Sunday, April 23, 2006

Obituary: Lindsey Brown, a wonderful person who will be missed by many. Our love and prayers go out to Chad and Hudson. I know that Lindsey lives on in you...both in spirit and in memory.

Lindsey Stephenson Brown: Excelled in business, was expecting 1st child
08:19 AM CDT on Friday, April 21, 2006
By JOE SIMNACHER / The Dallas Morning News
Lindsey Stephenson Brown of Dallas had just finished her shower on the morning of April 13 while preparing for work at Frito-Lay in Plano.
Nine months pregnant, she was ecstatic about the pending birth of her first child, due on Easter Sunday. But a rare congenital medical condition caused damage in her brain similar to an aneurysm.

Later that morning, Hudson Stephenson Brown was born by emergency Caesarean section at Baylor University Medical Center.
Ms. Brown, 33, died April 14 at Baylor.
Baby Hudson was lethargic and had a slow heart rate at birth, but is enjoying good health and shows no ill effects of his dramatic arrival, the family said.
Chad Brown of Dallas remembers his wife's ability to make an impact on people, even those she had met only briefly.
"That was one of the qualities I loved about her the most," he said. "She was so open to everybody."
Ms. Brown was born in Bombay, India, where her father was working for the relief agency CARE. She also lived in Turkey before returning to the U.S. with her parents in 1975. She grew up in the Boston area, where she played sports in high school.
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Ms. Brown had lived in six or seven Latin American countries, beginning during a break in her undergraduate years at Harvard. She was fluent in Spanish and had worked in Central and South America.
Ms. Brown had also worked in California before moving to Texas, where she earned her master of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003.
She became a Longhorn football fan and seemed to be at home in Texas, said her father, David Pyle of Washington, D.C.
"This is where she felt very comfortable; she had a super group of supportive friends," he said.
About the time she received her MBA, Ms. Brown married Chad Brown.
She went to work for Frito-Lay in Plano, where she excelled at marketing Cheetos, building up the brand's presence on the Internet, her father said.
"They went from 10,000 hits to a million hits by creative, innovative Web site design," he said.
More recently she was assigned to strategic planning for other Frito-Lay brands.
"She was pretty good at strategic planning, after her 12-spreadsheet wedding," her father said. "There must be a separate course down at the business school at UT on weddings."
Ms. Brown's father last talked to his daughter Wednesday evening.
"She was looking forward to it," he said of Hudson's birth. "She thought she was probably a day or two before her last day at work. She was coming home to walk with her husband to see what gravity could do for the situation."
"To know her was to love her," her father said. "She was very vivacious, energetic and loved the outdoors."
A memorial will be at 2 p.m. today at the Dallas Arboretum, where a reception will follow the service.
In addition to her husband, father and son, Ms. Brown is survived by a sister, Courtney Pyle of Germantown, N.Y.; her stepmother, Sarah Newhall of Washington, D.C.; a stepfather, Rod Nichols of New York, and a stepbrother, Chris Nichols of Charlottesville, Va.
Memorials may be made to the Lindsey Brown KIPP Bridge High School Scholarship Fund at the Knowledge Is Power Program Foundation, Attn: Donations, 345 Spear St., Suite 510, San Francisco, Calif. 94105.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Okay, in Snarkalupagus fashion, am bullet listing, since so much is going on and I've not had time to post:

  • Potty training success on small scale. Cooper has poopered in the potty (insert heralding of trumpets here), fulfilling his end of the bargain for the Thomas Breakdown Train.
  • New negotiations produced an agreement between the two parties for a Thomas Take Along Boulder Set in exchange for 10 poos in the potty. Concern: Cooper may give himself a hemeroid attempting to fulfill his end of the bargain in record time. Status: 4 down, 6 to go.
  • Gager: continues to fine tune is amazing alphabet skills and is now moving on to numbers. Astounding, considering it seems to be all his idea and not ours, I think by the time he turns 2, he's going to have run out of things to learn here at home, I better get busy and learn some new shit to teach that kid.
  • Upstair laundry room/studio space: Washer and dryer IN! (again, insert heralding of trumpets, add confetti). Thank you to the amazing hubs and his very handy dandy friend! Wooohooo, it is glorious. Now, we just need to get the fridge and stove that are still occuppying the space out of there. I think the MIL is going to take the fridge for now.
  • Office: progress stalled, currently have miscellaneous stuff in that space, more miscellaneous stuff being added on daily basis.
  • Kitchen: resurfacing of crazy ugly stucco walls half finished, arms sore and tired from overhead work, continuation of resurfacing on hold until end of week or possibly beginning of next week in anticipation of recovery of feeble phyiscal condition of arms. Damn my lack of upper body strength.
  • Weather: warm and sunny, in the 60s. Spring is in the air and we are hap hap happy (achooooo) about it. Windows and doors open, airing out the cobwebs of winter, both mentally and physically (cobwebs infused with Pug hair that is).
  • The guys: Both so insanely cute, I have to go now so I can kiss their sweet little faces and brush their teeth.

Peace out my lovelies,


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Graduation

This morning I woke to the sound of my little Gager's voice saying very clearly and distinctly, "Mom-ee". Mere hours before I was "Ma Ma", but now, so far this morning, I've counted 6 "Mom-ee"s.

*sigh* The time, it is flying by.

On another subject, a big belated THANK YOU to the fabulous Dallas Ws for the most excellent and entertaining rocket launcher they sent the boys for Xmas. Yesterday, being so lovely and warm that the boys played outside all afternoon, we finally broke it out and they are just nuts about it!!! I even had time to make lunch and bring it outside they were so absorbed in rocket play. Later, Cooper started calling the rockets his "shooting gun" and shooting planes down out of the sky..........I can't for the life of me figure out where he saw people shooting guns, I think his old babysitter's older son played video games and that's where he saw it..........not sure. I kept asking him, but the answers were nonsensical....oooo gotta go, just got some frantic patting on my leg and a forelorn and heart wrenching request from the tot in question, "Please talk to me PUHLEEZ".................GEEZ! you'd think I had been giving him the silent treatment for days! So dramatic.

Peace out my lovelies!

Monday, April 10, 2006

ABCs and indoor playgrounds and warmer weather

Not much of a specific post, just a bunch of random thoughts since I haven't posted in a while.

- Gage can now identify all of his ABCs on sight and LOVEs the alphabet. I'm thrilled! He can't say Q or W, but he hums them. He dreams about them and says the names of letters in his sleep and breaks out spelling words everytime he sees them. Proud mommy.

-Last Friday, we went to Medley Center with some friends of ours to play at the indoor toddler playground. WHAT a total stroke of brilliance that place is! Every square inch padded! The slides are all made of padded material, bright colors, ABCs and 123s on the carpet (Gage was stoked) and kids music playing all the time. It's like being IN a cartoon. They ran wild like little animals and passed out in their car seats almost immediately.......We shall return.

-This morning, I woke up to Gager laying his tiny hand on my cheek and smiling at me. Such sweetness, the very first minute of your waking day, what could be better?

-Thank you Sponge Bob. The tots have been having very few baths lately, but Coop is now obsessed with it since my accidental stroke of genius at creating a very silly French character named Sponge Claude from a mini Mr. Potatoe head face that somehow ended up in the bathtub and the sea sponge I use to wash the boys. Coop: "Where's Sponge Claude? I miss him SO MUCH! I'm dirty, I need a bath." Too funny!

-Coop and I would both like to know what happened to Maz on the Doodlebops? Who is Jaz? Did no one think that the tots would not notice the change? We love Maz. Come back.

-Stop the presses! I've decided on the new colors for the kitchen to go with the fantasticly cool and hip light fixture we got for practically free at Chase Pitkin before it closed down for good. I can't believe how stumbling upon it with it's frosty orange globes has thrown my whole kitchen plan into total disarray for weeks on end. The picture I've been saving for 4 years (yes indeed it's been four years, the date on the cover of the magazine it's in is May of 2002!) is still as awesome and awe inspiring (at least to me) as it was the first time I laid eyes on it, however, the nifty green color just won't go with the frosty orange globes (flash back to the 70s)! I think really it's taken me the last few weeks just to get my head around the fact that I am not going to paint the kitchen that color. So, FINALLY, I've decided on a pale grey for the walls, charcoal grey for accent and a pale, very pale turquoise for the ceiling. It's going to look AWESOME, especially with the frosty orange globes. I feel more at peace now. Oh and I put up beadboard on the wall behind the sink, it looks awesome! And by I put it up, I do not mean that Chad put it up, I mean I actually put it up myself, as a surprise to Chad. I am woman, hear me use power saw! =D

-The warm weather is coming. Not a moment too soon. It's suppossed to be in the 60s this week. YAHOO!!! For those of you not in the Northeast, try not to be all surprised and smuggly in your toasty warm climates, I know you think we're crazy for living here since your bulbs have all bloomed months ago and you've been out BBQing since like New Years or something. I know that absence makes the heart grow fonder and that we appreciate our warm weather much more than you appreciate yours (I think).

-And speaking of absence...and on a more serious note... I want to send out some love. I have some people I love who are far away and going through some hard times right now. Miss Snark, I know you're hurting and I love you, that's all I can say, I know I can't do anything to change the situation. Miss Needles, I know you're not reachable right now, but I got your message and we are all sending you and you little sis our prayers and hopes. If you want to talk call me and if you want to talk about Leukemia with someone, let me know and I'll connect you with a friend of ours whose son is undergoing treatment. I don't know what to say except that our hearts break for you and we love you. And some general love to someone else in our family going through something really terrible that I won't even mention here because it's just not bloggable. I don't understand why some things happen and I don't like it when the people I love are hurting and especially when I am helpless to do anything to ease the pain. All I can do is love you more and hope that it's some small comfort.

That's all for now. xo