June 2012

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LA Trip

Kitty Luca and I decided to take a week trip back to LA.  We love many things about Portland, but also miss many of the people and parts of LA we came to love over the years.  I was mostly looking forward to visiting a few friends, dining at my favorite local spots, sane driving speeds/drivers, and the sunshine!  Kitty was definitely most excited about seeing her friends, their babies, and all the families in LA.

Instead of flying we decided to make it a family road trip.  We bought a new Subaru Outback a few months ago and equipped it with a Thule box for snowboarding, camping, and family trips.  We packed it up and headed out. Kitty had the great idea of putting tons of Luca’s books on one side of Luca’s carseat with an empty box on the other side.  As he flipped through and finished Gruffalo, Bear Hunt, Nursery Rhymes, and his other 50+ books in stow he would take them and deposit them into the empty box.  When we stopped at a rest area we would swap boxes and start all over again.  We also took a moment to run around.

We stopped in Benicia on the way down and again on the way back up to visit with my Uncle Eric, Auntie Judy, and twins Enid and Eliza. Luca loved all their musical instruments, their backyard view of trains and boats, football cards,  and their dog Harley… but most of all he loved their blackberries!

In Pasadena!! I got a big smile on my face as we crossed the 210 into Pasadena.  We headed over to the Paseo and Islands to have my favorite Kilauea Burger.  They were having their annual chalk art festival. Luca loved the art, music, and people watching.

Swim time at the hotel

We met up with Kristine and Luca’s first girlfriend, Leah, for brunch the next morning

They played

He took her on a plane ride

They walked over to the swings

Then it was time for goodbyes

We had dinner at C&Os in Marina del Rey with Kitty’s USC friends and their families

The next day we headed over to Katie and Tom’s for a pool party

On to the Santa Monica pier for a picnic with food from Heirloom.  Luca loved loved loved the beach.  He built sand castles, chased seagulls, and played with his dad in the waves.

We stopped by to visit with all the families from our old condo on Magnolia Ave

DISNEYLAND!!! For those of you who have been to Disneyland with me you’ll know this stop was more for me than Luca, but he had a good time too.  One of my friends from UO who has been living in LA for years works at Disney and hooked us up with free tickets.  Thanks again Barry! Luca has not stopped talking about four things.  1) Holding Mickey’s hand 2) High-five with Tigger 3) Fireworks 4) Pirates scary (my bad).

As soon as the Pirates of the Caribbean ride started and the talking skull warned Luca of what was to come he signed and exclaimed All Done! We told him anytime a pirate scared him to stick his tongue out at him and call him silly. That seemed to do the trick.  Afterwards it was time for Churro and a break with mom.

“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!”

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Bow Skillz

Luca and I play outside most everyday when I get home from work.  On this fine afternoon I was documenting the progression of his bow staff skills when he suddenly turned on me.

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Time for a baby update! As Luca successfully predicted on more than one occasion, he’s going to have a baby sister! Never mind that he doesn’t even know what a boy or a girl is…  We weren’t hoping for one more than the other, but we are definitely excited to have one of each. We’ve been talking a bit more to Luca about his baby sister and asking if he is going to be a good big brother and help take care of her. Sometimes he says yes, and sometimes he says no. He usually asks if he can hold the baby, but seems to be okay with having to wait a little longer until she’s ready to come out. One time he asked if he could eat the baby – hmm, not sure where that one came from. Who knows what goes on in the mind of a 2 year old…

We’re all doing well – plugging away with the day to day busyness of work and day care and dishes and laundry and always thinking of new ways to get Luca to listen and do what we want. Yes, I realize getting him to do something that wasn’t his idea to begin with is the inherent flaw in our logic, but we keep trying nonetheless. I’m feeling pretty good these days – no complications thus far, and always tired but with as reasonable an amount of energy as can be expected for a working mom with a busy toddler.

Here are a few pics of baby and belly and family to keep you all up to date:

Here she is waving hello

25 weeks along now!

This is Luca's version of cooperating for a photo

A rare moment of stillness

We found ourselves face to face for a moment, and Luca said, "Mama's eyes - Luca in there!" Sweetest moment ever!

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