View photos of our family weekend in Santa Cruz to celebrate Malina’s birthday and Mother’s Day.
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”.
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 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.
We spent spring break 2015 in and around Mt. Shasta – check out our adventures!
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 there 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!
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
This pretty much sums up our awesome family weekend in Lake Tahoe!
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
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
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!
October was spent enjoying the amazing weather San Francisco always has to offer this time of year! We took a long hike with friends and enjoyed Fentons famous ice-cream afterwards. We visited our favorite pumpkin patch up in Petaluma and had a great time, despite the heat. We routed for the Giants during the World Series. We painted, yes painted, the pumpkins we purchased this year … and of course we went trick-or-treating on Halloween (despite the rain).
When work is light for Chuck, we make the most of it. On a recent Saturday we went to the Academy of Sciences for several hours with friends, played in Golden Gate Park and went out to dinner. A wonderful day!
View photos of the kids at Academy of Sciences, GG Park and dinner
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
Along with two other families, we trekked up to Geyserville (part of the greater Napa area) for a day at the Francis Ford Coppola pool! In many ways, it was very kid friendly: a huge pool, a great food menu, and best of all … cabeens for napping toddlers and wine for the adults!
View photos of our daytrip to the pool
I have known Jen since we were 14 and she has always been an amazing friend. As she does at least once a year, she made her annual trek down to SF to hang out with us! Now that Leigh Ann has become a local, she was able to hang out as well. We had a wonderful weekend and even managed to get away for a Lobster feed up in Sterling.
View photos of Jen’s visit to SF
As part of a preschool fundraiser, Chuck and I attend a silent auction event. We bid for, and won, a boat ride on the Bay for ourselves and 8 friends. We ended up selecting a beautiful day and enjoying a wonderful morning with friends.
View photos of our boat ride on the Bay
We spent the 4th of July holiday week in Sequoia National Park! It was a last minute decision so our only lodging option was in a town called Squaw Valley, about 30 minutes outside of the park, which made for a lot of driving each day. The kids did a great job with all the car time (iPad saved us) and the super hot weather (upper 90’s). Malina and Logan both enjoyed all the beautiful scenery; from the huge trees to the clear streams and frothy waterfalls. Malina did a great job hiking, she has strong legs and amazing endurance. Logan would have loved to walk, but he spent most of his time in the backpack, and was a good sport about it. The highlights were probably a warm swim in Hume Lake and seeing General Sherman, the biggest tree in the WORLD (36 feet in diameter)!
View photos of our trip to Sequoia National Park
I truly can’t believe it’s been a year. In many ways, it feels like he has been part of our family forever, but in other ways it feels like he was just a tiny 6-pound baby yesterday! Logan truly is the sweetest little boy we could have ever imagined. He rounds out our family perfectly; our handsome, sweet, loving, curious, patient, and perpetually happy son.
I think the greatest thing about having 2 children is to see the bond that has formed between them. Without a doubt, Logan knows that Malina is the most important and special person in his life. He follows her around constantly! Everything she does makes him laugh and he often tries to mimic her actions. Malina loves Logan so much and is always helping out (with everything from bottles to diaper changes) and she is always looking out for him. If someone is holding him and he starts to cry, she will say “Mommy, get him, he doesn’t like that person!”. She also tries to teach him everything she knows, and we have to remind her that he is still a baby and can’t do most of those things yet. One of the cutest things Malina has been doing is treating her monkey like her baby, so when I nurse Logan, she nurses monkey, when I put Logan to bed, she puts monkey to bed, and when I complain that Logan bit me or accidently head butt me, she will complain of monkey doing something similar (and even show me her boo boo). It’s been pretty funny to see this evolve and it’s something she came up with all on her own.
As usual, Logan has been busy! He has become a very fast crawler and if he sees something he wants, like a fridge door open or a potty with the lid up, he will put his head down and fast crawl to his destination with the hopes of getting there before the door has shut or the lid has gone down. If he is too late, he shrieks a loud protest, and then moves on to something else. He has also become very good at pulling to standing and cruising along the walls, furniture and people’s legs. He even lets go and stands up on his own for several seconds… and then he starts to clap for himself (because he is so proud) which usually causes him to fall down. We don’t have stairs at home, but anytime we go somewhere with stairs, he goes into climbing mode and doesn’t seem to tire when it comes to climbing up them.
Logan has also done a great job on the food front… he literally eats anything I set in front on him, from raw leaves of spinach to beets to salmon, he gobbles it all down. The only thing he doesn’t seem to really like is sweet stuff, like the sweeter fruits. We also started his “dairy challenge” a few weeks ago and so far so good! Logan loves it, his body seems to digest it now, and Mom is really enjoying her lattes again. Ahhhh!! No more dairy allergy! As we ramp up the dairy, we are phasing out the breastmilk. While I will NOT miss pumping, I will miss all the cuddling… so we are taking it slow because I know Logan enjoys it too. Next up, a soy challenge in July.
Logan has been working on his vocabulary! So far he says:
Dada (very loud)
Uh oh (as you intentionally drop peas off the side of your high chair)
Stuck (when your toy walker get close to a wall and you can’t turn it)
Bye bye and waving while doing it
Nya nya for Sandra
And the most adorable thing you just started is blowing kisses out of your cute little chubby hand
For Logan’s first birthday party, we had a small family celebration with Mom, Dad, Sister, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt and Great Grandma. We sang to him, gave him his first taste of sugar, and let him try to open his own gifts. I think he had a great time! As I expected though, Logan was not into his birthday cake, he just stared at it, then knocked it off his tray, and then picked at it a tiny bit. I am okay with him not having a sweet tooth. The next morning we packed up and spent a week in Lake Tahoe (sans Chuck). The trip was wonderful! We stayed in a nice home very close to the lake, took a few hikes, and just enjoyed being close to nature.
Logan’s well baby statistics:
Height = 30.5 inches (80th %)
Weight = 24 pounds and 13 ounces (88th %)
Head circ = 49 cm (99th %)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET LOGAN!
View photos of Logan’s twelfth month
This month was actually rather low-key! We had a visit from an old MBA school friend, Susanne, who currently lives in Dallas. It was wonderful to see her and catch up. As a bonus, she was great with Malina and Logan and became very popular as everyone was vying for her time. Malina apparently thought that Susanne sounded like Little Lamb, so Malina nick-named her Mary Had a Little Lamb … and the name stuck!
We also spent a weekend hanging out with Aunt Emily and Rob down in Mountain View. While there, Logan decided it was time to start walking while holding onto furniture. A very fun and exciting milestone, but also a bit tough when you’re in not somewhere that is baby-proofed. That said, Logan loves the new found freedom and switches back and forth between the fast crawl and the slow walking with support. Malina loved the visit and enjoyed playing in their yard and garden!
As Logan has become a bit more mobile, it has been really fun to watch him play with/follow/try to copy Malina as she moves from room to room playing. Sometimes he will plop down in the middle of a room and just watch her with great excitement. He lets out loud shrieks of joy when she does something funny or something that involves him. He is constantly amazed by her and we can tell that he already looks up to her.
When Logan sees an opportunity to crawl off, he always heads for a toilet, a pipe or an electrical outlet. His favorite pastimes are swishing around toilet water and pulling Malian’s nightlight out of the socket. I am not sure what to make of this. Our biggest challenge with him being so mobile is that he won’t stay still for a second, so diaper changes and outfit changes are a real fight and involve lots of crying and pinning him down. Hopefully this phase passes quickly!
Otherwise, our month was filled with family time, visiting friends and Malina’s 3rd birthday (which has it’s own blog post).
View photos of Logan’s eleventh month
The past month was full of visitors and trips!
Aunt Jeanna came up from Arizona to spend some quality time with our family. Malina and Jeanna re-bonded very quickly and had lots of fun playing and reading together. This was Logan’s first time meeting Jeanna, and he warmed up to her very quickly. The highlights of Jeanna’s visit were: a trip to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, a visit to the Academy of Sciences, goofing off in the playroom, going to the playground, and dinner out at a great pizza joint!
We hosted a dinner party with several friends and their children. Malina enjoyed playing with her friends and staying up way past her bedtime! It was also a chance for Mom and Dad to catch up with dear friends that we don’t see often enough.
The stars aligned one weekend when it was snowing in Tahoe and Chuck didn’t have to be in the office working … so we zipped up to Tahoe and stayed at our cousin’s beautiful home in Incline Village (thank you Suzie)! We took the kids sledding, and Malina loved it! Not a surprise, but she was a total dare devil and demanded to sled alone, even went over jumps. It was a very relaxing weekend; we mostly played in the snow, hung out at Northstar’s village, and enjoyed the lake.
Otherwise, Malina has been keeping busy with pre-school, swim lessons and “dramatic play”.
Logan went in for his 9 month appt and he crushed it! He is one big dude:
Height: 29 inches
Weight: 24 pounds
Head circ: 48.4cm
Logan is rolling over and pulling up to standing, but our pediatrician isn’t confident that Logan will crawl because he’s so big. He cut 2 more teeth and he’s clapping a lot, with a huge grin on his face; it’s pretty cute. He still isn’t sleeping through the night, which is challenging, but we hope that we’re getting closer. All in all, he’s such a happy and easy baby that we can’t complain. Logan loves to eat, and he pretty much devours anything we put in front of him. New foods this month were:
View photos of Logan’s ninth month
This blog is mostly about our children, but we have lives too. Most of our time is spent working or getting out as a family of four … but every so often we give each other a weekend day off. On St. Patrick’s Day Jessica headed up to Sonoma with a very random group of friends for a day filled with relaxation and wine tasting.