Wednesday, September 26, 2007

One minute he is holding my hand the next he is eating it :)

ahh how could I not be totally in love..

Hanging out at home...

Since we got home Sunday we have done nothing but hang out. It has been nice to relax but at the same time seems like we should be doing something. Darrian is doing really good, he had a wellness check and gained weight on Tuesday since he has been home on Sunday. I can tell he is already getting bigger, and longer. We tried to measure him with the measuring tape the nurse left, he squirms a lot but seems to be about 20 inches long we think...

Here are some pictures we took today..

Monday, September 24, 2007

We are home!!!

Finally we are home after a long week, what felt to me like the longest week of my life, we are finally settling down into our life as a family. I have posted some pics from yesterday for you guys to look at..

We will be in touch soon!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Darrian Keith Thornton

As most of you know Darrian came into the world as a surprise on 9/14 at 3:37 pm. We can not begin to describe the joy that he has already brought into our lives, we are so in love. I could not have made it through the whole thing without Keith's support. He is a proud father, and is constantly saying "that's his boy!". We are doing fine, Darrian is still in the hospital his lungs and all look great (Thank GOD), he scored a 9 on his apagar. He is growing and just has to get his food eatings down before he can come home.

I just wanted to post some pictures here... on my way to the hospital to see him!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Hi everyone,
So this weekend I was watching Bill Maher on HBO and he told the story of the "Jena Six" in Louisiana. I had not heard of this story because I guess main stream media has yet to tell the public about it. I personally was saddened by the story, and that in a time in 2007 we are still seeing issues like this going on. Mos Def a guest on the show said it best "Why should we have to live in two separate America's". Here in CA we live in our bubble that all is well in the world, mean while in the south all white juries are still convicting young black Americans as if we are living in 1950's.

One of the 6 students has already been tried and convicted and could face up to 22 years in jail, when the white students who beat up black students at a party just got probation.

I am putting the story here, I am also going to put a link to sign a petition to help free the Jena 6, if you are incline to do so after reading the story..


In September 2006, a group of African American high school students in Jena, Louisiana, asked the school for permission to sit beneath a "whites only" shade tree. There was an unwritten rule that blacks couldn't sit beneath the tree. The school said they didn't care where students sat. The next day, students arrived at school to see three nooses (in school colors) hanging from the tree.
The boys who hung the nooses were suspended from school for a few days. The school administration chalked it up as a harmless prank, but Jena's black population didn't take it so lightly. Fights and unrest started breaking out at school. The District Attorney, Reed Walters, was called in to directly address black students at the school and told them all he could "end their life with a stroke of the pen." Black students were assaulted at white parties. A white man drew a loaded rifle on three black teens at a local convenience store. (They wrestled it from him and ran away.) Someone tried to burn down the school, and on December 4th, a fight broke out that led to six black students being charged with attempted murder. To his word, the D.A. pushed for maximum charges, which carry sentences of eighty years. Four of the six are being tried as adults (ages 17 & 18) and two are juveniles.Yesterday, I was in Jena for the first day of the trial for Mychal Bell, one of the Jena 6. The D.A., perhaps in response to public pressure, tried to get Bell to cop a plea. Bell refused, and today, jury selection began. After today, we'll know whether or not the case will be tried in front of an all-white jury. Jena's 85-percent white, and it remains to be seen whether or not the six can get a fair trial.Both off-the-record and on, Jena residents told me racism is alive and well in Louisiana, and this is a case where it rose above the levee, so to speak.Update: Mychal Bell, the first of the Jena Six to face trial, was found guilty of aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy to commit the same on June 28th. A comprehensive look at the case, the trial and the verdict was published on July 2nd at friendsofjustice. Plus, Democracy Now did a full story. To send a letter to Governor Blanco, please visit Color of Change.



I have heard Oprah may do a show on this, which I hope happens so it can get national headlines... seems like this is something that should not be put under the rug..

Best wishes,

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Baby D's Room..
The crib finally came, mattress was picked up and everything came together so far in baby D's room. We are pretty much all set there, we want to order a rocking chair/glider and a changing table and we are done.. here are some pictures of everything.

from the ground up.
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close up of bedding.
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bedding and crib

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from the top..
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one side..
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And because he is so cute.. here is baby d's bear we built at build a bear when Chris and Julie came to see us a couple sunday's ago! He has sunglasses like daddy!

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