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!

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

Logan is ONE YEAR OLD … Bye bye baby, and hello toddler!

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:
Mama
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

Logan is 9 months old!

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:
Cauliflower
Wheat Germ
Kamut
Peach
Spinach
Lentils
Greens

View photos of Logan’s ninth month