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Sunday, December 14, 2008
4 years, 5 months, 17 days Griffin is really having fun figuring out the way the world works. When told by a friend that fairy princesses can't be real because you can't see them, he thought for a while. Then he countered that you can't see microscopic organisms either, and they're real.

It's also been a fun and busy holiday season for Griffin and his brothers. Lots of family and friends came to visit over Thanksgiving, and Griffin helped pick out a Christmas tree for the family. The boys took a train to visit Santa, and today they played in the first snowfall of the year.

Saturday, November 22, 2008
4 years, 4 months, 26 days Since school started this fall, Griffin has become very interested in writing and drawing. He can now write his name, as well as any word that is spelled for him, and he creates some very cool artwork.

Griffin's adjusted to his role as big brother of three fabulously. He sings little Brier sweet lullabies and checks on him first thing every morning. He also continues to play more and more elaborate games with his older two little brothers, and particularly enjoys leading them on expeditions into the forest to find Baby Brontosaurus.

Friday, September 12, 2008
4 years, 2 months, 16 days Griffin welcomed little brother Brier (url) into his family today!

Thursday, September 11, 2008
4 years, 2 months, 15 days A well-child visit to Dr. Shiffrin confirmed Griff is a healthy, active four-year old. Height: 43-1/2" Weight: 42 lbs., 6oz.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008
4 years, 2 months, 7 days Griff had his first day of school today, and was very excited to be back with all of his friends. He's excited to ask his new teacher, Stephen, all about rockets and planets. Griff and his daddy have been to the park several times now to shoot their model rocket.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008
4 year, 1 month, 23 days Griffin has been taking swimming lessons twice a week this summer, and is starting to really swim!

Sunday, August 3, 2008
4 year, 1 month, 7 days Yesterday was Griffin's fourth birthday party. He and 80 of his closest friends celebrated the event with a spooky Halloween bash.

Wednesday, July 22, 2008
4 years, 25 days Griffin, Mama, and Griffin's little-brother-to-be are in Singapore for the week while Mama attends a conference. Griffin's favorite part of the trip has been shopping in Chinatown, where he managed to negotiate 3 free toys, two of which he chose as gifts for Cale and Dillon. He also liked eating with his hands in Little India, and trying to talk Mom into ordering fresh frog at a little dim sum place the two of them found. Griffin found the Night Safari terrifying but exciting, and took a trip to the jungle to see the monkeys while Mom worked. He's also attended numerous conference paties, and particularly enjoyed the fireworks during the banquet on the beach.

Friday, June 27, 2008
4 years Happy Fourth Birthday, Griffin! Now that he's four, Griff woke up this morning convinced he was much taller than he was last night and that he can read.

Thursday, June 12, 2008
3 years, 11 months, 16 days Today marked the end of Griffin's first year of preschool. The family celebrated at The Little School's end of year picnic. Griffin particularly enjoyed the chocolate fountain. This summer he'll be taking soccer lessons, swimming, and playing with his brothers.

Recently, Griffin has shown a real interest in understanding how words are put together. He's been asking how words are spelled, and coming up with hypotheses of his own. The other day he asked whether "End" starts with N, and if "Snake" starts with C.

Saturday, April 26, 2008
3 years, 9 months, 30 days Today Griffin went to a baseball game, and enjoyed fabulous seats right behind the visitor's dugout. He's had a busy social calendar with lots of birthday parties to attend. He does a great job picking out presents for his friend, thinking carefully about what they would like.

Thursday, April 10, 2008
3 years, 9 months, 14 days Mom returned today from attending a conference in Italy without the children. Griffin spent a nice week at home with Dad, Sheila, his brothers, and Omi.

Monday, March 17, 2008
3 years, 8 months, 19 days Today Griffin met the midwife who will be delivering his baby brother come September. He felt a little nervous when she drew Mom's blood, but wisely hid in the bathroom until he felt comfortable, returning shortly to watch. He's been watching videos of babies being born with his brothers in preparation for possibly attending his new brother's birth, and his ability to control his comfort level today suggests he is likely to make good decisions at the baby's birth as well.

Monday, February 25, 2008
3 years, 7 months, 29 days Griffin is going to have a new little sibling (url). He's very excited about the new baby, and is convinced it will be a girl.

Thursday, January 3, 2008
3 years, 6 months, 7 days Daily swims in the Mahana pool with Mom while Cale and Dillon nap are fun! Griffin can now swim short distances on his own, and can hardly be talked out of the water.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008
3 years, 6 months, 5 days Griff stayed up until midnight last night, and managed to ring in the New Year with Mom and Dad. He partied it up on the beach at the Hula Grill with virgin Mai Tais.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007
3 years, 5 months, 29 days Griffin spent the whole day singing, "Mele Kalikimaka," and chowing on the macademia nut pie his parents picked up from The Bakery.

Sunday, December 16, 2007
3 years, 5 months, 19 days The family celebrated Christmas early this year because they'll be in Hawaii on the 25th. According to Griffin, Christmas is fun, but doesn't hold a candle to Halloween. Instead of a "Merry Christmas," Griff wishes friends and family a "Spooky Christmas," and he asked Santa for a haunted house this year.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007
3 years, 4 months, 10 days Halloween is still going strong for Griffin. He's in love with all things spooky. He has a great scary voice that he uses to tell you his favorite song is The Twilight Zone (Purple People Eater is a close second). Every book that he brings home from the library is Halloween-focused. His winter gloves have skeletons on them. Even his Christmas list for Santa includes things like a haunted house, a vampire, and a mummy.

In other news, Amanda just finished needlepointing the Christmas stocking that Mamou started for Griffin and her nurse continued. The stocking couldn't be more beautiful, and is surely something Griff will cherish his entire life. Brothers Cale and Dillon will have special stockings, too: Cale, who is named after Mamou, will get hers, and Dillon, who is named after Grandpa Jim, will get his.

Thursday, October 4, 2007
3 years, 3 months, 7 days Griffin's been having a lot of fun pretending lately, and has picked up quite a menagerie. When Mom drops him off at preschool, he always points out where the triceratops is so she can say hi. He also has a pretend pet mouse that he keeps in a wicker basket at home.

Saturday, September 8, 2007
3 years, 2 months, 12 days Griff had a busy week. On Wednesday, in addition to starting school, he also started soccer lessons. After one class, he's already holding his own when he plays with his neighbors. On Friday he started swim lessons and has taken to them like the little fish he is.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007
3 years, 2 months, 9 days Griffin starts school today!