Tuesday, December 23, 2008


This is probably my last post before Christmas so I wish you all a joyful, blessed Christmas with your loved ones. I hope you have a chance to reflect on the true gift of this season - the birth of our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ. In these troubling times - HE is constant and we can cling to him.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

New Tricks

This has been a very full week for the boy. He has learned:
  • the sign for "eat/food". (He has been doing the sign for "more" for almost a month)
  • the sign for "up"
  • to say "hi".
  • to say truck - which comes out "uck", but hey, it works.
  • And he has a new way for eating olives - which by the way, he eats by the can full.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


For this boy we are thankful - truly thankful. When you reach the point where you think you might never have a messy kitchen floor, or a sleepless night, or legos to step all over, or that you will ever change a diaper, it makes you truly thankful for ALL...OF...IT.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Boo-boos and Boo-hoos

Well, our very furtunate run of no injuries has come to an end. In one week Thomas had his first bloody lip, smashed his fingers in a drawer for the first time, and had his first eye injury (not in his eyeball, just the corner). It's like something in his physical development turned on this week and boo-boos are in full swing. He cries for about 10 seconds then he's off again. In other firsts, Thomas climbed a full flight of stairs this week. We were at Jill's house and he just started going. Once he hit the 6th step I got behind him to see how far he'd go. All the way! No fear in this boy! We've also reached the delightful stage where EVERYTHING warrants a tantrum. When he can't put the legos together, or get them apart. When the sippy cup is empty. When he can't turn the truck around. It's all sooooo tragic!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Steel Magnolias

"When I was little, I used to believe in the concept of one best friend. Then I started to become a woman, and I found out that if you allow your heart to open, God would show you the best in many friends. One friend's best when you're going through things with your children. Another friend's best when you're going through things with your mom. Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be. One friend will say let's pray together, another let's cry together, another let's fight together, another let's walk away together. One friend will meet your spiritual need, another your shoe fetish, another your love for movies, another will be with you in your season of confusion, another will be your clarifier, another the wind beneath your wings. But whatever their assignment in your life, on whatever the occasion, on whatever the day, or where ever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back or to hold you back from making a complete fool of your self...those are your friends. It may all be wrapped up in one person but for many it's wrapped up in several...one from 7th grade, several from high school, several from the college years, a couple from old jobs, several from church, on some days your mother, on others your sisters, and on some days it's the one that you needed, just for that day or week that you needed someone with a fresh perspective, or the one who didn't know all your baggage, or the one who would just listen without judging...those are good best friends." I am so incredibly blessed that the Steel Magnolias are all these friends. I thank you ladies for honoring intimacy, holding trust, and for holding me up when life is just too heavy. The special bond we share is unique. Thank you for the words we've shared, the prayers we've sent up. The laughs, the tears, the phone calls, the emails, the shopping, the movies, the lunches, the dinners, the talking, talking talking, and the listening, listening, listening......

Monday, November 10, 2008


I have no title for this entry - all just random thoughts, happenings and pictures. Thomas is his usual delightful self, although I will be truthful and report he threw his first tantrum. And I mean full-on tantrum - face down, prostrate on the floor, kicking feet and screaming in a very tragic way. What brought it on? Well, I, the meanest mommy in the world, firmly told him he wasn't allowed to swing on the safety gate. I know - soooooo mean. I had to walk away cause I was laughing. In hindsight, I wish I'd gotten one of the cameras for the event, but I suppose that would have fed into it more. Once I walk away, it ended pretty quickly. At first I made excuses in my head - he's teething, he's tired - but then I realized, nope - this is a real, honest to goodness tantrum and he has reached the stage of trying to assert himself. , In other news, mama's going away this weekend!!! GIRL'S WEEKEND IN MAINE - YIPPEEEE. And that means boys weekend here at home. I'm excited to be away and get some good hearty girl time and talk in, but I'm also excited for my boys to have a nice long weekend together. Yes I said long - I'm leaving at 8:30 Friday morning and won't be back until dinner time Sunday. I am 3 gifts shy of completing my Christmas shopping. I know - I'm annoying. I've also started to address my cards (just the envelopes mind you) and order the Christmas pic of Thomas. Oh yes, and I have started to listen to Christmas music. I know - I'm nuts. You see, people, if you didn't already know this about me, I LOOOOOOVE Christmas - and all of it. And this year, I want to enjoy it. No more wrapping gifts on Christmas eve, no more wishing I had baked, no more "I can't put on carols until Thanksgiving", no more addressing envelopes and then never finishing the cards. I'm setting a new tradition in the Brasil house - we are going to enjoy the season!! Now, I have resigned myself to the fact that Christmas eve and day will be hectic. But I've accepted that and anticipate that, so at least I won't be disappointed and maybe I'll even be prepared. But the whole season long doesn't have to be that way. Remember the whole "reason for the season"? Mary was a teenage mother carrying God's child, but I bet she wasn't all a frenzy like we make ourselves to be. And God was sending His child here to earth - think he was a basket case looking for the perfect table setting and best gift ever? Scratch that - he already had the best gift ever. I'd erase what I just wrote, but that's my point - I, we, are going to focus on that gift, and the love that is abundant this season. So say all you want about me and my soapbox, but I hope maybe you'll think I might be on to something.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

It's official!

We have a walker! I base this news on the fact that he is on his feet more often than his hands and knees, so in my mind, that makes a walker - right? And he is just so proud of himself. His favorite game right now is "I'll walk until you start the video camera, and then I'm just gonna crawl". Yea - great game - NOT! But in the meantime, he's cruising around. I suppose this will help me in a way. Now that its cold out and we're not out walking as much, at least I'll get in my exercise chasing Thomas around - heehee. Once again, Paulo and I were practical, boring parents. We didn't dress Thomas up for halloween. Since we weren't taking him trick r' treating, and we didn't have any parties to attend, we opted for the really cute Halloween jammies that he can wear several times. Friday night we handed out candy while watching the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Thomas wasn't much interested - just a typical Friday night for him. And yes, we are just a little in love with our binky. Thomas is teething big time so binky is his best friend.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Thomas' FIRST birthday!

Yes, that's right - our boy is one year old. Wow - can it really be? Was it just a year ago that we were still anticipating meeting him, seeing him, holding him? Was it just one year ago that I was STILL in the hospital?! Anyways - now Thomas is one big bundle of energy, the bright spot in our day, and just about walking!! Mama, Daddy and Thomas had a quiet celebration on his actual birthday Oct 17. On Sunday the 19th, we had the families over for cake and ice cream. Everyone spoiled him with generous gifts, though Thomas, of course, was much more enthralled with the wrapping and tissue paper. One funny story from the party - he received pajamas with mickey mouse on the front of the shirt. Well, Thomas gasped with delight and threw himself onto the pj's to plant a long, drooley kiss on mickey!! It was hysterical - who would have thought a one year old, boy no less, would love pj's! Thomas had his one year check up (and shots) last monday. He weighed in at 21lbs 4 oz (40%), is 29 inches long (50%) and is the picture of health according to his doctor. We already knew that though. So -with new stats in hand, we made the big move into the toddler car seat - facing forward too! Not sure how he likes it - he's been a little quiet so far. Unfortunately, Thomas was beginning a cold for his birthday and it has been raging all week, so we've been housebound all week. We did get out for a short walk Friday and Thomas squealed the whole time - he was just so excited to see people other than mama!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Technical difficulties

Our computer crashed - dead. Please stay tuned for details

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Autumn in New England....

Means foliage, apple picking, pumpkins and a trip to Vermont!! We went up to visit my cousin Amy, her husband Rick and their brand new baby girl Gianna this weekend. Gianna is 3 months old and so cute! She is the exact opposite of Thomas at that age - dainty and petite. Thomas did so well with her - he shared a toy, held her hand, and even tried to feed her some of his goldfish crackers - so sweet. Here are some pics of one of our outings. (And don't be getting any ideas about Thomas needing a sibling!!!! Paulo and Amy were already all over that!)

Monday, October 6, 2008


Yesterday we went with the McGilvray's -our friends and future in laws (Thomas and baby Grace are going to get married in 23 yrs) - to Honeypot Farm in Stow, MA. Our mission - to pick the best apples. Did we accomplish that? You be the judge...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Its official - I've become a foody. What qualifies that turning point? When, not only did I thoroughly enjoy eating a prosciutto, fig and balsamic pizza, but I made the pizza myself!! Yes really - and it is soooo good you can't even believe it!! Paulo really liked it too. I used to think foodies were snobs, and so now I must apologize to all you foodies out there for judging you (in my head....always in my head). I now understand how to live it up in the kitchen!! And I don't have to go out and do it - I can make it right here at home! As long as I get my 10 hours of Food TV time in that week. Tonight - Kielbasa Reuben Potato Bake. I'll let you know how yummy it is!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Pictures of the week

This week Thomas has been practicing his walking a lot - with his walking toys. He is even standing all on his own now - holding on to nothing. But then instead of taking a step forward, he just sits down and starts to crawl. He's keeping us all in suspense. Some days I think he'll be walking by tomorrow, other days I think he could drag this out for a long while. We'll just have to wait and see!! And this is Thomas enjoying ice cream with his Nana. My mother was worried that because of his dairy allergy that he didn't have the ice cream gene and that we'd have to have him tested to be sure he is a McKenzie! Now that he can have it - Thomas loooooooves ice cream! We call this shot "homeboy in beantown"

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Every day life

I don't have a lot to report this week - things are just in a nice daily groove. That doesn't mean there isn't lots of fun and excitement around here - there's always something new and exciting with Thomas. Its nice just to be living day to day. Mondays we generally recover from our Daddy filled weekend - so we lay low, do laundry, tidy up the house. Tuesdays Thomas goes over to visit with Paulo's parents while I do errands, have appointments and try to do the big cleaning. Wednesday is our whatever day - whatever goes. Thursdays we have Moms Together Bible study - mama gets filled up and Thomas plays with little people. Fridays we have play group and then we head to Super Walmart (LOVE the sperwalmart). Its a nice mix of activity throughout the week - Thomas loves to be out and about, seeing new people and things. But when we're home, he loves being loose and carefree and getting to roam all around. I'm doing a lot of cooking - Chicken LoMein, Black Bean & Pumpkin Soup, Chilaquilas, Fritatta, Cauliflower Mac n'cheese. Now that Thomas has no food restrictions (well, except fish and nuts) he wants me to bring it on! He'll try just about anything. Every day Thomas has a new trick. He's finally mastered waving - on cue and in the right context. He "talks" on his telephone - holds it up to his ear. He is kissing his stuffed animals. I can't believe last year at this time he still wasn't even here!! This is a chair my grandfather had as child - Thomas is now the 4th generation to sit in this chair.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

11 mos old today

Stats at 11 mos: - TEETH: 4 on top, 2 on bottom - WORDS: mama, dada, uh-oh, diddy (kitty), ba-ba (we don't know what its for) - FAVORITE FOODS: grapes, watermelon, raisins, carrots, peas, green beans, olives, chicken, graham crackers, and hummus in pita (yes really!) - MODE OF MOTION: crawling, walking behind walking toy, walking along couch - FAVORITE SONGS: Come to Jesus and Man in the Moon - FAVORITE ACTIVITIES: Looking at himself on the digital picture frame, closing doors, looking at books by himself (he doesn't want anyone to read them to him) And, we are very pleased to report that Thomas is now on milk and dairy products - PHEW! It seems he has indeed outgrown his dairy allergy - Praise God!! Now its grilled cheese and Aunt Annie's mac n'cheese! Life is good!

Friday, September 12, 2008


From this.... to this... The boy is finally sleeping in his room..... in his crib..... 12 hours a night...... every night..... and 2 naps a day. Sing it with me people - Halleluiah!!! Actually - the process was waaay better than expected. It took a total of 3 nights for the transition - and he only cried when we put him down - he never woke up during the night, any of the nights. Here is my secret - listen up moms - this is my advice. Forget what everyone says - whatever "it" is....do it when YOU are ready. Cause when YOU are ready, then the backlash (or in our case, the 45 minutes of screaming) won't even bother you. Really - I was fine with it. Cause he was gonna sleep in that crib!! So I have freedom again - which has allowed me to get back to cookin' in the kitchen (just in time - new season of Rachel Ray - YUM-O), and reading at night. Which is my segway to my latest greatest book - Friday Night Knitting Club. READ IT!! It was FABULOUS!!! And, because I cannot resist - here's a pic of my 2 men

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Just a quick update

Although no one in our house is starting school, I'm feeling the change of the seasons, and the beginning of the new routines. Thomas and I are still enjoying our beach walks, and now we're anxiously awaiting the end of Daddy's busy season so our football Sundays can begin! I'm very excited for the Moms Together bible study to begin again, and Thomas and I are going to do a playgroup this fall. The biggest news - I'm happy to announce Thomas is now sleeping in his own crib, 10 hours a night. YIPPEEEEE!!! I'll post more news next week - mama going to go hit the hay early tonight!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The power of prayer

The 2nd Sunday of December in 2006, Paulo and I went to 8:30 church service just like we always do. That morning, there was an infant dedication. The couple brought up their son for Pastor Jeramie to pray over, and for the congregation to meet. This boy's name was Thomas. There in the balcony, Paulo and I sat, overcome with tears and emotion. As my body was still healing from my second surgery for endometriosis, and our future family still very uncertain, I buried my head in Paulo's chest and sobbed in the pew. "When will it be our turn God? Will we ever hold a boy Thomas at the front of the church and dedicate him to You Lord? When will our arms be full and our hearts content?" If you don't believe in the power of prayer, just look at our boy. On Sunday August 24th, we had our Thomas dedicated at church.