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I think Luca is most relaxed and calm when he’s in the water just swimming

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Swim Time!

Guess who started swim class!

 Time for back floats 

 Mmm, tasty

 More back floats. Better bring this toy with me.

 Floating on the mat

 Noodles! (This is her favorite part)

Big brother Luca waits patiently for his class to begin

 Time to get in!

 Waiting his turn…

 Still waiting…

 Here comes the shark!

 The shark looks back to see if it’s his turn yet

 Here we go! Nice windshield wipers!

 He likes to hold his breath and hang out just below the surface

 My turn again!

Let’s go – noodle time!

 Mama and baby sister cheer on from the sidelines

 Getting ready to dive in

 Just hanging out

 I love swimming!

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One of Luca’s recent games is to pick up his globe, point to a random location, and say “this (dramatic pause) is how we live.”  I follow with “no, that’s Kazakhstan” or “nope, that’s Antarctica”.  I also try to clarify that it’s “where we live, not how we live.”  To which he once again proclaims… “THIS…. is how we live.”

But really, this is how we live…

Swim with intimidating shark cap on…


Hang with friends…


Hang with more friends…


Read some books…


Go to dentist…

Definitely recover

Admiring buzz…

Double admire… Double recover

Yo Gabba Gabba Concert…

Hallway recover

Play some drums…

Rock recover

Look cute for pictures…



and recover

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Our Little Ohana

Luca continues with his swim classes. He’s doing well learning his different floats and swim strokes.  Kitty and I were surprised this past week when Luca was swimming across the pool and came up just short of the wall.  He went underwater, popped back up, and treaded water for around 20 seconds.  It was pretty cool.

Sporting his swim cap and goggles…. sorry “BUZZ Goggles”


After swim class shower.  His hair is so curly!


A family of Ducks


We went to Kitty’s grandmas house for Thanksgiving.  It was one of the longer car trips for Autumn.  She’s not what I’d call a fan of car trips.  We stopped 3 times and the 1 .5 hour trip took 3.  We still love you baby girl.


The kids just hanging out


Luca is always gentle with his baby sister….


Although to be perfectly honest I believe right after this picture was snapped Autumn sort of peeled off to her left and ended up face down the corner of the couch.  Luca did voice his concern though.


Happy times


My two angels

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It’s been awhile since our last post.  Over the last month during some of our visits and travels we found some time to find a new home in SW Portland, move, and begin settling in.


We are so excited to be in our new home.  The neighborhood is amazing.  There are 10 homes on a private cul de sac with 12 kids ranging in age from newborn to 6.  Luca is 1 of only 3 boys and has quickly drawn the attention of the other kids.  Upon arriving home the other day Kitty was greeted by three of the girls who immediately whisked Luca away.


It’s a nice home with plenty of room for our family to grow into.  Even though we don’t come close to filling the home Luca has found a way to take over two of the bedrooms and the dining room (aka the Lion room).  Luca is very active nowadays and spends sometime every day on his play structure in the backyard.

A feature we liked was the large walk-in closet in our room.  Luca on the other-hand views it as yet another opportunity to play his favorite game… Where’s Luca. I mean I’ve studied this picture for hours and still can’t find him.  Can you?


Luca takes a moment in his room to hug his monkey.  Every night he crawls into his bed to help his monkey go to sleep.  Of course he himself usually falls asleep in the process 🙂

Our little Bam Bam.  When not with his monkey or lovey Luca is often walking around with one of his baseball bats.


Luca has continued his swim classes and has progressed a lot.  He now loves going to class and can’t wait to get into the water.  The last few weeks he’s started to jump in and dive under the water on his own.  There were some earlier times when he just didn’t want to go or was upset when we got into the pool.  With him calling out for the foam noodles, splashing, applauding after coming up from a dive, and giggling throughout, I’m so glad we stuck with it and love seeing how excited he is at the pool.


We used to go on walks all the time back in Pasadena.  Now that we have settled in a bit more we’ve started to explore the parks, paths, and trails throughout our neighborhood.  There are at least 3 parks we’ve found that are within walking distance.  Once there it’s tough to get Luca to leave. He could happily swing, slide, and run around for hours. My latest entry for the father of the year award was from one of these parks.  Luca had successfully slid down an extra wide slide so I stepped away down to the bottom to let him slide by himself.  Of course his shoes caught, he went head over heels, and landed on his face.  No major damage but he busted his lip open so there was quite a bit of bleeding.  I gave him his pacifier which calmed him down, but it didn’t stop the bleeding.  Now imagine you’re out for a nice walk and here comes some dad pushing his child in a stroller with blood trickling down his face from behind a pacifier.  All I could do was acknowledge the horrified passersbys with a smile and a shrug that said “kids – what are you gonna do.”



That’s it for now.  There’s a lot more to share about all the visits with family and friends, 4th of July, and other trips, but I hear someone or something stirring up stairs… and by stirring I mean the sound of a plastic bat(s) crashing against walls, gates, doors, and anything that catches the eye of a 17 month old.

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