Thursday, June 30, 2011

I'm Ready For My Close-up!

A sandy and messy RJ gets some attention at Seacliff State Beach this afternoon. We finally lucked out with some nice weather and were able to take a walk down to the beach this afternoon where the kids played in the sand and playing keep-away from the waves.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Another Water Adventure

Aria runs through a water feature at Gilroy Gardens today. She loved being able to run around and get wet. We'll have to go back to check out the larger water features (ran out of time today at the park) later this season...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sisterly Love

Savannah and Siena get ready to go to the beach this morning. It's a good thing they went and came back before the rain.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Climb 'n Dangle

Brian and I did a bit of rock climbing today at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It was my first time, so I opted for the "Easy" wall. Brian braved the "Hard" one, which just so happened to be right next to me. So even though it looks like I'm doing better, I'm really not. :-P

Sunday, June 26, 2011

iFly (I Cry)

The "before" shot of the Penders family before they go indoor skydiving at iFly today. Stealing the name of their take-home DVD (iFly iCry) because it says it all. Courtney and Reno flew well, but the girls didn't enjoy their time in the wind tunnel quite so much...

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Aria, Siena, Savannah and RJ all get a little energy out just before bedtime. They all slept over at our house tonight before our vacation this week.

Friday, June 24, 2011

It's Snowing!

Aria enjoys the "snow" in our living room. She was helping Brian get some papers shredded tonight and loved getting showered.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bright as Day

It would seem that the lovely city of Union City has recently replaced all of the street lights in our neighborhood with bright CFLs. Since there's a street light directly outside our house, it's now a beacon whenever we look out the window. I thought I'd try to take a photo today to show just how bright it is at dusk.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Waterworld Times Two

Since it was such a hit yesterday, we invited Jonah over for a playdate with the water mat today. It took him a while to warm up to getting in (I can't blame him - it was nowhere near as warm as it was yesterday and the water was pretty darn cold), but once he did, the two of them (and the watermat) kept them entertained for a little while. Jonah came out pretty willingly, but I had to drag Aria out before she got too chilly - that girl loves the water!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


The Summer Solstice this year was a hot one so I pulled out the water mat for Aria this afternoon. She was able to help me multitask by having fun and watering our thirsty lawn at the same time. The smile on her face speaks for itself. :-D

Monday, June 20, 2011

Riding the Wave

At least that's what it looks like Aria's doing at Gymboree class today. She started climbing on top of the roly poly platform today and rocking it until she fell over (and laughing hysterically after falling).

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Daddy-Daughter Day

Enjoying a nice evening in our backyard on Father's Day this year.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Jibby & the Tots

Jibby poses with the wee ones at her graduation lunch this afternoon. Not so amazing: Jib graduating from high school with honors because we knew that she had it in her. Amazing: getting all 4 of them together and looking towards the camera long enough to take a photo. Congratulations to our new high school grad!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Pretty In Pink?

As many of you may already know, my mom recently got her house painted and we've gotten many compliments on the paint colors and job done by the contractor. So when she told me that she passed along the name of her painting contractor to her friend and they recently finished painting their home, I wanted to tag along to see the finished job. Little did I realize that the color combination that they chose was a bright bubblegum pink with a light green trim. Here is a photo of the newly painted house (I don't think the photo truly captures just how bright the pink was - right down to the pink chimney!). It is definitely a standout house in the neighborhood, don't you think?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Our Lil' Monster

Aria models the new "monster" hat that I just crocheted (it was so much fun to make, I'm thinking of making a few more ;-D). Here she is! I must say, she hasn't been too "monsterish" or living up to the Terrible Twos lately which is a great thing.

[Pattern provided by EmieGraceCreations]

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Suporn!

We all help celebrate Sup's birthday tonight with Taco Bell (her choice and apparently magical for the kiddies) and a taro birthday cake (my first time having it - very interesting).

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mystery Solved

We've been waiting for the last lily plant in our courtyard to bloom. We knew we had some red and peach lilies, but the color of the flowers on this last plant was a mystery to us. The first of the last lily plant bloomed today - finally! And the mystery color is .... yellow!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Jib's First Zumba

Jib joined us at Zumba class tonight. She did great and will hopefully join us more often in the future!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

All Comfy Cozy

Miriya and Aria get all snuggly in her Sesame Street couch this afternoon. It was a fun afternoon with all the kiddies coming over to play with the "new toys".

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Successful Day at the Fair

Cute photo of Aria and Emma napping side-by-side at the San Mateo County Fair today. It was a long day for both of them...

Friday, June 10, 2011

I'm Helping!

Aria lends a helping hand this afternoon. She really seemed to like watering the flowers (and also the pavement and herself). Maybe it's time to start her off on a chores list. ;-)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Crossbows & Catapults

Brian shows Aria a little Crossbows and Catapults action tonight. I think she got more of a kick out of the rubber bands than anything else. :-P

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Under the Weather

Poor little thing woke up with a fever this morning. After drinking her milk and taking some medication, she cozied up on the couch to watch Sesame Street until her fever broke. Hope it stays gone...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New Hiding Place

Aria "hides" in the kitchen tonight. She's gotten into the habit of trying to squeeze into the pots and pans cabinet, which may or may not be a step up from taking out all the pots and pans (haven't decided yet).

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Eyes Have It

Aria waits for her eyes to dilate at her eye check-up today. I'd like to say that she did well during the visit, but I don't think she liked the drops or the whole procedure very much. Even the Elmo and Cookie Monster toys didn't do much to calm her down, but her eye health seems good. Guess we'll know better in about a year...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Feel the Burn!

Aria helps daddy during his weight lifting this afternoon. She wasn't able to lift the weights, but she slowly rolled them across the carpet...

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Exploring "Aggie Town"

Aria makes good use of a newspaper stand at UC Davis today as we waited to try out the all-you-can eat brunch.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Setting Up Shop

Aria sets up her own shelf at Babies 'R Us tonight while the grown-ups shopped for a birthday present. It kept her quite busy for a good amount of time.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Behind Closed Doors

It was one of those days today: busy, but boring (so not a lot of opportunities to take an interesting daily photo). So, (thanks to Suporn's suggestion), I took a quick photo of Aria's video monitor to show exactly what she does after I tuck her into her crib every night. Yes, she does eventually go to sleep, but sometimes it can take quite some time for her to settle in...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Birthday Jam Session

Brian and Aria play the guitar and keyboard respectively tonight on Aria's 2nd birthday (if only they sounded as good as they look :-P ). We didn't do anything spectacular for her birthday since it was a "school night" and we had already thrown her a birthday bash this past weekend, but we did let her open a few of her new presents to play with.