Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas Rocks!

Finally... a (wee) Smile for Santa! I guess if Cat thinks the big-guy is okay, he must be okay.

Wait, what was my title for this post... oh yeah... Christmas ROCKS! I think I can really get used to non-stop festivities, family and friends all around and presents! There has been so much happening to help me celebrate my very best Christmas yet! Last week, we enjoyed another fun pizza dinner with Caden and Co., where we showed off our Christmas tree and had a lovely evening together. On Thursday, we had the lab Christmas Party. Santa showed up there for a little bit and gave me a candy cane. He still seemed a little scary to me. On the other hand, there were lots of fun people to play with and some singing, which I loved... especially the drinking song... yay Milk!
Saturday early morning, we headed to Fresno to spend time with Grandma Terri, Grandpa Tom and Uncle Ry. Uncle Ry hung out with me that evening while Mom, Dad, Grandpa and Grandma went to our friends' Becky and KC's wedding. They said it was beautiful! Uncle Ry and I had a blast. We ate, I had a messy diaper (oops!), and played lots. It was so much fun, that I didn't want to go to sleep until WAY after my bed time (this became a theme for the weekend). Oh, in addition to staying up late, I now have both my upper laterals... bringing my toothy total up to eight!

Sunday, was a busy busy day. We headed to Tulare to visit with my Great-Grandparents and to see Kaylee, and Cousin's Ann and Jason before they headed down to LA. Kaylee was a blast, we had a great time opening her Christmas Gifts and playing with the tissue paper. She kindly shared some of her toys and we had a great time together.
After returning from Great-Grandpa and Great-Grandma's house... I decided to hold off as long as possible on my nap. I manged to finally fall asleep just before we were due at the Mochizuki's house. Everyone but Dad and I went ahead and enjoyed the Moch's company while I slept a little longer. I joined them later for an hour of fun in their beautiful new living room and awesome huge ottoman. We went directly from the Moch's to Auntie Donna, Uncle John, and Jenna's house for some Christmas Eve Cheer. Auntie Donna and Co. spoils me so much! For Christmas, she got me a beautiful rocking horse. It's huge (well, to me) and soft and lots of fun! It will definitely be keeping me busy.

So in addition to trying really hard to be my friend, guess what else Santa does... he visits your house and leaves toys! What a guy... it makes me feel bad about being so anxious around him. I got all sorts of great clothes, toys and help with my college fund this year. I love the first two, and will certainly greatly appreciate the latter as I get older. Christmas morning, I slept in a little bit, but certainly won't make that mistake again. There were so many great things to play with including an Arc with all sorts of animals, a new car, tons of great toys that make all sorts of noises and have all sorts of great colors and beautiful books. In addition to the fun toys I received, I got to play with some nice spoons and spatulas that Dad and Uncle Ry got in their stockings, as well as all of the beautiful wrapping paper and boxes!

For breakfast we enjoyed the family's traditional Norwegian Pancakes with baked apples (mmmm, so good, I ate one myself!).
It was a nice morning of hanging out at the grandfolks' house, playing with my toys, getting dressed in my new cloths and most fun of all, talking with Grandma and Grandpa Steves and Auntie Tami and Uncle Eddie on the new webcam. It was fun to see them Christmas morning, though I'll have to get used to the whole system to make it a little more fun.

After a little more prep, we headed back to Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa's house in Tulare to continue the Christmas fun... which meant more presents, more paper, playing with Cousin Age's phone, sitting on Great-Grandma's lap and playing horsey with Great-Grandpa.

I got to play dance-dance revolution and watch all of my aunties and cousins play too. Frankly, nobody with the exception of Cousin Brittany was too good, though I think everyone had lots of fun! We had clams and mussels for lunch (mom was in heaven!) and tamales that everyone chipped in to make for dinner. I ate almost a whole chicken tamale all by myself... very tasty. We headed back home just in time for a reasonable bed time for me, and man was I tuckered out!

We took Tuesday a little easier... The morning was saved for breakfast with Mommy's friends Jeff and Diane, Becky and KC and Susan and Nolan! Nolan was great at helping keep me entertained... though I was getting so much attention, I stayed very happy during their leisurely brunch. I also got good news that a new playmate is on the way! I can't wait to meet baby Haddock this summer!
We spent the afternoon relaxing and playing at the Grandfolks' house and with all of my new toys. I LOVE sitting inside of the ark, it's a little like being in a box, which is also possibly the coolest thing ever.
We headed home Wednesday morning... a pretty easy ride this time around. We made a stop at Auntie Gigi and Uncle Dudley's house so we could visit a little bit and I could crawl around and stretch my legs. When we finally got home, the power was out. We tried to dally a little bit by going to East-West to eat and get some groceries, but I still had to get my bath in the dark. Of course the lights came back on as soon as I went to bed. Figures. It was a nice quiet evening though.

Well, MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone. My folks, my pup and I wish all of you lots of love and happiness in this new year.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Jingle Bells!

We have had such fun. The tree is decorated with presents underneath (I even got to open one early) and lots of time spent celebrating with friends.

Actually, I've had a cold all week... lots of coughing, though at least I no longer have a feavor and am sleeping much better. Now Dad is coughing lots as well. Hopefully Mom will escape. Although we got to see lots of friends before everyone splits for the holidays, the family has otherwise been laying pretty low this weekend. Friday, we had our friends Randall, David, James, Suzanne and Keith over for dinner on Friday. Nothing like spending time with friends to remember the spirit of the season.
Saturday Mom and I went to Caden, Cascade and Matt's house where James, Randall and David also came over for a play date and kids Christmas celebration. Cascade made these cool stockings and had fun art projects set-up... In addition to playing with Caden and James, I got to make a cool handprint ornament.
Sunday, I just hung out with Daddy and took some great naps while Mom took Scooter to Gauge's house for a doggy play date.

After dinner, my folks let me open up an ornament they got me so I could put it on the tree... I could get used to opening presents, it's lots of fun.

Owen invents his own walker.

Owen can't wait for Santa to bring him some toys so he's gone ahead and created a few make-shift ones on his own. For example, we keep some of our Christmas decorations in an large tin can (formerly full of flavored popcorn). Anyway, Owen saw the empty can in the kitchen and started to use the can as a walker. Other favorite new toys include the empty wrapping paper tubes and a large cardboard box.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I think I'm ready for my own Bodega Marine Lab cap.... on the smallest setting, it fits!

This past Tuesday, our usual and much anticipated pizza dinner with Davis, Randall and James was augmented by Keith and Suzanne joining us! James seemed like he was having a nice time and showed off with a few smiles and kicks. Keith was so silly and made me laugh by trying to eat my toes. Goofy guy, doesn't he know that toes are only for my own eating?
On Friday we had a fantastic dinner with Mommy's lab at Suzanne and Keith's house. I love going over there 'cause their dog Gauge is so crazy that he just makes me laugh (Something about that family...)! We had a great time visiting with everyone... my first Christmas Party... Jay came out and everyone from Bodega was able to be there. Plus there were "lots " (= 3) kids there!
In spite of the picture... Caden and I were having a nice time. He was being super nice and sharing his toys with me ... my folks failed to bring entertainment... thank goodness for Caden. Saturday, Mom and Dad finished up their Christmas shopping and I tagged along. I have a small cold, which means my nose is running and I just can't sleep too well. It's a bummer, Saturday night was rough. I was in a good mood on Sunday, so as soon as the rain cleared up, we all headed to Sebastopol to pick out a tree for my first Christmas. It was pretty exciting. Dad chopped it down and when we got home, they decorated it and it's looking pretty cool.... lots of shiny ornaments and lights... I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Just can't get enough Dim Sum

This weekend went by quickly. Friday, after Mom and I stopped at Wildflour for some yummy bread, we went to meet up with Dad and a bunch of other folks at Gourmet au Bay to drink some wine (well, my folks did, I just basked in the attention and love folks showered on me). Saturday, while Dad was fishing, Mom, Suzanne, Keith and I went to the Luther Burbank open house in Santa Rosa. We hadn't really spent a lot of time with Suz and Keith in a while, so it was an especially nice way to spent the afternoon. When we got home we all enjoyed the fish that Daddy caught and steamed... it was great.

Sunday we went into San Francisco again... this time to meet up with Grandma Terri, Grandpa Tom, Great-Auntie Gigi, G'Uncle Dudley, Cousins Jason, Ann and Kaylee, G'Uncle Steve and G'Auntie Jun. Quite the crowd for Dim Sum which we enjoyed at Ton Kaing.
It was super nice to hang out with everyone, but Kaylee and I particularly had a good time. She shared her shoes and secret walking tips, while I showed her how much dim sum I could eat in one sitting.

After we parted ways Mommy, Daddy and I hung with Grandma and Grandpa for a little bit in Union Square to admire the Christmas Decorations. Then we went to Beard Papas for some cream puffs and to do a little shopping around town before heading home. I was bushed and slept the whole way (including a grocery stop) home.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Thanksgiving Giggles

My dad is the craziest. I can't explain it, but sometimes I can't help but laugh when I see him.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Well, it's been a big week as I enter my first Holiday season... I got to spend a few evenings with James' family, including his grandfolk. In fact, they helped Mom and Dad kick off crab season with a feast of Chili crab. On Wednesday Daddy went crabing with his friend Lief and Lief's dad...They each brought home 10 crabs... so we were set to feast on Thanksgiving! Afterwards, we headed to Fresno to hang with Grandma Terri and Grandpa Tom. The drive went smoothly. Thursday was my first Thanksgiving... and it was fantastic. We went to Great-Grandma Mary and Great-Grandpa Jerry's house for a feast with the lots of my aunties, uncles and cousins. I enjoyed the turkey the most, but also thought mom's first attempt at Randall's corn stuff was good as well as some of that pumpkin pie Daddy shared with me.

Our next big meal of the day was the crab and some langoustinos that Uncle Geary brought. I didn't partake in the shellfish just yet, but managed to eat plenty of the left-overs. It was so fun to see my Great-Grandparents, my Auntie Geralyne, Uncle Mark and Cousins Adrianne, Erin, Toni and Mike as well as my Great Uncles Steve, Andy and Geary. I even got to spend a little bit of time with Great Auntie Jun, Eric and Sarah. It was lots of fun, and I got tons of attention and food mmm...

Friday, we started a new family tradition in honor of my Great-Grandma Jean. She used to send the Norwegian cookie, Krumkake, around the holidays. We got a recipe from her sister, my Great-great Aunt Harriet and Grandma found an iron so Mom, Uncle Ry and Grandpa set to making them Friday morning. They tasted pretty authentic and tasty to me! It was my first cookie, may as well make it a good one! Afterwards, Grandma and Mommy faced black Friday at the mall, they said it wasn't too bad, no lines in the stores they went into.

Saturday, was a rough start... I visited Santa... now this should have been a fairly exciting time for me, but I was a little tired and barely stopped crying long enough for them to snap a picture, and really couldn't tell Santa what a good boy I had been all year. Mom ran into Ky and his wife, a friend from college who lives in LV... who would have figured on running into them in Fresno? Afterwards, I took a quick nap, Mom went to Becky's wedding shower, and Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa and I went to play at the park. I had a great time on the swings and the slides. Later that evening I got to enjoy Tapas with everyone... my favorite was some yam empanadas and some coconut lime pork. Grandma and Grandpa babysat while Mom and Dad went to see Casino Royale. I only gave them a little bit of a hard time, but they fed me lots and lots, so eventually I settled down for a good sleep.

Headed home (with Scooter:) today... it was a long drive, but I slept most of the way. As a progress report... I got two more teeth this weekend. A new top tooth and a bottom lateral. Grandpa gave me a quick check-up... he put on his funny glasses that make his eyes huge... the picture below shows what he saw. I am getting better at eating with a spoon, especially if Mommy puts the food in the spoon for me. The shovel motion to the mouth is now accompanied by a big Yum! and a proud grin. I also can play a little catch. I'm really good at throwing and only sort-of get the idea of catching, but I try and do really well with a little bit of help.