Labor Day Weekend

Happy Friday! Wanted to remember some highlights from last weekend in Irvine:

Thanks to a work trip, some vacation time and the holiday weekend, Diego and I got to spend all week at my parent’s house. It ended up being great timing to get away-it was sweltering in Stockton and I was feeling pretty run down. The days of rest and extra grandparent hands were immensely helpful. On Friday night, we all watched the sunset together.

David flew down on Friday night, and on Saturday, Julie and Terry + family drove to Irvine for a pool day!

10 years ago, we were Orientation Counselors, and apparently not ready for this photo to be taken:

10 years later, plus Marshall, Declan and Diego ! Also, did the babies know to coordinate poses?

It was so nice of them to make the trip and SUCH a treat to have the day to relax together. It was particularly special to meet Declan and see what a remarkably kind and thoughtful person Marshall is growing up to be.

The next day, after brunch at home, my parents offered to watch Diego so David and I could go to the beach-thanks, Mom and Dad!

I made a batch of frose and read a Sunset magazine and it was really nice!

A very relaxing afternoon and a great way to say goodbye to summer.

We had a delicious early Sunday dinner at Provenance. The food is so fresh, and the biscuits with honey butter…

And soon it was time to head to the airport to fly home…

Wish we all lived closer, but grateful it’s just an hour flight!

Here’s Diego being darling on Labor Day :)

It’s definitely NOT fall here-still so hot-but hoping we’re inching toward cooler weather!


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Train love

Last week, I spent two days in LA for a training. I noticed these two cuties waiting for the metro on the way back to Union Station. The held hands waiting for the train…

And they didn’t let go as they got in the car…

And their sweetness just made me smile.

Happy Wednesday :)

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Hello, Friday :)

Thanks to a work trip to LA earlier this week, Diego and I have been spending the week in Irvine with my parents. It’s been SO nice to be together. I took Thursday and today off from work and I’m soaking up and relishing lots and lots of Diego cuddles. 

We had an early dinner tonight and drove towards the water to watch the sunset. It was stunning.
It hardly feels like the end of summer-it’s scorching all across California! Particularly excited it’s the first of September…this means it’s Janou and Max’s wedding month!


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Summer, lately 

Happy Friday! August is wrapping up and soon enough…we’ll be kissing summer goodbye.

Because it was such a brutally hot one, I can’t say I’m sad to see summer end, though I do love the longer days. Before another season arrives, wanted jot down some memories from the second half of summer. In reverse chronological order, thanks to my WordPress confusion, some moments:


Despite the clouds and the fact that we were far from the path of totality, I enjoyed the 15 minute parking-lot roof gathering to “see” the eclipse. The best part was looking at all the people standing on roofs, peering out windows, and gathering on the street corners to catch a glimpse of the moon.

Last weekend, we celebrated Melissa and Baby Hua!  Molly planned all the sweet decorations and food, and we had a great time gathering together. Can’t wait for October :)


Jon and Melissa got a diaper backpack, so of course I had to take a picture of the Jon and David with their matching gear. Side note: how did it take us nearly 5 months to buy pacifier clips?? Game changer. I crack up when I see Diego with his in the morning before daycare-it’s like his work ID badge. Clipped on, ready to go.


The dads went to lunch during the shower and this photo-Diego’s napkin umbrella, protecting him from the hazards of a chicken sandwich-made me smile.

In other Diego news, I think he’s getting too big for his kitchen sink bath. Haven’t tried a bath in the bathtub yet, but starting to think it’s time. He’s never particularly loved it, but the fact he might be too big for that quintessential sink bath makes me feel like time is moving too fast.

It’s ok, he’s still a total baby :)

In an attempt to improve Diego’s bottle feedings, we’re trying to give him bottles during the day, even during the weekends. Which means more pumping. UGHHH.  Anyway, Sunday afternoon, I’m pumping, and Diego embarks on a one-man mission to take down the pump. No joke, for at least 10 minutes, he sat next to me, launching these sneak attacks, swatting at the pump.  He was so determined! The photo (and my writing) does none of this justice, but it was hilarious and David and I were CRYING with laughter.

The past few weekends we carved out some very quiet Sundays and I’m very grateful.  This is not a frequent scene–Diego napping, leisurely drinking coffee and reading the paper–but when it all comes together, I reaalllllyyyy treasure it.

Been working on the whole meal planning/cooking during the week post-work with baby-groove, and so far, it’s going ok.  The best routine music and dancing for Diego while he supervises dinner prep from the Bumbo :)



We brought Diego to his first baseball game–a Saturday night Ports game–and he was great!

David finished the backyard and it is delightful! He also built this planter box and in the two weeks since this photo was taken the basil has TAKEN OFF. So much basil-need to make pesto.

It’s finally cooled down just enough that the mornings and evenings are quite pleasant.  We’ve spent most evenings out here and I love being able to get some fresh air and relax.

And a few photos I never posted about from July-a hike through Big Trees and Diego’s swim lessons!

Sending good thoughts for the weekend :)

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5 months!

On Saturday, Diego Antonio turned 5 months old!

His smile!

The lateness and brevity of this post reflect the general spirit of the month. It was a month of sweet firsts, incredible time with grandma, hot hot hot weather, and a lot of changes.

Some firsts:

  • First big trees: Family hike at Big Trees State Park!
  • First concert: James Taylor at AT&T Park
  • First non-breast-milk food: He’s staaaaarting to enjoy rice cereal
  • First full week at daycare: We all survived!
  • First bachelorette party: Ha! Stopping by his Aunt Janou’s party :)
  • First weekend trip with friends: Weekend in St. Helena
  • First swim classes: At the UOP pool-really just floating in Mom’s arms classes, but still so sweet

We are SO grateful my mom generously spent the whole month with Diego while I transitioned back to work. It gave me great peace of mind, but more than that, it was beautiful watching the two of them play and relish their time together.

Not being someone who handles change..with ease…having my mom’s steady reassurance helped with the sometimes hectic month. Diego really leaned into the 4 month sleep regression and it’s been pretty exhausting.

Honestly, all I want to do all day is keep him cozy against me, like a little kangaroo, squeezing and kissing him. The other day, I had a moment of panic: Is sending him to daycare a bad idea? Maybe I should find a way to just hold him ALL DAY.

And then, after taking a deep breath, and looking at him, rolling around on the floor, chatting (actually Howard Dean-style screaming) to himself, I calmed down. He needs to grow, be around other kids, he can’t be in my arms all the time. Keeping him in my clutches keeps me happy, but it’s not actually helping him grow.

And oh man, it is awesome to see him grow! Feeling so lucky, this Friday evening, watching him play with his Clifford, listening to Van Morrison, and gearing up for a weekend with my favorite five month old :)

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