At 26 gestational weeks, after an amniocentesis and genetic testing, he was diagnosed with Diastrophic Dysplasia, a rare type of dwarfism.

Now 8 years old, our son Kai is happy, healthy, and enjoying life.

The purpose of this blog is to lend support and encouragement to others in similar situations and to share the tremendous experiences we've had and will continue to have as we raise our little, little boy.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My Son Kai

This boy brings such delight into my life.  He is my companion during the day when John's at work and the girls are at school.  He's my snuggle-bug at bedtime when he tries to convince me he's not tired.  He is such a sweet, intelligent, confident child.  He is such a joy.  And to top it all off, he's a total mama's boy. :)

Friday, November 4, 2011


Soccer with Dad (Can't view it? See it here on youtube)

Puddles are Fun (or view here on youtube)

Use Your Head (or see it here on youtube)

I Fuh-woggy (I Froggy) (You can also see it here on youtube)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Costume Reveal

Those of you who are faithful Kai-blog followers know how BIG Halloween is to me.  Ever since Kai's first awesome costume, I've taken each following year as a personal challenge to outdo the previous years' costume.
Let's review.
Year 1: Nacho
Year 3: Cub Scout (by FAR my favorite costume to date)

This year, however, we've recently moved and for some reason which I cannot now recall, I left my sewing machine in storage 250 miles away.  I soon discovered that my entire imagination and my sewing machine are intertwined.  I cannot have one without the other; without my trusty Singer I was seriously craft-crippled.  

And so it was decided that Kai would be a vampire.  Lame.


I realized that in his white shirt, black pants, red cape and red cummerbund, Kai had all the makings of something else...something with a serious amount of awesomeness.  He just needed a little make-up....

And so, without further ado, I present to you: Kai, as
The Phantom of the Opera!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


 Happy third birthday, Kai!

You are my favorite son. ever.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Costume Ideas

I need ideas for Kai's Halloween costume. 

In 2008 he was Nacho Libre
In 2009 he was a gingerbread man
and last year he was a cub scout.

This year I have no ideas.  Pirate?  Prince Charming?  Robot?  

Monday, September 19, 2011


Kai (wandering in to my room where I'm laying on my bed, watching TV): Mom.  I got questions.  I got questions for you.  I need ask you questions. (He sits down on the floor next to the bed and stares up at me with huge eyes.)

Me (thinking how adorable is this??): You got questions for me?  OK.  I'm ready.

Kai (pause): I get on bed?

bwahahahahaha!  What a funny kid.

Monday, September 5, 2011

"What happened, Johnny?"

Two and three-year old children are so funny and quirky.  Kai is no exception.  Right now he's obsessed with calling John and I by our first names.  He even goes out of his way to say things to us so that he can use our names. 

Example.  I overheard this conversation a few minutes ago as John was changing Kai's dirty diaper.

John: C'mon.  Let's change your diaper.
Kai: You change me, John?
John: Yes.
Kai: OK, John.
Normal diaper changing noises occur and then--   
John: Aargh! Yuck.
Kai: What happened, Johnny?
John: Let's just say (muffled...I couldn't tell what he said next, but very clearly I heard--)
Kai: OK, John.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Parenting, Illustrated with Rudimentary Renderings

I just discovered this blog and I love it.  Parenting is such a smelly, funny, poignant and messy adventure.  I love the way Amber portrays it.  So, in honor of the Crappy Pictures blog, I present:

Parenting, Illustrated with Rudimentary Renderings:

Post Number One:
If My Children Were Shapes

Let me explain.  Anyone who has breastfed a baby knows that there is a significant amount of time spent awake sitting in the dark in a not-entirely-lucid-but-definitely-not-asleep haze* while a tiny human is attached to you, contentedly dozing and eating at the same time (oh the luxury!).  It is during this time that you a) revisit the day's events, often embellishing them in your favor, b) make life-altering decisions and set stiff personal goals, or c) decide what shapes best represent your children.

Kai, at the time, was undoubtedly a circle.  What a chub!  Hailey, my then-three-year-old was obviously a rectangle.  Athletic and strong, she had (and still has) the makings of a fantastic gymnast.  And then there's Ashleigh, the stick.  All legs and arms, that one.  

In my sleep-deprived delirium that night, I thought I'd struck on something genius.  I remember proudly telling some member of my family (one of my childless sisters) who was not that impressed.  After telling her I just felt dumb.

Fast forward twelve hours, when, once again experiencing midnight nursing dimentia, I re-invent her as a shape: A plump pear.


*Amber has a story for that, too!

Monday, August 15, 2011

What I Love About Two-Year Olds

I took my hanging baskets down to water them.  Kai wandered out onto the porch and picked some flowers...which he promptly tucked behind his ears...

 ...while he did a little repair work on his keyboard with his "too-uh".

And when it was adequately repaired, he played and sang a lovely original composition, which, had he given it a title, I'm pretty sure would've been Ahhhhh-ooohhhh-ahhhh'

Friday, August 12, 2011

Fast asleep... legs in the air.  

The back stairs are right off the laundry room.  I folded these blankets and stacked them at the bottom of the stairs, intending to take them the next time I went upstairs.  In the meantime Kai found them and made a "snest" (nest).  He lay there for a long time, watching the leaves on the trees.

This is our humble little garden.  Three (surviving) corn plants, two tomato plants, two bean plants, two pepper plants and a zucchini plant.

 I pulled weeds, he dug holes.  It was perfect.

My funny little gardener.  What a sweet, delightful boy!  

Animal Tracks

Identify the animal that made these tracks:




A. Bear    B. Kai's wet, diapered bum    C. Deer

Wearing only his diaper, Kai "helped me with the dishes this morning.  When we were done I put him down and he scooted off, leaving the above-pictured trail of water behind him.  :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Busy and Fun!

Two words that describe our summer.  Kai can now walk independently, which is a huge accomplishment for him.  I took a few videos with my phone but apparently I film sideways and for some reason there's no sound... (this video is when he was first learning.  He's much more steady now--a few weeks later)

Here are some pictures from our many adventures!

OK, this one's not a summer picture.  Ashleigh (my 7-year old) had a poetry recital at school In May.  Kai got tired of sitting through the Haikus and Acrostics.  He wanted gum and I told him no.....

BBQ at Quince Park--Even though my sunglasses are upside down, he wears them well! :)

Hillbilly teeth.  Thanks, Hon, for bringing those home.

This was taken at Centennial Park here in Redmond--THE place to be this summer.  It's a public fountain park.  Kai LOVES it.  You can't see it well in the picture, but there is a stream of water shooting out of the ground, hitting Kai in the bum.  

Scout Lake.  Non-motorized lake (it's really more of a pond) outside Sisters.  Kai sat there for hours playing in the sand-gravel with his truck.

Going to church, fully equipped with a back pack full of cars.

This boy melts my heart.

Sittin' on the porch, eating suckers.  This was in Orem, Utah.  

Shopping at Costco with bestie Shad.

Shopping at Target with bestie Shad.

Matchy-matchy with bestie Shad, who loves McQueen and Mater as much as Kai does!

"Where's your smile?"  We had so much fun in Utah.  I got to hang with my bestie, Katie, and our boys, Kai and Shad played so well together.  It was heartwarming to watch them interact with each other.  Katie and I have been friends since we were our boys' ages.

Nothing beats a DQ ice cream cone!

We've also gone to the zoo, gotten new boots at Shriners (Kai walked his old boots to death!), planted a garden, and gotten tan, tan, tan!

More adventures are in the works!  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Music in the Canyon

Kai and I have been having so much fun so far this summer.  We pretty much live at the splash park.  Tonight was the inaugural Music in the Canyon concert, the first in a series of free concerts throughout the summer.  

Meet Rebecca.  We didn't know her before the concert.  She was sitting in front of us with her friends, listening to the music and minding her own business...until Kai introduced himself and wiggled his way onto her long board.  She was such a good sport and politely allowed Kai to hang around.  I watched her interact with Kai, looking for the signs that he was becoming bothersome (her ignoring him, her looking around with the "let's find your mom" face, etc.).  But they never came.  She was such a sweetheart to him.  

I took this photo with my phone so it's not high quality AT ALL (sorry, Rebecca, my intentions were good! I wanted to showcase your loveliness...)  Before she left for the evening, she graciously allowed me to take her picture.  Kai kept lifting up his shirt; I'm sure he was trying to impress her with his muscular

The music was good, the company was good (we went with my friend, Kate, and her three girls--always a treat to spend time with them!!)--what a great evening.  Kai and I love summer!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I just found this video on youtube and thought I'd share.  It's short (and an advertisement) but it's still worthwhile.

our entire roadtrip summed up in 100 words and 3 pictures

We loooove our family.  Good food, lots of laughing, hugging, talking, card playing, more laughing--what's not to love?  

We got together last week to celebrate my baby brother Christian's graduation from high school.  The kids and I  drove 650 miles (well, mostly I drove) to get to my parents' house in tiny Driggs, Idaho.

And that's when the fun began.  Unfortunately for you, this is the extent of my photographic proof of our good time:

 Kai sportin' Christian's glasses.  

Kai, waiting to hug his favorite Auntie Aubry.

As my mom so aptly said it, "This is TRUE rapture!"

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Boy and His Helmet

Kai loves his "Hemmitt".  He used to love his bike, too, but for some reason has completely lost interest in it.  I had to bribe him with chocolate chips to get him to stay on the bike long enough for me to snap a few photos.
Me: Kai, smile!
Do you see the chocolate chips?