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Wrote this on Saturday. Thought I hit publish-but guess I had not. Now, re-reading it, after Sunday’s tragedy in Texas, I almost feel like deleting it. Especially the last sentence.  Feeling pretty shaken and scared by the horrific violence in Texas. I can’t stop thinking about the families. I’m trying not to read too much about the morning, as I don’t want to click on anything that in any way amplifies the violence. I just want to think and pray for the families that are broken, the people that are lost.  In this little corner, I don’t know how to document and memory-keep the moments of our life during a time, during a year, that is so difficult.  All I want to do is hold my baby, hug my family, hug my friends, and just hope for better. It is particularly difficult to process all of this without a leader with vision and heart. So, seeking some comfort and guidance in President Obama’s words: “May God also grant us the wisdom to ask what concrete steps we can take to reduce the violence and weaponry in our midst.” Amen.

Anyway, here was what was on my mind on Friday:

It’s 9:00 pm on a Friday night. I’ve got a snoozing baby next to me, a glass of Michael David Petit Petit waiting for me in the dining room, and that happy-content feeling that happens after a delicious bowl of Gian’s gnocchi with (garden basil!!) pesto sauce.

So, seems like as good a time as any to catch up on the last few weeks of October. Here’s what’s been happening around here..

It’s getting chilly!! Here’s a bundled Diego pre-morning walk:

David turned 33!!

We celebrated with friends a week before his birthday. On his actual birthday, he just wanted to hang out at home and cook. No complaints here. He made amazing braised short ribs.

Unfortunately, later that night-through the morning, I had to take a trip to the ER. A mosquito bit me while I was hanging out in the yard with Diego. Several hours later my finger was completely swollen, and my rings were starting to cut off my circulation. The only solution? Cut off the rings. Ughh. Very frustrating. And oddly unsettling-I keep reaching for them, and I get a quick pang of sadness they’re gone. Hopefully, I’ll get them re-banded soon.

Later that day, we checked out another winery, and the small pops of fall colors were beautiful:

Diego has been cycling in and out of colds and teething, which is frustrating for him, but his rosy cheeks are darling :)

UPDATE: Diego woke up. Continuing on with this post Saturday afternoon. Diego and David are grocery shopping and I have the whole, quiet house to myself…

Anyway, I went back to DC last week. I was mostly at a conference, but caught a quick glimpse of fall colors on the way to the airport:

And, my awesome parents came up to help out! The three night trip felt a lot longer than two nights, so I was particularly grateful for their help with Diego:

And it’s so special seeing Diego and Abu together:

Last Sunday, we met up with the Dillons for Boo at the Zoo. David was…incredibly excited. Diego played it cool the whole time :)

And here we are! The first weekend of November. Hope it’s a quiet and relaxing one for all.


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Janou + Max got married!

It’s Sunday night, Diego is (currently) asleep, and tomorrow is a holiday. Finally have a moment to jot down some happy memories from Janou and Max’s incredible wedding!

Because of schedule, commutes, etc., Diego and I flew down from Sacramento and David flew in from SFO. I was a bit anxious about managing daycare pickup, parking at the airport, the luggage, picking up the rental car and driving the 70 miles to Palm Springs, solo. And, also the flight! Thankfully, once we got to the airport, Diego handled the flight like a total regular.

Add “letting my baby roll around on the airport floor” to the growing list of things I said I would never do as a parent-and now TOTALLY do

One lesson from the trip-and something I never thought of-car rental companies don’t  always install car seats. It makes sense, it’s a liability, and thankfully, I figured out how to install, but just another new parenting lesson for me!

We arrived at Colony 29-the hotel and wedding venue-at the same time as David and we all quickly settled into a magical weekend. Colony 29 is absolutely incredible. It’s a former artist’s colony of gorgeous vacation rentals, on the side of a hill, smack in the middle of Palm Springs. It’s naturally stunning, impeccably maintained, and close to everything in Palm Springs.

There were many, many highlights from the weekend, but one particularly special moment: seeing Abu and Diego meet. Abu traveled all the way from Argentina for the wedding-she’s amazing. On Friday, we walked over to my parent’s place and Diego met Abu. Look at Diego’s little grin seeing Abu for the first time! My family watched Diego for the afternoon (hooray!) so David and I got to lounge in the pool.

It was incredibly relaxing (I mean, that pool! That view!). Katie flew in from London for the weekend, and it basically felt like we were back on Dewberry, at the McGuffy pool (although a much fancier version), laughing, catching up and totally relaxing. Delightful :)

The afternoon at the pool put me was total vacation mode. Soon it was rehearsal dinner time!

Another stroke of magic? The weather. We anticipated brutal heat, but it was warm and breezy, and comfortable for all.

The next morning, after a quick walk to Starbucks, it was wedding prep time. Janou was serene and calm-I was in awe of her perfect balance of excitement and composure all weekend.

While we got ready, David and Diego enjoyed the pool…

THIS photo of Diego! And his expression!

My second favorite moment from the wedding (favorite being the ceremony) occurred while we were getting ready. We gatherered around Janou while she practiced her vows. Her writing is exceptional and it took everything in me not to cry as she read her beautiful words (had to try to keep that makeup on :)). It felt particularly fitting to gather in the bathroom-I’m in the tub-and listen to Janou, as Janou and I have shared thousands of conversations, standing in front of the bathroom mirror on Dewberry, rushing to get ready for something (or nothing at all), and in that quiet place we would talk about everything.

After some very happy tears, we pulled ourselves together and got ready for the ceremony.

Janou was absolutely stunning-a radiant, glowing bride. She also just seemed so comfortable and at ease, just happy and excited to marry Max.


My parents and Janou walked down the aisle to Leon Bridges’ River :)

Janou and Max’s friend Kevin officiated the ceremony. He led the two of them to their vows with a beautiful story about their relationship. I loved watching the two of them, with the gorgeous mountain backdrop, listening to their sweet story.

And then, they were married!! Time for dancing under the stars :)

The next morning, after some pool time and lunch at my favorite deli, the three of us made our way back home.

I don’t have the words to adequately explain how grateful I am that our family was all together for the weekend, and that Janou and Max have started their life together. This weekend we got to visit them in their new home (hope to write about it soon) and seeing the two of them starting this beautiful chapter filled me with great joy. Watching them in the kitchen, preparing lunch, I pictured the two of them preparing for many more happy moments and family gatherings, and I’m so excited for their love and their future.

Cheers to Janou and Max!

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A good weekend

Hello, Wednesday :) We’re counting down the hours to a VERY exciting weekend ahead-Janou and Max’s wedding weekend is almost here! To get ready, we took it super easy this weekend. A few of the weekend elements that made it particularly nice:

Hearty Sunday night dinners. It was (finally) cool enough to use the oven and not melt, so David made a delicious chicken Parmesan and kale salad. 

Lots of time in the backyard. It is amazing how being outside helps us all calm down. Diego can be squirmy and fussy in our room, and the moment I spread that blanket out on the grass, he totally relaxes. He was far more interested in my newspaper than his toys-so I let him destroy the sports section :)

On Saturday night, Silvia came over and David barbecued lamb and chicken skewers-so good!

Wine time. On Sunday afternoon, after an awesome, impromptu stop-and-chat apppearance from the Huas, who were driving home from Tahoe, we checked out Acquiesce Vineyards. It’s an all white wine and rose winery, so I’ve been meaning to visit while it’s still summery. The wine was nice and crisp AND they did the tasting outside in the rocking chairs-I love outdoor tastings.

We brought a picnic and enjoyed the afternoon. Diego was happy in the stroller (hooray!) so we were able to enjoy lunch AND talk and talk and talk-a rare treat. Once again, there’s something about being outside, being in greenery, that just helps us all feel better.

Quiet mornings. With no major weekend plans, we took things very slow in the morning. With our weeks pretty packed, it feels nice to wake up in the morning and turn off the always-thinking-about-logistics part of my brain, and focus instead on pancakes and playtime. Diego supervised breakfast prep-I’ve been these lately and they are delicious.

Neighborhood walks. Finding time for any sort of exercise is a challenge during the week, so I treasure the time for long walks in the neighborhood. Diego is also not a great napper at home, but a long walk usually does the trick.

Hours and hours of Diego-time! Ah-the best :)

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Wine weekend :)

Last weekend, Molly was kind enough to invite us to her family’s house in St. Helena. I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for weeks and it was a wonderful treat.

Friday afternoon, we loaded up the car, and asked ourselves, what critical item will we forget this time? (Baby wipes. Last time it was Diego’s travel bassinet, it’s always something…) Two hours later, we were in PARADISE:

There was so much to love about the weekend, but the best part was being with close friends, reveling and kvetching about this awesome, sometimes chaotic, life chapter. As someone noted, each conversation was about 30% incomplete, stories were told, and re-told, as one of us was always distracted by the next naptime, feeding, or drink refresher. It was definitely good to be in such good company.

Diego has ridiculous fomo and didn’t want to sleep. So, he joined us for dinner on the porch :)

We spent most of Saturday playing in the pool…

And it was gorgeous!

Saturday afternoon, we ventured to Trinchero  enjoyed some white wine on the patio.

The parent paparazzi:

These babies!!!!!

Sunday came wayyyy too soon and it was time to go back to reality. We stopped at Gott’s for burgers and shakes and made our way back home.

Thankful for this wonderful weekend with great friends! Thank you, Molly and Jon!!

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Summer in Winter weekend

This weekend, I escaped the rainy weather and flew to Southern California for a quick weekend with family and friends.

After some delays, I arrived at LAX and made my way to Rachel and Adam’s. They had just returned (literally hours earlier) from a holiday trip to Paris and graciously  hosted me for the night. It was so nice to catch up over burrito bowls and hear all about their trip :)

The next morning, I met up with Taryn’s friends for brunch and we all celebrated the beautiful bride to be! Caity rented an AMAZING house with spectacular views of LA.

I’m so bummed to miss Taryn’s spring wedding, but it was very special to toast to one of my oldest, best friends and revel in her joy and excitement. Taryn is a friend who is always so generous and excited for her friends and she gives so much to her friendships. It was very special to celebrate her, and her marriage, and surround her with love!

I truly love living in Northern California, but when it’s the beginning of January and there’s sunshine and a gorgeous pool, life in LA seems ultra tempting…

My mom and I spent Sunday relaxing in the Westside (I relaxed, Mom was wonderful and navigated all the LA driving :)).

We drove past the Beverly Hilton and saw the impressive preparations for the Golden Globes. (Speaking of, thank you, 2017, for Meryl Streep’s speech).

After lunch, I got a very nice prenatal massage. With the warm weather, the therapist opened the doors to the spa patio. At first I thought-eek! Privacy!–but no one was there and it was such a pleasant, relaxing, almost-summer breeze.

We ended the day with a sunset walk on the Manhattan Beach esplanade. Much to the dismay of locals (we overheard one power-walker lament: “ugh! Remember when it used to be quiet here?”) it was packed with tourists and sunset-gazers. How could it not be? So gorgeous in the middle of January!

This morning, after some rain delays, I flew back to Oakland. Not sure when I’ll fly again-so strange!

And now-almost back home in Stockton. Sending good thoughts for the week ahead :)

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