Saturday, April 30, 2011

Having a Ball

Happy 1st Birthday RJ! He seemed to really like the baseball cake that grandma made. It was fun to play with and eat; it ended up everywhere: his face, hair, inside his ears, and I believe some of it went inside his mouth too. :-P

Friday, April 29, 2011

I Wanna Be Like Mike

Just a little candid shot today - Aria's taken to sticking her tongue out (a la Michael Jordan) a lot recently. It usually happens more often when she's concentrating on something. This time in particular, she was struggling to climb up mommy to get to the camera.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Feeling Crafty

I completed my first crochet project tonight in a long time. Here is a cute little baby pup seal (minus a few facial decorations that I have yet to finish) - not too bad for my first try if I do say so myself. ;-)

[Thanks to Amy Gaines for the pattern!]

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Oh NO!

I really think "Sassitude" should be her middle name. :-P Aria tends to resist bedtime at night. Here she is telling me just what she thinks of the credits rolling at the end of Timmy Time (she knows that she has to go to bed after the little lamb airs at our house).

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Can You See Me Now?

Aria being silly and playing with mommy's hat tonight. Even though she doesn't like having accessories in her hair/on her head, she seemed to get a kick out of how she looked in the mirror. Didn't hurt that my hat has a small opening for a ponytail - she kept trying to peek through it while walking up and down the hallway...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Busy Bee

Aria looks rather forlorn in this photo, but she really was having fun keeping busy in Target today while I shopped for groceries today. She repurposed some canned olives, condensed milk, and yogurt into building blocks. Too bad her tower kept tipping over as I navigated my way through the aisles. :-P

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Digging It

We tested out the jogging stroller today at Quarry Lakes 4+ miles later, Aria gave it her seal of approval. Here she is playing in her personal "sandbox" in Po Po's backyard afterwards (she was so tired, but somehow she fights through it for her love of digging through the rocks).

I think when I was two years old in the sandbox. I think I formulated my basic philosophy there, and I haven't really had to alter it very much ever since.
- Boyd Rice

Saturday, April 23, 2011

(Oh What a) Great Mall...

We braved a trip to the Great Mall in Milpitas today on Easter weekend where Aria played on the video mat, shopped some in some toy and Sprockets stores, saw the Easter bunny (no pictures were taken though) and ate some yummy potatoes (potato cakes, fries and curly fries - she does take after her daddy) from the food court.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Wait for Me!

Aria hauling her big (gift bag repurposed to) "purse" full of books and toys on her way out the door to Gymboree today. It still amazes me how she is able to lug around the heavy bag, but that's what she likes to do...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Little Girl Busted!

I thought I was multitasking successfully by letting Aria play nearby me in our bedroom today while I wrapped up some work stuff this evening. Chalk it up to me being completely absorbed in work, but I should have known she was being too quiet: she found some of the DVDs and placed a few of them in the drawer I've set aside for her to store her toys in our room. I had to take a snapshot of the mess she made since no real damage done (probably wouldn't have had the presence of mind to take a photo if she had really made a mess :-P ).

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Chillaxin' v. 1. to kick back, take it easy; 2. to be chillin' and relaxin'

(Note her new favorite toy: the lift-the-flap Numbers book that was part of her Easter basket from her grandparents. She's been constantly reading and carrying that book around since she got it last weekend.)

My Lift the Flap Book of Numbers (Pancake Lift the Flap)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Little Pony(tail)...

For those of you who don't know, it is absolutely impossible to do anything with Aria's hair (other than possibly combing all the tangles out). So when I somehow was able to both comb her hair and convince her to keep the ponytail in her hair tonight, I had to take a photo of it to capture this rare event.

Monday, April 18, 2011

New Puppy Friend

Aria's fascination for dogs was put to the test today with Po Po's latest gift: a barking toy dog. So far, she is vaguely interested in it when it barks and sits, but seems to like to taking it for a walk on the makeshift leash a lot more.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Early Easter Eggs

Due to the timing of the April/May birthdays this year, we celebrated Easter a week early this year (to avoid having to drive up from the Bay Area to Sacramento three weekends in a row). Cousins Aria, Savannah, Siena and RJ check out Savannah's easter egg stash along with the Easter Bunny (a.k.a. Grandpa). More photos of the egg hunting on the adventure blog.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Pirate Party

Aria stays out of the action as the older guests at cousin Siena's 4th pirate birthday party create their own obstacle course in the backyard. More photos of Siena's party on the adventure blog.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Young Artist at Work

You can just feel the concentration as she finds a new way to draw today (I call it her "pixelated phase").

Thursday, April 14, 2011

It's a "Wild Life"

Sporting her new souvenir T-shirt from the Monterey Bay Aquarium (thanks Auntie Suporn and Uncle Mike!). And it's approprite since she is kind of a wild one sometimes. ;-) You can almost see her chubby little cheeks flapping as she runs...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Attack of the Tickle Monster!

This one is pretty self explanatory. ;-) They don't always admit it, but all kids, including Aria loves the Tickle Monster, a.k.a. Daddy...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


While I was trying to get Aria changed into her PJs tonight at Auntie & Uncle's house, she "escaped" to the other end of the sectional couch and onto the comfy Korean blanket. Here she is trying to act all innocent about not wanting to go to bed yet. :-P

Monday, April 11, 2011

Drumroll Please!

Aria showing her sassitude yet again tonight, turning our DVD-R spindle into her own set of congo drums.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ships That Pass...

Aria watching the all the other kids' boats run down the stream at Great America today. Note how I specifically called out "other kids' boats": she didn't seem to want to let her own boat go down the stream and held onto it for a long time.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Awesomeness - No Charge

We were greeted by a familiar smirking face today before we took off on our hike. :-)

Kung Fu Panda (Two Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Rained Out

Or should I say "Rained In"?

Due to some unforeseen circumstances (old gym equipment and rain), Mike & Brian decided to stay in today and get a little exercise playing Wii Sports Resort. It's definitely been a while since we broke this game out, and probably the first time Aria has seen it. She loved the puppy in the Frisbee throw game and made sure to get as close to the TV as possible to check it out.

Wii Sports Resort

Thursday, April 7, 2011

America's Next Top Mini Chef

Aria and Jonah cooking with some pots & pans and the cool cutting food toy during today's playdate session.

Melissa & Doug Cutting Food Box 11 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set - Pots, Pans, Lids, Strainer & Utensils

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Found Treasure

Aria found some "treasure" last night in the form of some newly borrowed DVDs from the library. She then proceeded to open up and line them on the coffee table by herself (one can only assume so she could see all four DVDs at once).

Pocoyo: Super Pocoyo Sesame Street: Preschool Is Cool! ABCs with Elmo Shaun the Sheep: Off the Baa! Preschool Is Cool: Counting With Elmo

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wash Me Please!

Just a fun little photo of Aria while we were goofing around this afternoon. She's just the perfect height to pop out of our hamper (don't worry - the basket was empty since laundry was just done :-P ).

Monday, April 4, 2011

Backyard's 1-Yr Anniversary

I can't believe it, but it's been almost a year since we first started working on our new backyard. I thought I'd take a quick photo (from our new bedroom window) to show the progress of our plants (the Japanese maple trees are looking really healthy!) at this one year milestone. Also, see the unplanned, but happy little daffodils (courtesy of the bulbs that were present in the dirt from my parents' house) that are peeking out of our planter. Looking forward to spending more time and enjoying the backyard this spring and summer - who wants to join us? ;-)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Humboldt vs. USC

I thought this was an amusing opportunistic shot of Aria lounging in our USC chair with her Humboldt dress on.

Southern California Trojans Sphere Chair

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Jib is 18!

Jib proudly shows off her first (legal) lottery scratcher tickets at her 18th birthday bash tonight for friends and family. Happy 18th Birthday Jib!

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Flying Word

Aria's taken to grabbing a bunch of her board books and then flinging them into the air like they're mortarboards and she's just graduated from preschool. Here's a blurry action shot from tonight.