Sunday, March 29, 2009

A new family tradition

The whole fam participated in the Capitol 10K race today. It was a blast!

Chase's mom, "Lulo", came into town this weekend and decided to walk the race, which was significant since she just finished her chemo treatments not long ago. It's awesome to have her healthy and active again!

Over 18,000 people participated in the race. It was really crowded the entire 6.2 miles and a little hard to navigate a clunky stroller through all those people. But Elias had a great time and I'm so glad we decided to push him along with us.

The highlight of the race was when Chase had to wait in line for TWENTY MINUTES to use the port-a-potty. Right in the middle of the race! Argh. I got a picture of that while I waited not very patiently on the sidewalk.

Elias got out of the stroller at the end and ran across the finish line. He loved it and kept saying "I won! I won!"

Definitely a new family tradition for the Browns.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Interview with Elias

These little interview questions were floating around on facebook, so I thought I'd conduct my own interview with Elias. It was pretty funny and insightful...

1. What is something mom always says to you?
"I love you"

2. What makes mom happy?
Playing with me.

3. What makes mom sad?

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
Doing funny jokes.

5. What was your mom like as a child?
You looked like your little dog sammy.

6. How old is your mom?
Thirty three.

7. How tall is your mom?
twenty and three feet

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Um play with me. No I mean, clean up.

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
She tries to find me.

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
No I will be the famoust.

11. What is your mom really good at?

12. What is your mom not very good at?
Going up hills.

13. What does your mom do for a job?
Pay money.

14.What is your mom's favorite food?
Tires. No, chocolate. No, soup.

15. What makes you proud of your mom?
I don't know.

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Play cars and trucks.

18. How are you and your mom the same?
We're not. I have brown and you don't.

19. How are you and your mom different?
Our clothes. Because that's how God made us in the whole world!

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Cause she loves me.

21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
Hugging him.

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Taco Bell.

My commentary: Some of these answers really touched me, especially question #18. I was struck by how quickly he answered that we're different, not the same; that he's so cognisant of our different skin colors. I found it interesting and relieving though the way he answered it- that HE has brown and I don't, not the other way around. I DO need to work on playing more and cleaning up less. :-) And for the record, Taco Bell is NOT my favorite place to go.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Time w/ Daddy in the Workshop

Chase here. I haven't written on the blog for many moons now and I know many of you are frustrated with the lack of media coverage provided by my lovely wife and family news correspondent, so I thought I'd write a little something for the many fans out there in blog land. (By "many fans", I mean our parents and a few close friends who check this now and then.)

One of my favorite things to do in order to relax and spend time w/ Elias is spend time in the workshop. By workshop, I mean my approxiamate 1/3 of the garage that is mine and that I use as a work space to do whatever tinkering I feel necessary. We do everything from gunsmithing, auto repair, and an occasional HotWheels monster truck axel repair. No, I'm not kidding - I have fixed more than one HotWheels monster truck in my time. Any of you who know Elias well know exactly why.

This past Sunday was one those rare, wonderful days where we had no plans and nothing too pressing to do. So naturally, Elias and I spent some time... in the workshop. We also wondered outside a bit and practiced a little baseball, which Elias is getting into lately. I share this simply because it is one of my favorite things in the world and it is a little glimpse into our life. And I got a great pic of E that I had to post...

Friday, March 13, 2009

Making a Leg- The Series Returns

Well the "Making a Leg" series was very short-lived. There was about a five month delay on getting Elias' new prosthesis made. Daddy Prosthetist (DP) made several prototypes with different designs, but many of them didn't work for Elias.

A couple of these practice legs would fall off several times a day. Let me tell you that is not convenient when you're running across the Walmart parking lot with groceries and your 38 lb son in your arms and have to go back and pick up a leg in the parking lot.

Anyway, the final product is in and it's a huge hit! It was originally going to be Spiderman leg but Elias was captivated by some "flames" fabric at Hobby Lobby that took the look of his prosthetic leg in a whole new direction. I asked him why he chose the flames and he said he wanted it so he could "fire everybody". I told him to call Donald Trump.

So here is a picture of E on fire. Now I'll back up and finish the rest of how the prosthetic leg is made.

P.S. My apologies to all our fellow Aggies who notice the blatant display of disrespect in the first picture. Austin has had a bad influence on our son and we're trying desperately to gain some ground in this area. :-)