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.