Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Going Green

A quick photo of Aria playing with one of her party balloons tonight sporting the new beanie hat that I crocheted tonight. Wasn't planning it, but it turned out to be quite a green theme. :-)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Now I Wanna Be Like UNCLE Mike!

On our lazy Memorial Day holiday, Aria and Uncle Mike play a little 1-on-1 basketball at the neighborhood park this evening. Even though he has the size advantage, Aria was pretty insistent at going after the ball. Just need to work on her not traveling with the ball and she'll be all set! :-P

[More photos in our Adventure Blog: Memorial Day Adventure]

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Making Friends at the Thai Temple

Aria finds another little girl who is as interested in the fountain as she was at the Thai temple today. She and Brian explored the temple grounds as we picked up some lunch for the family.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Birthday Girl

Aria watches with a somewhat quizzical expression as I light up her birthday candle at her party today. I think we might have waited a little too long to do the whole candle-blowing ritual because she was really late for her nap.

[More photos of Aria having a little more fun at the Adventure Blog.]

Friday, May 27, 2011

... June Flowers!

I know it's not quite June yet, but I had to another photo of the lilies (now in bloom) in our courtyard today in case they started wilting before June (see previous post May Rain Brings....) These bright lilies now overpower the rest of the flowers in the courtyard (you can barely see the coleus planted in the background), but I'm so lucky to have a husband who works so hard to make our front and back yard look so nice. ;-)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cupcakes for Timmy

All finished! Here are the Timmy Time cupcake toppers I made for Aria's 2nd birthday party, all ready to go (just need to pick up the cupcakes tomorrow morning).

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

One Girl Marching Band

Another day, another way for Aria to repurpose everyday household items for her amusement. Here she is using her Mickey/Minnie maracas as drum sticks (and maracas too) and a Nestle hot cocoa can as a portable drum.

  Nestle Hot Cocoa Mix, Rich Milk Chocolate (39 Servings), 27.7-Ounce Canisters (Pack of 3)  Mickey Mouse Maracas

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Aria seems to like her new Sesame Street Flip-Open Slumber Sofa (early birthday gift from Po Po). We're hoping this will help ease the transition from crib to bed and also serve as a portable bed for her when we travel. We'll see...

Elmo Flip-Open Slumber Sofa

Monday, May 23, 2011


Brian spent almost all day yesterday cleaning and prepping the backyard for the Aria's 2nd party this weekend, so I thought it would be nice to capture a snapshot of it at nighttime. It really is so peaceful with all the lights. I just wish the weather would get better so we could spend more time out there...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fight On!

Aria helps pay tribute to mommy's alma mater today in her USC Song Girl outfit. I put it on today so she could wear it at least once before she grows out of it (size is 18 months). Fortunately, it looks like it'll fit her for a while longer, even though she is quickly approaching her 2-year birthday (apologies to all you Bruin and Fighting Irish alumnae out there! :-P )...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Choo Choo!

Aria watches as the train at Newpark Mall loads up in preparation to make its loop around the mall. I think she's fascinated enough with the concept of trains, but didn't seem to really want to get on the train for a ride... at least not tonight...

Friday, May 20, 2011

Can You Hear Me Now?

Since I was basically chained to my laptop and phone today (busy week at work), I hadn't put away my home "office" yet, which includes the phone and headset that I use all day long. So Aria practices her popstar moves with my headset tonight. ;-)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

May Rain Brings...

Here's a shot of the courtyard in front of our house today. We bought a couple of small lily plants last year and this year, they look like they will bloom again at an exponential rate. The May rain that we got these last few days (we're not talking showers - we're talking full on rain!) probably helped that along as well.

[Hoping to catch the "June Flowers" photo next month!]

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Terrible Twos?

Exactly two weeks before her 2nd birthday, Aria foreshadows the year of the terrible twos to come... She really isn't too bad. Only when she doesn't want to: eat, sleep, listen to mommy, listen to daddy, listen to Po Po, get in the car, get out of the bath, stay in the shopping cart, stop playing with mommy's DVD collection, stop playing in the pantry, stop pulling out Tupperware from the kitchen cabinets ... <sigh> :-P

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Repeating History

One of my earliest memories is my dad giving me a bath and making "shampoo mohawks" with my hair. Tonight I helped Aria to her own little mohawk during bathtime. (Of course, I didn't have all the cool bath toys that Aria has... :-P )

Monday, May 16, 2011


Aria goes play spelunking at Gymboree today. It wasn't the theme for today's lesson, but she managed to put the flashlight that they were given to good use.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Putting on a Show

I found Aria hanging out in between the shower curtains this morning. She was playing the "drums" on the bathtub with her hair brush. If I hadn't peeked in, she probably would have stayed there entertaining herself for a lot longer (and people don't believe me when I tell them she just doesn't need that many more toys for her birthday :-P )...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Finishing Touches

The new "Retro" colored paint on mom's house - makes her house really stand out on our street! Glad we were able to get the paint on before the first of the rain started (rain in May?! Is that supposed to bring June flowers??).

Friday, May 13, 2011

Mini Getaway

As a late Mother's Day gift, Brian and I had a mini-vacation getaway tonight (and our first night without Aria - thanks Mom!). Here is a shot of our fireplace at the Residence Inn tonight after a dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Is There Something On Me?

Aria being goofy tonight during family play time. She's figured out that there's more to do with the play tunnel than just crawl through it... :-P

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Stop and Smell the Roses

Aria sniffs the latest cut rose from our rose bush.
(Some of these roses are huge and some of them are as big as her head!)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Aria, Brian and Po Po "play" a game of mahjong today.
(The mahjongg tiles were a great way to keep her busy while we checked out the sample paint on my mom's house.)

Monday, May 9, 2011

More Flying Lessons

Another successful (but blurry) session of flying lessons tonight for Aria and Brian. It's a good workout for Brian and a lot of fun for Aria. And I'm sure she would get thrown even higher if our ceilings were taller. :-P

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

It was a Happy Mother's Day dinner at Ray's Sushi tonight. We tried to get a good photo with all 3 of us, but Aria didn't want to cooperate. Ah well... at least we tried.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Brian and Aria take a stroll along the lakeside today at Lake Del Valle before our hike. Thought this was a cute shot of them walking perfectly in sync together.

Friday, May 6, 2011


Just had to get a quick snapshot of Aria and her bedhead this morning.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

We found it only fitting to have a dinner outing at Mi Pueblo supermarket this evening for Cinco de Mayo. It was Aria's first time there (and mine as well) but she immediately took to pushing around one of the mini shopping carts that were provided. Not sure if you can make it out in the photo, but the cart was complete with a "Mi Pueblo Customer in Training" flag.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

In Bloom...

Just a pretty shot of my mom's backyard (with Aria digging in the rocks in the background). We took advantage of the warm day to play outside a bit while waiting for Brian's BART train to come in this evening.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I Wanna Be Like Mike Too

Aria "helps" me take a photo of daddy acting silly today. Like father, like daughter I suppose... :-P (in case you missed it, you'll see what I'm talking about in last Friday's post

Monday, May 2, 2011

Gone Fishin'

Aria goes "fishing" with her Gymboree teacher today during the "Water" themed pretend play and learn. She caught a green fish pretty quickly over the bridge and had fun showing off her catch.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bouncy Bouncy!!

Aria got her 2nd opportunity to jump around in a bouncer in 2 days (yesterday at her cousin RJ's 1st birthday party and today at her (other) cousins' dance class registration fair). She took to this larger carousel themed bouncer right away and I managed to get some "in the air" shots (she was either jumping around, or sitting and bouncing while some of the older kids jumped around her).