Thursday, September 16, 2010

Growing Up Senge: The meaningful and the mundane

Welcome to our new family blog! Since we have a new little addition, I thought this would be a great way to share photos, videos, and news with our loved ones wherever they are - especially since Alice will grow and change so much, so fast.

Jon's been a Senge his whole life and I'm relatively new to the game, but we're both still growing into all of our ever-changing roles and titles. We're still growing up, always learning how to be grown-ups. We're learning how to be adult children to adult parents, and an adult brother and sister to our adult brothers and sister. Every day, we learn more about how to be a husband and a wife, how to be a better team. Now we both get to learn what it means to be parents, to raise a new generation. In our house, we're all growing up Senge.

In case you haven't met us all, here's the whole family!

Jon grew from that adorable little guy into this adoring husband and dad to his three girls (wife, daughter, and special little cat).

That little mini-me grew up to have her own little mini-me.

We're having so much fun watching Alice grow bigger and stronger and learn new things to do and new ways to play. Each new development and discovery is a revelation for all of us.

Our kitties, Eli & Marceline, round out our little family. They were born two years ago (on our anniversary, we decided - since we don't know the exact date), on the back of a sewer pump truck in the backstage area of Tomorrowland at Disneyland. They were being cared for at Disneyland's backstage stable when I happened to pass through on a tour. I couldn't resist having (feral!) cats from Disneyland, and my loving husband indulged me because he's got "nothing against" kittens.

We wanted to give them Disney-inspired names without being too obvious or cheesy. Walt Disney's middle name was Elias and he modeled Disneyland's Main Street after his idealized memories of Marceline, MO where he spent his childhood. The names suit them wonderfully and they really grew into them, though we use a variety of nicknames as often as not (Eli, Baby Guy, Marci, Marci-pants...).

They were only 3 1/2 weeks old when we brought them home. We fed them kitten milk formula from a bottle and helped them use the litter box. They grew up to be the sweetest, most devoted cats we've ever known with such unique and distinct personalities. We can't remember our life before them and couldn't imagine our lives without them. 

just 4 weeks old
always touching each other and/or one of us

Eli's a crafty little guy.

We do not indulge Marci's penchant for adult beverages.

So that's the cast of characters featured in these tales from suburbia. This blog will be a place where I can collect my thoughts and share the adventures in our journeys through parenthood and childhood. It will grow along with us and change to reflect where we are as a family. I intend to post often and to keep a good record of our lives as we navigate our new relationships and responsibilities. I hope that keeping these chronicles will further remind me to notice and appreciate every moment, to record and reflect on both the meaningful and the mundane.

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I hope you enjoy hearing from us. Please visit often - comment, share, and keep in touch!


  1. I love this! I look forward to reading all the new installmenta.

  2. Haha - that was supposed to be "installments", but maybe I just made up a new word?

  3. That picture of little kid Jon is so dang cute! Also, glad to see you've taken it public. I look forward to lots more great posts! Or, installmenta.

  4. Erin- what a pleasure. Thanks for the announcement and sharing beautiful Alice with us.



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