Sunday, November 30, 2008

Foolin around...

pics 11/24 to 11/30/2008

Perfect Tahoe day.

It was the perfect Tahoe day... skies clear blue... temp was 60... sun was out... and not a trace of wind... perfectly still. We went on a hike up to the pond that we always go to. N took Molly in the Deuter on the way up and I took her on the way back down. She got a little upset at the transfer. Apparently she wants daddy when she's in the carrier, but she got over it and fell asleep about 1/3 of the way back. We also had all 4 dogs with us. We were quite the sight. Ran into a couple goldens and a few labs plus some other mountain type dogs. I always get a kick out of how many people recognize Odin's correct breed up here (Norwegian Elkhound) as opposed to down in the bay area where everyone thinks he's a husky. Sadie still gets a lot of random guesses... everyone starts out with beagle, but then says, "No, she's too big to be a beagle." Hey, if you figure it out... let me know.

Friday, November 28, 2008

greetings from Tahoe

Woke up this morning to a lovely frost on the ground, but so far no signs of snow. It was a lovely 34 out this morning when I went to the grocery store, but got up into the 50's as the day went on. I swear a half a dozen homes have popped up since our last visit. I felt for all the constuction workers that were out. At least Tahoe is dry and not usually windy... still, too damn chilly to work outside all day long. However, the sun was out and the skies were clear so it could have always been worse.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at our house yesterday (down in San Jose, we drove up last night). All the grandparents made it over for an early meal at 3:00 pm. I didn't want to eat too late because then you just end up eating all day long. Which we still managed to do, but it wasn't *as* bad as years past. It all seemed to go by in a bit of a blur, but I suppose that's the way now that there's a little one running around. Molly LOVED the stuffing, but didn't have much interest in anything else. At least this year she was awake for the meal. If memory serves she spent last Thanksgiving asleep in her swing for most of the day. Well, between being held and having bottles. This thanksgiving was spent making each and every one of her grandparens follow her around the house as she did not want to be in one place long. Hey, as long as someone else was following her I was fine with it. :-)

On Wednesday N and I got up and headed down to a local post office with a passport office and got Molly's passport paperwork taken care of. It should arrive in the next 3-4 weeks. I was tempted to take her picture at home with our digital camera, but ended up running out of time and motivation so we just got it done there. Took a few tries, but we ended up getting a picture taken with me sitting on the chair and holding Molly above my head and in front of the screen while N and the Post Office lady tried to get Molly to look at the camera by making fools of themselves. Since it was digital we got to see the pic and she looks more than a little confused, but still adorable. I'll scan it in once it arrrives for all to see.

We plan to stay in Tahoe until Wednesday. Don't have anything on the agenda other than taking some hikes and chilling about the cabin. Odin and Lola are also with us so we have 4 dogs lazing about. Molly loves to get kisses from all the dogs so she's taken to walking up to them with her mouth open (her idea of giving kisses) and it looks like she's going to eat their nose. Sadie knows what this means and will eventually give in, but Odin and Lola are more than a little confused. I need to get some pics of that, it's hilarious!

Well, N is just about finished feeding Molly so I should go. It's been nothing but peas and carrots today. Should we be concerned that our daughter is being a picky eater when it's nothing but veggies that she will eat?

Monday, November 24, 2008

pics 11/19 to 11/22/2008


Video was taken last Wednesday (11/19) night at Granny and Grandpa Marsh's house. Molly and Grandpa Marsh are having fun. Just wait until she can actually say, "Again... Again!"

Friday, November 21, 2008

She is walking...

stubborn little one...

Molly is still taking little flurries of 5 or 6 steps when she wants to, but you try and get her to do it and she will have none of it. Stubborn little one... just like her daddy! :-) Yesterday at Little Gym she took 10 steps all on her own. We were walking around in a circle and I just stopped supporting her under her arms and she kept going for 10 steps before she fell down on her knees. She's getting better and better at standing up on her own (in the middle of nowhere so she can't pull herself up), but this is definitely something that is going to happen on her terms. Not that I'm rushing it by any means. At least with the walker I can hear where she is and when she stops moving. Not so much when it's just her.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

she's up to 8...

We went over to Granny and Grandpa Marsh's tonight for dinner and Molly started taking a few more solo steps. She got in 8 little steps all on her own before crashing into N on the couch. She did plenty of spurts of 4 or 5, but 8 was the most for the evening. I think it's only a matter of days folks. If I disappear on you, you'll know why... :-)


On Saturday, N and I headed down to The Inn at Spanish Bay at Pebble Beach to check in for the night. We were meeting up with the Jodoins, the Chouns, and the Connally/Shipmans for a lovely belated anniversary dinner at our favorite restaurant Roy's. I had initially wanted to go to Roy's and spend the night back in August for our anniversary, but then N became hospital boy and we just kept putting it off. Jenn then got the idea to celebrate all of our anniversaries (they had their 8th in October, Julie and Jeff had their 7th in September, and we celebrated our 6th in August) together sans kids. So we coordinate sitters and got a reservation.

Best. Meal. Ever.

I was also very happy we decided to get a room on site. Every time we've had dinner here before we always said it would be so nice to just have a room and not have to go anywhere afterwards and that is just what we did. We all piled back into our room after dinner (it was huge) and hung out in the overstuffed armchairs by the fire and on the two queen sized beds. Luckily we were able to get everyone off to their cars before anyone fell asleep on us, but it was a bit of a close call. ;-)

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cloth diapers

I ended our Tiny Tots cloth diaper service this week. Molly kept getting diaper rash in them and I just couldn't justify doing that to her no matter how green the solution was. Luckily Bree and Jon had told us about their diapers (Nature Babycare) that are more of an ECO-friendly diaper than plain ol' disposables. We borrowed a couple to make sure we didn't run into the same diaper rash issue, but it looks like they wick away the moisture just fine (which I believe was the culprit with the cloth diapers).

bye bye Buddha belly

Since Molly has been so active, her little belly has gone from Buddha like proportions to just a little belly. As a result she's actually gone back in pant size. I had her in 18 month pants back in the late spring/early summer because anything smaller would cut in to her belly. She also had a few pairs of 24 month and 2T's that she was wearing. Mostly pants that had the option to be snapped up to capri length so I could roll them up and they would actually stay up. I had to go up into the last bin of clothes I put up in the attic for storage and take some pants back out. Now that her belly has gone away she can wear them again. She's still wearing some of her 12 month pants. They are a little short, but that's better than the larger sizes slowly falling down on her because then she'll trip on them as they get under her feet. However, she does have a long torso so the 18 and 2T tops do fit best.

Monday, November 17, 2008

another gorgeous day...

Global warming? Odd CA weather? Who knows, who cares...

Molly and I headed back to Oak Meadow Park this afternoon. Katrine and Emily joined us. Started out on the swings and then had the girls do some walking with their walkers. They got bored with their own walker so they decided to switch. Once they got tired of that we headed back to the swings until it got dark.

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marathon sleep

Molly bug crashed out about 4:30 yesterday afternoon. She woke up just after 3:00 in the morning. So much for having a second nap! I went in with a bottle and she went down again until 6:30 am. Then she proceeded to have a three hour nap this morning. Who knew teething was so tiresome?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

another tooth...

Molly spent the night at Grandma Hickson's and another tooth popped through. It's another incisor on her top right. Looks like it just broke through. I think this is why she's been fish lips so much lately. She used to suck her top and bottom lips in when her center teeth broke through and now she's doing the fish lips face to help with the next ones over. I'll try to get a pic once it has come in a bit more and you'll actually be able to see something.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


N was up with Molly this morning and she took three whole steps by herself between the futon and her pony. When he went to record it she would only do two, but definitely getting closer to cruisin' around solo.

Friday, November 14, 2008

I like to move it, move it!

Molly shakes her booty whenever she hears the "Move It, Move It" song from Madagascar. The second one just opened in theatres and it was a Diaper Days movie yesterday so I decided to go. Granny Marsh joined us and Molly did dance her booty off whenever there was any music. She spent the rest of her time dropping her bottle in such a manner that it would roll all the way to the front of the theatre. I need to play the song for her and try to get a video of her dancing.

In the meantime, here's the trailer with the song:

Oak Meadow Park

We're having a lovely week here in sunny CA. I won't get into the exact numbers as I know some of you are dealing with some bitter cold right now, but let's just say we're having some record breaking highs. Molly and I got together with Jessie and her daughter Addison (and some of their friends) along with Katrine and Emily at the Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos this afternoon. Emily and Addison are also in Molly's Little Gym class on Thursday mornings.

It was a gorgeous day. Molly chilled in her Bob stroller and had a nice long lunch. Then we headed over to the grass. She kept trying to take Emily's walker, but was getting frustrated at how uneven the grass was. However, when she tried to head over to the dirt/gravel area (which was flat) I had to stop her because she didn't have any shoes on. She got more than a little frustrated. I gave her a bottle and she proceeded to konk out in her stroller as we walked the park with Katrine and Emily (in her brand new wagon). Molly was still out when we finished our loop so I left her in the stroller as Emily got some swing time in. It finally started to get dark around 5:00 and we realized we should probably be heading home.

However, since it was such a nice night out Molly and I went home to get N and then headed out for some burgers where we could sit outside and enjoy the evening. We headed up to Clarke's in Mt. View and got our fix. It was still nice out when we got home so we decided to spend some time in the hot tub. Gotta love CA weather!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

SF Zoo

It was an absolutely gorgeous San Francisco day... clear blue skies... and a little chilly... but that's SF for ya! Jenn had made plans to head up to the Zoo so Molly and I decided to join them. We got there right in time for opening which worked out great since Molly had her morning nap in the car on the drive up. She also passed out in her stroller for a bit towards the end of the day. I think all the fresh air and breeze on top of the fact that she was snuggled in konked her right out.

We both brought our cameras, but Jenn had left her memory card at work and after a few shots my camera started flashing a low battery sign. The upside was both of our cameras took the same memory card so once my camera finally died we swapped over to Jenn's. Heh, between the two of us we made it work!

Robert had a great time running around the children's area and checking out all the animals up close and personal. Molly was still a little mellow from her morning nap (cut a little short) so she just chilled in the Bob stroller and checked things out. Unfortunately it was a little windy and a little chilly and a lot of the animals decided to stay inside. I'm thinking the next time we should head back is in the spring when all the babies start making an appearance.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Snotty McSnotterson strikes again!

Molly bug had a bit of a runny nose earlier this week. She hasn't come down with a full blown cold, but she gave whatever she did have to mommy and daddy. She's too quick on the draw with her fingers into our nose and mouths. Feeling a bit under the weather, but better today than I was yesterday. Molly is feeling perfectly normal as she just winded daddy by having him chase her all around the house on her walker. She was laughing up a storm and running into walls. Sounded very amusing as I was downstairs doing laundry and could only hear the wheels on the floor and her laughter.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pumpkin Festival 2008

Pumpkins Pumpkins everywhere! Molly, Robert, and us parents took on Half Moon Bay.


Molly celebrates.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Molly dancing

We were watching Entourage last night and over the closing credits there was a song Molly really seemed to enjoy. She was dancing her little heart out so we tried to recreate it here for you. Not as much as the first time around, but you can still see her get down with her bad self.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Finished Molly's birthday gallery....

Originally had 56 images or so... now has 190.

fall back

Just a reminder for everyone to set their clocks back one hour today. This actually works out great since Molly has a party to attend so her morning nap won't be interrupted.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Day of the Dead

Perhaps it's the rainy/windy Something Wicked This Way Comes weather we're having... or the fact that it's the Day of the Dead, but does anyone else get completely creeped out when a kid's toy just randomly goes off? I know a lot of toys do this to get kids to come back an play with them, but Molly's octopus just started playing a tune all by itself in the living room. No animals were near by and I'm pretty sure this toy doesn't have that call back feature. Creepy!