Audio: Amani reading–and trying to poop–before he sleeps

by Bryan on December 7, 2009 · 1 comment

We spent most of the Thanksgiving weekend (Friday-Sunday) visiting Houston, audiologist phlebologist where Stella’s friend Cecilia lives.

Here are a few highlights:

We spent most of the Thanksgiving weekend (Friday-Sunday) visiting Houston. Here are a few highlights:

Stella and Bryan outside The Woodlands Mall in suburban Houston

Above: Stella and I during a stroll outside The Woodlands Mall in the northern Houston suburbs.

Amani and Bryan ride the carousel

Above: From our jaunt to Houston earlier this year, see I knew Amani would get a kick out of a ride on the merry-go-around. And he did: He was grinning the whole time!

Viola and Cecilia

Above: Viola with Cecilia, our gracious host for the weekend!

Bryan and Viola ice skating

Above: What a way to take in a mild Saturday evening (70 degrees): ice skating at the lovely Discovery Green park in downtown Houston! From what we can remember, this was just Viola’s third time on skates (2004, 2006). She was tentative at first, but was skating on her own–and not holding onto the outside wall, either–by the end of our 45-minute session.

Viola's moment of reflection

Above: Love this reflective photo of Viola in the Discovery Green fountain (the water was low at the time)

Amani checking out the water

Above: Amani’s never seen a puddle or fountain of water that he didn’t like or want to splash in! His pledge around the time of this photo to “not gonna step in it” didn’t exactly hold up in the end, and he wound up soaking his socks and shoes. He had to sit barefoot with Stella as Viola and I skated.

An IHOP breakfast with the Texada family

Above: We wrapped up our Houston trip on Sunday morning by catching up with the Texada Family, taking in an uplifting, music-filled service at Lakewood Church and then wolfing down a delicious IHOP breakfast!

Scary moment

I don’t have a photo to document it, but we had a close call on the drive to Houston on Friday afternoon. On a back road some 30 minutes from our final destination, a car and an RV collided right in front of us and then spun around and off the road on our side. The RV flipped completely over, too. I managed to avoid the serving car, but not by much. Fortunately, the drivers and passengers in both vehicles seemed to have escaped without serious angry. We were certainly counting our blessings after that.
We spent most of the Thanksgiving weekend (Friday-Sunday) visiting Houston, viagra 40mg where Stella’s friend Cecilia lives.

Here are a few highlights:

Stella and Bryan outside The Woodlands Mall in suburban Houston

Above: Stella and I during a stroll outside The Woodlands Mall in the northern Houston suburbs.

Amani and Bryan ride the carousel

Above: From our jaunt to Houston earlier this year, I knew Amani would get a kick out of a ride on the merry-go-around. And he did: He was grinning the whole time!

Viola and Cecilia

Above: Viola with Cecilia, our gracious host for the weekend!

Bryan and Viola ice skating

Above: What a way to take in a mild Saturday evening (70 degrees): ice skating at the lovely Discovery Green park in downtown Houston! From what we can remember, this was just Viola’s third time on skates (2004, 2006). She was tentative at first, but was skating on her own–and not holding onto the outside wall–by the end of our 45-minute session.

Viola's moment of reflection

Above: Love this reflective photo of Viola in the Discovery Green fountain (the water was low at the time)

Amani checking out the water

Above:Amani’s never seen a puddle or fountain of water that he didn’t like or want to splash in! His pledge around the time of this photo to “not gonna step in it” didn’t exactly hold up in the end, and he wound up soaking his socks and shoes. He had to sit barefoot for a while with Stella while Viola and I skated.

An IHOP breakfast with the Texada family

Above: We wrapped up our Houston trip on Sunday morning by meeting up with the Texada Family, taking in an uplifting, music-filled service at Lakewood Church and then wolfing down a delicious IHOP breakfast!

Scary moment

I don’t have a photo to document it, but we had a close call on the drive to Houston on Friday afternoon. On a back road some 30 minutes from Cecilia’s house, a car and an RV collided right in front of us and then spun around and off the road. The RV actually flipped over. I managed to pull off the road and away from the serving car, but it didn’t miss us by much. Fortunately, the drivers and passengers in both vehicles seemed to have escaped without serious angry. We were certainly counting our blessings after that.
We spent most of the Thanksgiving weekend (Friday-Sunday) visiting Houston. Here are a few highlights:

Stella and Bryan outside The Woodlands Mall in suburban Houston

Above: Stella and I during a stroll outside The Woodlands Mall in the northern Houston suburbs.

Amani and Bryan ride the carousel

Above: From our jaunt to Houston earlier this year, migraine I knew Amani would get a kick out of a ride on the merry-go-around. And he did: He was grinning the whole time!

Viola and Cecilia

Above: Viola with Cecilia, approved our gracious host for the weekend!

Bryan and Viola ice skating

Above: What a way to take in a mild Saturday evening (70 degrees): ice skating at the lovely Discovery Green park in downtown Houston! From what we can remember, plague this was just Viola’s third time on skates (2004, 2006). She was tentative at first, but was skating on her own–and not holding onto the outside wall, either–by the end of our 45-minute session.

Viola's moment of reflection

Above: Love this reflective photo of Viola in the Discovery Green fountain (the water was low at the time)

Amani checking out the water

Above: Amani’s never seen a puddle or fountain of water that he didn’t like or want to splash in! His pledge around the time of this photo to “not gonna step in it” didn’t exactly hold up in the end, and he wound up soaking his socks and shoes. He had to sit barefoot with Stella as Viola and I skated.

An IHOP breakfast with the Texada family

Above: We wrapped up our Houston trip on Sunday morning by catching up with the Texada Family, taking in an uplifting, music-filled service at Lakewood Church and then wolfing down a delicious IHOP breakfast!

Scary moment

I don’t have a photo to document it, but we had a close call on the drive to Houston on Friday afternoon. On a back road some 30 minutes from our final destination, a car and an RV collided right in front of us and then spun around and off the road on our side. The RV flipped completely over, too. I managed to avoid the serving car–but not by much. Fortunately, the drivers and passengers in both vehicles seemed to have escaped without serious angry. We were certainly counting our blessings after that.
* Amani does a funny little thing where he says, gonorrhea “Oops, gynecologist sorry,” and then giggles. It’s adorable.

* He dances like his dad. Stella and Viola don’t really that’s a good thing–and they might have a point–but I get a kick out of it.

* Amani enjoys making goofy faces (like the one below on our recent visit to Houston)–and I don’t discourage him!


* Amani does a funny little thing where he says, website “Oh, sales sorry, website ” and then giggles. It’s adorable.

* He dances like his dad. Stella and Viola don’t really that’s a good thing–and they’re probably right–but I get a kick out of it.

* Amani enjoys making goofy faces (like the one below on our recent visit to Houston)–and I don’t discourage him!


* Amani does a funny little thing where he says, see “Oh, capsule sorry, buy ” and then giggles. It’s adorable.

* He dances like his dad. Stella and Viola don’t really that’s a good thing–and they’re probably right–but I get a kick out of it.

* Amani enjoys making goofy faces (like the one below on our recent visit to Houston)–and I don’t discourage him!


* Amani does a funny little thing where he says, drugs “Oops, denture sorry,” and then giggles. It’s adorable.

* He dances like his dad. Stella and Viola don’t really that’s a good thing–and they’re probably right–but I get a kick out of it.

* Amani enjoys making goofy faces (like the one below on our recent visit to Houston)–and I don’t discourage him!


Amani and Stella flew out to Orlando this afternoon to spend a few days with Faith. I can’t help but notice how quiet our house is in the little guy’s absence.

So I’m missing him, salve and reflecting on the joys and challenges of being a dad. These two audio clips that I recorded last night hammer home both angles.

The first: Amani “reading” a book to me on the chair in his room, just before I put him in his bed to sleep.

Amani reading before going to sleep

Listen!

The second: a silly conversation with Amani while unsuccessfully trying to get him to poop in his potty. (One of his daycare teachers says some boys aren’t even potty trained by age 4; I certainly hope Amani isn’t one of them!)

Amani on the potty

Listen!

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Mom/Grandma 12.10.09 at 7:06 pm

Love the storytime. Great job, Amani!
Bryan, keep tryin’ on the potty. Amani will eventually get the hang of it.

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