Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mini Reunion

The Bien family stopped by on their road trip to California this evening so we got to enjoy a mini family reunion with dinner and a short visit to our houses. Managed to get this shot in before it got completely dark in my mom's backyard.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Meeting Thomas

Since Aria seems to be interested in trains, we took her to meet Thomas today at Roaring Camp near Santa Cruz today. The long night at the baseball game probably contributed to it, but poor girl conked out while we were on the train. We took this photo to commemorate that she was actually there with Thomas. ;-) [And even more photos...]

Friday, July 29, 2011

Aria @ A's

Aria poses with the Oakland A's mascot, Stomper tonight at her first baseball game. She was a trooper, behaving so well on the BART train to the Colliseum, and during the long game and fireworks show. Having her run around the prior to the game and playing in the Kids Zone helped a lot too. [Here are some more photos from the game...]

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Aria is fascinated with the Animal Sounds app on my phone. She could watch and follow along with the animal sounds ("coo-coo-do" is for the rooster) all day long, if only she didn't keep accidentally backing out or hitting the ads on the phone. :-P I really need to figure out a way to lock those options from her...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Our House Gets a Bath

Our next big project is painting our house, and we got the painters strated today washing the outside and starting to patch up all the imperfections. Thought I would take one last "before" photo of our clean, blue house before it gets a new coat of color this weekend (I'll keep the new color a surprise for now and will post an "after" photo some time next week).

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hmm... What's In Here?

Not much going on today, so here's a photo of Aria just being silly during our play time this evening, as usual...

Monday, July 25, 2011


Aria pretends to take a nap today on one of the bath mats in our room. I guess she thinks they're comfy enough to sleep on!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Play-doh Time

Aria finds a new medium to express herself as I introduce her to Play-doh for the first time. She was a little wary at first, but got right into making pancakes and squishing the 'doh' around.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Urban Dare!

Brian and I participated in San Jose's Urban Dare this year as team Raising Aria. After a few wrong turns and misinformation, we managed to finish all of the checkpoints (no bonus photo though) and not in last place either! :-P It was a lot of fun: we got a lot of good exercise too and learned a lot more about downtown San Jose.

Friday, July 22, 2011

FFL Draft Order

Aria helps Brian and Uncle Mike pick this year's FFL draft order tonight (although you really should have picked mommy's number first! :-P ).

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Did I Do It Right?

Uh, not quite little darling. :-P She's still cute though as I catch her trying on Jibby's shoes. She likes to walk around in what I call "clown shoes" (in other words, any shoe she can get on her foot which is usually about 10 times too big for her)...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Little Buddha Belly

"So that's what it feels like to be full!"

:-P Aria shows off her little belly this evening after she finishes a whole hash brown patty for dinner. If only she ate this well every night (and ate more than a few select food items)...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rocking Out

Looks like the strategically placed rocks in our backyard has served Brian's original purpose: to serve as seats around the yard. Aria found a good one this evening right next to the planter box and happily sat there for a while (yes, I know - I need to give her a haircut... :-P ).

Monday, July 18, 2011


I got some roses last night to thank me for "volunteering" to help set up the sound during the free Zumba classes on Mondays. (I use the quotes for volunteer because I really don't help all that much - I just watch Sup do most of the work. :-P) Definitely not necessary, but it was a very sweet gesture. The roses smelled really good too as evidenced by Aria's "aaahhh!" after smelling them.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Princess Aria

Princess Aria perches on her "throne" tonight, watching Timmy Time on the iPad with her milk and bag of Goldfish crackers. I think she adjusted quite well to this new setup (I had her out with the rest of us as some of the gang play Dominion  in the dining room in the background)...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Drying Off

Addyson, Darian, and Aria are all bundled up in towels (well, at least 2/3 of them are bundled up) after playing in the kiddie section of Boomerang Bay at Great America this afternoon. They all enjoyed playing in the water even though it wasn't too warm of a day.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Birthday Dinner

A crab (a.k.a. Cancer) got taken out to dinner at a Crab Shack tonight for a birthday dinner by her husband. Yum! :-9

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Say Cheese!

We were trying to catch Aria "dressing" up the robot that Brian made out of Mega Bloks tonight, but after she saw me break out the camera, she automatically turned and said "CHEESE!". Think she's getting used to me shoving a camera lens in her face everyday. :-P

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Reclaiming Our Living Room

We took away the baby gates in front of the fireplace and television tonight so I could get to our modem and router a little easier. It's been a while since we've had an unobstructed view of this side of the living room and we decided to take a chance and do without the gates. So far, Aria only seems interested in her toys, and not getting into the media center or the LCD so cross your fingers for us!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Going in Circles

Our little artist is getting much better at drawing circles. Here is her latest masterpiece from tonight.

Monday, July 11, 2011

For Dad

When we planned out our backyard, we put in a planter box for flowers and/or vegetables and wanted to dedicate it to my dad who had a really large green thumb. Even though we still haven't gotten around to planting anything in this year (or last year), some wildflowers still found their way into the box nearby the dedication rock.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Aria stays still long enough to take a photo of her wearing Uncle Mike's hat. And a smile too!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Having Fun Poolside

The extended family's kids pose poolside at Savannah's 6th birthday party today. I took dozens of shots, and this seems to be the best one of all the kiddies (minus a couple of the youngest boys who were napping at the time).

Friday, July 8, 2011

Chilaxing #2

Another slow day today, but thought this was a cute shot of Aria reposing in her sleeper sofa. She really loves that thing!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

It's a Start...

For those of you that don't know, Aria got a cool Power Wheels toy from her grandparents this past Christmas. Since then, it has sat in either our garage or my mom's shed for storage because she was too afraid to ride it. In fact, at her 2nd birthday party a couple of months ago, she was the only kid who did not want to ride it all afternoon long. Well, good news: Brian was able to get her to ride it just for a little while this evening. She is still a little wary of the car (I think it's just a little too loud for her tastes), but at least it's a start...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bike Building

Aria lays down her bicycle parts during her first Gymboree Art class today. I think she enjoyed it, but she was surprisingly squeamish about getting paint on herself: I thought that she would like getting a little messy, but she refused to continue to paint until I cleaned off her hands.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My New Toy

As an early birthday surprise, Brian and the entire family surprised me with a new iPad2 today. And to top it off, I got a cover and iTunes gift card from a couple of special friends as well. :-) Very excited to play with my new toy... Thank so much to all!

Monday, July 4, 2011


As usual, the fireworks that were set off in our neighborhood this year was just a s crazy as usual. Here is a shot of some of the legal ones that were set off at our neighbor's house just a few houses down. I didn't include shots of the many louder, bigger (and slightly more illegal ones) ones that were going on nearby as well. Aria was a trooper, taking it all in without any complaints (although near the end of our gazing outside, she did seem a little spooked by all noise).

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fingernail Moon

A pretty shot of the moon tonight. I started to call this a "Fingernail" moon when I was younger because that's what it reminded me of.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Meeting the Su Twins

We met the Su twins for the first time today. I added an insert of little Emma and Owen above (it was difficult to get them with Aria in the same photo, looking in the same direction). Here's hoping that we get to spend more time with the little ones again in the near future!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Bye-Bye Vacation (House)

Our last quick glance of the beach vacation rental house on our way out and headed back home. It was a great family vacation - just too short (as usual)... At least we still have a few days before having to go back to work, thanks to the long 4th of July weekend.