Dolores Park

SF Parks and Rec recently renovated Dolores Park in the Mission. We had been hearing all sorts of great things about the new space and finally decided to check it out. The kids both loved the new play area! What is not to love? It is huge and has all sorts of new interactive things to do. Logan enjoyed the rope climb the most, while Malina loved a slide geared for 12 year old … this girl has no fear!

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Wharton Family Reunion in Kauai – 2012

We spent a fun filled week in Kauai with great friends!! A total of four couples and five children made the trip (from SF, Dallas, Seattle and NYC) and we all stayed in one big house in Poipu Beach. It had been a few years since we’d all seen each other, and we planned this trip around Amy’s 40th birthday party. It also happened to fall on our 7-year wedding anniversary, which was a bonus. It was wonderful, wild, chaotic, exhausting and tons of fun all at the same time. It was great staying together because during naps and after the kids all went to bed, we were able to hang out together and catch up over dinner and drinks. We took turns cooking and even splurged on a private chef one night. We took a few day trips around the island; the highlights were Waimea Canyon and Kauai’s north shore. Otherwise, we spent most of our time at a kiddie beach that was shallow, calm and full of sea-life!

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Wrapping up the summer (omg – time flies!)

We packed a lot of fun into the final few weeks of summer vacation. From a weekend up at Pine Mountain Lake to play-dates to museums to picnics to birthday parties to wine tasting to karate classes and more! All the while chasing around two very active young ones. Having Logan on the go has added a whole new element to outings. He has no fear of falling or leaving Mom/Dad’s side or climbing on anything and everything. He is a very confident mover who loves his new found freedom!! It is so fun to watch him explore on his own and see the smile on his face when he does something new on his own!

Things Logan is doing:
> saying “thank you” when we give him things
> climbing on stools
> giving kisses
> asking for more (usually sounds like moh moh, moh moh)
> wanting to eat anything that anyone else is eating
> slamming our cabinets together, trying to break the baby-locks
> pulling his sister’s hair
> hating diaper changes
> drinking from his own sippy cup
> trying to eat with a fork (an adult fork, he will have it no other way)

Things Malina is doing:
> being incredibly understanding when Logan pulls her hair
> speaking a bit of Spanish, mostly “hola” and “por favor” for now
> getting ready for her second year of preschool
> going to the bottom of the pool for rings
> playing hop-scotch
> weaning monkey as her milk has dried up
> ‘reading’ to her monkey baby
> getting very good at hide and go seek

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View photos of mostly Logan
View photos of miscellaneous events from June and July
View photos of Quinn’s birthday, around town, and Rams Gate