Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Hope everyone has a fun Thanksgiving! :)
Monday, October 20, 2008
Lily LOVES swinging and I think my most favorite birthday present was witnessing her joy while swinging at our neighborhood park! :)
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
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
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!
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.)
Sunday, June 22, 2008
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
Monday, June 2, 2008
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 like...you 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!