Monday, January 31, 2011


Step1: take apart the puzzle - check!
Step 2: put the puzzle back together again - we'll need to work on this...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I'm a "Big Girl" Now!

It took a while, but Aria finally got over that 20 pound weight limit so we could turn her car seat around. She seems happy and comfortable (and at awe at everything she can now see while we're driving).

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Coyote Hills 5K

Me and Phuong after our 5K race finish at Coyote Hills today. It was a longer course (3.5 miles), more climbing than I'm used to, a pretty good racing crowd, a long trek from the parking to the race start/finish, and I had to make it through a few (3!) shoe tying pit stops, but it all in all, it was a great run for me, Phuong and Brian.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Ball Hog

Aria's mastered the ability to carry four balls at once around with her at Gymboree. Way to go my little ball hog!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What Did I Do?

She wasn't really doing anything wrong (unless you consider stealing a spatula from the kitchen drawer to use as a hammer and teething ring), but she sure looks guilty.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Play Ball!

Nothing too exciting going on today, but here is a cute action shot of Aria playing ball with Brian during our daily evening family play time.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mommy's Little Helper?

You decide: mommy's little helper in the kitchen, future Iron Chef in the making, or just a little mischievous one playing with stuff she shouldn't? Hmmm.... :-P

Monday, January 24, 2011


Action shot of Aria knocking over the huge tower of Mega Bloks Uncle Mike built.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

No No NO!

I know she'll hate me for this one day, but I caught Aria in one of her temper tantrums today. It happened out of the blue, but I'm pretty sure it had something to do with her still-runny nose and cutting her last canine tooth. Good news is that the tantrum was short-lived, and she went back to running around and playing in just a few minutes.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Backyard Surprise

We took a walk to my mom's backyard today, and I was surprised to find these flowers poking out of the side of her planter box. These weren't a part of her landscape design, but are leftover from when my dad planted some seeds in the backyard years and years ago. Not sure what these flowers are called, but they smell great and look so happy. Good to know that my dad's legacy and his love of gardening lives on.

1/24/11 update: thanks to all for your comments about this post. Glad to know that this blog is being viewed and that it is being enjoyed. Thanks to your comments, I now know that this flower is a Narcissus, common name Daffodil. I can now confirm that these bulbs were specifically planted by my dad when I was in high school and I mentioned that it might be nice to have some flowers growing in the backyard. Not sure how likely it will be to be able to transplant them (the few are growing right underneath the edge of the sitting bench), but it's something I'll look into so that his legacy can live on (and they are such happy flowers :-D).

Friday, January 21, 2011

Coyote Hills

View from somewhere on top of Coyote Hills (as I was taking a short breather during our run today). Only 1 week left before the race next week, so we thought we'd do a dry run...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Super Sport

My first visit to the only 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport in California. Got some laps in at the pool, and the facilities are definitely nice. Was it worth the monthly upgrade? So far, yes (but will have to continue to go to get my money's worth) . :-)

Update: Guess I was wrong and there are additional Super Sports in California that I am now able to go to. Looking forward to doing that...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Come Give Mama Hugs!

And here she comes... Aria sporting her new Elmo bib. I love moments like this...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Here is Aria donning Daddy's pineapple dress shirt. She had some fun with it tonight (playing peek-a-boo, wearing it toga style, and just dragging it around like a baby blanket). You would hardly even know she has a bit of the sniffles when it's play time (bed time - completely different story!).

Monday, January 17, 2011


I know the photo is a bit dull, but wanted to capture going to my first Zumba class tonight (and the free water bottles! :-P). Out of respect for the other ladies in the class, didn't take any action shots (and I was too busy trying to keep up anyway)...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Lounging with Daddy & Mama

Aria picked up a photo of us this afternoon and just started carrying it around. Here is a shot of her while she was "resting" (she seems more tired these days, perhaps from her teething?).

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Day at the Park

Since the weather was so nice today, we took Aria to the "big" park at Lake Elizabeth this afternoon. She loved running around, going down the slides (forwards & backwards), and just playing in the sand. Here she is drawing some lines in the sand with a stick that she found. All in all, a fun, but messy outing!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Ready to Go!

Well, not quite... But when I told Aria today to go get her shoes so we could go to Gymboree, she grabbed her dress shoes and then started running towards the door.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Exploring the Library

I took Aria to the Fremont library today for the first time and let her explore since it's such a large library with lots of open space. We never did make it up to the second floor - no matter which direction I steered her in, she inevitably always found her way back to the children's section with the puzzles and toys.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I couldn't take the constant hair in her eyes anymore (and since she doesn't like keeping any clips or other accessories in her hari), so I gave Aria her first "haircut" this afternoon. It was really just a couple of snips of the bangs just so she could see again, but hopefully it turned out all for the best. She did give me such a look when the scissors made the cuts though ("Mommy, what did you just do to my hair!?") that cracked me up. Here she is after the first snip.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gymboree Pals

It was so cute how Aria and Jonah met up in the middle of the parachute during their Gymboree class today, surrounded by bubbles. They just sat there together, taking it all in...

Monday, January 10, 2011


Bonk! Aria headbutts her daddy as a way to show her affection. (So that's why my forehead is always just a little bruised lately! :-P)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Stickers for Uncle Mike

Aria having fun with stickers tonight: for some reason, she really wanted to decorate Uncle Mike's sock with them.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Shanghai Red Surprise

Mrs. H takes a "swig" of her Shanghai Red wine at her surprise 70th birthday party next to Auntie Shirley. (More photos of the party to come soon once I get caught up on my adventures blog.) Happy 70th - we gotcha! :-D

Friday, January 7, 2011

More Gymboree Fun

We took Aria back to Gymboree tonight for some free playgym time and so Brian could check it out for himself. She must have had a good time there and tired herself out nicely. She was definitely ready for bed at an appropriate hour tonight.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Bubbles Bubbles In the Air..

Bubbles Bubbles Everywhere... The catchy little diddy on Aria's bubble machine toy is still stuck in my head. It's no wonder this was her first word - she loves her bubbles. Here she is showing her excitement on a slightly warmer afternoon in the backyard today.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Baby, It's Cold Outside...

I just had to get a shot of Aria all bundled up just before she went on her daily walk down the street to Po Po's house. Brrr... it's been pretty chilly lately (at least for Bay Area standards)!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Today was Aria's first Gymboree class, thanks to Supak (and Groupon). She met a lot of new friends, climbed up and down some equipment, and had some fun with bubbles. We ran into an old friend today too in the class (hi Michelle!).

Monday, January 3, 2011

Strange Animal Sighting...

I spotted this reptilian creature on the driveway of a neighbor's house this afternoon. Not sure if it was part gecko, or just an unwanted Christmas present, but thought it warranted a photo of the day.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Switch On... Switch Off!

Aria has found a new favorite pasttime: climbing up and switching the lights on and off. Here she is caught in the act.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Just Chillin' #2

Aria and Jibby chill out at home on New Year's Day morning. Jibby was kind enough to help babysit with Brian while I still try to recover.