Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Triple Threat

Aria hams it up in the mirrors at Gymboree today. Lately, she's been very interested in talking to herself in any mirror. :-P

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Stockings Were Hung...

More Christmas decorations at the Holmgren household.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Holmgren Holiday

A quick shot of one of the ornaments on our (now leaning) Christmas tree tonight.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

More Food and Family

We finished our Thanksgiving weekend with yet another dinner with family. This time, my mom's cousins visited and we had the customary meal at Mayflower.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Visiting "Gung Gung"

We took Aria to the Mountain View mausoleum today after brunch so she could visit her "Gung Gung" for the first time. After the visit inside, she had a great time running around outside with the fountains and new holiday decorations.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Part 2

The family gatherings continued today. Here is Willbe, Ross, Ivan & Brian playing a game of Dominion while the rest of us eat leftovers and chat.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Turkey Carving

Ross and Brian take to carving the turkey. It was a little primitive (our electric knife broke as we took it out of the package and no cutting board was to be found), but it got the job done. Yummy turkey! :-9

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ladies Luncheon

Lunch between the Yao-Holmgren & Ng families today as a pre-Thanksgiving meal.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Two Green Houses

So there's a story behind this: A couple of months ago, a couple walking by our newly painted house rang our doorbell and asked for the paint color. They were thinking of painting their home (just down the street) a different color (not beige) but couldn't decide on one. But they happened to enjoy our new color. Fast forward to a couple months later... two very similar green houses on the same street! (Also got a photo of our new house number sign on our house, just put up this past weekend...)

Monday, November 21, 2011

I Did It!

Aria is so happy with her Play-Doh tower. I'm glad she finds ways to play with her new Play-Doh set, without needing me to supervise (i.e. actually play with the Play-Doh).

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pick a Team

Aria sports the Cardinals shirt, but is roaring like a Lion this football Sunday. :-P At least she's having fun...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Swing Away!

We had a chance to catch up with the Malicks tonight at the batting cages near our house. Here is Brian helping Duncan with his at bat.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cozy Couple

Aria and her stuffed doggie enjoy the first fire of the season.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Future Chef

Or possibly just a future pack rat. :-P Aria borrowed some pantry items again tonight to play with.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Running Blind

Aria got a kick out of running around the house with her beanie cap pulled down over her face. I have a sneaking suspicion that she could see through the tiny holes of the cap, but it was still amusing.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New School Meets Old School

Aria learning her alphabet thanks to Starfall this evening. She just couldn't get over the fact that my laptop was not a touch screen though. :-P

Monday, November 14, 2011

Welcome Surprise

It's been a while since I've been into the office, so imagine my surprise when I see what I had posted up in my cubicle wall. Some "older" photos of Aria were waiting for me. A nice collage (if I do say so myself). ;-)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Final Nursery Touches

The final touch on Aria's room (i.e. the nursery) was completed today. Thanks to Brian's mom, Aria's closet is now covered with the cutest matching handmade curtains ever - thanks again!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

It Got Me!

Just a fun shot with Aria and Uncle Mike at Ray's Crab Shack this evening. A night of great food and company during a belated family birthday celebration for my mom.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Bocce (or Soccer) Anyone?

So Brian's early birthday surprise was dinner and playing Bocce ball at Campo di Bocce in Livermore. He's been wanting to do it for a few years now, but since his birthday usually falls around company Christmas parties, we've never been able to reserve a court. And unfortunately, the one we got was outdoors (and it did happen to rain a bit here this evening), but I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Even Aria kept herself (and us as well) entertained by running up and down in the next vacant Bocce court, kicking a Bocce ball like it was a soccer ball (and doing quite a good job controlling it as well).

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Blast Off!

I broke out Aria's old high chair this evening in an effort to get her to sit still while eating dinner. It went much better as I anticipated - she was actually eager to get in the chair. She kept hinting that it was part of "pat pat" (what she calls Little Einsteins), and once seated, she kept pretending to "take off" in Rocket. Oh, what an imagination our little one has...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Hunt is On!

Brian got an early birthday "treasure hunt" after work today (I needed a way to tell him of his early birthday surprise - more to come on that later). Here is Clue #5 - I dare you to solve it (if you can)! ;-)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Aria rediscovered her Leaptop toy this evening (with a little help from me). Poor little thing kept trying to navigate using the screen though (oh, how the iPad has spoiled for all other neat toys :-P ).

Monday, November 7, 2011

It's Fixed!

No more whale tail! Brian fixed our bathtub drain this evening (so nice!). The whale bathtub toy was previously stuck in there to keep the stopper down so the bath could drain...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Crisp Fall Morning

My view outside the kitchen window this morning, the first day after Daylight Savings Time ends. I love the fall colors on our neighbor's tree (for some reason, our own tree doesn't start turning colors until way later than everyone else's - guess it just likes green).

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Raining Indoors

Aria uses a lawn dart as an umbrella this evening. Kids and their imaginations...

Friday, November 4, 2011

Playtime at Auntie Jam's

Aria and Jonah share a moment after dinner tonight. What is it about kids and any techno gadget (in this case, it was someone's cell phone).

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Nom Nom Nom

Aria is finally feeding herself dinner without too much encouragement from me. Here she is spooning a large bite of Mexican flavored rice with her Elmo spoon (and Elmo sippy cup - she finally is drinking milk out of a cup, and not a bottle). My little baby is all growns up. ;-)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Alphabet Jumble

Aria arranges her alphabet puzzle pieces into an ordered jumble this evening. I think there is a little bit of OCD in her...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tutu Cute

Aria dresses up her duckie in her new tutu (compliments of her cousins). Couldn't resist snapping a shot of it for today's photo.