Thursday, March 31, 2011

Giddyup Aria!

Aria started her first Level 5 class at Gymboree today where they teach them how to "pretend play". The theme for today was horses, and Aria did a good job of trotting and galloping around the playmat "corral", complete with her tail and bells (so we would know where she was). Giddyup Aria!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Role Reversal

At their playdate today, Aria and Jonah had a bit of a role reversal: Aria was a little more subdued (probably due to her being rudely awoken from her nap by mommy) and Jonah was a lot more silly (probably due to the chocolate milk from his auntie). Both still super cute though. :-)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hand Caught in the "Cookie Jar"

After my shopping trip to Costco today, Aria really wanted to get her little hands on one of the Fiber One brownies (I don't blamer her - these little low cal treats are certainly yummy :-9). She kept pointing and saying "coo coo" (her way of saying "cookie) but of course I didn't know what she was talking about until she efficiently moved out a chair and climbed up onto the table and showed me. I did try to correct her: she now calls them "brom broms". :-P

Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies (Pack of 38)

Monday, March 28, 2011

My Scenic Drive

A great snapshot of an example of my scenic and relaxing drive home from work. It was a beautiful day today with the hills all green from the recent rains, but the sun still shining through at 5:30 in the evening.

 The Most Scenic Drives in America: 120 Spectacular Road Trips National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways, 3d Ed. Off the Beaten Path: A Travel Guide to More Than 1000 Scenic and Interesting Places Still Uncrowded and Inviting

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mega Bloks Alphabet

Brian created a special message during playtime with Aria and her Mega Bloks today, strictly in an effort to help her learn a few alphabet letters. ;-)

Mega Bloks Building Imagination Bag Classic 80 pcs

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Successful REI Visit

After a shopping trip to REI where we picked up a new hiking backpack child carrier for the upcoming hiking season and lunch at Dickey's, Aria fell asleep hugging her new Deuter bear.

Deuter Kid Comfort II Storm/Anthracite, One Size Deuter Sun Roof & Rain Cover Titan, One Size

Friday, March 25, 2011

Uncle Mike's Birthday

Aria "helps" Uncle Mike open his birthday gifts tonight.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Caah Pleh!

A successful attempt at getting Aria to: 1) say please (instead of using just sign language) and 2) speak a 2-word phrase (not just yelling out her vocabulary terms). The end result was her distinctly saying, "Caah pleh!" while signing please. Baby steps... (thanks to Jonah for letting Aria "borrow" his car for a while from yesterday's play date)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Toy Timeshare

Suporn and Jonah came for a visit yesterday afternoon and shared some toys with Aria. These more frequent playdates are good for both of them, but they're still only playing near each other and not with each other. It probably didn't hurt that both of them were only interested in playing toys that were not their own. :-P

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Say Hello to My Little Friend

Taco night for dinner tonight: I hadn't originally planned on it, but took the opportunity to make some mini tacos with the Tostitos scoop chips. These bite sized morsels were pretty yummy and even Aria had a good meal out of the spread (she didn't eat the mini tacos, but she did get her fill of rice,chips and olives).

Monday, March 21, 2011

Captain Underpants

[I'm a little embarrased to post this, but figured, "what the hey?" :-P]

One of Aria's little quirks: every week on laundry day, she will grab mommy's underpants as they come out fresh and clean (and warm) from the dryer and wear them like a necklace. We can only hope that she will use her new powers for good and not evil. ;-)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Five Guys, Some Fries, and a Rainbow

Haven't done a multi-photo in a while, so here it is. We went to Five Guys Burgers & Fries tonight for dinner where the kiddies were entertained by Elmo and friends while we ate in peace. And on our way to dessert (fro-yo), we saw a rainbow.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Couch Potatoes

Aria had a rough night last night, so we ended up napping on the couch through the early morning.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Walking in My Shoes

Aria plays dress up with my shoes again. This time she's able to put both shoes on and walked around for a little bit. <sigh> She really is growing up too quickly...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Double Dog Dare You!

From our newly walled up window in the bedroom, some magical spackle and a challenge for you: Do you see 1 dog or 2?

Oh, and by the way: Happy St. Patrick's Day! (just thought I'd throw that out there as well ;-D) 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

An Evening Stroll #2

Part of our nightly ritual to let Aria get all of her extra energy out  before bed: here she is taking "Freddy Bear" for a brisk jog tonight in her toy stroller.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Back to Basics

Aria never really used a pacifier when she was younger, but she knew exactly what to do when she found her old stash today.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Brian and Aria play "Olé!" tonight with Aria as the bull. Not sure why they're using the green scarf instead of the red one though. :-P Maybe they're getting ready for St. Patrick's Day?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Neat Freak #3

This is the third time I caught Aria cleaning on film, so she really is living up to the name "neat freak". Since she didn't have much interest for Ni Hao Kailan (yet), Aria dusts the TV tonight at a friend's house. Remind me to buy a Swiffer handle just fo her so she can dust when she's at home. ;-)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Waitress Please!

You can just cut her concentration with a knife: Aria very carefully balances a plastic golf ball on her "tray"/Frisbee today. She just continues to find a new way to play with everything...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Having a Ball

Aria and Jonah had another playdate today. It'll still be a while before they're playing catch with balls - right now they're just sharing them (which is a step up from needing to play with the ball that the other one has).

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Feel the Burn!

Aria does another set of "table presses" tonight. It might be difficult to tell in the photo, but she's actually pushing the table up and off the floor. Crazy girl!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tickle Me Aria

For those of you who don't have personal experiences with toddlers, they can be pretty heavy and squirmy to carry around all the time. Tonight, I gave Aria a "ride" on one shoulder while I was trying to round her up for her bath. It also gave me the perfect opportunity to tickle her for a while (I love her little giggles) and my arms got a much needed break.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Snip Snip!

I gave Aria's bangs another trim today. This time was a little more tricky than the last: she didn't want anything to do with the scissors. So considering all it took to get the few snips in, I think it looks pretty good (for now)...

Monday, March 7, 2011


Aria sends a kiss through our new sliding glass doors between our game room and living room. Although I like the cuteness factor, it becomes apparent that it will be increasingly more difficult to keep these doors clean. :-P

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Rainy Sunday

It was a "lazy" rainy Sunday at our house today. Aria had a little bit of the sniffles but that didn't stop her from still being quite active. Here she is at the end of the day, tired out, bathed, fed, and almost ready for bed.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day at the Park #2

As part of our quest to visit as many local parks as possible, and since it was a relatively nice day today, we decided to take Aria to the Charles Kennedy Park this afternoon. Here is a shot of her running around in the nice open field adjacent to the park itself (with a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge replica in the background). [More photos here.]

We were pleasantly surprised that such a  nice park (newer and inventive playground equipment centralized around a "California" theme, not too crowded, lots of friendly fellow park-goers, and all in close proximity to our house) existed. We'll definitely be going back after the next series of rainy days.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Flying Lessons

Brian giving Aria "flying lessons" this evening. She loves being thrown onto our bed, and I happened to capture an action shot.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Not much going on today, but Aria did play "peek-a-boo" with the camera.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dinner Catch-Up

Caught up with Munraj and Sally tonight with a dinner at the local Olive Garden. It was a lot of fun and great to see the gals again. And don't let her expression fool you: Aria did have a good time too - was just a little wary of the waiter with mommy's camera...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Lil' Nighttime Reading

As a little something for her official 21st month birthday, I bought some $1 Sesame Street books from Target for Aria today. Here she is reading through one of them before she got ready to go to bed.