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Jonen – 5 years old

August 1, 2017
My loves!

Jonen is 5!

My dearest Jonen,

How are you already 5? You make me so proud everyday. You are a very thoughtful, energetic, compassionate child. Your curiosity about the world around you helps me become more curious as well. Why did they put jellyfish into space in 1991? I don’t know, but let’s figure it out.

You love running, painting and singing at school. I love how much you sing! Your best friends are Declan, Max, Takeo, Vishy, Jhanavi, Kellan, Walkaboo (Elan) and Shun. You love learning all about baseball, space, and airplanes. Our next adventure takes us to kindergarten. We have gone twice to visit the library and for a play date. My plan is to take you into that building as much as possible to help with your big transition. I love that the first time we went into your new school, you told me how nervous you were. It takes a pretty big kid to realize an emotion they are feeling and to be able to verbalize it.

Thank you for being you! I can’t wait to see where our adventures continue to take us.

Love you sooo much!


P.S. Can you feel me hugging and kissing you right now?



Freezing Moments in Time

July 21, 2017

Do you know those moments in life where everything just feels right? I had one of them tonight with the boys. Bran plays frisbee on Thursday, so I get play time with the kids. Jonen was creating an airplane out of duplos and Samuel was just crawling around with purpose. Samuel did crawl over to me and bite my nose, but even that was just really funny. We read books, sang songs, and now they are up there “talking” while I relax a bit. In this moment, life is good.

Moments of bliss for the boys:

Samuel loves blueberries, climbing up the step stool and standing at the bathroom sink, making smacking sounds with his mouth, waving bye bye, laughing, and crawling super fast. This child is not very good at sleeping in places other than his bed. He did fall asleep in the pic below after a night of camping. I think we finally wore him out. Ha!

Jonen told me tonight that he wants to be a baseball player, a construction worker AND a scientist who writes a lot when he gets older.

Mexico, Visits, and More

June 23, 2017

We have had quite the month of June so far, and it is not even over. Highlights:

Mexico: It was so nice to have 10 days with my boys. The main take aways are Loreto is amazing, Samuel loves to wave at everyone as we walk down the street, and Jonen swam a lap in the pool! Traveling with the kiddos was really fun. Everyone treated us really well and wanted to play with them.  (We also had a repeat of Florida with Jonen throwing up one night and Samuel with some diaper rash. It seems like Jonen just ate way too much food and quickly recovered. Samuel also rebounded quickly and felt great by the time we were back in Seattle.)

Visits: Sam Sam’s birth mom got to come over and play with Samuel. It was so nice to see her and I am so happy that we are continuing to stay open in our adoption plan. Nana came out to visit to help with my first full week of work.

Preschool Graduation: Jonen did amazing and bowed and sang and did all the motions for the songs and graduated from Megumi. Brandon and I successfully sang a song in Japanese with all the other parents.

Austin: I am now on a business trip in Austin, Texas. It is my first time away from Samuel. I fly out first thing in the am and am sooo excited to see everyone. There are direct flights to Austin, and this city is sooo great that I definitely want to bring the kids next time.

Next week, we have NOTHING on our agenda and I am soooo excited for a bit of down time!



Pictures that make me happy…enjoy!

May 28, 2017

Sam Sam’s one year stats:

  • 20 lbs 12 oz
  • 30″ long

Samuel Elias’ Resume at 1

May 20, 2017

First off, I have to tell a bit of my story, I have two sets of parents. I have birth parents and my parents I live with, both sets of these parents are “real”. It is strange when people ask who are my “real” parents, because they are all real people.

Having two sets of parents makes holidays a little bittersweet, and we try to honor my entire family on these special occasions. Like today, we’re having sushi because that is my birth mom’s favorite food. Some people might not understand our situation, but I think the most important thing to realize is that I am loved by lots of people.

Newly Acquired Skills:
Clapping (the first time was at Jonen’s tee ball practice), waving hello and goodbye, kissing the baby looking at me in the mirror or oven, cuddling with stuffed animals..saying words that sound like, “yeah”, “daddy” and “this”

Areas of Interest:
Traveling – I’m headed to Mexico soon! I’ve already had 2 cross country trips and one trip to Canada.
Throwing Food – I am really great at the food toss, especially when I am done eating.
People Watching – I check everyone out in a room. I make eye contact. I like to stay close to mom, dad or Jonen, but I love looking at new people.
Dancing – I am good at busting out my dance moves when a good song comes on the radio. I love Casper Babypants right now.


11 Months – What the what? How did that happen?

April 21, 2017

I thought I could just share a snapshot of the boys’ favorite things at the moment. My heart gets so full when I think of these amazing men in my life. You know the saying, “Nevertheless, she persisted.” I feel like that should a tagline on every single one of my kiddos’ pics. I worked my butt off to get here, and I’m loving it.


  • Food: oranges, mushrooms, eggplant, baked potato, sweet potato, mango, strawberries
  • Books: He LOVES books with flaps, especially the Karen Katz ones! Where’s Baby’s Belly Button is our go to at night right now. We have it in English and Spanish.
  • Toys: Duplos, balls (for chewing), stuffed animals to cuddle
  • Word: He says “Dada” all the time. Some days he will just go to the front door and say “dada” over and over.
  • Movement: He pulls himself up on everything and can now squat and sit back down. I get way too excited about this kind of stuff, but it is so cool to watch how kids master new skills. He also started pointing!! Mostly at bottles, but now to other stuff as well.


  • Food: He would tell you he likes everything. His go tos are still cucumbers and tomatoes. His favorite food at school is curry rice.
  • Books: What Do People Do All Day – Richard Scarry – Jonen reads this book every night and brings it into our room every morning. He LOVES it!!
  • Colors: Green and Blue
  • Toys: Teddy is his favorite stuffy (It is a teddy bear named Teddy…very original on our part). Jonen is Teddy’s dad and they live in a house in New Zealand that is on the beach and near the mountains. They have a large garden and it is always the opposite weather of Seattle. Very interesting home he has…I want to move in with them!
  • Subjects: Baseball, Space, Magic, Puzzles, Maps and anything Richard Scarry.
  • He can count to 10 in three languages. I just find this as a fun fact because we joked he could do this at one month. He was apparently teaching the other kids in his class how to count in Spanish.

Here we go..picture time…these are both from our day so far:

Quirks – Lindsey Family Style

April 13, 2017

We all have quirks and weird traits as families do.

Jonen has come up with some Lindsey Family Rules, which he tells us about sometimes. I don’t really know the origin of all of them. They are:

  1. No shoes in the house.
  2. No walking and eating at the same time. (This is from his preschool.)
  3. No jumping on the couch. (He will enforce this one with friends visiting.)
  4. You can only throw soft balls in the house.
  5. We give lots of cuddles when someone is sad.

I don’t mean to imply that our way of parenting is correct by any means, I have just come to the realization that I’m very firm in a couple of areas.I’m going to share some of ours here:

Me: I am a firm believer in no screen time until a kiddo is two and very limited time after that. I know how easy it is to just plop in front of a screen to make reality fade away, and I feel very strongly that should only be used in limited doses. It makes my life harder, since I have to come up with activities. Sometimes, I am the only parent giving my kiddos toys/crayons/coloring books instead of a phone or iPad. I forgot to write the funny story earlier! I used to make Jonen’s preschool take him to another classroom when they watched a short video after lunch. I just didn’t want him watching tv. Kinda silly in hindsight.

My other quirk? I love healthy food. Bran and I are constantly coming up with ways to add more veggies into our meals. I also don’t think kids need excess sugar. Our kids are just as happy with a mango as they are with ice cream. (Samuel has never actually had ice cream…) AND they don’t have to experience brain freeze and freak out. I see the impacts of diet on people, and I know if you are raised with healthy options, you generally feel better and are calmer. (This is coming from someone who only ate fried foods growing up!)

Jonen: He can read! The quirk here is that I think he has been able to read for a little while now, he just didn’t want to show us. He doesn’t like too much attention when he does something good. I taught him how to read though!! Pretty proud mama moment.

Samuel: He loves to crawl over a squeaky toy (like Sophie) and then lay on it so it squeaks. He kinda bounces on it to have it make noise. He likes to make kissing sounds as well. He loves to explore now and has made it to the top of the stairs. We have to help him learn how to get down the stairs now.

Brandon: Who teaches a 3 year old to bat left handed and throw right handed? This dad. Jonen is so confused when people ask if he is right or left handed. He is proud that he is like Robinson Cano though, so Bran did well.

Also? We are rocking it as Tee Ball coaches!! The kiddos kinda understand positions and they all ran to the correct bases in the first game. They seem to be having a good time. Go Cleveland Cubs!