that it was almost time to give away his binkies to babies who needed them. And that when we did that, we'd have a party to celebrate what a big guy he is.<br /><br />So today was the day. Last night, we told him that we were going to do it today. Our nanny Chelsie, kept talking about it all day today. Alex and I came home from work a little early. Angus had a last binky session and snuggle in bed. We put all of the binkies in a box. We talked about how great Angus is at big boy things like jumping and running, and eating pizza and cupcakes. We ran through the details of what was going to happen one more time. Then he got excited and started running and jumping right out the door.<br /><br />He was in a great mood, and he couldn't stop talking. We packed up the binkies and drove to UVillage. Angus walked all by himself and was happy to be holding hands with both Alex and I. Then he carried the box of binkies right into the Kids Club store, and gave the binkies to the woman behind the counter (who rolled with it beautifully). All of the woman at the store praised him. He was so proud of himself. And we were proud of him. Then we went to pick out a toy to celebrate what a big boy he was. He picked out a tractor with a loader and a back hoe (whoa). We went and got cupcakes next door, where even more nice people told Angus how wonderful he was. We even got him a cupcake with 'fire' -- why not?<br /><br />Since then, Angus has been in a great mood. He's definitely nervous about the binky. Every once in a while, he starts talking about his 'ba ba'. But he knows what happened to it. He keeps saying 'woman' ... 'babies'. And he's proud of his accomplishment.<br /><br />Right now he's working on falling asleep. It'll be a hard thing for our little guy to do. But he's so tough and brave. I'm proud of him.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 22 Aug 2009 18:56:00 +00002009-08-22T12:27:00.817-07:00Angus Hay Edelman rides his first horse<div class="blogged_flickr_image"> <a href="" title="photo sharing"><img src="" alt="" /></a></div><p>Hooray for big company summer picnics, with pony rides and other ribaldry.</p><br clear="all" /><p>Video:<br /><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value=";hl=en&amp;fs=1&amp;"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed src=";hl=en&amp;fs=1&amp;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object></p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (alex),, 11 May 2009 04:57:00 +00002009-05-10T21:59:17.039-07:00GeographyOver the past week, Angus's sense of geography has gotten way better. He knows where we are. When we get close to Amelia's house, he starts squealing and giggling and shouting "Me me" (his name for Amelia). On Friday, we took a strange route home, and when we finally turned onto 23rd, Angus joyfully yelled "home"!<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 11 May 2009 04:57:00 +00002009-05-10T22:00:56.420-07:00Angus at 18 months -- March 22ndNew Words:<br /> pasta<br /> mao -- Amelia taught Angus the chinese word for cat<br /><br />First compound words: "bye car"<br /><br />Angus loves climbing.. he can get into his high chair by himself, he can climb onto a normal dining chair by himself, then he can sit like a big boy to eat or color.<br /><br />Angus loves to color. He'll seek out the crayons and paper saying "cou, cou". Once we get set up, his attention span only lasts for a few squiggles, but he really likes sitting at the table like a big boy making pretty pictures. He's got some big chunky toddler crayons that Mamie got for him, which he can use well. He's also starting to use normal crayons from a box, and he likes to put them away.<br /><br />Angus really likes helping his dad and I. If there's a spill on the floor, I'll give Angus a rag and he'll wipe it up. Whenever Alex and I are doing, Angus wants to help. Today he helped me hang up clothes and put away the clean dishes.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 28 Mar 2009 18:42:00 +00002009-03-28T11:49:04.627-07:00Angus at 17 months -- February 22nd 2009Angus has a new-found love of furniture. He has his own little green foam chair. He likes climbing up onto kitchen chairs to sit at the table like a big boy. Angus also climbs into the rocking chair and throws himself into the rocking action. And he got a pillow in his crib.<br /><br />Angus is having his first time outs. The few small rules we have -- don't throw things (other than balls), don't climb on the coffee table to look out the window, don't hit people, don't play with power cords. Angus is a good kid and only needs about 1 time out a week.<br /><br />Angus has had a little bit of sickness -- snot, gooey eye, loss of appetite. But he's still in good humor, and he's full of lots of extra snuggling.<br /><br />Angus has been hiding under the kitchen table and laughing when one of us checks him out. He runs in circles around the kitchen table, cracking up. He's enjoying some early Lego play, but honestly most of the legos are being built by his father and I. Angus, still loves being outside. He likes his trike, slides, running around, and walking for blocks on his own.<br /><br />Angus is eating less than before, but he's passionate about eating a ton of tiny oranges. And his most complicated words are all for foods -- Cracker is 'cra-kar'. Orange is 'anye', lasagna is 'an-ya'. He also likes to play cook at his little activity table in our kitchen.<br /><br />Angus and Amelia are good friends. He gets hugs, kisses and dances from Amelia.<br /><br />Angus likes taking bouncy horse rides on mom's tummy to the tune of the William Tell Overture. He likes to climb on top of dad and hold on while dad walks around on all fours.<br /><br />We took a practice vacation to Portland with just the three of us. We played in a local playground on a fantastic slide pyramid. We learned that it's best to do only 1 sit down meal a day. We visited OMSI. It was waay too big for Angus. Angus made his first trip to Powells. He loved the Japanese garden which we visited with Asha, Real, and their lovely family. And Angus visited the original, original pancake house!<br /><br />Angus loved the hotel which had goldfish in our room, dogs in the lobby, and an elevator button to push. Angus loves pushing buttons... any buttons. He likes turning on the nightlight on the baby tracker (itzbeen), his toy cell phone, his real phone, remotes, the dishwasher, grandpa's calculator, and anything else he can get his hands on.<br /><br />Angus is getting sensitive to routine. When we get ready to leave he goes by the door and sits down to get his shoes on. When the dishwasher is open, he points to the cabinet with the detergent and then to the detergent, wanting to get on with the dish washing process so he can push the on button.<br /><br /><br />Angus's Words:<br /><ul><li>Cracker (Cra-ka)</li><li>Hi (Hi-yeee)</li><li>Bye (buh-bye)</li><li>Milk (meh..)</li><li>Pancake (panca)</li><li>Apple </li><li>Orange (Anya)</li><li>Onion (because we have a giant plastic onion keeper)</li><li>Cup</li><li>Up</li><li>Uh-Oh</li><li>Mom (Mamamama)</li><li>Dad (da)</li><li>Binky (ba)</li><li>Cook (cuck)</li><li>On (used to mean, put this on, on top of, get this off, etc)</li><li>Hot</li><li>Banana (na na)</li><li>Truck</li><li>Car</li><li>Tractor (Trac-tor)</li><li>Duck</li><li>Boat (but)</li><li>Clock</li></ul><br />Angus's Animal tricks:<br /><ul><li>Jump like a bunny</li><li>Fish face</li><li>What sound does an owl make?</li><li>What sound does a bee make?</li><li>What sound does a lion make?</li><li>He also occasionally does the sound for chicken (bok, bok, bok), cat (meeeee), cow (muuuuh).</li></ul><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 28 Mar 2009 18:28:00 +00002009-03-28T11:30:32.574-07:00choo chooToday, Angus assembled 4 pieces of his wooden train track with almost no help. His fine motor coordination is really improving. He's also fascinated by all kinds of machines. His vocabulary includes the words: boat, tractor, airplane, car, truck, bus, bike and train. He loves watching the boats and the airplanes at his grandparents house, and he'll sit by the front window in our house waiting for a truck to go by.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 08 Mar 2009 22:09:00 +00002009-03-08T15:12:12.931-07:00Angus at 16 months -- Jan 22nd 2009Angus really enjoys imaginative play. He'll drive toy cars and helicopters around while making a rumbling car noise. Angus is playing with: Legos, climbing, cars cars cars, plastic popper ball machine.<br /><br />Angus likes to spin around and around until he's dizzy, 1 arm sticking out. Then he'll try to keep his balance while walking and bobbing up and down. He likes spinning with mom too. Angus is also getting really good at throwing balls -- very exciting. Is also starting to throw other things – not so exciting.<br /><br />Angus loves being in the bathroom. He sits on his own little potty. He likes to flush the toilet. And he has a ton of fun with dad in the bath.<br /><br />Angus had a visit with a pediatric dermatologist. She determined that he has Keratosis Pilaris. Before, Angus's skin regimen involved Vaseline 3 times a day and a soak bath before bed. About once every 2 months, he had to go on a regimen of hydrocortisone and Muipirocin. Now, we use Cera-Ve cream twice a day, and give him a bath at night with exfoliation and Vaseline. He's also wearing all cotton clothes near his skin now. His skin has been much better. <br /><br />We went up to Grandma and Grandpa's house with our Peps friends for a weekend. We were joined by Colleen, Matt, Bram, Eden, Eric and Addie.<br /><br />For the first half of the month he was a little manic -- alternating between yelling and laughing hysterically. By the second half of the month he was much more even and mellow.<br /><br />Angus has lots of new teeth (including his lower wolf teeth). He now has 14 teeth -- his four front teeth on top, the four front teeth on the bottom, a full set of 4 molars (upper, lower, top and bottom), and the bottom wolf teeth.<br /><br />Angus is talking, talking, talking. His best words are cracker (cra-kar), lasagna (an-ya), and clock (clok). He still loves airplanes, and will point them out, saying ah-plan. Angus loves saying goodbye to people (buh-bye!).<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 22 Jan 2009 04:35:00 +00002009-01-21T20:44:07.309-08:00Angus at 15 Months<div class="blogged_flickr_image"> <a href="" title="photo sharing"><img src="" alt="" /></a></div><p>Angus is still quite the eater. He's eating a lot of ham and peas, but his favorite is graham crackers which he joyously dips in milk. He loves watching us cook, but he has no patience. So cooking is almost too much for him. He strains and strains to watch what's going on. <br /><br />Angus is just getting into imaginative play. He likes to pretend cook -- using a wooden spoon to stir whatever he can find in a big mixing bowl. He is also playing with his first action figures -- sliding See Wees down the side of the tub and laughing as they splash into the water. Angus's favorite play game is talking on the telephone. The telephone itself is a vastly superior telephone, but almost anything can stand in -- a banana, a shoe, a remote control. <br /><br />Angus loves word books. He likes looking at a page of 20 pictures, thinking about each one - animals, colors, food, things in a park. He loves them all. At bedtime, Angus likes reading the Binky book - "Where's binky? Is it under the couch? No. Is it in the potty? No...." At the end, the baby finds the binky in his crib, which is just where he likes it best. It's a nice way to start thinking about sleep.<br /><br />At bedtime, Angus still loves his blue blanket (Thanks Jeanne!). But he also likes his glowworm. He plays the songs to sooth himself. After we leave him in his crib, we'll hear him play two or three songs as he settles in to bed. It gives him a little bit of independence. One night, we heard the glowworm go off every 5 minutes, then nothing for 20 minutes. Then it went off a few more times. When we finally went in to check on him, he was sleeping on top of the poor little glowworm.<br /><br />Seattle got a record snowfall which our friends have dubbed 'Snomaggedon'. Just before the snow hit Seattle, we went out to the mountains. Angus would walk into the snow, he'd get pretty deep in. Once he stops he'd decide that he's stuck and look at us with a panicked 'help' look.<br /><br />Angus has a new uniform. He wears jammies posing as long underwear. At night they go under a blanket sleeper. During the day, they go under overalls. No snow sneaks up against Angus's skin. <br /><br />Angus has a new attitude. He wants his independence, but he really, really wants us to pay attention to him. So Angus runs all around and plays hide and seek, always checking over his shoulder to see if everyone is watching him. Angus likes being in Angus-sized places... behind the rocker, in the narrow space between furniture, under the kitchen tale, behind the christmas tree. <br /><br />Angus is also enjoying his new-found independence. He is walking to the car on the way to and from Kim's house on his own, and holding my hands and going down the stairs. It's good because Angus is a heavy little guy -- so heavy that he strained Alex's back.<br /><br />Amelia had her first birthday this month. Angus had a great time at her party. She had a red dress, red balloons, and a whole load of new toys to share. Angus had juice for the first time.<br /><br />Angus is using lots of words.... all-done, open, uh-oh, cold, snow, dog, dad, ball, mamamamamamama. His favorite word is hot, which he uses in all sorts of circumstances.... tasty, good, hot, I want to see what's going on in the kitchen,<br /><br />Angus loves climbing the sofa, running around, then jumping off into my arms. He also loves having his head and laughing. When we do it back, it totally cracks him up.</p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 04 Jan 2009 05:35:00 +00002009-01-04T08:33:50.952-08:00happy holidays from the family edelhay<div class="blogged_flickr_image"> <a href="" title="photo sharing"><img src="" alt="" /></a></div><p>Howdy everybody, happy holidays, happy new year.</p><p>Our <a href="/2008/letter/">2008 year-in-review</a> is now online. It's chock full of photos, witty anecdotes, and a dash of sentimentalism. Enjoy and leave some comments with what you have been up to lately. We'd love to hear from you.</p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (alex),, 29 Dec 2008 03:52:00 +00002008-12-28T19:58:27.368-08:00angus goes sledding<object width="480" height="295"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="295"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (alex),, 29 Nov 2008 00:12:00 +00002008-11-28T16:16:20.502-08:00Angus at 14 monthsAngus has learned the sidestep. When he's approaching something dangerous or when he's trying to get through a narrow lane, Angus turns his body sideways and cautiously side-steps towards his destination. More recently, he's learned to do this when he wants to hand something to one of us without getting picked up. He gets the item in hand, then inches forward, one side step at a time until his hand is just close enough to hand off the item without getting snatched up in the process. <br /><br />Angus is getting good at pushing buttons. He knows how to make the glow worm play music. As soon as he hits the tummy button, he does his Angus-dance, which involves standing still and waving his hands above his head wildly. He has also added a new dance move to his repertoire. Angus does a set of high knee fancy-steps, reminiscent of Flash Dance It's super sweet, and pretty fancy. He does it whenever he's happy, excited, wants to get up on a couch, or is just in a dancing kind of mood,<br /><br />Angus is still a big eater. He's eating tons of bananas. He easily eats 1.5 in a sitting. He loves eating huge strawberries with his grandfather. Sadly, he has started throwing food on the floor. Frequently Angus wants to drink from a real glass (not a sippy cup). But he's still working on setting the glass down right-side-up.<br /><br />I went to Buffalo for my grandmother's funeral. Angus and dad had a weekend alone together. They went to a 1 year old birthday party for all of the kids in his Peps group and the zoo. They had dinner over at Amelia's house with Amelia, Kim, Hui-San and Nana Mary. They also took Angus's 3rd plane trip without mom. 2.5 hours to LA. Angus slept for half and wailed for half. It's hard to sit still when you can toddle around.<br /><br />The plane flight was for a visit to Mamie's house. We stayed in LA for a week. Where Angus spent all week with Babette and Terry. He learned the word 'hot.' He and Terry saw watched tons of helicopters. He trick or treated for the first time. He had 4 different costumes -- dinosaur, lion, orange and black outfit, and cow. Angus also had a great time playing with the sand at the Santa Monica beach. He loved sliding on his tummy through the sand. I made giant piles of sand and Angus pushed all of the sand off of the pile. Angus experimented with sticking his face in the sand a couple of times. He got sand stuck everywhere, then he'd make a sour face, but he wouldn't complain. I taught him how to spit the sand out of his mouth by pushing it out with his tongue. <br /><br />Angus is babbling all of the time now. He's also mastering his first words. He learned to say uh-oh and up from his grandma. He learned how to say hot from his Mamie. Angus really understands words. He'll go pick up the ball and bring it when asked. He knows how to 'find dad' or how to 'go to the bathtup'. Words that Angus can say at the end of 14 months: Hot, Light, This, Uh-Oh, and Up.<br /><br />When Angus is sleepy, he'll go find his blue blanket. He'll either carry it to his bedroom, or he'll make a little nest out of it and lie down on the floor. Angus is sleeping in a little bit more. Instead of always getting up at 5:30, now he sometimes gets up at 5:30 and then snoozes in bed with mom and dad until 6:30. Sometimes, he sleeps on his own until 6:15.<br /><br />Angus loves his book of family photos "Who Loves Baby." He carries it around by the handle. He and Amelia fight over it. He and Amelia start fighting a little more. Both want to be held at the same time, both want the same thing at the same time. Amelia is walking now, so they can chase each other.<br /><br />He's grown more attached to his binky over the past month. When he sees it he gets visibly excited. Then he'll grab the binky and cram it into his mouth. He's starting to get more upset when Alex and I leave in the morning. He recovers pretty quickly once we're gone though.<br /><br />Angus can play more advanced hide-and-seek now. He loves collecting leaves.<br /><br />Angus can run now, and he's fast. He's wearing his first pair of real shoes, Merrells that Jan bought him for his birthday. He's a little wobbly in the shoe, but he can still run and get around well. He likes being able to walk on cold, wet, hard ground without feeling it. Angus is working on going up and down stairs while standing. He still needs to hold our hands to do it, but he's got the idea. Angus has also figured out how to climb up onto his play table so that he can look out the window and grab ahold of the brightly colored bug-shaped Gel Gems that we have on the window.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 21 Nov 2008 18:17:00 +00002008-11-21T14:34:15.874-08:00Angus at 13 months<div class="blogged_flickr_image"> <a href="" title="photo sharing"><img src="" alt="" /></a></div><p>Angus is getting to be a fast walker. He's also mastered the backward crawl down the stairs. Now he'll get himself in position at the top of the stairs -- feet down, tummy to the ground, and instead of carefully going down each stair, he'll streamline his body so that he can slide all the way down the stairs on his tummy. Angus can get off of sofas and beds by himself. Sometimes he can even climb up by himself.<br /><br />Angus loves riding the trike that his grandparents got him for his birthday. He rides it around his grandparent's driveway, around the Madison Park playground, and up and down the flat street near our house. His nanny, Chelsie, got him a little red bike bell for his birthday and he rings it all by himself.<br /><br />Angus stopped using the bottle this month. It was an easy transition. He just got less and less interested in it. Angus loves eating blueberries at his grandparents house. Grandma froze lots of Anacortes local blueberries in the summer and now they're Angus's favorite food. <br /><br />When Angus wakes up in the morning or after a nap, he lays around in bed, lazing around and enjoying a slow morning start. This is a totally new thing for him. A month ago, he'd be up, ready to go, standing at the edge of his crib as soon as he was awake. Now, he likes a little bit of laying about before he gets going. Angus also started snoozing in bed with mom and dad after he wakes up. It's so warm and snuggly.<br /><br />When Angus wakes up or when his ready to go to bed, he will carry his blue blanket around the house with him. It's a pretty long blanket, and he has to work hard to keep himself from tripping on it.<br /><br />Angus's first word was "this". He spent a week going around the house pointing at everything and saying "this", "this", "this", and every once in a while "whatisthis". Angus loves looking at picture frames. He'll go into our library and pick up old pictures of mom saying "this," "this," "this," pointing.<br /><br />Angus is starting to respond to the word "gentle". When we say gentle, he'll touch things more carefully. He's good at being gentle with art, flowers, and Amelia. Angus and Amelia love babbling to each other. Angus used to be the silent partner while Amelia chatted up a storm. Now, they're both babbling all the time. Angus likes to share his food with Amelia. He offers her his big boy food when she looks at it covetously.<br /><br />Angus likes knocking over piles of blocks, and he loves opening and shutting the doors on his latch board. He has a whole bunch of puzzles, but he has singled out the crocodile and the giraffe pieces for extra attention. Angus is also getting really good at playing ball. He can dribble the ball halfway across the room. He can throw about a foot away (but not always in the right direction).<br /><br />At Amelia's house, Angus loves playing with her pooh bucket. The baby inserts square blocks into a little square hole and it counts the blocks with a pooh voice. At home, Angus is enjoying all of his new birthday toys, but he loves the Fridge Farm most of all. He pulls it off of the fridge and carries it around on his shoulder like a boom box while dancing around the house. It sings: "I'm Farmer Tad. Listen to my banjo..." <br /><br />Angus loves all magnets. He pulls them off of the fridge. He carries them around the house. He holds the magnets up against every vertical surface that's 2 feet high. At first, Alex and I sort of laughed at Angus... silly Angus, the magnet won't stick to the wall. But he's found a whole bunch of surfaces that we didn't realize were magnetic -- the dishwasher, the bathub! He's a little experimenter, and he's finding new things every day.<br /><br />Angus loves pulling things into and out of containers like his block sorter. He loves putting all of his bath toys into the bathtub before his bath. Dad will line them all up on the bathtub ledge, and Angus will push them into the tub one by one, laughing the whole time.<br /><br />Angus loves ready "Peek a Who?" and "Grow up", two board books by Nina Laden that let you peak through a cut out before you see the next page. He loves the mystery, and he loves turning the pages by grabbing the cutouts. He also likes the bright, bold illustrations<br /><br />When Angus gets tired or upset he wails and whines and gets a little crazed. When he gets really upset, He likes to snuggle with me. I'll sit cross-legged on the ground and he'll come sit on my legs, facing me with his head nestled into my chest.<br /><br />This month, Angus spent an afternoon at the Museum of Flight with Grandma Grandpa and Uncle Owen on a workday. They had so much fun running around in the open space and climbing stairs. Angus also got to see real firemen and a real fire truck with Chelsie at story time at the library. Story time was packed and all of the kids were really excited.</p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 21 Nov 2008 17:50:00 +00002008-11-21T09:55:48.088-08:00Angus's First Birthday<div class="blogged_flickr_image"> <a href="" title="photo sharing"><img src="" alt="" /></a></div><p>When we were getting ready for the party, Angus knew that something exciting was happening. Dad was making cupcakes, Mamie was in the house, and there were balloons everywhere. Angus was so excited that he couldn't sleep. Finally, Mamie took him to the car, strapped him into his seat, and drove him to Snohomish. He got a nice nap in and was ready for the excitement of the party.</p><p>We wanted to have Angus's birthday party in the park, but it was so rainy that we had it at our house instead. Guests included:<br /></p><ul><li> Colleen, Matt and Bram</li><li> Eden, Eric and Addie </li><li> Mamie</li><li> Grandma and Grandpa</li><li> Jules and Ian</li><li> Kim, Hui-San and Amelia</li><li> Lauri and Andrew</li><li> Doug, Nancy, Finn and Elijah</li><li> Scott and Gigi</li><li> Jan and Roxy</li></ul><p>Thanks to everyone for coming.<br /></p><p><br />Jordan made pasta and carrot salad while dad made Angus 4 dozen cupcakes from scratch. Angus ate a whole cupcake in one sitting -- no problem. He started by cautiously probing the frosting, and ended by shoving almost the whole cake into his mouth. All of the kids chased balloons around the house. Angus was so excited to have real 4 year old big kids in his house playing with him.<br /></p><p><br />On Angus's actual birthday, he went to the doctor. He got all of his shots. We also took a blood draw to test for allergies because his eczema is so bad. The test turned up negative for all of the allergies -- nuts, milk, egg whites and egg yolks.<br /></p><p><a href="">See more photos.</a></p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 21 Nov 2008 17:38:00 +00002008-11-21T14:30:36.492-08:00Angus at 12 months<div class="blogged_flickr_image"> <a href="" title="photo sharing"><img src="" alt="" /></a><br /><br /></div><p>This month we had great visits from Cathy, Russell and Josie, and from Paul, Cat and Felix. It was so much fun to spend time with our old friends now that we all have little smiley monkeys.<p><p>Angus loves getting into big boxes, sitting in the boxes and riding the boxes around the house. He'll climb into the pampers box, which conveniently has a cushy layer of diapers at the bottom. Then he'll stay in there to listen to stories or play with toys. Dad and I also drive him around the house in the box, which cracks up.<br /></p><p><br />Angus loves going to playgrounds. Sometimes we'll go 3 or more times in one day. He started out with the swings. Then he discovered playing in the woodchips. Finally, he discovered that he loves going down slides. He'll ride with mom or dad, or we'll help him go down by himself. He thinks it's hilarious and wants to go down over and over and over again. Angus actually threw his first temper tantrum when we had to leave the slide at volunteer park before he was ready.<br /></p><p><br />Angus has started noticing airplanes. When he hears a plane, his whole body tenses up and he looks up at the sky. Once he spots the plane, he watches it fly all the way across his field of vision.<br /></p><p><br />Angus likes playing hide and seek. He'll sneak behind the gliding chair in his room. Then he'll laugh while his dad and I look for him... "Angus.... where's Angus... have you seen Angus?". Finally, when the time is right, Angus will pop out from behind the chair, with his eyes all lit up and a giant smile on his face. Pleased with himself for being so clever, and happy that dad and I are so excited to see him.<br /></p><p><br />Whenever Angus sees himself in a mirror, he zooms right in to look up close and then kisses himself in the mirror. He loves to check himself out in our full length mirror. Then he moves in for the kiss. He also loves any book that ends in a mirror. He'll sit in my lap quietly listening to me read the book. Then as soon as he sees the mirror, he smiles in delight and zooms in for that kiss.<br /></p><p><br />Angus <a href="">walked for the first time</a> on Labor Day on the blacktop at Stevens Elementary. On that same trip, he figured out how to crawl down the stairs backwards all by himself. At first, Angus could only walk when he was distracted by carrying things in his hands. As soon as he was thinking about it, he couldn't do it.<br /></p><p><br />By the end of the month, Angus was walking all the time. He loves being mobile. He loves going fast. He teeters around with both hands in the air for balance He was so excited to be able to get around on his own, that we had to put new foam corners on the kitchen tables because he kept knocking his head on them doing laps around the kitchen.<br /></p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 24 Oct 2008 05:35:00 +00002008-10-23T22:39:26.573-07:00what a feeling...Angus has developed quite the <a href="">Flashdance</a> impersonation. When we come pick him up from the nanny at the end of the day, he walks over to the sofa, puts his hands on the cushions, and does a flashdance like high knee dance. It's awesome. He does the same dance when he wants to get up on the couch.<br /><br />Angus is dancing all the time now. He has a 'fridge farm' which plays banjo music. He'll hit the banjo button then he'll Angus-dance, which involves standing still while waving his hands around. He's even learned how to pull the farm off of the fridge and carry it around the house like a bizzaro country-kiddy boombox.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 23 Oct 2008 03:52:00 +00002008-10-22T20:52:37.901-07:00Goodbye Grandma Brown<div class="blogged_flickr_image"> <a href="" title="photo sharing"><img src="" alt="" /></a></div><p>My grandmother Vera Brown died at 7:03 PM today in North Tonawanda, New York. She was 89 years old.</p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 22 Oct 2008 04:30:00 +00002008-10-21T21:30:20.622-07:00happy halloween<div class="blogged_flickr_image"> <a href="" title="photo sharing"><img src="" alt="" /></a></div><p>I just uploaded a payload of photos to Flickr including this summer, Angus's first birthday party, and autumn to date.</p><p>Included is this gem, one of a series of Angus trying on his dynamite dinosaur costume. Despite being soft and fleecy, with red spikes and a tail, the dinosaur was not pleased.</p><p>In other news, we will be going to LA next week to spend some time with Mom (mine) and work from our company's LA office. More photos to come from that trip.</p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (alex),, 18 Oct 2008 22:18:00 +00002008-10-18T15:35:46.543-07:00Welcome CadenMy cousin Marcia and her husband Rob just had a beautiful baby boy.<br /><br />Caden Scott Ballentine was born at 7:08pm on 10/7/2008. He weighed 8 lb 12.5 oz and was 21.25 inches long. There are of course <a href="">tons of photos</a>.<br /><br />Congratulations Marcia and Rob!<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 02 Oct 2008 03:34:00 +00002008-10-01T20:44:17.117-07:00Words...Angus is babbling all the time. Every once in a while we can even understand a word. Angus is going all over the house pointing at things and saying "this!" "this!" "this!" Mostly he's interested in all of the lights, paintings and photos in the house.<br /><br />Other 'words' we think we've recognized:<br />* that<br />* water<br />* mama<br />* da<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 11 Sep 2008 16:35:00 +00002008-09-11T09:40:59.543-07:00Goodbye Aunt AnnieMy Aunt Annie has passed away. She just celebrated her <a href="">106th birthday</a>. I have wonderful memories of her warmth and her spunk.<br /><br />The following is the eulogy delivered at Aunt Anne's funeral:<br /><br />The Eulogy For My Grandmother<br />By Richard McGinis<br /><br /> I have spoken to several friends about my grandmother' s<br />passing. We speak of the history she saw made in her life –<br />electricity, automobiles, radio. The telephone, TV, two World Wars,<br />antibiotics.<br />I joke about her legendary thrift, and my own presumption of<br />immortality given her genetic makeup.<br />But her legacy is not about longevity or history. As I have had the<br />chance to speak to a small portion of the people whose lives she<br />touched, I have become aware that her legacy is something much more<br />important. Whether the story is about how she made sure that poor<br />children in her neighborhood had something to eat during hard times<br />from the small store she ran with my grandfather, or the sisters she<br />paid to put through nursing school, or the Sundays she spent<br />comforting a terminally ill neighbor, bringing food and washing<br />linens, or knowing how to help my cousin come to terms with the death<br />of her father, knowing just what to say, and how. Or, finally, the<br />example she was to the women of our family, by being ahead of her<br />time as a working woman with a strong belief in education, and the<br />freedom that it brings. Her legacy, it seems clear to me, is one of a<br />life led in genuine love and service to others, and her earnest<br />desire to give others a hand up to a better life, and a better way of<br />living.<br />Indeed, this legacy is a very powerful one, a forceful example of the<br />best kind of life that we can all live when we take a real interest<br />in each other's well being. As we go on with her in our hearts, we<br />take with us a vision of a powerful transforming force in our lives,<br />and the lives of those whom we touch in turn. This vision makes us<br />all better people, and shows us the way to the fullest sort of life –<br />a life full of love, love carried into fullest action by a commitment<br />to powerful values, an abiding faith in a higher power, in each<br />other, and in each other's basic goodness.<br />As we go back to our day-to-day lives, let us honor her memory and<br />bear witness to the strength of her example, remembering that it was<br />not simply how long she lived that mattered most-it was how well.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan),, 02 Sep 2008 17:10:00 +00002008-09-02T10:13:16.639-07:00Angus walks<p>Angus started walking this weekend! He is still a little shaky but he is spending more and more time on his feet. We shot some video on Monday to document this momentous milestone.</p><br /><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (alex),, 31 Aug 2008 16:28:00 +00002008-08-31T09:33:38.436-07:00Playgrounds, planes, and pitching a fitAngus has started noticing airplanes. When he hears a plane, his whole body tenses up and he looks up at the sky. Once he spots the plane, he watches it fly all the way across his field of vision.<br /><br />Angus is also loving the playground. He has discovered the slide. He loves banging on it to hear it's hollow metal sound. He loves the anticipation of reaching the top of the slide. And he loooooves going down the slide. He isn't quite ready to do it himself yet, but it's still exciting when viewed from mom or dad's arms. <br /><br />Angus may have also learned the art of the temper tantrum. After he first discovered the slide, we had to leave. Angus started kicking his legs and flailing his arms while yelling and trying to get to the ground. It's happened a few times since then too. For now, Alex and I are just trying to play it cool, and not let him get a rise out of us.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='' alt='' /></div> (jordan)0