Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thomas MegaBloks

Another night at the Clover house on New Year's Eve. Aria plays with her new Thomas the Train MegaBloks toy before we celebrate the new year.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Power Drill

We're back in Union City, and here's Aria playing with some toy power tools at the Clover house. Good thing her fingers are small: she kept sticking her finger in while she let the drill run.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


She didn't really complain, but Aria's expression here says it all: "I'm so tired!". Photo courtesy of Jib, here she is relaxing on Jib's bed upstairs in our upgraded penthouse loft at the Marriott, just before we take off and head back home after a busy 2 days.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Aria's first Disneyland visit. It was a long but somewhat productive (crazy crowded) day and even though she was still tired from the previous day, I think she had fun...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

California Adventures

After a long car ride, we made it to Anaheim, and into the California Adventures theme park. We only had a few hours in the park, but managed to catch the Aladdin show and a few rides. Aria's favorite was still the merry-go-round, although, she's starting to look a little sleepy here...

Monday, December 26, 2011

Aria's Gingerbread House

One of the nice Christmas activities planned at her grandparents' house was decorating her first very own gingerbread house. Here is a shot of Aria's from the front (she had a little help from mommy). I love how she just started to shove any piece of candy in the front door after the rest of the house was decorated...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Morning Stockings

Aria gets the hang of tearing into her gifts. Although she does seem to be much more interested in getting every single last piece of wrapping paper or tissue than her gifts sometimes.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve in Roseville - a quick family snapshot.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Future Zumba-er?

I was lucky enough to receive some Zumba toning sticks from Mike & Sup for Christmas this year. The smaller sticks were hijacked almost immediately by Aria though, who proceeded to use them as her new toys. GoAria, go!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Burger Queen

Aria and I had a little mommy-daughter date night tonight at our local Burger King. I wanted to get her out of the house and actually eating something (she did pretty well with some chicken tenders and fries). And the cool BK Kids crown box was an added bonus.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

More Bubbles

I know we started the year with Aria's first Gymboree class, so I thought it would be fitting to take a snapshot of her at her last Gymboree class of the year (12 months and 2 levels later). She still loves going for those bubbles (and from the looks of it, I guess all kids do)!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Patriotic Holidays

There's a house in our neighborhood that goes all out with their holiday decorations, complete with a U.S. flag on top of their roof. I've been meaning to take a photo of it ever since they started doing this a decade ago, and finally got around to it this evening.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Glow Sticks

Aria really enjoyed playing with the glow sticks that I got from our black light Zumba party tonight. She even got to stay up just a little later tonight to get the most out of those sticks (which lasted a surprisingly long time).

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Starfall with Daddy

Brian helped Aria navigate through Starfall on his laptop this afternoon.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hereditary Habits

I caught Aria on film today playing with her lips, a (bad) habit that I remember my dad (and sometimes myself) used to do. How do they program that into our genes? :-P

Friday, December 16, 2011

Duckie in the Hood

Just a silly shot of Aria today. She thought carrying her favorite stuffed animal around with her in her hood was the funniest thing.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Office Scenery

A quick shot of the decorated lobby at Bishop Ranch 8 this afternoon.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


A little silliness from Aria, as usual. She likes to put her Mega Bloks bag over her head and parade around the house.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Planning to reveal this to the family and friends as a Christmas gift to all this year, so this was the "mystery missing photo" for a while on the daily photo blog. But here it is: Baby Holmgren #2, happy, healthy and on its way. Can't wait to meet the new little one this July!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Helping Mommy

I needed to do some Christmas wrapping tonight, which required some homemade tags. As soon as I did the first sheet, Aria proceeded to help by lining up a second sheet. I should have known our little OCD girl could handle that. :-P

Sunday, December 11, 2011

O Christmas Tree #2

One of my favorite daily photos from last year was of Aria near the lit up Christmas tree, so I tried to replicate toniight, just about a year later.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Shopping

We decided to take a trip to the mall this afternoon to do some Christmas shopping. We got quite a bit accomplished too - mostly at Target, although it was a tag team effort: one of us had to run around after Aria while the other shopped.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Brian!

A shot of the birthday guy and Aria tonight. We were lucky enough to have Mikey and Suporn over to treat us to a yummy meal, complete with free-range pulled pork, homemade from scratch mac & cheese, and a yummy birthday strawberry shortcake from Vienna bakery.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Braids for Aria

Aria actually let me braid her hair tonight, so I had to snap a quick shot as evidence. They didn't stay very long, but I'm impressed that they were ever in existence...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pretty Relocation

Aria keeps herself busy by the Christmas tree tonight. We've had to shut her out of her play room at night since it's getting chillier.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Little Artist

Aria found some tubes of fingerpainting (ripped them right out of the package) in her easel storage tonight and proceeded to line the colors up. Just wait until we have everything set up so she can actually use it - not sure she'll be okay with the messy, but we'll see...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Zumba Christmas

First week back at the free Zumba class at Crossroads Church in Fremont after a 2 week hiatus. The sanctuary stage was decorated quite nicely for the Christmas holidays - very pretty in blue, white, and twinkling lights...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Teacher Aria

At least that's what it looks like she's doing in this photo. :-P We got Aria's early Christmas present from her grandparents set up today. As soon as she saw it, she started calling out "paint!". We haven't gotten chalk or art supplies yet, but we did set up some magnetic alphabet letters so she could play with those.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Slaving Away in the Kitchen

It was dinner at Jam's house tonight and Aria got a new treat: a kid-sized apron just for her from Auntie Jam with a cute froggie on it! We left it at their house so Aria wouldn't keep stealing Jam's aprons from her after dinner...

Friday, December 2, 2011

Our Little Helper

It was a beautiful warm fall day today, so Aria helps Brian scoop up some fallen leaves in our neighbor's yard this afternoon.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Jumping Hurdles

Aria jumps over some MegaBloks hurdles that Brian set up for her tonight. It was difficult to get a good still shot of her, so I had to capture one from a video I took.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Triple Threat

Aria hams it up in the mirrors at Gymboree today. Lately, she's been very interested in talking to herself in any mirror. :-P

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Stockings Were Hung...

More Christmas decorations at the Holmgren household.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Holmgren Holiday

A quick shot of one of the ornaments on our (now leaning) Christmas tree tonight.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

More Food and Family

We finished our Thanksgiving weekend with yet another dinner with family. This time, my mom's cousins visited and we had the customary meal at Mayflower.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Visiting "Gung Gung"

We took Aria to the Mountain View mausoleum today after brunch so she could visit her "Gung Gung" for the first time. After the visit inside, she had a great time running around outside with the fountains and new holiday decorations.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Part 2

The family gatherings continued today. Here is Willbe, Ross, Ivan & Brian playing a game of Dominion while the rest of us eat leftovers and chat.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Turkey Carving

Ross and Brian take to carving the turkey. It was a little primitive (our electric knife broke as we took it out of the package and no cutting board was to be found), but it got the job done. Yummy turkey! :-9

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ladies Luncheon

Lunch between the Yao-Holmgren & Ng families today as a pre-Thanksgiving meal.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Two Green Houses

So there's a story behind this: A couple of months ago, a couple walking by our newly painted house rang our doorbell and asked for the paint color. They were thinking of painting their home (just down the street) a different color (not beige) but couldn't decide on one. But they happened to enjoy our new color. Fast forward to a couple months later... two very similar green houses on the same street! (Also got a photo of our new house number sign on our house, just put up this past weekend...)

Monday, November 21, 2011

I Did It!

Aria is so happy with her Play-Doh tower. I'm glad she finds ways to play with her new Play-Doh set, without needing me to supervise (i.e. actually play with the Play-Doh).

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pick a Team

Aria sports the Cardinals shirt, but is roaring like a Lion this football Sunday. :-P At least she's having fun...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Swing Away!

We had a chance to catch up with the Malicks tonight at the batting cages near our house. Here is Brian helping Duncan with his at bat.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cozy Couple

Aria and her stuffed doggie enjoy the first fire of the season.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Future Chef

Or possibly just a future pack rat. :-P Aria borrowed some pantry items again tonight to play with.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Running Blind

Aria got a kick out of running around the house with her beanie cap pulled down over her face. I have a sneaking suspicion that she could see through the tiny holes of the cap, but it was still amusing.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New School Meets Old School

Aria learning her alphabet thanks to Starfall this evening. She just couldn't get over the fact that my laptop was not a touch screen though. :-P

Monday, November 14, 2011

Welcome Surprise

It's been a while since I've been into the office, so imagine my surprise when I see what I had posted up in my cubicle wall. Some "older" photos of Aria were waiting for me. A nice collage (if I do say so myself). ;-)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Final Nursery Touches

The final touch on Aria's room (i.e. the nursery) was completed today. Thanks to Brian's mom, Aria's closet is now covered with the cutest matching handmade curtains ever - thanks again!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

It Got Me!

Just a fun shot with Aria and Uncle Mike at Ray's Crab Shack this evening. A night of great food and company during a belated family birthday celebration for my mom.