Archive for October, 2009


Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2009

The picture above is the costume Sophie wound up wearing for Halloween this year. Below is the costume we were planning for her to wear (this picture is from the day Debbie bought it back at the beginning of October).

Unfortunately, Sophie had other plans and flat out refused to put it on. Here is the closest we got.

We headed over to Niki and Rick’s house for some Halloween festivities and trick-or-treating. Here is the cast of characters right before heading out for candy.

Finally it was time to go trick-or-treating. It only took Sophie a couple of houses to get the hang of how the system worked, and then she was running from house to house yelling “treat-treat!” The only thing that slowed her down was getting knocked over by the ten-year-olds hopped up on sugar.

After wearing out Mama and Dada, Sophie moved on to Grandma Carol and Aunt Niki.

Finally, everyone’s bags were full and it was time to head home.

We did let Sophie have a couple of pieces of candy when we got home, although she did have to share with Aunt Niki!

Happy Halloween everyone!

P.S. Here is a picture of Rick’s awesome Darth Vader jack-o-lantern. Nice job!

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2009-10-31 Halloween

Say Cheese!

October 31, 2009

This camera used to be in the toy drawer at my grandmother’s house and my brothers and I played with it all the time when we were little kids. When my grandmother passed away a few years ago I claimed it and it’s been sitting on a shelf in my house with my other cameras ever since. Now Sophie has learned to hold the camera up to her face and say “cheese!”, even taking pictures of her “baby.”

Of course in this digital age, she doesn’t understand why the picture doesn’t show up on the back of the camera!


Piggies and Paws

October 31, 2009

On September 14th our friend Elizabeth S. had a “piggies and paws” party at her house.  This is Elizabeth with her daughter Patricia.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with piggies and paws, it is like a Tupperware party, except what they do is create artwork from your children’s handprints and footprints.  Like you used to do in the first grade when you made a turkey out of your hand print.

You can see Sophie making her handprints in the photos below.

All you have to do is provide the handprints and they take them and add all the artwork. They have a whole catalog of designs, everything from animals to race cars.

The only problem with the whole concept is that there is a lot of downtime while you wait for your turn to make your prints. So the kids tended to get a little stir crazy.

Here Sophie shares her milk with Elizabeth’s son Peter.

And here is Sophie hanging out with Sophia.

And finally, here is what happens when you have step-shaped furniture and turn your back on the children for one second.

Thanks Elizabeth!

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2009-09 September Misc

The Germans are Coming!

October 26, 2009

Actually, they were already here on September 8th. Ulli, Debbie’s former neighbor in Germany, and her daughter and son-in-law Julia and Marcus came to the US for a vacation in Hawaii. On their way back to Germany they scheduled a 48-hour layover to come and pay us a visit.

Their flight was through LAX, so we had to make the trip up there to fetch them. So we called up Debbie’s Uncle Julian and Aunt Nava and met them for an early dinner in Marina Del Rey. Here’s a picture of us by the harbor.

After dinner we headed over to the airport to pick up our guests. Everyone got a good night’s sleep and the next morning we headed out for a tour of San Diego. Our first stop was the beautiful island of Coronado.

We grabbed a quick lunch at the ferry landing. There were some mean pigeons running around, but the pizza was good.

Next we headed south to the Hotel Del Coronado.

Our final stop for the day was back up in La Jolla to see the seals. Unfortunately, they were not on the beach today, but there was still the nice view of the ocean to enjoy.

Finally back home, Sophie got to spend some quality time with Julia and Marcus.

The next day it was time to deliver our guests back to the airport for their trip home. Since we had just been to Marina Del Rey a few days before and hadn’t had much of a chance to explore, we decided to head back there.

As you can see below, by this time Sophie had bonded thoroughly with Julia and Marcus.

Finally our time was up and we had to head off to the airport. We took one last group photo.

In addition to the picures, here’s a video of Sophie and her Oma at La Jolla Cove.

(This is the first time I’ve used this video service. Please let me know if you have any problems with it.)

Thanks for taking the time to visit us Ulli, Julia and Marcus! Click below for a link to the full album.

2009-09-08 Bruch Visit

Sophie’s First Haircut

October 14, 2009

On September 5th, we decided that Sophie’s hair had just one too many cowlicks sticking out, so we decided to get a few snipped off. There’s a hairdresser near our house called Bambino’s which specializes in kid’s haircuts. They have seats shaped like little cars to keep the young ones occupied.

A nice lady named Michelle was Sophie’s hairdresser for the day, and she did a great job.

Sophie loved sitting in her little car, driving to who knows where in her imagination.

To top it all off, Sophie got a cute little pink ribbon in her hair.

And if her hair keeps growing at the same rate it will be another 18 months before her next haircut!

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2009-09-05 Sophie Haircut

Back in the Pool

October 14, 2009

On September 1, we had a special day at swim class, because both Debbie and I were able to go. Which means I was able to stay on the sidelines and take some pictures.

We’ve been going to swim class for about a year now, and Sophie still really loves it. Now that she’s a little bigger she can do a lot more, like jumping off the edge or being thrown into the air (and of course being dunked!).

Of course half the fun of swim class is hanging out with our friends. Here is Julia with her mom Shannon.

And Matthew with his mom Joan Marie.

And this is Andrew and his mom Kristen.

And this is the alligator who lives at the bottom of the pool and eats the children who don’t learn to swim fast enough.

Our friend Nicholas and his dad Joe used to come to class with us, but they’ve moved on to a bigger pond.  (We miss you guys!)

I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures of Sophie having fun. Be sure to click through to the album for a bunch more.

2009-09-01 Swim Class