Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Don't I Know You?

We were at the pool tonight, and a woman that I've become acquainted with said to her daughter, "look, Aunt Heather is here."  So I look up (yes, I'm nosy) and think - that sure does look like Dr. Neville.  The same Dr. Neville that delivered Sophie.  And funny enough, my Sophie was kind of eyeing her as well.  So I confirm that this is, in fact, Dr. Neville, and share that she delivered my daughter, and can thankfully run fairly quickly.

Since my son is quickly befriending this other woman's son, we were in the same general vicinity as them the rest of the evening.  At one point, Sophie was walking through the grownups and appeared startled by Dr. Neville.  I explained there was nothing to be afraid of - because she's the only person that has known her as long as Mommy and Daddy.

I will say it once again: Fort Worth is the biggest small town in the whole world. 

I'll Do My Best

Zachary has been participating in a Little Dragons class at a local Martial Arts studio for a few months now.  He's really taken to it, especially the kicking, punching, and yelling.  It's really cute!

The studio (and I suppose Martial Arts, in general) are very big into respect, for others and for self.  Each student pledges to "do my best" before class.  It's a concept that has really hit home for our family and Zachary.

So now, when he's feeling nervous about doing something new and/or scary, we just ask him to try his best, and remind him that we will be proud as long as he does.  This has really motivated him, and increased his confidence.  We couldn't be more proud!

Friday, June 11, 2010

My Jumper

Zachary's friend Matthew knows how to jump off the diving board.  Although he does it while wearing a life vest, this immediately made Zachary declare he was going to jump as well.

Smart Mommy said - Let's make sure you can jump off the side of the pool before you get stranded up on the diving board.  So after about 15 minutes of progressive jumping techniques, he jumped without holding onto anything and deemed himself adequately prepared for the diving board jump.

We made our way over to the diving board.  I went with him because I would rather be right there when he decided not to jump and not have to RUN at the pool to my sobbing child.  And on the off chance that he did jump, I wanted to be there to fish him out of the pool.

First time up - he walked out onto the board (rather bravely) and decided he wanted to hold my hand and jump off the side. Worked out fine, but then he decided to try again.

Second time up - walked out onto the board and suggested that I get in the pool to 'catch' him.  So off goes super mommy treading water in the deep end while he ponders this action.  Note to readers: treading water is pretty good exercise.  Super Mommy is a bit out of shape. :)  Little Buddy finally decides there will be no jump and mom swims to the side to catch her breath.

Third time up - walked out and seriously contemplated the jump.  I really thought this would be the time.  But no - and so he decided that he will jump off the diving board another day.

In reality, this whole exercise was a huge success.  He didn't cry on the diving board, he actually jumped in the pool without holding on to me, and he's excited to do it again.   Can't wait to see what else this brave boy does this summer!

Monday, May 31, 2010

May 2010 Photos

May Outside Play Time

Some cute pics from our outside play time this month...

Friday, May 28, 2010

Last Day of School

Zachary started at The Children's Courtyard in August 2007.  The first few months were rough, but he got through it and made some great friends.  As he 'moved up', we saw big changes - no more tears at drop off, smiles through the day, potty training (!), 'show and tell' time, birthday parties with classmates, and our brave boy emerged. 

Zachary will be going to a new school in the fall for 5 day PreK, so we decided to pull him out for summer time.  On his last day of school, we brought flags to share with all the friends, and a CD for his class to keep.  He had a great day, and we took his picture with Ms. Alicia and Ms. Tatiana, his teachers for the last 5 months.

Z and Ms. Alicia

Z and Ms. Tatiana

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dancing Princesses

We had the privelege to see Gwen and Hannah's dance recital today.  They have been taking dance at Devotion in Motion all year and did a wonderful job.  Zachary and Sophie really enjoyed watching all the dances and were surprisingly still and well behaved during the recital.

After the recital, we got to play with the sweet girls and congratulate them on a job very well done!

Zachary and Gwen

Sophie and Hannah

Friday, May 21, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

The YMCA Tee Ball program and TCU partnered to give the kids playing tee-ball a chance to run out on the field.  It was a great idea, and except for the kids getting a bit antsy from waiting to go on the field, they had a lot of fun!

Grandma T even came with us to cheer on the Frogs against UC-Bakersfield.

We got to sit in the stands, which Zachary loved, and the kids had a great time!

Steve and Sophie

Grandma T and Sophie

Zachary and Yoltsin

The Boy

Saturday, May 8, 2010

First Day of Tee Ball

What a difference a year makes!  Zachary started tee ball today, and LOVED it! 

Check out these pics!

The Team

My Slugger

Sophie having a little fun

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Poor Zachary

After we got home from lunch on Sunday, Grandma M stopped by to drop off some extra cupcakes.  We were all visiting, and next thing we know, Zachary is 'tossing his cookies' all over the tile.  Before we can react, he does it again.  We finally get him in the bathroom, and he does it again. 

Poor kid projectile vomits just like his mom.

After another round of throwing up - made it to the bathroom this time - he took a little nap.

Cuddled with dad and puked one more time - and then it was done.  He ate crackers, watched some tv, and was back to 'normal' by dinner where he consumed 2 bowls of pasta.  Kids are amazingly resilient!

So glad my buddy is doing better!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Zachary's Lucky Day!

Zachary and Steve went fishing this morning.  They've been several times before, but have never caught anything.  This time, Steve suggested they get live bait (EEEEW!).  They made a deal - if Zachary got his own worm out of the bucket, Steve would put it on the hook.

Zachary was a very patient fisherman, and caught one fish and one turtle!  Grandpa also got a fish and a turtle.  Poor Steve was so busy with the worms that he didn't have too much fishing time.

When they reeled in the fish, Zachary was shaking from excitement.  When they reeled in the turtle, he started running in place and as soon as it got close he took off running - just like in the cartoons! :)

Later in the afternoon, we were watching the Kentucky Derby and he picked the number 4 horse - Super Saver.  Wouldn't you know - that darned horse won!

Next stop... Vegas!

Friday, April 30, 2010

April 2010 Pics

Mayfest 2010

Mayfest has returned to Fort Worth!  Last year, it was cancelled due to Swine Flu (boo!!), so everyone was geared up for this year's version!

After early naps/rest time, Kendra and I packed up our kids for a fun trip to Trinity Park.  We had a great time in the Children's Area, including thumbrint magnets, rock painting, paper flowers, face painting, and sand piles.  Then we ventured out to see the monkey, ride swings, pet some baby animals, and ride the ponies.  Thankfully, Steve's flight was on time and he met us there for the pony rides and escorted us back to our cars.  We all enjoyed a dinner at Macaroni Grill - suprisingly good behavior, considering the late hour of 8:45 PM.  Can't wait for next year!

the little girls
From April 2010
big kids
From April 2010

rock pile
From April 2010

painting rocks - oops - left them there!
From April 2010

making paper flowers
From April 2010

face painting for Hannah
From April 2010

Cute Gwennie!
From April 2010

Handsome Zachary
From April 2010

I did It!
From April 2010

more sand play
From April 2010

confetti eggs
From April 2010

scary clown - but the kids loved him!
From April 2010

big kids with little chicks
From April 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Mandy and I came up with the idea to surprise my Mom for her 60th birthday.  Since her sister, Rae, was already going to be here, we invited her other sister, Robin, to come in for the weekend.  Then we invited her other friends to my house for a Ladies Luncheon. 

We managed to pull off the surprise with some good luck (Mom was out of town for a week before the party) and some help (Dad kept it a surprise and got her to our house on time). 

It was a fun party, and while I don't have too many photos, these are the ones I do have.

Mom's Surprise - Aunt Robin

The "Little Girls"

The Holden Women

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

TCU Baseball

We really enjoyed going to the TCU baseball game tonight!  Zachary and Sophie really enjoyed all the baseball treats.

The Mighty Horned Frogs pulled out a win over the Aggies!  We can't wait to go again!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Challenger Steam Engine

A steam engine came to town today and we had the opportunity to go see it at the train yard.

Check out the steam!

Zachary and the Conductor

What a really cool experience for Zachary!

Main Street 2010

We enjoyed a fun lunch at Main Street with Grandma and Grandpa M today!
Cream Puffs

Frozen Chocolate Custard

At Grandpa's Office

Can't wait for next year!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Play time with the McDaniels

It's been a busy year, and we have seen a lot less of the McDaniels than I would like!

Kendra and I were so fortunate to be working on the same project at RadioShack when we were both pregnant.  If you know Kendra, you will know that she did not look pregnant at all, while I was eating every donut in sight and LOVING it.  But we still became friends because she is so nice!

She was so kind to invite me to her baby shower, and I went (8.5 months pregnant) only to realize we have several friends in common.  So Fort Worth...

Then I took Zachary to her work shower, and then baby Gwen was born.

So Gwen and Zachary have known each other since the womb!

We soon realized how closely we lived to each other.  Their first year of life, we saw each other several times a week, with playdates, music, zoo trips and Little Gym.  Gwen and Zachary fell in love, and we like to say that we already know our in-laws. :)

Sweet Hannah was born in 2007, and she was a welcome addition to our happy group, and then Sophie came along in 2008.  Poor Zachary is still the only boy with now 5 ladies, so he tries to keep us in line (haha).

Zachary and Gwen are still so in love, and Sophie adores Hannah and Ms. Kendra, and I love them all.  We are so lucky to have them as our sweet friends!

This spring seems to have gotten away from us, so we decided to do lunch today after Museum School.  It was a perfect day to eat outside at Central Market and let the kids (even Sophie) run around and burn energy.  It was great to catch up, and pick right up where we left off. 

Thank you, McDaniels, for being such a blessing of friendship to our family!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Playing in the Dirt

After we finally put a patio in last year and got patio furniture, I decided we needed to do some beautification.  The hydrangea (that I have somehow not killed) was moved to the patio to make room for front porch Christmas decor, and my sister gave me two flower pots for Christmas, so they were keeping everything company. 

On Monday, Mom brought over some extra dirt from the lot next door and leftover bark and we filled the two empty pots.  I was not surprised when Sophie jumped right in to help.  That girl is a magnet towards anything messy!

On Tuesday, I took the kids to get flowers - two flats of them - and Zachary helped me choose zinnias and portulaca.  I planted the some of the zinnias when we got home, but realized that there was definitely not room for the rest, nor the portulaca, so it was relegated to the yard. 

On Wednesday, I took Sophie to Costco, where we found a HUGE resin flower pot for $19.99, so in the cart it went.  After school, we had to run to Lowe's (for the 53rd time in one week), where I bought the rocks, potting soil and bark.

The resin pot came with instructions to put down a layer of rocks first.  Good thing b/c otherwise I'd have a GIANT mess on my patio!  And also, who knew that there were different kinds of dirt - some for flower beds and some for flower pots?  NOT ME, and boy was I upset when I realized the flower pot dirt bags were way bigger (and heavier) than the flower bed dirt bags!

Lowe's also scored some major points since the nice employee who insisted on helping me load the car, also kept an eye on my crazy children while I pulled the car around.  Exact opposite experience I had when hauling a cart of 18 foot chair rail through Home Depot while 7 months pregnant.  And why I have yet to set foot in Home Depot since.

Zachary declined his nap - yet again - so we decided to get to work on this project of planting.  He generously loaned me his wagon to get the dirt/rocks, etc. from my car to the patio, and then BEGGED me to not start until he was completely ready to help.  So we scooped the rocks, and scooped and poured the soil in, and then he helped me get the flowers in the pot.  Zachary did great - getting dirty and everything!  When his crocs got dirty, he just took them off and walked over to the spigot and cleaned everything off.  All this created some fabulous splashing puddles, which he thoroughly enjoyed!

So now our patio has been made a little prettier, and hopefully everything will hold up through the direct all day sun!

Thanks, Zachary, for being a great helper!!

From April 2010

From April 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

Miller Family Fan Club

Zachary and Sophie are the newest members of the Miller Family Fan Club.  Zachary has always loved Alex, and I am fairly certain they will be lifelong friends.  Sophie loves Alex, too, and his parents, Ashley and Brian, and can already say "Abby". 

In California, she was with Brian as much as possible, and sat with Ashley for part of the wedding.  While they were walking back from Communion on Easter Sunday, she was chanting their names, and as soon as they were seated, she made her way over to have some quality time with Brian.  As soon as church was over, Zachary booked it over to play with Alex in the pew, and they were inseparable through lunch afterwards.

We're so lucky to have the Millers as our friends, and so glad that our kids love them, too!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Zachary woke up bright and early this morning, anxious to see if a certain Bunny had left him any eggs to hunt... and insisted that his sister be woken to help.  Sophie was happy to oblige, and lucky for us, the Easter Bunny did a great job on Easter baskets and hiding eggs.  The kids loved their goodies, chocolate bunnies and hunting for eggs. 

The church service was very nice today, and included performances from the Chapel, Chancel and Bell Choirs, which was a real treat.  Then we joined the Boggs, Christensens, and Millers for lunch at Mira Vista. 

Sophie pretty much passed out at naptime, but Zachary resisted.  Oh well.  After rest, we went to the Hollander's for dinner and playtime.  We took a walk around the block and also down to the park area by their house.  My kids were hunting roly polys like nobody's business, and Sophie left shouting "bye polies!"

It was a wonderful Easter for our whole family!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Adventure Week

Or perhaps, Misadventure Week...

It started last Sunday when I fell at the JWC house - on top of Sophie - and busted my knee.  Lovely...

On Tuesday, Sophie tripped on the driveway and collided with Zachary and his Big Wheel.  Giant cut on her other eyebrow and 2 scratches on her nose.  Just in time for Easter...

On Thursday, we had the meal from H!@* at Charleston's.  Not necessarily anybody's fault, just the magic happening of the stars being misaligned for everything to go wrong.  So fun...

On Friday, Steve's eye started hurting, but we pushed through.  No biggie, right?  Stay tuned.

On Saturday, Sophie fell backward in a kid chair and bit her tongue.  Blood.  Yuck.  All was better after she realized her proximity to the pantry.  She may be a bleeder, but she's tough!

Then, the Easter egg hunt at Mira Vista started 1/2 hour earlier than they had said.  Nice.  Disappointed kids.

As we were leaving (with Sophie crying about not getting more chocolate), Zachary trips on a rock.  Basket flies, eggs fly everywhere, chocolate flies everywhere.  Zachary crying, Sophie trying to run into the parking lot and crying.  Nobody wants to sit in their carseat, and did I mention it feels like 95 degrees.  Yes, we were that family.

Everyone napped - thank goodness.  This was our "Easter Miracle".

During naps I heard from both tenants - Garage Door and Dishwasher issues.  Oh Boy!

Steve gets home from golf wondering - maybe I should go to urgent care.  Aforementioned eye now hurts pretty badly.  Turns out to be a scratch well on it's way to infection.  YUCK!  Plus he went at 5:30 and most pharmacies close around here by 7.  Thank goodness for Albertson's pharmacy and staff.  If it was a drive thru, we'd all go there.

And thankfully the week has come to a close!!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Excuse Me, Bye Y'all!

Never let it be said that I haven't tried to teach my kids manners! 

Sophie's new phrases include:
Excuse Me
I'm Sorry
Bye Y'all  (seriously the cutest thing ever - done with a wave and everything)
Thank You

Big Boy Bed

The time has come... Zachary is getting a real big boy bed.  When we bought his crib, we chose one that would eventually convert to a double bed.  He's been asking for a big boy bed since before Christmas, but between Christmas and getting ready for our California trip, all requests were brushed aside. 

This week, though, Mom and Dad got our acts in gear and ordered the bed rails.  Saturday we went to look at mattresses and select bedding.  We were very lucky to find a Lightning McQueen bedding set at Bed, Bath & Beyond for a more than reasonable price, and 2 sets of sheets. 

Today he settled on a bed, and it will be delivered tomorrow, just in time for napping. 

Shall we place bets on if the napping will occur? :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

I Love You, Baby!

Sophie has added a new phrase to her vocabulary: "I Love You!"  She says it to people, and she likes to sing it with the Barney song.  So watch out - the 'LOVE' is being spread around the world, courtesy of Sophie Grace Moroneso. :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Home Sweet Home

Our California adventure has come to a close.

We loaded up the luggage and the people and headed for the airport right on time.  Our previous experiences at SFO made us think this trip through... Steve and Phil dropped Anne, the kids, me, and our luggage at the terminal, and went to return the rental cars.  Honestly, if we'd had to make that trek back from Rental Car Land again, I think we would have just found somewhere in San Fran to live.  Geez!

Anne and I were sizing up the security line, and the VERY NICE TSA agent invited us to use the Priority screening lane.  I'm not sure if it was actual kindness, or an act of sparing the other passengers from listening to the whining for 20 minutes, but I appreciate it more than he will ever know. 

Anne had access to the Admirals Club so we could have a nice place to sit for a few minutes.  We tried to be inconspicuous, but really, how is that happening with a 4.5 and 1.5 year old? 

As lovely as the Admirals Club is, the lunch/breakfast offerings were not pleasing to the little ones, so we headed next door to a cafe for 'brunch'.  Steve and Phil joined us shortly after, and we had a quick meal.  Back to the Admiral's Club for a potty break, and then time to board the plane. 

Since we've traveled a couple times with the kids, we have a routine for boarding. Shocker.  Steve takes the car seat, the carry-ons, and Zachary and gets on the plane first.  Sophie and I get on last - or pretty close to it.  But this time the routine got changed up, and in the commotion, Steve forgot to get all the carry ons, and the boys didn't get on as quickly as I would have liked.  We actually watched them walk on the plane, resulting in Sophie screaming and wailing for Daddy.  All the while, I'm trying to wrangle my 19 month old daughter, a duffel bag, a stroller, and my purse, without dumping everything onto the floor of SFO.  It was loud.  It was embarassing.  But it finally finished. 

We got on the plane and got settled.  Ready for takeoff. I texted my friends that we were on the plane to come home and to please pray for my sanity.  As the plane was ascending, Sophie pooped.  Of course, I thought.  Just like last time.  I realized that it didn't smell too bad, and at that moment she said "tired", handed me her lovey, grabbed my hand and fell asleep.



After we landed at DFW, we got our bags - nothing lost - got our cars, and drove home.  Zachary fell asleep about 20 minutes from home and stayed asleep until 7 the next morning!


Monday, March 8, 2010

City by the Bay

We started the day by driving into the city and going to Aquarium by the Bay.  This aquarium was not large, but it was nice.  They had a really cool glass underground tunnel where you could watch all the sea life in the bay.  The kids saw sharks and sting rays and giant fish.  There were also smaller tanks, including octopus.  When we got back upstairs, we saw the touch tanks.  The first tank had sting rays and a shark.  They were so friendly - every time a new group of people came up to the tank, the sting rays would come splash them.  Sophie and Zachary were up to their elbows in the tank, and would have probably jumped in had I let them.  In the other touch tank, there were hundreds of giant starfish that the kids enjoyed as well.

After the aquarium, we were joined by the Finns and Grandma and Grandpa Moroneso.  Lunch at Pier 39 was fun, and the kids enjoyed the street performers outside afterward.  We headed onto the pier to see the shops, ride the carousel, and see the sea lions.  It was VERY windy, so my kids got new sweatshirts (thank you Grandpa).  They also got to see a magic show!

On to the Boudin Bakery at Pier 41.  They have a window where you can watch the bread being formed into various shapes (they were working on turtles when we were there).

Grandma and Grandpa really wanted to take the kids for ice cream in Ghiradelli Square, so off we went again.  It was quite a trek (should have probably cabbed it), and I carried Zachary a good portion of the way.  Upside = Zero Guilt about Ice Cream!  We quite enjoyed the ice cream treats, and they had a display of the chocolate making process.  The boys enjoyed the fountain in the square, too!

Last stop - Cable Cars.  We ventured back down a hill to stand in line for the cable cars.  Halfway there, Sophie decided to throw a giant fit.  Thankfully it just looked like she was praying to Mecca, so at least we didn't look totally weird. haha

We finally got on the cable cars (with 35 of our closest friends - and they are not large cars), and Sophie decided to cry some more.  The boys enjoyed the trip and we got transported to China Town.  Our stop in China Town was colorful, and we decided the kids did not need to see the cultural opportunities in one direction, so we opted for the other.  Steve, Kaitlyn, Sophie and I took a cab back to the car, and the others, including Zachary, continued on with China Town.  They got to see a fortune cookie factory!

After a quick drive-by of a RadioShack 'situation' we headed back to our rental house and decided that we were a bit jealous about the Chinese food eating that the rest of the group was experiencing.  Thank goodness for GPS points of interest!  We had a great take out meal!

Tomorrow we head back home, and it has been such a fun week!  Cross your fingers for a better flight home!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Muir Woods and Beach

The day began innocently enough...

We invited all of the Moroneso wedding guests back to our rental house for brunch.  The perfect weather continued and everyone enjoyed visiting and eating on the porch.  Thank you to the Mathis women for being my cooking partners, and to the Millers for bringing most excellent bagels!

After brunch, the men's tuxedos were returned and we headed off for Muir Woods.  Let me tell you, that drive is not for the faint of heart - and that's just the drive there! 

And then the Day of Many Misfortunes began...

When we arrived, there were no close spots, so the guys dropped us off and went to park the cars.  Half an hour later, they return to meet us.  Poor Steve has a sheepish look on his face.  Turns out he had torn part of the running board off our rental Suburban while navigating the parking lots.  Ick.  But nobody was hurt, and surely a running board isn't too expensive.  Onward we went.

It was a perfect day for a hike, and the kids had a great time burning off energy.  The paths are lovely and the trees were magnificent.  We made it all the way to bridge 4 without really realizing it.  After we crossed bridge 4, a sign informed us that the path back was not stroller friendly.  Half the group turned around and the other half continued on.  A couple minutes later, the Millers returned to join us after Brian took a spill while holding Alex.  Thankfully nobody was hurt seriously!

We made it back to the park entrance without too much incident.  The little boys (Hunter and Zachary) quite enjoyed an encounter with a worm.  We got some nice photos of everyone.  Lunch was fairly uneventful, and we managed to get everyone through a potty stop!

Next stop - Muir Beach.  After being assured it was just a few minutes away, we set out to find it, following the Millers.  But then, a darned BIKE got between us, and we lost the Millers.  And because we were so busy looking for their car, we missed the (slightly obscured) sign for Muir Beach.  So we got to go back up and back down the mountain.  That little exercise did nothing to improve the state of my marriage.  Let me just say I was exceptionally glad to finally see the sign!

So we get to the beach parking lot and run into the rest of the group as they are getting in their cars.  Turns out our little detour spared us from the horrors of being attacked by a rogue wave.  This rogue wave caused yet another Miller Family Fall, and claimed an iPhone, in addition to soaking just about every other member of the group.  Bummer for them!

Janice and Megan decided to stay with us (my kids, Kaitlyn, Steve and me) to enjoy the beach a bit more.  We bundled up in towels to protect from the wind, and made our way there.  Zachary loved it, and Sophie eventually did too!

We had a big family dinner at our house, and then Steve took Anne and Phil back to their hotel.  While getting gas in our car, the gas pump spewed gas all over him!  YUCK!

And so ended the Day of Many Misfortunes!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Goin' to the Chapel...

This is it... Michael and Katey's BIG DAY!!!

We spent the morning running errands and getting ready.  A big thanks to Kaitlyn for coming to the grocery store with me and the kids!

Zachary and Sophie both napped a bit after lunch while Steve Mathis and Steve Moroneso went to the hotel to help Michael get ready.  The bottle of Patron tequila helped a little bit. :)

Then I got Zachary showered (my shirt got soaked too), and got myself almost ready, and then started to get Zachary ready in his tuxedo.  Uncle Steve finished up getting Zachary ready, while I got Sophie up and ready.  Somehow we made it out of the house and to the hotel in time for the shuttle. 

Since the chapel is small, there were only a few parking spots, which meant we all got to ride a shuttle bus.  Sophie quite enjoyed the bus (as did Zachary on the way back).  The kids enjoyed playing in the chapel before the ceremony.  Zachary did a nice job bringing in the rings in the special nest that Katey made.  Sophie got pretty antsy after the 2nd reading, and we went outside to play aka climb stairs.  Hunter and John came to join us shortly after. 

During this time, Zachary was getting impatient.  There was nose picking, scratching (yes, THERE), sitting, walking, and then he figured out that Hunter was outside.  He announced to Steve that he would be "right back", and marched down the aisle to come play.  I quickly sent him back in, and he STOMPED up the aisle.  Kaitlyn (our savior) managed to get him to sit nicely with her for a while. 

I heard the wedding was very nice, and the photographers took some great photos afterward.

Michael and Katey rang the bell after the wedding and we took the shuttle back to the hotel and then to the reception at Servino's.  After a few child safety modifications, we enjoyed the outdoor patio overlooking the Bay.  The appetizers were fantastic, and the kids enjoyed playtime with each other.  By the time dinner rolled around, our kids were losing interest, so Steven ended up eating at a separate table with all the kids.  We did enjoy some dancing time, yummy cake and toasts before calling it a night.  Go figure - both kids fell asleep on the way home. 

We  were so honored to share this special day with Michael and Katey and wish them the best in their marriage adventure!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Ferries and Gnocchi

This morning we woke up and decided to take the kids on Ferry rides before nap time and the rehearsal dinner.  Kaitlyn decided to come with us and we had a blast with her!

First we drove to town and took the ferry to Angel Island.  The ferries don't run continuously, so we just rode there and back, but it was a wonderful trip.  Windy, but a nice first boat ride for the kids.  Angel Island looked beautiful, and I hope we get to go back to explore someday.

We grabbed a quick brunch (15 minutes) of pancakes and ran back to catch the ferry through the bay.  As we ran - literally - carrying the rest of our breakfast and Zachary, we saw several other members of our group, the Boggs and Finns.  All the boys had a blast exploring the big ferry boat and the girls stayed warm mostly inside.  It was a beautiful day for a boat ride -sunshine everywhere!  We went to Sausalito first, then San Francisco and back to Tiburon.  It was just long enough and the kids loved it!

After the boat ride, it was nap time.  Everyone napped for a bit, and then Steven and I took Zachary to the wedding rehearsal while Kaitlyn and Sophie continued their snooze fest.  Kaitlyn was an excellent babysitter!!

Zachary and Steven received excellent instruction on their wedding duties and then we returned to get everyone ready for the rehearsal dinner.  It was a really fun party with a delicious dinner.  Steven and I each made a toast to congratulate Katey and Michael and welcome Katey to the family.  It's tough job to love a Moroneso male, but the good news is: they get better looking every day. :)

Jelly Bellies and Monkey Suits

Day 2 of our San Francisco trip...

Steve and I just knew our little angels would be waking early on the first morning of Pacific Time.  Luckily, the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield opens early, so we had a plan to keep them occupied.  Added bonus: my dad grew up in Fairfield, so we could drive by his childhood homes and his high school to show the kids some of their 'roots'.

The drive from Tiburon to Fairfield is beautiful.  You go from the San Francisco Bay, through southern Wine Country, through farms and hills, and end up in Fairfield, which used to have a lot of fruit orchards.  The kids saw marshes, cows, etc. and it was great to be going the opposite of traffic. 

Jelly Belly does a free tour that includes SAMPLES!!  Visitors get to tour the factory on raised walkways so they have a birds-eye view, and there are windows strategically placed so the little ones can see without being held by their grown ups.  Zachary was very brave and tried some yucky Jelly Belly beans (thanks Harry Potter), and Sophie especially loved the samples.  We had to cut her off due to tummy problems that the excess of sugar was not helping, but she still gets very excited to see jellies. 

After a stop in the gift shop to purchase "Belly Flops" - the irregulars - and some candy corn for Grandma T, we drove through Fairfield and saw the old homes on Pierce Street and Coolidge Street.  I thought I remembered the house on Coolidge Street, but not so much.  We also saw Armijo High School.  The athletic fields seemed bigger and nicer than my old high school's.  Sadly, we could not locate Johannes (great diner where my mom and dad used to eat), and think that it has closed, so we ate at Fresh Choice instead. 

With our time in Fairfield done, we made our way to Green Brae to pick up the guys' tuxedos.  Zachary and Sophie caught some shut-eye on the way, which made for happy children during the monkey suit adventure.  The guys looked so handsome in their suits, and Zachary and Sophie had fun playing in the three way mirror.  The wrestling got a bit out of control and my darlings tackled each other and fell into the corner of a table.  I know the Men's Wearhouse was sad to see us go - NOT!!

Next on the list was a visit to Grandma and Grandpa's hotel, where we got to meet Katey's mom and went for a walk down to the dock.  Zachary had a good time clowning around and seeing the fire station, and the grown ups got a much needed dose of caffeine. 

Although we went back to our rental house for naptime, our kids decided it was bouncing time - no naps for them.  So we met the group for dinner - Grandpa ate CACTUS!

The kids finally got settled down and Steve and I sat up to wait for the Mathis family.  It was great to see them when they arrived!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Note to travelers flying into SFO:

If you have a lot of luggage to collect, and are traveling with small children, it might be easier to get the rental car and then go get the luggage.  See, some genius decided that you have to go downstairs to get the luggage, back upstairs, up a ramp, down a hallway, and up another elevator to get the train, on the train to get to the car rental place, down the elevator to the sign in counter with the rental car, and down another elevator to actually get the car. 

Thank goodness we had our own personal sherpa along to tote the luggage. (photo to follow soon).

PS - while most major cities allow you to stay on a highway to get out of the city, San Francisco is not that way.  Don't be suprised when your GPS sends you through the streets of town, and don't try to get back on the highway.  You'll only lose time. Just go with it, and enjoy the sights. :)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Let it Snow, Part IV

Zachary woke up, saw the snow, and asked why it wasn't on the ground.  I tried to explain that it wasn't cold enough or snowing enough to stay on the ground.  He thought for a minute and said, "Mommy, if it's not going to be on the ground, I want it to stop snowing."  Fine with me kid - I'm tired of this stuff anyway.

So we had muffins for breakfast, they played in their "story box", had some brother/sister grump time, and then I pulled out a hopscotch mat.  Zachary and I had a good time with it, and Sophie walked around saying "scotch scotch."  Unfortunately, it was a bit early in the morning for that. :)

Lastly, I pulled out the Gymboree bubbles.  If you have little ones, you need these.  They are great for inside days because they don't leave a sticky mess.  Don't ask me how - just accept it and go get some!  So the kids chased bubbles all over the house for a while till it was time for lunch, then naps, and woo hoo - the snow finally stopped!

Keep your fingers crossed that we don't go for round five of this white stuff!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sophie is 18 Months!

Sweet Sophie is 18 months old today!

To celebrate, I took her for an 18 month well-check!  Lucky girl!
Dr. Young says she's doing great. 

Her stats are:
Weight: 27 lbs (84%)
Height: 33 3/4 inches (96%)
Head Circumference: 18.5 inches (64%)

No shots today, but next time we are in we'll have to do a Hep A booster. 

Zachary came with us and got a lollipop and stamp for behaving so nicely.  Sophie was a little jealous, and kept saying 'pop pop' all the way to the car. 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day

Our Valentine's Day was a bit different.  Mommy was up sick all night (yucky yucky yucky) and exhausted and still sick in the morning, so Daddy had the kids.  He did breakfast, playtime and lunch, and then bath time.  Finally got them down for a nap and declared he didn't feel good either.  Sophie decided to have a short nap, so we played quietly with her till Z got up.  After attempting snack time with them, we called in Grandma T for reinforcement.  Good thing too, because Daddy was fading fast by the time she got here and I wasn't quite back to 50% yet.  Somehow the kids got in bed and the kitchen was cleaned up by 8:30.

Thank goodness for Grandma!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Let it Snow III

Dear Mother Nature,
I'm not sure if you're aware, but I live in Fort Worth - not New York or Colorado - and it is only supposed to snow here one (maybe two, if we've been really nice) day a year.  We aren't prepared for it, and, quite frankly, snow gets old after a while.  If you could double check your map before you direct the next snow fall, I'd appreciate it!
Snowman #1

Snow Sliding :)
Snow Angel
Daddy It's Cold Outside!
Snow Baby
Snowman #3 (Snowman 2 was demolished prior to photo time)

Good thing I have boys to shovel the drive way!