Sunday, March 25, 2007

Moving Forward

Workin' in the field with Mommy.

We've had a relatively quiet week. Spent Thursday evening with Cascade and Caden who joined us for dinner, and we got to see them again at Wildflour Bread on Friday. Caden and I played with the register and had a nice walk in the garden. This is a picture with my friend Suzanne (actually, this is from today... we go there a lot), moments before I burst into tears 'cause I had a short nap and lots of running around. Typically though, Suzanne is one of my best pals.... she gives me bread, gives me backstage tours of the bakery, and lets me help ring customers up. Saturday, Dad and I helped Mom collect crabs from Bodega Harbor. I had lots of fun, and caught one or two shore crabs all by myself, and even held them a while before setting them free.
Afterwards, we headed out to Sebastopol to run some errands and meet up with Cas. and Caden at the park near their house. We had fun playing on the swings and enjoying the nice day.
Sunday, Dad went fishing so Mom and I went into Santa Rosa to make our periodic Trader Joe's and Target stop. To make up for running errands all morning, we had a nice picnic lunch at Howarth park (previously referred to as Spring Lake... they're connected) followed by lots of play time. Mostly I ran around watching all of the other kids. I am constantly on the move these days. It's for the benefit of my folks... I want to make sure they sleep well at night.
As far as milestones go, this afternoon after my meltdown at the bakery, I refused for the third time this weekend to get into my car seat. I pleaded with Mom and Dad... Please please turn me around so I can ride like every one else. At last they relented and now I get to face forward! In spite of the recent tantrum, I had the most pleasant trip home. I know mom was thinking that if she had only known, she would have turned it around earlier.
When we got home, we called my Grandparents to say...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDPA TOM! We had a fun video conference this evening, he and Grandma Terri are going to barbeque some fish tonight. I played with the crayons Mom got me today... my first box ever, they were so beautiful I had to nibble the tips off of the blue and pink.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Kids Kids Kids

That's right... triple dose of kids this week plus lots of fun. It was our friend Jenna's sushi birthday celebration Monday, so we helped them make U & I sushi regret having an all you can eat night. I mostly enjoyed jar food and the chopsticks, but the adults left stuffed silly.
On Tuesday, we had a great pizza night with my buds James and Caden and their folks. It's fun to get all together, and the grown-ups sure do like their pizza. I like the crust. Dad finally cut the lawn so I have been spending a lot of time in our back yard enjoying the beautiful weather.

Thursday was a pretty cool day for me. After daycare, we went to the Bodega Goat Farm to see some more kids. James, Randall and David joined us. The baby goats were all born over the last three weeks or so and were so cute and soft. The mama goats were also really sweet to me and wanted to sniff my head. I also met Daniel, this cool kid who showed us all the goats and brought a kid over for me to pet. I really loved all of the animals and running around the farm a little bit, but was totally tuckered out after the excursion.

Friday we met up with Great-Auntie Geralyne at the Union Restaurant here in town. She was on a golfing holiday with her girlfriends Anna and Corky. Dinner was great, I mostly ate lots of bread. Our waitress gave me a lump of pizza dough to play with, though I wasn't sure whether to eat it or play with it.

Dad and I hit Spring Lake again with James and Randall while Mom and David were at work on a beautiful Saturday. We had a nice walk and I sure do love running around in the play ground and grassy park. Daddy got a good picture of James working on sitting up. He's looking pretty steady these days.Today was extra special. We went to Great-Auntie Gigi and Great-Uncle Dudley's house to meet my new cousin... Clark Cheu who was born Wednesday. He is such a good and mellow baby. His dad claims he looks like and Asian Mr. MacGoo, but I just thought he made the best faces. I got to play with Kaylee a lot, which was super fun. We got Auntie Gigi's pots out and made some "bean soup", ran around the garden and ate a yummy dinner of Jai (vegetarian noodle dish), whisky chicken and pigs feet (it was great... really!).
It was fun to see my cousins and Jason, Ann, Ritz and Byron. Great-Aunt Geralyne and her pals I met a few days ago also stopped by. We even got some awake time with Clark... and lucky us... a little smile! There was another baby born at the lab this week, though we haven't met yet... Cormac Vincent Gaylord also is joining the lab crew. Welcome to the great wide world Clark and Cormic. I look forward to spending lots of time playing with you! Pshew, when you write it all down, I sure had a fun and busy week! I am a pretty lucky kid to have such good friends and family to visit with.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

My new do.

Yeah baby!
Look closely, can you see the difference?
I have sheared my shaggy locks in favor of this sleeker look (plus no more wisps in my eye or tangles in the back). Mom and Dad took me to the barber shop this weekend, and it was a very interesting process.
First I sat on this board in the barber chair, then (as Mom hovered so I wouldn't decide to hop off) I sat really pretty still for the whole cut, with the exception of when she pulled out the trimmers, I kept turning to see what that noise buzzing by my ears was. Munching on a cracker the whole time until it was hopelessly covered in hair helped keep me busy too.
Looks pretty good eh?

Well, Friday night we hung out a little with David, Randall and James at their new home in Sebastopol. It's looking really nice, plus it's close to all sorts of great places to walk. Saturday was a busy'un. We went to Spring Lake, where I did lots of walking around in the grass and played on some of the play equipment, but it was really pretty busy.
Mom, Dad and Scooter took me for a walk (poor Scooter is out of shape and was pretty winded after the first half, he's really more of a sprinter). On our way back, I got my haircut (at Lonnie's in Sebastopol... they even have the stripey pole out front). We dropped Scooter off at home, and I got a quick bath to get the hair off, and we met up with Caden, Cascade and Matt for a nice dinner at East West Cafe.
Sunday morning (after a late start with the time change), Mom and I walked around town a little bit. Then Dad and I took off for the beach near the farmhouse to give Mom a few hours to get some work done. We had a great time. I am talking up a storm these days, but the only discernable word that is consistent is "ball" or really something more like "Baw". I also have "dog" or "Daw" down pretty well too.
On the way home (well, we picked up Mom first), we stopped by my all time favorite bakery...Wildflour, where I got to show off my new hair-do and snack on some of the best bread ever. We walked around their garden for a bit, and headed home. My nap is WAY over due.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

A movin' and shakin' beach baby.

Hello Sunshine!
Friday and Saturday we helped James, Randall and David say "good-bye" to their lovely winebar apartment and "Hello!" to their new spacious Sebastapol abode.
We discovered that moving with us kids can be a bit tougher than anticipated, the grown-ups had to do a lot more baby-wrangling than packing some times. In the end... it all worked out very nicely. I got to hang with my pals, play with packing material (loads of fun) and play with Dad's camera... (Hey Dad, pass that thing over here!)
I took my very first picture! I think it's artsy.
It looks like I was the one helping with the keg, but really it was just the grown ups, I specialized in testing the sturdiness of the boxes.
Speaking of Artsy, here is a small sample of some of my first artistic endeavors... a leprechaun hat and my first finger paint.

We took a bit of a break on Saturday to walk into Sebastopol to get me a new pair of shoes... I have been soaking through my cool fuzzy boots at day care, so we picked out a sweet new pair so I can have something a little more solid for the sandbox and something that I could change into. I practically took off running as soon as I got these on.
Sunday, we took a drive around Tomalas bay. Our first stop was the super yummy Tomalas Bakery. Okay, Mom and Dad really seemed to enjoy the pastries along with all of the bikers (both motorized and pedal pushed), I was less impressed. What I did enjoy was a stop at Point Reyes Station, where I got to play in the grass and decimated a few little patches of flowers.
We were hoping to find a barber open, but since it was Sunday, we will stick with my flowy-do for a little longer, Mom is too chicken to do it herself. We ended up at Shell Beach which was perfect.
The sun was out, the weather was perfect, we spent the rest of the afternoon playing in the sand and water. I LOVED it! It's like the biggest sandbox ever.
On the way home, Mom and Dad picked up some Oysters from Hog Island Oyster Co. They didn't share any with me, but they looked pretty tasty!