Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Aria really took to reading a sample from the Highlights magazine that was sent to us in the mail. She kept chanting "ah-mils" over and over again (translation: "animals")...

Monday, January 30, 2012

DDR is Back

Trying to get a little more exercise indoors, so I broke out the DDR mats for our Wii tonight while Aria "danced" along (she mostly just stood on  my controller mat, and "helped" me almost fail the songs :-P). At least I got in about 20 mins of cardio... Here is a photo of the little "gift" she left for mommy on the controller mat after the dancing was done.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Balloons at Joe's

Since the dinnertime wait was too much on Saturday night, we ventured out to Joe's Crab Shack in old town Sacramento on our way home today for lunch. There was still a little bit of a wait, but we filled it up nicely with Aria getting a new balloon animal friend, thanks to her Grandpa. She loved waving it around, but is starting to get a little bit dazed after a second day of no nap...

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Scooter Time!

Brian helps Aria ride a borrowed scooter this afternoon. Her first time, and she didn't even object to the helmet - she was having too much fun. It'll take some more practice, but she did enjoy the ride (although Brian's back probably got a really good workout) and it made the walk to the park a little quicker.

Friday, January 27, 2012

What's In There?

A cute shot of Aria with the Blue M&M display at Fry's tonight. We took a last minute trip there before we drove up to Roseville tonight to buy a new router for her grandparents' house.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

There's That Tongue Again

Aria's gotten into the new habit of sticking her tongue out and playing with it. Here she is reacting to a more.Starfall.com color game (I believe it was the red firetruck...)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy Card Set

It took a while, mostly because it was difficult to keep Aria busy and away from "helping" mommy complete this card set, but I finally got it done, in time for a special birthday gift this weekend.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pancake Dinner

Aria wolfs down her mini pancake dinner tonight. She must have been either really hungry, or really craving pancakes.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cute Hairdo

I just thought that Aria looked cute in her hairdo tonight, so I snapped a quick shot.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Jumping Hurdles #2

Another action shot of Aria jumping over the makeshift "hurdles" that Brian set up for her (she used the stepstool as a jumping off point - hasn't jumped over it (yet))...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Apple Household

Another cute shot of Brian with Aria, this time with him on his iPhone, and her on my iPad.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tent in a Box

A sneaky shot of Aria inside her box "tent" this afternoon. All those Christmas shopping orders from Amazon come in handy (we have this huge box that is almost as big as Aria's crib mattress).

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Another Lazy iPad Day

With her sniffles and the rainy weather, Aria spends more time on the iPad this afternoon. All cozy and snuggly and happy as a clam. :-)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

More Starfall with Daddy

Brian helps Aria navigate through the Starfall website. They looked too cute together to pass up this photo op.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Animal Soup!

Aria flips through one of her new favorite books, courtesy of the public library, Animal Soup. She loves lifting the flaps and seeing all the animal hybrids.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mommy's Helper #2

Aria helped me make her Auntie Cindy's birthday card this afternoon. I punched out the various circles, and she glued them on for me. :-) I foresee much more crafting with her in the near future!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hello Clean Mr. Duck

Well, he's cleaner anyway. I gave Aria's favorite stuffed animal, her duck, a bath this afternoon. It's a minimal difference, but it's better than nothing - she takes that thing with her wherever we'll let her!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Aria's New Job

We took Aria to Chuck 'E Cheese's today for the first time. She loved the merry-go-round and pushing all the buttons on the games. We loved the fact that everything still costs only 1 token, including this photo "ticket" where Aria got her first job. I love the expression on her face. :-P

Friday, January 13, 2012

Topsy Turvy #2

Aria's getting really good at the headstands in her crib. This one was taken today without her flopping around like a fish out of water (like she was doing before).

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Aria's Soapbox

Aria's new toy: our old step stool. Our original intention was for her to use it to gain more surface area while painting on her new easel. The new use: her own personal "soapbox" to jump off of.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Our Own Personal Lemons

A shot of our lemon tree in the backyard this evening. Not sure if they'll make it through the cold, but it's comforting to see them nonetheless.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Getting My Mango Fix

Not sure if I wasn't look hard enough before, or if this is a relatively new product, but I found this at the local Raley's today and I had to try it. Now I can get my mango fix for those winter months when fresh mangoes aren't available (although I'll have to try it tonight to see just how good they taste)...

Update: OK, I tried them and they're not quite the same as fresh mangoes in the summertime, but they'll do for now...

Monday, January 9, 2012

Anyone Game?

Saw this flyer today and immediately thought Brian and Aria should enter - any other takers so I can help convince him? ;-)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

There's That Tougue Again...

And there's George again too. :-P Not sure why Aria chooses to stick out her tongue for no reason, but here it is again.

Lazy iPad Saturday

Aria took advantage of a sluggish me today and clocked a few hours on the iPad. Here is a shot of her kicking back in our bed (quite literally) with Curious George on Netflix and a tub of popcorn.

Friday, January 6, 2012

First 2012 Game Night

Our first game night of 2012 kicked off with a Ticket to Ride Asia game.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


I finally had the opportunity to unpack some of the art supplies that Aria received from her grandparents for Christmas. She took to the new smock (although it is just slightly too big for her right now) and painting right away.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Nature Collage

I just liked the simplicity of this photo collage at the doctor's office this afternoon.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Techno House

Brian with his new iPhone, and Aria with her new Leap Pad. Do we live in a crazy techno gadget filled household now or what?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Hot Dog Partners

We ventured out to the mall today to pick up a couple of essential items. Aria and I passed the time at the coin operated Hot Dog truck while Brian did a little shopping - she was able to get a "free ride", courtesy of her new friend in the back (and his mom - I would have given her the ride myself, but she always seems just as happy playing in it when it's not moving).

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Aria & Roo

Since Aria had so many Christmas presents, we kept giving them to her a little at a time so she wouldn't be overwhelmed. Here she is relaxing with her newest stuffed animal, Roo.