Corbalfamily and the All Corbal Family Band Presents:

we’ll get to the song in a second, but first:

a post from rick, finally!

i wanted to tell you what is new with me. and i will also share some more Parker Jane later, but this first.

two saturdays ago i began a training program to become a Waldorf Teacher. i am excited for the possibilities i see this program revealing to me, and while i have only attended two classes so far, my connection to the material already feels very real. also, during one of my lessons i glanced out a window and noticed a circle of second year students throwing an imaginary ball around, and they were in to it. so that was awesome too. more later. *for those not familiar with Waldorf Education, you can click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldorf_education for a small but accurate overview of information.

Parker Jane is blowing my mind. it’s hard to know what to mention because there is so much, so often. she can be so bright, and so day-dreamy at the same time. Parker Jane laughs more than she cries, and will devour a mountain of books in the blink of an eye. she is no longer the big eater that many of you remember her as; her appetite isn’t poor, she’s just to busy to eat. Parker Jane is a little girl now, a very happy little girl. she amazing, but i’m her daddy, so i’m biased. but still right.


i bought this shirt for Parker Jane.

Erin is lovely, and amazing as well, and she completes the little family that is Corbal.

speaking of Corbal-
as promised, Corbalfamily and the All Corbal Family Band Presents:
pitseleh (you are)

(turn up volume – press the arrow to start the song – rock out!)

*unless i am mistaken, pitseleh means “little one” in Yiddish.

Corbalfamily and the All Corbal Family Band
rick corbal: vocal, guitar
erin corbal: recorder, is there anything else?
parker jane corbal: ballshoeshoeshooooohatAnnie hatJude idothatidoitdoit doitdooeywha whowwowdaddydaddydaddy napdaddylalu
jude corbal: washtub bass, suspicious looks
annie corbal: cello, shedding

have a lovely tuesday.

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Written by Rick on September 15, 2008.

Categories: Annie, Erin, General, Jude, Parker Jane, Rick.

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the summer post

Today is my fourth day of being laid-up with a sickness that I learned today to be bronchitis, so, I write.

I slept, whined and moaned my way through the week until last night, when I felt well enough to go to a friend’s wedding. And I actually felt a LOT better, especially after chasing my cold medicine with wine and dancing for hours on end. Apparently that was the eye of the storm of my sickness and I awoke with no voice and flaming glands this morning. I need to get well enough to work next week, so I headed for urgent care this morning, armed with a days worth of reading material. I was pleased to wait less than an hour to see a super-friendly doctor who sent me on my way with amoxicillin and the promise that I’ll feel much better tomorrow. I sure hope super-friendly doctor is right. Since I work outside, I almost never get sick. But when I do, I’m always so miserably incapacitated and unprepared. It’s days like these I realize that I take my day-to-day well being for granted, and, how incredibly fortunate I am to have health insurance.

And now my bout with bronchitis has been forever immortalized in our almost quarterly updated blog, how pathetic! On to the big update….

June brought the wedding of Kristen – Rick’s sister – and her now-husband Chris Giangregorio. It was a fantastic weekend of wonderful family and friends, culminating in a very exciting day. Rick was a groomsman and I was the matron of honor. It was a true honor to stand next to Kristen that day – I am blessed to have her in my life as a sister and one of my very best friends.

Parker Jane was a flower girl alongside her cousin Mya.


post wedding cracker time

We had decided that the girls would be carried down the aisle and it turned out to be a good call – as Rick was walking PJ in, she was busily tossing petals from her basket, but when she looked up to see all eyes on her, she froze with a single petal in her hand, expressionless, for the rest of the procession.

Parker Jane’s little cousin Amanda had her first birthday party in July. It was fun to watch as PJ got caught up in the excitement with the other toddlers. For the most part she hangs back in a group of kids and is amused by just by watching them. She’s particularly interested in older boys – she’ll just stare at them in awe. Amanda wasn’t too keen on her birthday cake and poked at it a few times. Apparently, this sign is a green light for other toddlers to move in on the cake. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Parker Jane lick her lips and saunter up to where Amanda was sitting… I was able to intercept before the coup.

The absolute highlight of the summer was our four weeks spent at Corbal’s Casa Serena in July and August. Earlier this year, Rick and I had kicked around the idea of taking an extended period of time off to unplug and unwind in the mountains. We had spent two very busy weeks at the cabin last August when Parker Jane was just 6 months old (!) and wanted to try to do it again this year… just for a little bit longer. So, we made it happen, and it turned out to be such an invaluable time.

Over the last few years, the family had undertaken the project of updating the cabin’s 1981 interior. Last year we changed out curtains and installed some ceiling fans. This year though, with such a significant amount of time on our hands, Rick and I felt that it was only right that we make a significant contribution to the effort. Our project: paint the inside of the house. This was not daunting to someone (me) who hasn’t painted a wall – much less a two story house – in many years. It took only one full day – I mean dawn till dusk – of painting for us to realize that we’d never finish the whole house in the limited time we had without company. So we set our goal for at least finishing the downstairs, and we did it! We probably could have gotten a good part of the upstairs done as well if we hadn’t decided to paint all the ceilings as well. Yes, we (Rick) painted the ceilings too. We were crazed and covered in paint specks for five days, but we finished it, and it looks fabulous, and in retrospect, we had fun doing it. This and the several other home improvement projects we completed made us feel confident that whenever we’re able to buy our first house – which will most certainly be a junker – we’ll be able to do a lot of the work ourselves, just as we would like it.

We had planned for family and some friends to come and visit during our stay, and rightly so, the majority of our four weeks were spent with company coming and going. While we were initially conflicted by not having as much “alone time” as we had originally imagined, the time we spent with our loved ones was priceless – we shared unique experiences with each group or individual that allowed time for us to connect and truly enjoy each other’s company. As it turns out, we spent most of the eight days we did have alone together working on the house, which was an equally valuable experience. We made a point to get out in the evenings and stretch our legs, and of course Parker Jane provided non-stop entertainment so that made it all the better. It is refreshing to live – even briefly – in a state where time doesn’t matter. Time was everything and nothing to us for four weeks. Absolutely reinvigorating. I highly recommend it!

We would have stayed longer had we not had tickets to see Radiohead at the Hollywood Bowl in late August. This band continues to blow my mind, and the show was accompanied by an especially fascinating “light show” – a term which does the phenomenon itself no service whatsoever. It was a great show despite the snoozer LA crowd, and the surprise cover of Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why” was as delicate as lace.

Parker Jane is now 18 months old, and such a significant age requires the customary trip to the doctor for a check-up. Since the beginning of her life, PJ has seen two different doctors at these benchmarks; one her pediatrician, and the other her cardiologist. We learned at her recent cardiologist visit that it would be the last one. Her doctor feels that the slight murmur that remained after the surgery is normal and insignificant compared to what it used to be. Needless to say, this is very good news, and I feel like we can finally close the door on that scary chapter of our lives.


this picture was taken five days ago, and that is a disco ball in a birdcage behind Parker Jane

The bad news is that she’s developed a fear of doctor’s offices and screams bloody murder before we even get to the examination room. I’ve learned from our last visit NOT to tell her that she won’t be hurt if there are vaccinations to be given. The way she looked at me after… Anyway, all is well with her – she’s still on the small size for her age – 22lbs, 31inches. From what I can tell she’s growing up as opposed to out – that belly isn’t quite as rotund, and her arms and legs are getting so long. Baby features are giving way to little girl looks. Her hair has a lot to do with it. When we were in the mountains, her hair was getting in her eyes and bothering her so I cut some quick bangs. They really suit her and make her look so grown up… sassy even.


pre bangs

Somewhere between last week and this week Parker Jane started putting together two and three word sentences. I’m constantly impressed by her growing vocabulary, sharp memory (very, very sharp!), and unmistakable self confidence. She has chosen her blankie – a soft nubby green blanket with satin backing. I’m now on the hunt for a replacement should something ever happen to the original. She loves it, like her favorite stuffed animals, fiercely. And, as always, she’s crazy about Shara (Shay-da!)


bangs (with Shara, with bangs)

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Written by Erin on September 8, 2008.

Categories: Erin, Family, Friends, General, Parker Jane, Rick.

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Lots of Photos!

Hey all-
We sincerely do apologize for the HUGE delay in getting new info and photos up on the site. However, we just uploaded to our Flickr account over 100 juicy new photos of the family from the last 3 months. We’ll get to an actual post with actual information later this week… we promise!

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Written by Erin on September 2, 2008.

Categories: General.

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