135 Seconds of Awesome

Lately I have been getting to spend a lot of time with my favorite guy, my nephew Thomas.  Not only am I his favorite aunt, I am now also his favorite babysitter 😉

Thomas is growing like a weed and absorbing everything around him like a sponge!  It is amazing to watch him experience all types of new things, process them, and figure out how to repeat or copy them.  He is even starting to get the hang of repeating things he hears.

I am admittedly biased, but Thomas is really rather awesome.  Recently, I even captured some of that awesomeness on video!  Here are the three best and most recent videos of him:

In this first one he practices saying “uh oh,” “get down,” and “cuckoo” 😀


In the next one I managed to distract him from the iPad for a minute to get him to copy me 😛


And this last one is of his first, hands-on experience with a puddle 😉


I suspect that this videos will continue to make me smile for a very long time, but I can’t wait to capture even more videographic evidence of how amazing and awesome he is 😉


Tuesday With Thomas

It is already going on six months since Thomas turned one!

The day before his actual birthday we threw a mini-party for him at my grandma’s (his great-grandma’s) house.  It was just my grandparents, my sisters, Thomas, and I.  We stuck a candle in a cannoli and sang Happy Birthday. 🙂  It was a lot of fun to watch him eat his first cannoli!  (He is 1/8th Italian after all 😉 )

Thankfully my sister got some awesome pictures!  Here are a few of my favorites:

He really wasn’t quite sure what to do with it at first, but he ended up finishing the whole thing.  In fact, he seemed to enjoy the cannoli more than his actual birthday cake the following day 😛


¡Viva la Revolución!

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”

~ Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games

For me, 2011 has been the year of post-apocalyptic and dystopian future fiction.  I have quickly learned to love this particular genre after a few great novels captured my heart!  Recently I also found out that one of the stories is being made into a movie!  This news made my day and the trailer gave me chills!

The Hunger Games – Official Theatrical Trailer

I cannot wait until March!

If you haven’t heard of The Hunger Games, it is the first novel of a dystopian, science fiction trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  I have heard the books described as fantastic, breathless, compelling, and brutal.  They are all those things and more, and I can’t recommend them enough.  Here’s the blurb from Goodreads.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Hunger Games books are not the only post-apocalyptic novels I am in love with though!  I am very excited about Jacqueline Carey’s sequel to Santa Olivia and hoping for news of a third book in Maria V. Snyder’s Insider series.  Click on the photos of the book covers below for more information:

I foresee my self re-reading these novels again soon!

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

Exhibits A & B

At this time, I offer into evidence two videos, becoming exhibits A and B…

These videos, captured by our witness, Rori, show proof that rats and cats can in fact coexist peacefully! 😉

Plainly, you can see that the rats weren’t very concerned about Squirt being there.  Squirt was more afraid of the girls than they were of him.  He really just wanted to eat their food!

Then, and now, these videos totally made my day 🙂

Say Uncle!

Recently my youngest brother, Scott, went up to visit my sister Ali and my nephew Tommy for the fist time since his birth.  Everyone had a great time and Scott even held Tommy!  Ali sent me this picture:It made me smile, especially because I can remember when Scott was that little, 21 years ago.Although, I suppose “little” is a relative term.  Scott was the only baby I know that was bigger than Tommy at birth! (Tommy was 10lb 8oz and Scott was 10lb 11oz!)  That is Ali holding Scott in the picture 🙂


As I am sure most people from my generation know, in the Super Mario series of video games, this guy is called the 1-Up Mushroom. He is relatively rare, and his sole purpose is to give you an extra life.

On Thursday, September 1st of 2011, at 5:49 p.m. my family got 1-upped and an extra life was added.

This guy is the newest member of the family. 🙂  His name is Thomas Paul.  Just after birth he weighed in at 10lbs 8oz! (The nurses are calling him their sumo wrestler.)  There is no doubt he is part of the family though; he is big, loud, and stubborn!  In these pictures, from my second meeting with him, Tommy is being given supplemental oxygen and IV fluids.  As a complication from being born via caesarean section, he had some fluid in the lungs and has had a bit of a hard time keeping his oxygen saturation levels up when he gets upset. In the short time since his birth he has done nothing but improve though and his outlook is great!  It is now just a matter of observation and waiting for his little lymphatic system to catch up. 😀

Here is the first picture of me and my nephew.  He doesn’t know it yet, but I am quite fond of him.  I can’t wait till I can hold him!  I think I will be spending a lot of time in north Florida soon!

Last but not least, a sweet picture of mom and son.  This was the first time she really got to hold him!

All in all, everyone is doing well.  My sister will likely be released from the hospital tomorrow and Tommy will get to follow her home as soon as he can keep his oxygen saturation levels where they need to be on his own consistently.  Then the real fun will start!  I leave you with two final baby quotes:

“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bank roll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.”

~ Anonymous

“Babies are always more trouble than you thought – and more wonderful.”

~ Charles Osgood