Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat!

Jonah, Aria and Miriya before we go trick or treating. The cutest police officer, duck, and Cinderella I've ever seen. :-) For some reason, this opportunistic pose reminds me of a super hero gang.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hat Girl

We've always suspected that she would look super cute with a hat on, but we were unable to confirm it because she absolutely refuses to keep them on long enough. I finally got a shot of Aria with mommy's hat on today and you can be the judge. :-)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thanks Grandma & Grandpa!

Aria gets excited over her Halloween card that her grandparents sent to her. Looking forward to her first Halloween trick-or-treating!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Spidey Ball

Aria plays with surprise from Daddy today - a Spidey ball! She chased and kicked it around the backyard while we checked out the newly planted landscape.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Backyard Staging

I know I keep showing it in various different stages, but I swear, our backyard is getting closer and closer to being completely finished. Here is a shot of the plants and fountain behind the sitting wall being placed before they get planted tomorrow. And that little pink and black blur in front of the wall? Yeah, that's Aria. :-P She really enjoys running around back here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Club Sport Pleasanton

A shot of the cool bicycle racks outside of Club Sport in Pleasanton. I activated my Groupon pass (14 visits through the beginning of December) and visited the pool today for some lap swimming. I was very impressed with how the pools were laid out (a separate adult pool) and lots of amenities in the locker room. And the speakers in the pool were kind of nice - inspired me to go that extra few laps!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Rock "Climbing"

Aria learns to climb/walk on the rocks in my mom's front yard. Even though she took a tumble or two here and there, she seemed to really enjoy exploring the flowers located throughout.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

New Favorite Spot

I just didn't want to do much today after the Grape Stomp 5K this morning, but Aria didn't seem to mind too much. She found a new favorite spot to play - right in front of the heater vent.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Baby Ryan

It's a Happy Two-Month Birthday to Baby Ryan and the first time we got a chance to meet him. Me and my mom take a photo with Ryan and Maria.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Quack Quack!

A rainy day near the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose. I took this photo to show Aria the huge rubber ducky on the roof. She took one look and did her customary "quack quack!". She's ready for Halloween!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Shining Light

Of all the things that happened to me today, and of all the photos that I took, I decided to focus on my favorite subject instead of the rest of the (horrible) day that I've had (from unlucky technology, to losing a credit card, to putting out fires - literally). At least I have this smiling face to come home to.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Spirit Day

Participating in Spirit Day today: we're wearing purple to end anti-LGBT bullying.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween @ the Holmgren's

Finally got around to putting our (few) Halloween decorations out for Aria (and the rest of us) to enjoy. This year, I got some flameless tealights to ensure that no little hands (or feet, hair, flammable PJs, etc) get caught in the flames. And they still flicker like the real thing.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Enjoying the New Backyard

No, it's not our new backyard, but my mom's. We checked out the new finished backyard today, complete with the gravel that was put in over the dirt. Aria seemed to enjoy playing with the little rocks a lot (she kept covering the stepping stones with them to bury them). We basically gave her free reign of the backyard until it got too dark and we had to start heading home.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Busy Day

Aria waits calmly and patiently as we pick out 17 accent boulders. (It was a busy day - flu shots, rock shopping, and a visit to Lowe's.)

Friday, October 15, 2010

New Sitting Bench

I don't know what it is about little dangling feet that are so darn cute! Aria christens the new sitting wall bench in Po Po's backyard.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hangin' with Friends

A quick snapshot of Aria and Jonah together. They weren't in the greatest of moods (Jonah looks either suspicious of Aria or is just super tired; Aria is either spaced out or taking in her new surroundings), but they look super cute all the same (according to me)! Love that onesie Jonah! ;-)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Stopping to Smell...

Aria stops to inspect the newly purchased flowers (and trees) that will be planted in our backyard. Yes, it's been pending for a few months now, but our backyard is getting closer to being 100% complete.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Adorable Helper

Since Aria has been sniffly, we pulled out the "adorable" penguin humidifier to help her breathe easier. Of course, she thinks it's just another toy to play with. So it serves as both a toy and a mommy helper - it seems to be helping her sleep through the night. Hopefully this and a nice hot bath tonight (thanks to the new water heater that actually works - yay!) will help her get over the last of her cold.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Laptop Upgrade

The new company Dell Latitude E5410 complete with Windows 7! (It's about time!)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Neat Freak

Aria "cleans up" after herself at a friend's house. If only she could do this for real at home on a regular basis.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

"Swanky" Corn Maze

Success! We navigated through the Swank Farm 2010 corn maze in about 40 minutes, thanks to Brian, our navigator. Aria also "picked" out a pumpkin (she actually enjoyed pushing the pumpkin wheelbarrow a little more), we saw some pig racing, flung a couple of pumpkins in the slingshot, and bought some homemade fudge (yummy! :-9)

Friday, October 8, 2010

"Menacing" Fun

Taken at the beginning of her Dennis the Menace experience. Heard that Aria and Daddy had a lot of fun at the park in Monterey (while mommy snuck away for a massage - much needed after our hike through the caves (partially at least) at Pinnacles National Monument this morning. Check out my Hiking Blog for more photos). She loved the roller slide.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Happy Hollow = Happy Aria

Aria gets her first taste of amusement park rides at the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose. We were a little nervous that she wouldn't want to sit in a car by herself (especially since she had a case of the sniffles), but she took to the experience as well as we could have hoped. Her applause on the Mini Putt Putt ride said it all.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rain?? Really?!

The rain caught me off guard today. And the weird thing was that it was pouring rain in San Jose, but by the time I fought traffic through Fremont, it was all sun. Too bad I didn't have my new SLR with me - I caught a glimpse of a rainbow over Costco but my camera phone couldn't quite pick it up.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cisco Souvenir

Thought I'd get a (somewhat artistic) snapshot of my Cisco badge before I have to turn it in. Tomorrow is my last day on the Cisco project as a PM Support Analyst, and then it's back to AT&T. Ah, the exciting, flexible life of being a consultant...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hide and Seek

Playing her "hide and seek" game with daddy, Aria loves to be surprised and tickled when she is "found".

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Painting Continues

Brian and his parents paint the last piece of wood in our backyard: our arbor. 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Future Virtuoso

Aria "plays" some keyboard. It sounded pretty good too. Click here for the YouTube video of her playing.

Friday, October 1, 2010

New Camera!

Testing out the new Samsung NX10. Yes, I'll have to work on a few things, but it is a good first start to taking better daily photos.