Friday, December 31, 2010

Crazy New Year's Eve!

OK, it wasn't really crazy (except for Aria's hair ;-D). We spent New Year's Eve at home this year (and I spent most of it with a fever in bed :-( ).

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Aria & Vivi

Aria plays with her friend Vivi during our visit to Pacifica.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Date Night

Date night with the hubby: movie (Tangled) and a tapas dinner at Fredericos. We should definitely do this more often than twice a year. :-P

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Chasing Geese

Aria chases some geese near the park this afternoon.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Aria, Meet Abby

Aria adds change to Abby, the newest addition to the Holmgren family, a result of a Christmas White Elephant exchange.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

No Present Is Safe Anymore

Back at home, I put the present from our neighbors on the coffee table and turned around for just a second. Next thing I know, Aria's little fingers have already gotten it open (since she's had lots of practice opening in the past few days). Guess we'll have to be careful where we put presents from now on.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Morning

Aria gets a piggyback ride from Daddy Christmas morning before we open stocking stuffers.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve with the Cousins

Its pretty tough taking a perfect photo with 4 kids aged 5 and under, but this one turned out pretty good. Aria hangs out with her cousins Siena, Savannah and RJ.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

To Grandmother's House We Go

Our late night drive served its purpose: Aria slept most of the way to Grandma & Grandpa's house in Roseville to celebrate Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas is this Week?!

I don't know about you, but Christmas is really sneaking up on me super fast this year. In fact, today was so crazy busy, I didn't even get a chance to take out my camera. So here is the first shot of a dark parking lot after I bought my new phone (my old phone was dropped and the screen shattered, so this was an "opportunity" to get a new one). So far, I'm leaps and bounds more impressed with my new Samsung Fascinate.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


At the end of a crazy Sunday (no power in the morning, house alarm battery dying, and no heat), we set up the new play tent and tunnel for Aria at home. Here she is peeking through at me from the other end of the tunnel before really figureing out how to crawl back and forth.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Day in the Park

Beating the rain (and the boredom), I took Aria to the park this morning. She had fun on the swings, running up to the large "balls", and spinning around in a couple of the park aparatuses (so many new things to explore).

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Moving Team

An opportunity for play time with Jonah today turned into a tag team in moving. Turns out Aria and Jonah both like to push the plastic chairs around the house - go figure!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Aria in the Box #2

This time it's not an actual box, but our storage ottoman that Aria has discovered that she likes to climb in and out of (see the last post here). Minutes and minutes of entertainment!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Pebbles Look

I caught Aria in a rare moment this morning where she allowed me to do her hair up. Here she is sporting the "Pebbles" look.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Another Friend for Aria

Aria gets friendly with her new pillow pal, an early Christmas present from Santa.

Monday, December 13, 2010

First Pizookie!

We took Aria and Jibby to BJ's restaurant tonight for dinner. Since it was Jibby's first visit, we had to get a Pizookie (it was Aria's first Pizookie too, but she didn't end up eating any... this time).

Sunday, December 12, 2010

An Evening Stroll

We took an evening stroll tongiht to get some exercise and also to show Aria the lights around our neighborhood.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Train of Lights

Aria waves 'hello' to a fellow train rider (going the opposite direction) on the Holiday Train of Lights somewhere between Niles and Sunol. It was a lot of fun with a lot of family and friends.

Friday, December 10, 2010


Aria enjoys her new bathtime bubble machine during her regular bath tonight.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Happy Birthday to Daddy

Brian just wants to celebrate his birthday with Aria... Aria just wants to run around the bocce area at City Beach (and play with the water fountain). <sigh> She is such an active squirmy little thing. :-P Happy birthday to Brian!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

O Christmas Tree...

I finally got around to putting the Christmas tree lights on our little 4.5' tree today. (Ornaments? What's that? :-P) I think it's safe to say that Aria is enjoying the lights and all the holiday decorations this year.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Blue Light Special!

K-Mart has nothing on our blue light special! :-) Here is a shot of the blue Christmas lights outside of our blue house. It's quite a blue beacon when you turn the corner on our street and see it among the other houses in the neighborhood.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Stucco - Phase 1

The siding of my mom's house is torn down and the cage for the base of the stucco has gone up today. The house is looking quite different now. I don't think I've ever seen it not yellow before. It'll take another couple weeks to get all of the stucco facing done on the front of the house, but I'm really excited for my mom (and for all of the house renovations to be completed after all this time).

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Yummy Oatmeal

Aria feeds Brian his oatmeal for breakfast this morning. Say "ah!" Daddy!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Girl's Day

Thanks to Groupon, we drove down to Scotts Valley today for a trip to the spa and some crafting fun. Here are Gail, Sup & I at Wix making candles and soaps.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Another Backyard Addition

We went over to my mom's house today to inspect the new arbor that went in yesterday. One more big check mark in the "done" column for the backyard.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Our Little Casper

Even though she's not showing it in this photo, Aria has recently gotten into the habit of putting things over her head and face (and then walking around like a little ghost - never mind bumping into people, things, and walls).

As an extra bonus, you can see our new holiday lights and stockings in the background in this photo. The decorations are slowly, but surely making their way out of the boxes and into the home.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Aria proudly shows off her Cars Lightning McQueen bandaid. She turned 18 months old today and was rewarded by getting a blood test at her well check appointment (no shots though). She's still on the "light and tall" side for her age, but most importantly, all tests returned normal.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

She's Cute When She's Mad

It makes me even angrier when people say that about me, but in Aria's case, it's totally true. Here she is, super unhappy because I wanted to have her try on the new infant bicycle helmet that I bought for her. She really does hate having anything on her head (hair clips, hats, bike helmets - you name it!).

Monday, November 29, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

We started putting up our Christmas decorations tonight and this year Aria is old enough to enjoy them. Here she is with the barking/singing Santa puppy watching the Mickey & Friends clock towers.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Towing Cars

Look at that concentration! Aria gets the hang of her new tow truck puzzle.

To view her in live action playing with this puzzle, I also uploaded a YouTube video: Tow Truck Puzzle.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Grandma sings the Itsy Bitsy Spider for a slightly fussy Aria on our way home from lunch today. It was a great distraction from her teething pain and crankiness.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner ... Part 2

Hosting a second Thanksgiving dinner at our house for the family. Did I mention that there was way too much food?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Aria & RJ

Aria and RJ hang out with Brian on a hectic Thanksgiving day. Even though it was pretty hectic, we did manage to get a photo of the two youngest kiddies sometime amidst all the eating (and eating... and did I mention eating?).

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

And So It Begins...

A shot of the family after a lunch at the Tadamasa ramen house in Union City. Let the Thanksgiving eating (and eating, and eating) begin! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Neat Freak #2

It's been a few weeks and Aria STILL likes to push the sweeper around. Here she is "cleaning" at Po Po's house while Po Po, Auntie Esther (and Auntie Kammie) watch. Hmmm... maybe a toy vaccuum cleaner that really works will be what Santa gives her for Christmas this year (or maybe it's a gift that Santa gives to her mommy :-P).

Monday, November 22, 2010

Free Range "Won Tons"

Brian takes a big bite of his first "won ton" in years. My mom and I decided to surprise him today for dinner with some homemade free range turkey and shrimp "won tons".

Sunday, November 21, 2010

We All Scream for Ice Cream ... Cones

Aria chows down on an ice cream cone at Sweet Tomatoes. This was the only thing from their menu that she would eat (but she did manage to down 2 full ones).

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thank You Dinner

A thank you dinner with Mr. & Mrs. K (Suporn's teacher and his wife) at Bangkok Bay in Redwood City for the Monday Night Football tickets at Candlestick (against the Saints) earlier this football season. It was a wonderful evening and a pleasure to meet both of them (and I know Mike & Brian had a blast at that game as well.)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Aria's New Friend

Aria says "hello" to her new backyard friend, our new turtle. Sorry for the blur that is her hand - it's difficult to get a good shot of her in low light because she is constantly moving.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Light Show #2

Tonight Aria participated in her own little light show. Thanks to Po Po, she had some new toys to play with - some light up balls. She had some fun tonight shaking them around in our darkened hallway.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nighttime Caulking

With the combination of it getting dark earlier and the upcoming storm, poor Brian spent some time tonight caulking our new patio light to ensure that it would be safe from the rain forecasted this weekend.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Light Show

I must have taken hundreds of shots before I finally got this one. I was expiermenting a bit with the camera in order to capture our new light additions in the backyard just right while Aria and Po Po watched the light show of our changing color butterfly and hummingbird lights (which will be finding its permanent home in Po Po's yard soon).

P.S. OK - I checked... this is only the 87th photo, but it felt like hundreds. :-P

Monday, November 15, 2010

Daddy's Home!

Aria is delighted when Daddy comes home after a long day's at work (and shopping for the backyard). How can this smile and giggle not cheer you up, no matter how tired you are?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Say "Ah!"

We had lunch at the Thai temple today and turns out, Aria likes noodles. Of course, she wouldn't use the fork, but preferred to have them fed to her by hand. Thanks to Auntie Suporn for taking photos!

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Taking advantage of an opportune pose while Aria played with her golf clubs this morning. Pretty good stance. :-)

Friday, November 12, 2010

How Much is that Birdie in the Window?

Tweet tweet! We took Aria to Petco tonight after dinner to see how she would react to all the animals. She seemed to enjoy looking at the birds, rats, mice, guinea pigs, and fish; and she was exploring the rest of the store with gusto as well after we "let her loose". A successful little side trip before we had to go to boring Lowe's to get yet some more lights for the backyard (although she was thrilled with all the Christmas decorations there too).