The Excitement Heightens in 2011 Part I: First Year of Motherhood

Self-reflection #1

Babies are bits of star-dust blown from the hand of God.  Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star. - Larry Barretto

Seeing Elise's face for the first time 18 March 2011 @ 2138 - seconds after delivering her meant the world to me and I know I am welcoming a different chapter of my life.  There is uncertainty but all I could feel is getting a glimpse of heaven.

Originally Written On Sunday, January 29, 2012

The First Year 2011

Babies are necessary to grown-ups. A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.  In a world that is cutting down its trees to build highways, losing its earth to concrete...babies are almost the remaining link with nature, with the natural world of living things from which we spring. - Eda J. Le Shan

Day 1: 19 March 2011

Week 1: Tita Kris feeding Elise


Rockin' it early!


Elise and Auntie Florence
Dad and cousins Aaron and Marcus

You made Auntie Jo a first time Aunt.

Mia and Elise 9 days apart.

Mupas Family

Luna Family

Grandma Janet


Auntie Tin and Uncle Ryuta

Auntie Liza and cousins Christopher and Ethan

Payne Family

April 2011: Witty Onesie from Ninong Kevin

You can actually fit in the laundry basket at 2 months!

May 2011: Loves to kick, a soccer player perhaps?

June 2011: You have given Mommy so much joy and fulfillment.

Rubbing elbows with SIUC's Chancellor Rita Cheng and Dr. David Taylor.


July 2011: Head start to literacy.

Independence Day 2011



August 2011: Our Familia

Elise and Mia @ 6 months

October 2011: Your 2nd Mom and Dad Part I

Foodies in training with Chef Fabio

Halloween 2011

Novermber 2011: First Boo Boo from the Day Care

Officially a Crawler

December 2011: Eating solid food is no problem.

@ Lindbergh Airport, Bellingham bound

The Nutbrown Hares: Your 2nd Mom and Dad Part II

Life is a Play Land

New Year 2012: Peering in to 2012