Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Fathers' Day!

This was Todd's first fathers' day with a baby, so Jared and I wanted to make it special.  On Friday, while he was working, we got him a present and made him a card.  Doesn't Jared look impressive with his marker?
Just kidding.  Jared thought the markers were delicious and drooled red the rest of the day.
We had about the same success with our efforts to put Jared's footprint onto the card.  We will be waiting until Jared is old enough to date before we break out the paint again.
Todd was feted with breakfast in bed, a big carnivore dinner, lots of slobbery Jared kisses, and a nap.  Aren't I the luckiest girl alive to have two such great guys?

They are both napping as I write this, so you will have to settle for a picture from last Thursday at our outing to San Mateo's music in the park series. . .
. . . where Todd discovered that Jared can stand on his own for several seconds at a time.   The look Jared is giving shows how he feels about being made to stand alone.
Jared celebrated fathers' day and his 10 month birthday with a surprise new tooth.  Instead of the top tooth that he has been agonizing over, he sprouted a third bottom tooth for a total of four teeth.  The cough that everyone in our playgroup, primary class, and acquaintances seems to have contracted this week laid Jared up for a while, but he seems to be recovering incrementally.
Happy fathers' day from all of us to our dads, grandpas, great grandpas, and father figures.  A special happy fathers' day to Andrew, who became a dad on June 11 with the birth of our new nephew, Aaron.   Congratulations Cheyenne and Andrew!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

You will never believe us, but. . .

Today Jared got his first haircut.  I know, "What hair," right? But his hair, thin and transparent as it is, has started to grow profusely in the past few weeks, and the fuzz over his ears was starting to get unruly, so we decided it was time.
I know screen time is bad for babies, but I wonder what parents did for haircuts before Baby Einstein.  Jared was happy and still with a cookie and a show.  We would have taken before and after pictures, but you wouldn't have been able to see the difference.  Here is an after picture anyway.
He is pulling himself up on the side of the futon to practice walking.  He still looks as bald as ever on camera, but we promise he has hair.  Shorter hair.  We swear.  Really.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Summer Vacation

Faith has been so busy job hunting for the past couple of weeks that she hasn't taken time to enjoy her summer vacation.  After an interview on Wednesday, we decided to take Thursday to have a summer adventure.  Inspired by my friend Jen's adventure last week, we decided to go to Santa Cruz to have a picnic.  All of the beaches on the San Francisco peninsula are very cold at this time of year (this time of year being between January and December) so we were looking forward to a warm, sandy beach only an hour away.  Jared, as usual, enjoyed the sand.


 He says it was delicious.  He also enjoyed the water until he got hit by a surprise wave.  After that the sound of the waves made him wary and he would have nothing to do with the water up close.


This cute girl loved the California sun, but she got a little bit too much of it.  


We had a great time wading in the freezing water, hopping across the hot sand, watching a smattering of surfers, and seeing a whole bunch of seals swimming very close to shore.   There were probably fifteen or twenty seals, sometimes within ten yards of us.  It was a fun, exhausting afternoon adventure.  Next time we will have to take Todd with us.  


Saturday was Faith's nineteenth birthday.  We watched a sappy movie, played games, ate lasagna, and I made a little cake.   It sort of looks like the whole cake is on fire. 
 Happy Birthday Faith!  
I hope Faith enjoyed this miniature summer vacation because she starts a new job tomorrow.  Our new adventures will have to wait for her days off.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

We had a very busy weekend.  Todd had a very busy week at work last week, and was surprised on Friday to discover that it was a holiday weekend.  Fortunately for Todd, Faith and I had remembered and made plans.   On Saturday we went to the temple.  We took turns watching Jared and doing temple work.  Jared loves water, and the temple grounds are dotted with fountains, so it is easy to keep him entertained.
I hope he stays small like this for a long time.  
On Sunday we went to a goodbye party for our friends, the Harmsens, who are moving to Southern California.  Kim was one of my first friends in the ward, and I am really going to miss her.
Monday was Memorial Day.  In my family, that traditionally means a day of driving to all of the local cemeteries where our relatives are buried to place flowers for our Grandma, listen to stories about the great aunts and uncles our mom remembers, and have a picnic. Occasionally we would even run into friends from school visiting the same ancestors.  Since we don't have any ancestors buried in San Francisco, we had to settle for a parade.  The town of Hillsborough had a Memorial Day parade.  Hillsborough is tiny, so we weren't expecting much.  We were surprised by horses, bands, historic cars, and probably the entire population of Hillsborough walking in the parade.
This was Jared's first parade.  He did not love it.  He was afraid of the horses, the noisy old cars, and the bands.  He even refused to wave, which is normally one of his favorite activities.  One historic ambulance turned on its siren right next to us, eliciting this face:
When the parade was over, we enjoyed some live music and a festive atmosphere in a nearby park.  Then it was time for our celebration lunch.  Nothing says patriotism and honoring our kindred dead like lunch at a Brazilian restaurant.  We have been looking for an excuse to eat at a churrascaria (Brazilian barbecue), and Todd's new job, my birthday, Faith's birthday, and our upcoming anniversary was just what we needed.  We ate at Cleo's Brazilian Steakhouse in San Bruno.  It was very good.  I think we are now addicted to grilled pineapple covered in cinnamon, and Faith and I were both brave enough to try chicken hearts.  We didn't get any pictures because we were too busy eating and eating and eating.  Then it was home for naps and relaxation for the rest of the holiday.
Having Faith here makes every day feel a little like a holiday.  She is making my life so easy.  I'm not sure how I will manage when she gets a full time job.