Happy Birthday, Naomi!

It's been quite a first year with our Naomi. Shortly after she was born, our midwife pronounced that the 9lb 5oz newborn was quite "rugged." Her size, her presence, and her volume in those first moments of life indeed have revealed a rugged spirit in Naomi.

"Gusto" also comes to mind -- every accomplishment, milestone, injury, and sickness has been done, met, survived, and weathered with gusto. On the eve of her birthday, true to form, Naomi split her lip in the bath, an injury that led to a gory scene, more gray hairs for me and Bret, and a 1-year-old who's little worse for the wear. 

We celebrated her birthday today at our favorite family place, Tolo Cellars, a quaint and comfy winery in Paso Robles. It was a lovely summer scene made complete with family and dear friends, a picnic, strawberry cheesecake, our favorite wine, and a birthday girl who, surprisingly, did not put her face in the cake (she did, however, touch the burning candle, which left red wax on her finger).

Andrea, Saturday 24 July 2010 at 7:41 pm Two comments

J is for jump

and other July activities

The girls have been so cute together...

Natalie is allowed to jump on our bed only with Mommy or Daddy in the room. This time, I had the camera...


Andrea, Friday 23 July 2010 at 1:36 pm Two comments

Many hurrays

and some random photos

We're healthy! Naomi's walking! Natalie's writing! Naomi's almost 1! The sun is shining (more than it was a week ago, anyway)!


Andrea, Monday 19 July 2010 at 8:27 pm Two comments

Sunny smiles

It's been a bit of a gloomy summer, in more ways than one. The fog has kept things cool (no complaints here) but may also be to blame for keeping us sick. From a vacation-canceling stomach issue to a lingering Kathleen-Turner-sounding sore throat and cough, the girls and I have been weathering more than our summer share of sickness. And we're not the only ones to be sicker than usual for the season -- lots of yuckiness seems to be going around...

But we're still managing to have a wonderful time with friends and family, with plenty of outdoor fun. Here are some photos to chase the gloom away.

Natalie shares one of the strawberries she picked herself at a farm in Arroyo Grande on June 29.


Andrea, Saturday 10 July 2010 at 6:00 pm Two comments


I'm hooked on making Etsy treasuries. It's like being a curator for a private art gallery. But there's also a small element of competition involved -- the loveliest treasuries get featured on the front page of Etsy. In further trying to justify my recent addiction, I've thought of this treasury-making kick as shopping without spending any money, making wish lists, playing an online game, supporting fellow Etsy sellers, and creating an art project -- all at the same time. Here are the titles of the treasuries I've created thus far:

Typing in Technicolor

Christmas in July

Affordable Treasures (my birthday wish list)

First birthday (with Naomi in mind)

32nd birthday (with myself in mind; not a wish list)

Sassy Summer Fruit my newest, inspired by one of Naomi's cute summer outfits

I challenge you to create a treasury. (I think you just need an Etsy account -- you don't have to be a seller, as far as I know.)


Andrea, Thursday 08 July 2010 at 5:04 pm No comments