Been so long … it’s not even funny …

Yeah … it’s been about 2 years.

My excuses?  We moved.  We settled in.  We moved back out and renovated.  Then we moved back in.  I got a new job, a way harder job. We’ve just been too busy “being” and “doing” to reflect as much as we’d like. The good news, we never stopped taking photos.  So we’re going to take a broad sweep, get some photos out there, but never “catch up”.

2013

View photos of the end of Malina’s 2nd year of preschool!

View photos of Logan turning 2!

View photos of our Father’s Day Hike!

View photos of our fun times play with blocks, our bikes, and riding trains!

View photos of us playing, hanging with friends, and petting chickens!

View photos of us traveling around Colorado! These photos are totally out of order, but include a wonderful family reunion in Montezuma, CO, a few days in Telluride, a trip to Estes National Park, and visits with friends in Denver.

2015
We spent spring break 2015 in and around Mt. Shasta – check out our adventures!

Logan is TWO!

How is my baby boy turning 2 years old already? Even though he is far too big to be a “baby”, I still enjoy my sweet cuddly moments with him when he is drinking milk before bed. 

Otherwise, he is incredibly busy! He has several 3 and 4 word sentences, most of which go something like … “I can do it”, “Loggie do it”, “I did it”, “I want it”, and “Where is Meenah?”. On occasion he will throw out a 6 word sentence, which always surprises us!

He can also carry on basic conversations. Today, as he returned to the house with Sandra, it went like this:
Mom: Hi Logan! How was your morning?
Logan: Good. Playground! Cold.
Mom: Did you have a nice time?
Logan: Yes, with trucks, vroom!
Mom: How nice. What are you doing now?
Logan: Nap. Milk. Monkey.

More than anything, I love the cute imperfect words:
Pee-pack for piggyback
Bluebies for blueberries
Structure for any type of construction site
Packpack for backpack
No-no for motorcycle (err, Mom might have had something to do with that one ;)
Hain for hand

You are very interested in how things work, especially things with wheels. You are always checking out the stroller wheels as well as shopping cart wheels. You also stop to check out every single bike locked on the sidewalk to see how the pedals turn … you go forwards and backwards, you are just mesmerized by it. You also have great ears! In our old 1927 home, you can hear the water in the pipes and you’ve started to pick up on this and ask “where the water” while you lift your little hands into the air and cock your head. We told you that it’s in the pipes in the walls, so whenever you hear the rushing water sound you look around, find a wall, put your ear up to it and say “pipes”!

I never imagined that you would be such a sweet and empathetic little boy. You care so much about the people around you; you’re always helping and giving in situations that I think would be too complex for you to understand. You just have such a big heart filled with so much love that you’re always putting your family and friends first … this usually involved a sweet treat or a coveted toy that you share instead of indulging on your own, even though you love it and want it for yourself.

Statistics:
3 feet tall!
30 pounds!
** At this exact age, Malina was 1 inch shorter and 2.5 pounds lighter.

Logan is happy and healthy … and we feel so fortunate to have him in our lives.

Pajaro Dunes Trip

 

Cuties!

Family Boardwalk Rides

Love our view

We trekked down to Pajaro Dunes (between Santa Cruz and Monterey) with several families to spend time with old friends and celebrate Eliot’s 5th birthday! There was something along the lines of 17 adults, 7 toddlers and 2 infants … so it was crazy time all the time. With different bedtimes, naps times, and eating routines, we spent the majority of our time hanging out in the house and catching up. Our place was right on the beach, so we also enjoyed the sand and water :) Unfortunately, it was too cold for most of us to swim (well, except for Bill and Eric who dove in). One of the highlights was supposed to be a train ride on a real steam engine in Felton, CA … but tEliot's 5th birthdayhere was a fire and the train was canceled. The kids were bummed but we replaced it with a trip to the famous Santa Cruz boardwalk, which was awesome for the kids! Malina has no fear, she rode every ride that her height would allow for, including the log ride and those chairs that swing around about 50 feet off the ground, as well as a real roller coaster. She couldn’t get enough!! Logan didn’t enjoy it quite as much though.

All in all, a crazy busy weekend chasing young ones around a 3 story house, but at the same time, wonderful to really catch up with great friends!

View photos of our trip to Pajaro Dunes!

Mendocino Trip and Passover

All smiles Eyeing GG

Games with Ganda Celebrating the engagement!!

Mendocino Bridge

Mendocino Crew M enjoying tide pools

More hiking Hiking

Jessica’s parents and grandma flew in for the week of Malina’s spring break, which also included Easter and Passover! We both had to work but Sandra, GG, Ganda, PaPa and the kids spent the week having fun!! We spent a lot of time eating slow meals together, reading books, coloring, taking walks, going to the playground, swimming … and even checking about Malina’s 2 favorite museums in SF (BADM and CAoS).

We all drove up to Mendocino for the long weekend and stayed at a great house on the bluff overlooking the ocean, which was beautiful!! Soon after our arrival, we learned that Aunt Emily and her boyfriend Rob got engaged! Hooray! We are so happy for them! We had a few celebratory toasts on the deck for the addition to our family. While in Mendocino we took 2 beautiful hikes, checked out the downtown, saw really cool tide pools, and explored the area around our great big rental house! Jessica also learned that turkeys can fly!
It was a great visit!!

View photos of our family weekend in Mendocino

Tahoma, Lake Tahoe: Snow, Skiing and Sledding!

Strong little sledder Family in Granlibakken

Sledding @ Squaw Family @ Squaw

Love that smile Bath

While Chuck was between jobs we spent a long weekend up in Lake Tahoe. We stayed on the west shore in the cute waterfront town of Tahoma. We got very lucky and managed to pick a weekend that Tahoe received an additional 8 inches of powder. It made for slow driving conditions, but also a beautiful landscape, good skiing, great sledding, and lots of snowmen and snow angels :)

Malina got on skies for the first time at Granlibakken Ski Resort and did a great job!! She skied down the small hill 3 times by herself. Pretty awesome!! She and Logan both enjoyed the sledding as well. Otherwise, we enjoyed spending time in our cute little cabin and taking long walks in the snow.

View photos of our snowy weekend getaway in Lake Tahoe

Grandpa Chuck’s Visit

Playing with Gpa Chuck 20130302 Grandpa Chuck 08679-Edit-1-Edit-1 Playing with Gpa Chuck AoS

Grandpa Chuck came up to San Francisco to visit the family. We packed his 5 day visit full of play-dates, a parties, two music classes, a waterfront walk, a museum visit, a nice dinner out, playgrounds and a house hunting trip in Palo Alto. Whew!! We really lucked out with great weather while he was here, although not as warm as it is in his new home state, Arizona.

View photos of Grandpa Chuck’s visit to SF

Mostly Tennessee Valley and a birthday at MyGym too

Malina Bean! Loggie Bear! Cuddles at the beach
Loving the sand Beautiful background too!

We spent a beautiful and sunny February morning north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Tennessee Valley. To our surprise the parking lot was already full at 9am and there were tons of families taking the mile trek down to the beach. The kids enjoyed the walk and all the “nature” we saw along the way. Once down near the water they played in a cold little stream with new found friends. The walk back was later than planned and several meltdowns ensued …

View photos of our hike to Tennessee Valley and a birthday party at MyGym

Pacific Northwest Trip

Kaia's playground High-school friends + babies Swimmer friend + babies Chillin in Seattle

We spent 9 days in the Pacific Northwest during the rainiest season of the year! But it was still a wonderful trip :)

We saw more friends than I had ever thought possible! We stayed with Jessica’s high school friend Lindsey, her husband Dave, and daughter Kaia for a few days. Another high school friend, Kathryn flew in with her son, James, and they also stayed with us there. So it was like a big slumber party!! We spent the days chasing the kids around the house, playgrounds and museums, and spent the evenings catching up. It was great!! We also saw family friend’s the McMath’s, along with their 4 kids and 8 grand-kids! Another highlight was going to Ann-Marie’s (another high school friend) parents’ home to see Ann-Marie’s family, which included a sweet newborn baby boy! It was like old times at her parents home, everything looked the same, but our lives had all changed so much over the years.

Then we moved downtown for a few days (thank you Dana) and stayed at a great Kimpton hotel, which was super kid friendly. While there, I managed to catch up with all of Emily’s old swimmer friends: Dana, Kelly and Hillary! Jessica had some adult time out on the town with great friend Jen, and we also met up with Jessica’s cousin Seth on Northwest 23rd for lunch. The kids enjoyed riding the trains downtown and playing along the waterfront. Our last big hurrah while in Portland was a potluck party set up by Jessica’s old sorority sisters. So much fun visiting with everyone, but definitely threw the kids off their schedule with all the socializing and events.

Next we headed up to Seattle to see two families from our Wharton days. We stayed with Amy and Z and their adorable twins Gabe and Zara for two nights and filled the days with parks, walks and playgrounds. We also met up with the Sharma family and their newest addition, little Alex.

View photos of our trip to Portland and Seattle

January Happenings

Yep!  That is Logan in a dress!!Dressing like mommy - skinnies and boots!
January went by in a flash! Lots of changes at Jessica’s job, but she is still trucking along!!

The kids kept busy with play-dates, a movement class and playing dress-up … sometimes it’s super heros, sometimes a toga party in towels and every once in a while, it’s dresses!

Jessica’s Grandma (“GG” to Malina and Logan) used to sew beautiful dresses which have been passed down. We tried one of the dresses on Malina and it fit well, so she was dancing around in it and Logan got SO MAD! He wanted a dress so badly, he wanted to be like his big sister, so we pulled another hand sewn dress out for him and he was so happy to run after his sister in a similar dress! Beautiful kiddos!

View photos of January

Happy Holidays!

Fairmont Hotel Super Heroes!MessyStory-time with GG Wine Country

We stayed local for Hanukkah and Christmas this year. After all of our travel over the previous months, it seemed like the best decision for everyone. We spent the weekends leading up to the holidays doing all the usual stuff, like seeing the lights downtown, attending holiday parties with friends, touring the Fairmont Hotel, checking out the Xmas tree in Union Square, and walking through the largest (real) gingerbread house in the country… all of which the kids only sort of enjoy. Thus far we have totally skipped the long lines and crying that typically come with sitting on Santa’s lap, and I couldn’t be happier about this decision!

Jessica’s parents and Grandma stayed with us from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day. Since Chuck and I both had a few days off work, we became tourists in our own city and saw several of the scenic sights that we haven’t toured in years. The highlights being the (ah-mazing) Point Bonita Lighthouse near Rodeo Beach, wine tasting in Sonoma County, and the old bunkers along the coast. We all (including Emily and Rob, who live on the Peninsula now) spent Christmas Day in Livermore with Jessica’s other grandparents. It was an eventful afternoon and evening filled with good food and lots of laughs. New Years Eve ended up being nice and mellow, as we spent the evening in — something we haven’t done in years.

As a side note, you are going to start seeing Logan in more dresses and skirts. That has nothing to do with living in San Francisco, but everything to do with Logan’s LOVE for his big sister Malina. He wants to do EVERYTHING that she does. EVERYTHING! And in this household, we aren’t concerned about his current obsession with tutus having any impact on his future self!

View photos of Christmas 2012
View photos of Hanukkah 2012