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 SEVEN months old

The first half of Logan’s seventh month was spent celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas and spending time with family. We hosted a holiday party at our house and had several other families over. We had a beautiful tree and decorated it, as well as our house, with lots of ornaments and decorations passed down from Chuck’s mom and dad. Jessica’s parents and grandmother flew to San Francisco on Christmas Eve and we spent Christmas day in Livermore with Jessica’s other grandparents, aunt and cousin. It was great to see everyone!! Emily and her boyfriend Rob spent the holidays in Australia, with his family.

Logan clearly didn’t understand the concept of gifts, but he did enjoy tearing off wrapping paper and putting it directly into his mouth! He received several things, mostly books about cars/trucks/machinery and a few play trucks. He is enjoying them and also very good about sharing them with his big sister.

Malina really enjoyed the holidays. She isn’t old enough to expect gifts yet, which was great, because there was no whining! She received puzzles, books, art supplies, slippers and a rain cover for her stroller (since we walk her to school, rain or shine).

And what did Chuck and I get each other for the holidays? New desk chairs! Oh yeah, we are romantic ;) But Jessica did receive a beautiful watch for her birthday a few weeks earlier!

We spent New Year’s weekend in Sonoma with another family who has 2 children close in age to Malina and Logan. It was nice to get away for a few days and relax with friends. We did everything from wine tasting to kiddie train rides to cooking s’mores over a fire to spending time in the hot tub! Malina had her first ever slumber party; she and Eliza shared a room … but at 4am they hosted a “jail break”, got each other out of their respective beds and started running around, very proud of their accomplishment!! Luckily we woke up before they strayed more than 10 feet from their bedroom door.

Logan has really taken a liking to solids, which isn’t a surprise, given his size. So far he has tasted:
butternut squash
sweet potato
avocado
banana (may be allergic)
prune
rice cereal
oat cereal
pear

We also moved some furniture around! Malina moved into her very own big girl bed!! We are only 48 hours into the transition, but she has done an amazing job so far, staying in bed the entire time, and we are very proud of her. Logan finally moved out of his co-sleeper bed and into a crib! I think he likes it because he is a big boy and he has more space.

View photos of Logan’s seventh month