Category Archives: jalen

Christmas Music

I haven’t blogged in the LONGEST while. Making a resolution (early) to get back with it in 2013.  🙂

I spent a lot of Christmas Day laughing at the boys. Joshua received his first present and thought that was it.  The boy refused to acknowledge or open another present for about 20 minutes. We’d give him a wrapped gift and he’d push it away and say “Noooo”, and return to playing with his ABC apple (courtesy Auntie Leyne and Uncle Claudius).  It was hilarious. Sharlene Ottley said I should have taken the other gifts and re-gifted them at birthdays (it’s a great idea – I don’t think he has any idea what he got, so I’ma look around this evening and see what I can hide – lol).

You are probably wondering where the music is in this post. It’s right here. :-). The boys like to play instruments during worship. Here is Jalen (with some help from Joshua) adding a strong calypso beat (all on his own, mind you) to Angels We Have Heard On High.


Posted by on December 26, 2012 in jalen, joshua, music


Chillin’ in Baltimore

So it was a picture perfect day in Baltimore! A little chilly, but with the sun out we thought it would be good to do something outdoors. So at around 2pm off we went to the Inner Harbor.

Upon spotting the dragon boats, Mr Jalen insisted that we must go for a ride. No problem that Joshua was not old enough to get on, ‘Daddy and I (Jalen) could go for a ride while Mommy and Joshua go for a stroll.’ There wasn’t much of an answer for that. So off went Daddy and Jalen, while Mommy and Joshua went for a stroll After that, we found the balloon man.  After twisting and turning, Jalen got a nice fish, while Joshua got a fishing rod.  Before long these both popped when Jalen decided to test them on the grass!
[since Melissa usually writes the blog posts, she is happy to let you know that this one was written by Vaughn 🙂 ]
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in jalen, joshua, outdoors


More Fun in the Sun

Another day of vacation = another day on the beach!  Why go to an island if not to spend time in the water?  The boys totally enjoyed themselves at Buccaneer again, and mommy and daddy enjoyed themselves watching the boys.  🙂  We found our pina coladas to be quite yummy, but Jalen said his fruit punch was “watery”.  Where did we find that child???  🙂

Here’s a video of Jalen – sand castle builder.  Below the video is a link for you to see the full blog post, which includes some pics of Joshua and another video of Jalen – this time as sand escape artist.

But wait – there’s more! Click here to keep reading

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Posted by on June 19, 2011 in jalen, joshua, vacation


Jalen-isms: Instruments

Those of you who have interacted with Jalen recently know that he is a fount of information – most of which he gives to himself. 🙂  Here is he (in April of this year) explaining to Uncle Dwayne why he can’t play the violin like Auntie Leyne.  We’ll have to take him to the orchestra soon, I guess, to take care of this misconception.

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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in jalen


Advanced riding skills + new babies

One of Jalen’s favorite things to do is ride his bicycle.  He’s very excited that he’s a good rider now and can’t wait until Johann comes this summer so he can ride with him.  Poor Johie is going to have to ride very slowly for Jalen to keep up with him.  🙂  Anyway, with Grampa’s help, Jalen learned how to stop his bicycle on a hill, and successfully execute a turn without stopping.  He was very excited about this and made mommy come and take a video of him.  This child is such an actor – notice how he turns his head to look at me after the stop to see if I’ve captured it.  🙂  And, see if you see the skid marks from his first attempts using the brakes on the hill.  🙂

Oh right – you want to know about the new baby.  Well, it’s not ours!!  🙂  The boys are pleased to announce that Auntie Tammy and Uncle Dwayne are expecting a little boy – Isaiah Sam – in October.  Jalen is very happy that they listened to him and are getting a little boy like him.  🙂  We’re all looking forward to meeting little Isaiah.  But first, we get to meet new Baby Lemene in August.  As soon as Dalelene tells us the boy’s name, we’ll happily stop calling him Baby Lemene.  🙂

As you can see – boys abound in this family (Sonja – two boys; Shevi – two boys; Acolea – one boy; Michaela – two boys), so Melissa has decided that her chances of having a girl are slim to none.  With odds like that – there’s no need to gamble!

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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in jalen, outdoors


Summer’s here: Watkins Park train – here we come!

As you’ve probably already figured out, trains are a very important part of Jalen’s life.  Joshua likes them too – he likes taking them off the tracks when they’re running.  🙂  Here’s our first train ride of the summer.

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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in jalen, joshua, outdoors, trains


The boys in action

My iPhone is truly near and dear to my heart.  Paul and Chris can talk about ‘Droid all they want – I don’t think it can get much easier than this.  🙂  Here are are some clips of the boys in action.  Sorry about the abrupt endings – I forgot to ‘fade to black’…

Jalen’s been into construction and trains since he was able to walk (about a year).  Here are a few of his creations (click the ‘Read More’ link at the end of this paragraph).  Most of these he very proudly built by himself, except the first train track you see with a Lego ‘tunnel’ (Grampa helped build the track; Jalen built the tunnel himself), and the ones with Vaughn in the picture – they built those together.

We took a family trip to Arundel Mills mall last August shortly before Johann went back to Trinidad and we came across this interesting, well – I don’t even know what to call it.  Mr. Adventerous Johann of course decided he wanted to give it a try.  Check it out for yourself.  Melissa and Verleyne provide commentary in the background.

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Posted by on May 17, 2011 in jalen, joshua, trains