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 11 months old

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

Mountain View

Jessica’s sister, Emily, moved down to Mountain View for a job. Although it’s only 45 minutes south of San Francisco, it took us a few months to get down there and check out her new hood. We picked an incredibly hot day for the journey, but we still had a good time checking out the local farmers market, wandering through downtown and ending up at a shady grassy park :)

View photos of us in Mountain View