August 2012

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37 Weeks

It’s hard to believe but we’re 37 weeks along now and less than 3 weeks away from meeting our new baby! Time seems to have accelerated during this final stretch. Chris and I took a tour of the hospital this week and, more than anything, it served to help us realize that it’s probably time to start making final preparations for baby. Things are so much busier this time around with a 2 year old in the house – we don’t seem to have as much time to think ahead. Life these days is more about living day to day and moment to moment. We decided to dedicate this weekend to getting ready for baby, because ready or not, here she comes!

Even though we’ve been busy, we have found some time to enjoy summer. Here are some fun pics from the past couple weeks.

We took a few moments before going out for our anniversary dinner to snap some family portraits:

Luca takes a moment to play with our porch squirrel:

Luca and I took a trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Corvallis this past weekend, and he had a blast soaking up the summer sun with his relatives.

Riding bikes with Uncle Travis:

Mama hangs out in the shade:

The ultimate picture of summer:

Flying a kite with Grandpa!

Up on the play structure with Grandma and Uncle Travis:

Mama soaks up a few rays too:

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Luca on the News

A while ago I wrote a post about our trip to Seattle and Luca seeing his first baseball game.  I talked about how it was literally a perfect game.  One of 21 in the history of baseball.  As luck would have it there was another perfect game recently, and I was once again in attendance.  The fact most people will never see a perfect game in their lifetime makes the odds of seeing two perfect games in a row almost incalculable.    The local Portland news thought the same and I got the opportunity to share our story with them.  Luca was very excited to see himself and his dad on tv.


Here’s a news article and a different video that showed at a later time

Portland KGW

Seattle King5 News

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Weekend Fun

This was such a great weekend.  It started off with an awesome swim class.  Luca is now diving off the side from a seated postion down 3ft and grabbing rings from the bottom.  He’s back floating and of course improving on his MEGA jumps.

Kitty has been getting a little more tired as the due date for our daughter approaches.  I thought I’d take Luca out and give her some time to rest.  I decided what better for us to do than go look at trucks.  Lots of trucks!  When we got there Luca was beyond excited.  He grabbed my hand, pointed to a cement truck, said “Dada take picture… me… truck… Cheeeeeeesee!!”  Luca spent a good hour looking at all the trucks, climbing in and on them, and honking their horns.  He decided which trucks to look at and told me when to take a picture and how he wanted to pose.  “Dada… I sit inside,”  “Dada.. Picture. I sit here”

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Later that evening Kitty and I headed to the Portland City Grill for our wedding anniversary dinner. We’ve been together for 14 years now and celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary.  The restaurant has really good food and an amazing view of Portland.  After dinner Kitty and I went to a movie while Auntie Libby kept watch on Luca.

The next day Luca and I were doing our critter chores outside.  We filled the bird feeders, bird house, bird baths, and most importantly the squirrel feeder.  As we were watering flowers out front a neighbor said 6 of the other neighborhood kids were headed to the Beaverton City Park Fountain and invited us along.

Luca and I packed up his swim gear and took off. To say Luca enjoyed himself would be an understatement.  He ran through the fountain, rode the swing, and played on the playground with all his neighborhood friends.

After Luca started to wind down we headed home. Luca took a good nap, Kitty worked on a baby quilt for a family friend, and I got to exercise a little while streaming Star Trek Enterprise.


Speaking of Star Trek.  Here’s a pic of Luca meeting an Andorian – A story for another time
After Luca woke up we had some Noodles then headed outside so he could ride bikes with the Litz Ct. biker gang. Imagine if you will 7 Kids all learning to ride bikes at the same time on our little culdesac.  It’s chaotic, a little scary, but mostly it’s just pure unfiltered joy.


Luca’s now sleeping. Kitty and I are enjoying each others space while she reads, I write this blog, and the Spice Girls sing at the Olympics closing ceremony.


What a great weekend!

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