Thanksgiving 2012 – Florida and Alabama!

We decided to visit both sides of the family this Thanksgiving! First we flew to Jacksonville to see Grandpa Chuck as well as Great Uncle Larry and Great Aunt Alice for several days. It was a long day of travel, with 2 flights and 2+ hours of driving, which meant 8am PST to 2am EST from door to door. The kids did really well, considering, but they were so tired when we arrived in Flagler Beach. We went to the beach and toured the historic town of St. Augustine. We also took walks around their Larry and Alice’s neighborhood, visited local playgrounds and had breakfast at a great brunch spot. We celebrated an early Thanksgiving on Wednesday and enjoyed Alice’s amazing food. Malina enjoyed making a special apple cake with Aunt Alice. All in all, it was a great visit! Continue reading

Birmingham in June

Malina’s nanny took a week of vacation in mid June, which meant we had to take a week of vacation as well :) We flew to Jessica’s parents place in Birmingham, AL and spent the week exploring while avoiding the intense heat. We took Malina into her first cave (a lovely 68 degrees), we went swimming, and we went to a friends Lake House. Grandma Robin and Grandpa Ken both still work full time, but they enjoyed spending time with Malina in the mornings and evenings.

Grandpa Chuck and Grandma Lisa, who are back to work as well, drove up from Florida for a few days!! Malina was thrilled to see them and giggled at each of Grandpa Chuck’s silly faces. They played with her 2 days straight and helped out at mealtime! They brought her an adorable little backpack with feet (see photos) that she loves to fill it with her toys for now.

Malina enjoyed having all 4 loving grandparents around, so she decided to take her first steps in their presence! Mom and Dad missed the milestone, but we believe them that it happened ;) It was also fun to have our families together for a few days. Who would have ever thought that everyone would end up in the South?!?!

View photos of our trip to Birmingham, AL.

Malina is 7 months old!


Another exciting month for Malina! Jessica had two friends visit. First Jen, who served as Jessica’s “baby sherpa” since she hurt her back and was unable to carry Malina. Then Abby flew out with her son Beckett … it was fun to have a toddler in the house and show us everything we need to babyproof before Malina starts to walk!

Then we flew to Jacksonville Beach, Florida to spend an early Thanksgiving with Grandpa Chuck, Grandma Lisa, Uncle Brad and Aunt Jeanna. We also had a quick visit with Great Uncle Larry and Great Aunt Alice!! Next we headed to Birmingham, AL for a second Thanksgiving with Grandma Robin and Grandpa Ken. In Birmingham we took Malina swimming for the first time and she loved it!

While away, Malina’s first tooth came in. There was a bit more drool but no major personality change! Once back in town, we started getting ready for the holidays. First came Hanukkah so we set up our menorah. Then we picked out our Christmas tree and decorated it along with the house. Malina definitely noticed that the tree was new and that it took the place of her baby swing. We also threw a holiday party for Malina’s friends and their parents. A great time was had by all :)

View photos of Malina’s seventh month.