13 October 2012

a visit to kep [mary & jim in cambodia part 5]

kep, 2012

no visit to cambodia is complete without a trip to our favorite sleepy seaside town, kep.  we went with my parents last year for a relaxing weekend get-a-way when cedar was a newborn, but this time it was a lot different with a toddler in tow.  for daniel & i, it will forever be remembered as the god-awful weekend of tantrums & [night] terrors.  luckily my parents were there to help us, the context for cedar  meltdowns was ideal - our guesthouse was beautiful & relaxing, & it seems to have just been a long-weekend freak-out phase. [fingers crossed.....]   

10 October 2012

one month [ezra sparrow]

1 month (border)
[our sweet sparrow at one month]

baby ezra has had an eventful first month!  she spent two weeks in bangkok visiting with her grandparents before hopping on a plane to finally return to her nest in phnom penh.  the next two weeks were spent with more visiting with grandparents & a bit of traveling (kep & prey veng), as well as getting to meet her loving cambodian community.  she weathered the changes well....probably because she seemed to be sleeping nearly all the time.  

we likely won't have many wide-eyed pictures of our sleepy little girl from this first month, but we don't mind!  her peaceful demeanor has helped to ease our transition to a family of 4 (especially with a big brother who just discovered the full meaning of the word tantrum) & who doesn't love holding a little bundled newborn, anyway?

sleeping ezra
[picture by steve chee}
it might be short lived though- after examining ezra, our doctor told us that he thinks she is going to be a very active child.  she measured in this month at a little over 8 pounds; the perfect size for all the sweet newborn clothes we've received (& which I'm sure she won't be able to wear next month at this time).  we'll hold on tight to these lovely newborn days while we can - welcome to our family little girl, we've enjoyed getting to know you (or rather, hold you while you slept all day) this month.

1 month peace (border)
and a bonus picture - little ezra throwing the peace sign!  she's just following in the family line with a mama who works with peace projects & a big brother who also proclaimed his peace child status at an early age. 

6 October 2012

prey veng [mary & jim in cambodia part 4]

prey veng, 2012

MCC also has an office in prey veng province, about three hours away from phnom penh.  life in the province is much different than in the city, so while my parents were visiting we took a weekend excursion to visit fellow mcc'ers ryan & daphne & little maya eliana.  it rained nearly the whole weekend so we spent lots of time in the fowler's house taking pictures of the babies in matching pajamas. We did manage to go for a nice walk to the prey veng waterfront.  as you might imagine, the two little white babies were quite a hit.  the [expectant] couple on the bottom right stopped & asked to take a picture of ezra & cedar because there is a cambodian superstition that if you look at cute babies while pregnant, your baby will be cute too.  we said they could definitely take our pictures, as long as we could take a picture of them too!

1 October 2012

snapshots [september 2012]