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!

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

Logan is three months old

We’ve had a busy and great month! Logan is growing each and every day, literally! He is only 3 months old and already weighs 15 pounds!! The biggest benefit of his size is that he sleeps 9 hours straight each night, which is wonderful for Mom and Dad :) His daytime naps are great as well. He is also very strong … and despite his large head, he has gotten very good at tummy time ;) He continues to be an incredibly sweet little boy, who loves to be held and really only cries when he is hungry. He loves his big sister and is always watching her play and smiling at her. The only bummer is that we recently found out that Logan is allergic to dairy and soy. This means that Mom has to remove all dairy and soy from her diet, in order to keep breast-feeding him. The same was true with Malina, who got over both allergies by 14 months. We hope the same is true for him. In the meantime, Jessica is always looking for new dairy and soy free recipes.

Malina started pre-school this month! She is attending an Emilio Reggio focused program 2 days a week for a total of 8 hours. Despite never having been dropped off anywhere before, she has dealt with the transition incredibly well. There were a few tears on day 1, but she recovered quickly and hasn’t looked back. She loves school and asks to go each day. She has received rave reviews from her teachers and we are incredibly proud of her accomplishments.

This month we went to Livermore and introduce Logan to his Great Grandma Barbara and Great Grandpa Bob. It was love at first sight. We also went down to Mountain View and spent a day with Aunt Em and Rob. They have an amazing garden full of tomatoes, cucumber, squash and strawberries. They let Malina help them water and pick ripe veggies. They also let her take part in a science project testing the acidity of the soil. Last, the weather was warm enough for her to have her first experience running through the sprinkler. Emily was gracious enough to throw on her swimsuit to show her niece how it’s done :)

Our final big adventure of the month was our first weekend away since Logan came along. We spent Labor Day Weekend in a town called Felton, in the Santa Cruz mountains. We rented a bare bones cabin along a river and had a nice time, or as nice of a time as one can have with an 11 week old in tow. We hiked in the redwoods, rode a real steam engine train (Logan hated this) and checked out Santa Cruz, including the boardwalk. We also attempted to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary.

All in all, another wonderful month. We are loving being a family of FOUR!

View photos of Logan’s third month

Memorial Day Wknd 2011

We enjoyed the long weekend!! Chuck got the entire weekend off work, which is rare … and we also had great weather here in the Bay Area so we got out and about as much as possible. Saturday morning we had a year 2 photo-shoot scheduled for Malina at a local studio. Mom and Dad jumped in a few photos, but it was mostly about her. She wasn’t enamored by the photographer so I don’t have high hopes, but we shall see how they turn out. Then we took a nice walk down Union St and went out for brunch. Malina was incredibly patient and enjoyed 2 pancakes … which is a favorite right now. We spent the afternoon organizing baby boy’s clothes and Malina decided which drawers each item belonged in. On Sunday we took a great hike up past Fairfax! It was far steeper than I expected but Chuck carried everything and I survived. Malina really enjoyed riding in the pack again, so we decided to take another hike in Larkspur on Monday. We also headed south for a baby friend’s first birthday party in Foster City. Malina was the “big kid” at this party. All in all, a great weekend!

View photos of the long weekend.

Hiking At Lands End

Our little lady has been sick for the better part of the past THREE weeks. Cold, fever, cough, eye infections, ear infections, rumbly cough, sneezing, runny nose … you name it, she has experienced it! Needless, to say, we haven’t been out and about much. We did get out for a quick hike at Lands End over the weekend. The weather wasn’t ideal, but Chuck wasn’t at work, so we seized the opportunity.

View photos of our Lands End Hike.