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Celebrating Kyle on his third birthday

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The days have passed quickly since all of the activity at the end of September with Jackson’s multiple TV appearances. However, in the midst of all the excitement with Jackson, the Fun House were so excited to celebrate Kyle’s third birthday. We enjoyed hosting my parents and Emily’s parents to celebrate Kyle.

Kyle's birthday brought out both sets of grandparents.

Kyle’s birthday brought out both sets of grandparents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today Show Follow Up Interview – Jackson’s Live TV Birth

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Well, just when we thought the fun was over, we were asked for a live follow up interview on the Today Show to discuss Emily’s live TV birth of Jackson on Monday as part of the Today Show’s #BornTODAY focus. Here’s the relevant footage of our family during this morning’s program.

This morning was about the most challenging it gets from a parenting perspective. Seth woke up cranky and Kyle, who is entering his most challenging toddler age, was flexing his independence muscles with force. All the new people and the change in routine wasn’t ideal for happy, compliant children. Thus, sitting on a couch for “look-ins” every seven minutes and then doing the actual interview required plenty of cajoling and other forms of “encouragement” to get Seth and Kyle to cooperate. The camera, production guys, and producer NBC used were all great along with the representative from Woman’s Hospital of Texas who provided extra hands to go along with Emily’s parents. Emily was happy to see that Dr. Cone got some more face time on the footage of the birth that hadn’t been shown on Monday. He deserves the recognition for his excellent work in delivering all four of our children and his special care for Emily over the years. Needless to say, we won’t be forgetting this week, and not primarily because of the media exposure. The TV folks go away, but we get to enjoy the precious gift of Jackson for a long time. We praise God for him and pray that he magnifies the name of Jesus with his life.

Setup NBC interview

They moved some furniture to get the shot

This NBC team made us look good

This NBC team made us look good

 

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Ella attempts to hatch a chicken egg in her room

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Ella tries to re-create a science project from school in her room. When mom is helping clean her room, she discovers this chick hatching project. Never a dull moment in the FunHouse.

Sneaky Ella trying to hatch a chick at home

Sneaky Ella trying to hatch a chick at home

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Video: Ella does a nice cartwheel and then we have a laugh

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Ella goes to gymnastics once a week now and is making good progress. Watch this nice cartwheel and round off. Then laugh as she has a bit of a mishap. We all laughed too!

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We don’t call it the FunHouse for nothing!

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Video: Seth winks and good pictures

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Seth and I are working on winking. He is trying to do one eye, but it’s usually two eyes. Either way, it’s pretty cute over here at the Fun House.

Here are a few fun pics that we’ve taken with the kids recently. Kyle is still thinking about walking, but at this point he’s still holding onto one of our hands.

 

Ella and Seth love each other

 

These three are getting along well

 

The tripod is coming through; Great pic of the family

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Video: Seth, Ella, and Kyle swing and laugh at their silly dad

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We wouldn’t be the Fun House if we didn’t keep it fun. Here’s a video that Seth is watching non-stop on the iPad these days. I’ve found that there’s nothing more fun for my kids than when their dad gets silly with them and makes them laugh. I acted like they were beating me up while they were swinging, and they were delighted with the game. It’s a young man’s game, however, so it couldn’t last too long. Enjoy!

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Lovely, Love My Family

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I’m sure a whole host of readers of the Fun House blog have children who watch Yo Gabba Gabba.  Well, there’s one particular song that really caught Seth’s interest.  It’s the “Lovely, Love My Family” song.  One time right before we ate, Emily and I grabbed Seth’s hands at the table and sang the song just for a laugh while we swayed back and forth.  What we did on a whim has now turned into a tradition anytime more than two people other than Seth sit down at the table.  In this video, Ella was our videographer and mom and dad played along with Seth.  He absolutely loves it, and we think it’s a pretty great thing to love.  We certainly do love our family.

Seth loves his family!

A few of Seth’s other favorite songs right now include (primarily because he and his big sister love to dance to them):

The second part of the video demonstrates Kyle’s intense love for bread products.  One of his favorite things to do right now is just gnaw on a bagel.  In this particular case, he is offered a piece of pizza crust.  You’ll notice he puts his hands up in front of his face and begins to anxiously wiggle his fingers in excited anticipation.  He then takes great pleasure in the savory treat, until….. I won’t ruin the rest.  Let’s just say it’s a little sad, but EXTRA funny!

Emily and I are certain that he’s taken to table food faster than either Seth or Ella did.  You can tell he’s a pretty good eater.  He’s almost five pounds heavier than Ella at the same age.  At our nine month check-up for Kyle, the pediatrician wanted to weigh him a second time because of how much he had gained since his last check-up.

So we want to know: What are your kids’ favorite songs right now?

 

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Typical Threes….

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Ahhhh, the joys of children.  Much particular “joy” with three-year-olds it seems.  Whoever coined the phrase “terrible twos” must not have endured the crafty and mischievious mind of a three-year-old.  And why should a child with Down Syndrome be any different?  I’ll be the first to say that Seth’s latest stunts as a blossoming 38-month-old are nothing more than typically developing….So I give you a few of his best moves, from Seth’s perspective:

I've got some really good tricks up my sleeve

The Grab and Go

I have a growing vocabulary (both words and signs) and some of the ones that my mom started to teach me long before I started talking were “share,” “your turn,” “my turn,” “please,” and “thank you.”  But with a slick move like The Grab and Go, words or signs will only slow you down.  Here’s how it works:  Simply sneak up behind your victim, whether its a self-defending sister or an innocent little brother, and take whatever it is that seems to be captivating their attention.  Then, just go, go, go!  Get the heck out of dodge with your new, fast feet!  Run to another part of the house as fast as possible, play with the object for about 30 seconds, then casually discard the item unless you see the self-defending sister chasing and shrieking behind you!  If that’s the case, start shouting “no” and prepare to hit her with the object until the Fun House referee comes in to break up the “misunderstanding” (right?).  At that point, fall to the ground in a heap of tears, as though you have been wronged by the other party.  Tip:  Good luck convincing the Fun House referee you are innocent.  Just try to shed as many tears as possible.  It helps if you stick out your bottom lip, point harshly at the other party and say, “Mama, Mama!” over and over again. Continue Reading…

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Video: Ella, Seth, and Kyle dance.

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Quite possibly one of the cutest videos ever made!

Seth is moving!

 

 

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Video: Good start to the summer

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