Saturday, June 29, 2013

Orange Sunglasses

This little boy has style.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Baby TK- Fancy Photo Shoot!

 If you're on facebook, you're probably already seen these. I love them (and her) so much though, that they have to be here on this blog too, because this is where I like to save all these special pieces of life. Our little niece TK is definitely one of those special things!

Believe it or not, we took these in Patti's backyard, with an electric blanket for a backdrop draped over the back of a bench in the shade of the back porch. I think I'll have to do more photo shoots like this, because I really love the way these came out. She's so cute though, that's a big part of it.

"NaMa" Patti with TK

Proud NaMa with all her grandkids (naptime photos...)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

First Baby Girl in the Family: Baby TK

In Chris' extended family there are many, many boys. We have continued the tradition with our two boys, but finally, a baby girl! Chris' sister Amy's baby, TK is the sweetest little niece I could ask for. She loves me too. I've already gotten lots of smiles and a few chances to rock her to sleep on my shoulder. I'm sure I'll be posting more photos of her, but here are some from the first day in Amarillo.

Isn't she cute?! We're having fun in Amarillo so far, and have another wild roadtrip planned from here. I'll try to keep you posted.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Baby Lili in Santa Fe

On our way to Amarillo this year, we had the wonderful fortune of making it through Santa Fe while my childhood friend Sage (who lives in Ghana) was still visiting after having her beautiful new baby girl. We only got to visit for a little while, but it was great to visit with Sage and meet Henry, and of course, to see the baby.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the visit.

We're in Amarillo this week, and visiting with another baby - our new niece, TK. I'll be posting more photos soon!

Monday, June 17, 2013

California Coast Trip: Photos from the BIG camera

Okay, I admit it. If this blog has a theme, other than just a mom-blog, it's supposedly good photography. But all the other posts about the California coast were photos from my iphone. I know, no one cares but me. But anyway, here is a selection of photos that were taken with my big camera. I didn't pull it out that much because when I did pull it out for the first time, I found that Chris had last used it, and that it was wearing a 20mm lens -- not the best all around lens... And so, the iPhone won it this time. But, there were a few great ones anyway, and here they are.

Overlooking a waterfall onto the beach at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur

Because I so rarely appear on this blog, there I am

Family self-timer photo at the biggest redwood we found, with a cave inside!

Boys in the Redwoods

Boys in the redwoods with sun flare

Camping, enjoying his own headlamp

Headlamp dance

Sun streaming down through the forest. The boys hiking with uncle Gordon.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

One more thing today

Noah has been going through a ... phase. It's hard to want to be around him lately, let alone write nice things about him. But, here's one thing that I didn't want to forget.

While we were on our trip he was interested in talking about who was married to who. And why.

One day during a long ride in the car, he said to me, "Marriage is for when you love somebody."
"Yes." I said
"And I love my little brother. So I'm going to marry Wesley."

So sweet.

California Coast Roadtrip: Last Leg (Morrow Bay)

We had planned an epic trip over to Yosemite and across the Sierras, but we decided it was just too far, and we just didn't have enough time. We looked at the map and decided to head down highway 101 and back to the coast for another night of camping at Morrow Bay. What a great decision this was! We had a great campsite in the Eucalyptus trees, not far from the ocean and the hip little harbor town of Morrow Bay. We spent the afternoon on the beach and then decided to go out for a seafood dinner overlooking the harbor instead of eating our dehydrated backpacking meals at camp.

After dinner we wandered along for a few minutes and came across a candy shop. we stopped in for some truffles to top off this lovely evening.

We headed down the coast the next morning and stopped north of Ventura for one more afternoon at the beach. It was sunny, very small waves, and lots of little black rocks for throwing. The perfect beach for these boys. We're back home now, although Noah is already asking when we can go back to Sanfrancisco. We'll definitely have to do this trip again!

California Coast Roadtrip: second leg (Sanfrancisco and San Jose)

After leaving Gordon's we decided to make a day trip up to Sanfrancisco. There are a few places that always figure prominently into my bedtime train trip stories for Noah, and Sanfran is one of them. The BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train is something that he'd been looking forward to riding for a very long time. As we road in the car the morning of our trip, I started to sing the old hippie song "If you're going to San-fran-cisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair..."

You should have seen the grin on Noah's face. At that moment, that song was his favorite ever, I'm pretty sure.

We started the day with a ride on the BART (which, of course, I did not get a photo of...). Every time it stopped at a station, Wes would sign and say "more, more?" Good thing we parked the car all the way out at Millbrae so we had plenty of time on the train.

We got off and immediately got in a long line to ride the cable car. When we finally got on we felt pretty silly when the next stop came, maybe a half a block up the road, and people just jumped on with no wait. Oh well, we were tourists.

Next, Fisherman's wharf (although we skipped pier 39). We walked along past an old WWII submarine parked along the wharf. Noah was so intrigued by it, asking his usual million questions. When we saw people walk inside, he pleaded with us to let him see the inside. We went inside. It was really cool! All the little rooms with fold-down bunks everywhere, little kitchens, torpedo rooms (which Noah calls "torquedos", and lots of interesting looking controls. I can't imagine living on one of those under the ocean though!

After all that submarine and wharf exploration, it was time for a well-deserved stop at the Ghirardelli's Chocolate Factory for some big chocolate ice cream cones.

well, the boys got ice cream cones, I got an iced Mocha ;-)

Last, we road the bus around past the Golden Gate bridge and over to Golden Gate park for a visit to the Japanese Tea Garden. It has always been one of my favorite places, and also something that has been described in many of my bedtime stories. When we went inside, I could tell my descriptions had made and impression, because Noah seemed right at home, and in love with the place. We wandered around the ponds and pretty pagodas and had a nice quiet tea with cookies and miso soup (one of Noah's favorite's) while Wes slept in the ergo.

I though Noah's fortune seemed pretty good, since Nana and Papo are on a trip in London and on the way to Turkey for Three weeks - I imagine he'll get a postcard or two.

Chris and Wes reflected in the water as they admired this giant fish

Make Wishes
After the tea Garden we hopped back on the bus and headed back to the BART station. We sat in the station for 10 minutes or so waiting for the right train, and watching the other trains race through. Quite the opposite from the trip in, this time Wes cried when we got on the train, saying "no like it train". Guess you just never know.

We were sorry to miss seeing the SF Milkmaid and her boys while we were there. Next time we need better planning, and lots more time!

After we left the city we headed to to San Jose to visit Barbara and Gary. An unexpected surprise for the boys was that Aunt Barbara had a great big box of wooden trains waiting for them! They sure loved being there. It was hard to drag them away in the morning, and so cute when Wes rushed over to give Barbara a big hug. Before we left, Uncle Steve came over and took us all out for a really delicious breakfast. It was so much fun to see everyone! Thanks Barbara and Gary for letting us come visit! I wish I had taken a picture.