Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are in San Antonio this week having a great time with my parents and Kelly! Today we're having a special Thanksgiving lunch in The Colonial Room at the historic Menger Hotel and then we're going to tour the Alamo. Even though I've heard it's pretty small, I think it's definitely a must-see now that we're Texans.

Hope everyone has a fun Thanksgiving! :)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fun family times

We've been having lots of fun these past couple of weeks, so I thought I'd include a few pics!

Lily LOVES swinging and I think my most favorite birthday present was witnessing her joy while swinging at our neighborhood park! :)

On Saturday night, we visited Dewberry Farm, a local farm that has a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, hayrides, a corn maze, and a flower garden. We all had a great time and I think Lily really enjoyed seeing all of the animals, running around, and trying to pick up the pumpkins. After the sun went down and it got dark, we even went through "Pumpkin Hollow" on a walk to see lots of neat carved pumpkins! Here are Mommy & Lily decked out in our Halloween gear:

She loved exploring the flower garden:

The weather has been getting cooler and it is really starting to feel like autumn. We can't wait for Halloween!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Samantha Marie!

Our good friends Amy & Lenny welcomed a daughter this morning! Samantha Marie was born weighing 7 lbs, 6 oz and measuring 20 inches long. Since some of our readers know Amy & Lenny, I thought I'd post the good news! For more details, check out their blog (under our blog links). Here's a few pics I took from their blog:

What a cutie!

Proud Mama!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday Lily

I know it's been some time since we've posted and we have so much we would love to share with everyone, but for now I just wanted to let everyone know that we are safe. It's been an overwhelming & unbelievable last few days! Fred boarded up the house, we packed up, and evacuated to Dallas (driving through the night on Wednesday) for Hurricane Ike and thankfully, we found out from our neighbor this morning (who'd stayed behind) that our house was not damaged. The only minor damage he saw was that our fence had blown over and our satellite dish was a little mangled. Words cannot describe how RELIEVED we are to hear that our house & immediate neighborhood (and my work) survived the storm (since there was a very real possibility that we could have been affected by the storm surge), but we also feel sadness that some local & very special places to us did not. As Fred and I were saying to each other today, even though we are safe and our house survived, we don't feel that we will ever be the same after this experience. We are so thankful for our house and our community, but most of all, we are thankful to have each other (Fred and I and our "girls" - Lily and Bella) and for our amazing family and wonderful friends.

As I sit here typing this, my baby is about to turn 1 year old (tomorrow on 9/14) and it's amazing to think back to what I was doing at this time last year - we (my mom, Fred, and I) had just gotten to the hospital around ~10:00pm and she was born at 3:22am. My life has changed in so many ways that I never even expected since that day. I knew I would love Lily SO much, but I never expected the depth of the love that I feel for her. It is a love that is actually indescribable! Fred and I have found so much joy in watching her grow and change and learn and become this wonderful little girl who brings smiles to everyone she comes across.

So, Lily, Happy 1st Birthday sweet baby girl! You have been a dream come true for Daddy and me and have taught us about what is truly important in life. We look forward to this next year and to watching you grow into a 2-year-old!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

San Diego

Auntie Kelly here. You'll have to forgive me if there are any misspellings/odd turns of phrase/etc. as I started writing this entry on my plane ride home from San Diego, and had been up at 3am for my Super Shuttle ride to the San Diego Airport. And it sure was super, with the driver blaring what was surely Now That's What I Call Vivaldi!: Volume 17 and getting so lost at every stop that he had to bust out a 9-point turn, narrowly missing mailboxes and lawn gnomes.

But anyway, I am back in San Francisco and had to (sadly) leave the remainder of the fam back in sunny San Diego for them to continue on with their trip. I have a full recap of the first 3 days, however, complete with the many hilarious Lily pictures that resulted.

After we all arrived from our various locations we headed to Old Town San Diego for dinner and some shopping.

Lily was serenaded by this nice older gentleman. Her face says it all.

Grandpa is CLEARLY on vacation.

With Grandpa's credit card- Lily is a girl after my own heart!

After dinner we walked around the booths and shops, where Fred found some wrestling masks he couldn't live without.

There were also plenty of cute little cacti available for purchase, but I didn't think that would be so easy with my carry-on luggage.

This was also the first time that Lily really needed a sweatshirt (Houston isn't exactly known for it's crisp and cool summer days), and it was quite the debacle getting it on her. Eventual success was had though.

The parents going wild. If Lily had been in this picture I think we all know what the Christmas 2008 cards would look like...

The Old Town mission:

The next day we headed up the coast to visit UC San Diego, both Katie's and my alma mater. In the 3 years since I've graduated it has changed a ton, so it was fun for both of us to see the changes. I was a tour guide in college so my mom pumped me for factoids the entire time- FUN.

Visiting the old dorms. Don't jump, Fred!

UCSD was an absolutely thrilling experience for Lily.

We had a little down time before dinner, so Lily found her new favorite toy- Auntie's cell phone. I'm sure she sent a few text messages when I wasn't looking.

Gratuitous beauty shot- look at those eyes!

We met my college roommate Danelle for dinner (sidenote: it's her bday today...the big 25! Happy Birthday!) at Buca di Beppo, which was lots of fun for Lily. Her new favorite past time is making this screeching/squealing sound of delight that pretty much shatters the sound barrier and frightens all onlookers. The funny part is that she's totally content and happy, she just feels it necessary to share her glee at a high decibel. We cleared the room pretty quickly.

Sunday was my last day with the gang, and we decided on casual beach day. We lunched at Ruby's on the end of the pier in Oceanside. We had burgers, Lily had a lemon. Seriously, she loves lemons. Isn't that odd? It makes her shudder sometimes when it is so sour, but she goes back for more.

Watching Lily experience the beach for the first time was so fun and hilarious. She would take off crawling towards the waves and absolutely adored it. She's teaching Fred all about it.

It was just amazing to see what a big girl she is now, standing and babbling and generally being close to a pre-teen. So crazy.

We saw the gorgeous sunset from the top of the hotel while we enjoyed dinner. It was a great trip (minus that 3am shuttle business at the end).

(Nice face in this one, Miss Lily.)

So, Katie and Fred, now you're up! I know those Disneyland pictures will be cute...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Tuesday is Veggie and Fruit Day

Like the title says Tuesday is our delivery day for our fruits and veggies. We just signed up with a Farm Co-op called BlueStar CSA. They are a group of farms that grow organic fruits and vegetables and then deliver them to families in and around Houston. It is a pretty neat setup - we leave a cooler out the night before on our front door, then some time that night they drop off our share of fruits and veggies of the season. That following morning, as Katie puts it, it is like waking up Christmas morning to see what gifts have been left. This past Tuesday was our first delivery and here is a picture of what is left. Keep in mind we have already eaten cantaloupe, tomatoes, lima beans, and okra. Not shown was a watermelon.

We are already enjoying this whole Co-op thing. It has already made a positive impact on our lives. We have eaten all of our meals at home for the past 2 days. We feel that since we have made this commitment to have this great food delivered we have to make the commitment to use it and not waste all the hard work that went into getting it to our front door. Another positive is that we are getting stuff that we would not normally buy so it is fun trying out new recipes. Tonight's dinner was grilled Garlic and Lime Chicken with lima beans drizzled with olive oil and Italian seasonings, and baked Okra. Tomorrow I'm planning on making stuffed Ortega chilies, grilled squash, and corn.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Lily goes to the Little Gym!!!!

This morning we took Lily to her first Little Gym class. It was sooo much fun and Lily did really really well. On a few of the activity's the instructor used Lily as the example . One of them being "Over the Top" kind of difficult to describe but here goes. The Over the Top is where you sit on the floor with Lily laying on your shins then you reach under their arms and lean back bring Lily into a flip over your shoulders to a standing position then reverse it back to the shins. A few of the other activities were somersaults, Jungle the bells, parachute go around, Log Roll, just to name a few.

Lily and Mommy just before we entered the Little Gym area
Lily doing some Jiggling of the bells and slobering on them.
Here is Mommy assisting Lily in a Somersault
Now were singing in the Parachute go Around

Ok Mommy you can let go now! I'm about to do my HUGE dismount
I guess I have to work on that landing thing

Mommy and Lily saying Good Bye

Monday, June 2, 2008

Auntie visits Texas!

Ok, time for Auntie Kelly to actually do the wonderful Houston update. I had the extreme joy of spending a week in Texas; first half was a mini-college reunion in Austin, and the the second leg of my Texas journey involved way less tourist time and way more baby time. I flew to Houston on Sunday afternoon and had a great few days relaxing, playing with Lily, and even jet skiing over ridiculously scary waves (thank you Fred). I even left Texas with...drumroll please...a Teva tan (gasp!). I know, the horror. But it was worth it.

Here we are when I arrived, slightly delirious and frizzy-haired, but so excited to see my niece. And who cares if she's more interested in measuring spoons than her auntie! That would all change.

She does this hilarious Frankenstein-arm thing where she thrusts her hands out, arms and fingers very straight, and lunges for your face. It's more charming than I made that sound.

SOMEBODY has a clean diaper!

Everything is way more fun with an 8-month old baby around, including random car rides.

Just chillaxin at lunch. Not a care in the world.

Katie and I went to Bath Junkie, aka heaven on earth where you can create your own bath/beauty products with amazing scents. However, it is not a good place for the indecisive.

Those are my large containers that would force me to check my bags on the way home (as they are over 3 oz. or whatever the terrorists can't use to smuggle in explosives).

Katie experiences so much joy at Bath Junkie; she knows each employee intimately (no joke, we walk in and it's immediately, "oh did your sister-in-law have the baby?? omg!"). Literal Bath Junkie junkie.

I made an almond/peach/buttercream concoction that is SO amazing. Though one of my friends here smelled it, coughed a couple times and was put that on your SKIN? Dude, at least I don't smell like frankincense & myrrh. For reals.

I want to open one of these in San Francisco. Who's with me? Financing, anyone?

...ok, so 80% of this post has become about lotion. Back to the real stuff. So, Fred took me jet skiing through some of the coolest areas...bayous, lakes, and eventually ridiculous crashing waves that made me scream "I feel like I am riding a mechanical bull!". Here we are in a calm moment, after we met Katie and Lily for lunch off the water.

After our adventures we all calmed down and went to dinner in Kemah on the boardwalk. LOOK AT THIS CHILD. Holy cow, I love her.

The parents, looking remarkably well-rested.

The boardwalk is really pretty.

...and in conclusion, this is me and a shark. Who knows, really.

So anyway, best Texas trip ever. I compiled a few really cute Lily videos, but youtube is taking its sweet time to process them. In the meantime, here is a short clip as a placeholder. Enjoy!