Wednesday, April 22, 2009

9 Months Down...WAY too Fast!

Mylie understands a few phrases now. It's really fun to tell her to do something and then she does it! Here are a few things she can do on command:

1. Clap your hands! (LOVE it!)
2. Dance! (Shakes her head no as fast as she possibly can, rattling her brain!)
3. Shake it! (Rattles, balls, head, whatever!)
4. Give ____ kisses! (Nice, wet, slobbery, tongue sticking out kisses)
5. Turn off the light! (I hold her next to the switch, and she flips it off)
5. Give me a hug! (She's not a cuddler so will only do hugs when she's in the mood)
6. If you're happy and you know it clap your hands (She loves this song, and the second she hears the first 3 words, she's already clapping!)
7. Wave to ____ (Just learning this one and getting it down)
8. Turn the page! (This one totally surprised me!)
9. How big is Mylie? (Throws her arms above her head)

She also understands the words and phrases:
1. Bunny
2. Eat
3. Daddy
4. Light
5. Fan
6. Outside
7. Come here
8. Ball
9. Baby
10. Mommy
11. Bath
12. Change your diaper
13. Look
14. Mylie
15. Phone
16. Winnie the Pooh
17. Drink of water
18. Read a book
19. Ducky
20. Doggy

It's so fun to watch her grow and develop!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


If you've been wondering about how Max is doing, you can read all about him on his mom, Jeanne's blog. Click here. Thanks for all your prayers and support!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Sunday

Don't miss the story about the Easter Bunny below! Richie is such a great writer!

Forget Easter Egg Hunts, I Want The Bunny!

This year Angie and I decided that instead of doing an Easter Egg Hunt, we wanted something better. Why be satisfied with just a limited amount of candy filled eggs, when you could get unlimited candy filled eggs by catching the source itself? So that's what we decided to do, catch the ever elusive Easter Bunny. An Easter Bunny Hunt, if you will. During the early hours of Easter morning, we set up watch. Time passed, and we waited... and waited...and waited...until it seemed the Easter Bunny would not be paying us a visit this year. When all of a sudden, from around the corner, we heard what sounded like the noise of a small bunny delivering some candy filled eggs. We peered around the corner, and to our delight caught a glimpse of the Easter Bunny! It was inspecting each egg, ensuring that each was in perfect condition and ready to be left in our baskets.

We silently crept around the corner, hoping to snatch up the Easter Bunny from behind. The Easter Bunny, however, is not so easily caught. It has been in similar situations before, as many a child has unsuccessfully attempted what we were attempting to do. As we quietly approached, the bunny's keen senses quickly alerted it to our presence. It turned and looked at us in surprise, it had found us!

The bunny quickly turned and took flight, leaving Easter eggs strewn behind it in it's path. It was off to the races!

We would not let it go without a chase, however. We hurried after it closely as it dashed away. Now, the Easter Bunny has never before been caught. It is not an easy thing to do. However, in this case, we were fortunate. The Easter Bunny made a never before, drastic, mistake. Rather than run for the outdoors, it ran straight into our bedroom. It was trapped, we had it cornered and there was no way out. As I leaned down to pick it up, it made one last valiant effort to escape by trying to scurry under our legs. There was no luck for the Easter Bunny this year, however. I snatched it up around the waist and held it triumphantly in the air as it tugged on it's ear in defeat.

We had done it, we had caught the Easter Bunny! Upon capturing the bunny, however, we realized that if we kept it for it's unlimited supply of candy filled eggs, we would be disappointing millions of other little children. We imagined the sad faces of all of the many children who would excitedly wake up in the morning, only to discover that their Easter basket had not been filled. So what did we do with our little capture, you might ask? We took pictures with our little friend, and then we happily let it go. Happy Easter!

Friday, April 3, 2009


I'm sure several of you have been wondering the same questions that I was wondering. WHO? WHY? And of course most importantly, how is Max doing?

I'll start with the story. Let's back up though to introduce you to the disgusting fella who hurt Max. I don't know his name so we'll just call him John.

Max and John used to be friends. Jeanne and Dave von Zastrow (my aunt and uncle, parents to Max) never did feel like John was a good kid to be friends with. While Dave, Jeanne and Max were on vacation, John decided to steal Dave's Jeep. He was driving it all around Moab and his plan was to drive it off a cliff and watch it explode. Luckily Moab is a small town where everyone knows everyone so he got caught before anything that horrible happened. When the von Zastrow's returned from their trip and learned of the incident, Jeanne talked to Max about not being friends with this kid anymore. Max agreed and just hanging out with him.

Jealousy got the best of John. Max was taller, cuter, had more friends, etc. A couple months ago he beat Max up at school. Killing Max became John's obsession it seems. He told kids at school that he had a gun with two bullets in it. One for him and one for Max. The day he hurt Max he was asking other kids, "If you were to kill somebody with a baseball bat, where would you hit them?"

Max and two friends always walk home from school together. That day Max had one of the boys come to his house. Jeanne was on a business trip and Dave was at work. Max was on the computer while his friend was watching TV on the couch. John and his friend made their way over to von Zastrow's house and quietly let themselves in. John stood being Max and swung the bat as hard as he could on the right side of Max's head. So hard in fact that it knocked the bat out of his hands and hit Max's friend on the shoulder. Then John and his friend took off. Max's friend saw him lying on the ground. He got Max, who was in and out of consciousness, to the car and rushed him to the hospital. They immediately life flighted him to a hospital in Grand Junction.

John has been arrested. Thank goodness!

Max is regaining consciousness and is starting to reason better. He is still in and out of sedation. He's in a lot of pain, obviously, and is especially annoyed with the catheter. According to Jeanne, Max is improving and getting his sense of humor back. For example, he was being asked about his body temperature. "Max, are you hot?" To which he replied, "Of course I am!" He has permanent hearing loss in his right ear, and the nerves in his face have been severely damaged. Doctors hope that with therapy his nerves can be improved or restored. I believe one of the main concerns right now is that he still has spinal fluid leaking out of his ear. I guess that's a bad thing.

Jeanne and Dave are overwhelmed with the outpour of love and support from family, friends, acquaintances, members of the church, and even people they don't know. I think they feel very grateful and humbled. In Jeanne's words, "To everything there is a purpose and a reason under heaven." What a great attitude to have amidst the horrific event.

We love you Max, Jeanne and Dave and continue to pray and think about you constantly. Despite the event, you will be blessed and this trial will make you even stronger.