Monday, April 21, 2014


This is the closest thing we've had to a family pic in who-knows-how-long! Even though I've been having camera issues that have resulted in a soft focus, I'm pleased as punch.

Easter weekend was a blast.  Liz had Good Friday off, so we got an extra day of the kids climbing into bed with us.  A little Friday shopping for Easter outfits to round out a chill afternoon. 

Saturday morning I had the kids by myself for half the day, and we hit up the Easter Egg hunt in a local park. This was our second year at the same hunt, and we were a lot better prepared this time (picnic blanket, sunscreen).  Last year Huelan was still in the youngest Egg Hunt group, where they let about 15 kids at a time run loose in a corral with candy sprinkled in the grass  This year she graduated into the next group where about 300 kids race vie to collect as much candy as possible in a 10 minute window.  The pep talk I gave her highlighted the fact that none of these kids are her friends and her priority is to fill that basket.  Just kidding, of course the most important thing is to have fun (and keep your elbows out).

How they were able to keep all those kids at bay for 10 minutes while they finished setting up is a testament to how well kids will behave when there's a promise of candy.  And I dangled the Easter Bunny visit much like I use Santa around Christmas time- as a threat.  The carrot (ha) and the stick....

We of course had an egg hunt in the family room in the morning, then it was Easter lunch.  It was quite a spread, and after about a dozen deviled eggs, I dozed off on the deck, sitting in the sun.  But only for a minute.  Huelan found the GOLDEN EGG that Grandma stashed and was jumping-up-and-down ecstatic- highlight of the day, maybe the year so far.

A beautiful, sunny weekend made even better by lots of family and food.  More pics here.

Also, I neglected to post pics from the first half of March, so here they are as well.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Al Fresco

"Table for one on the deck please. I'll have the butternut squash special with the peas on the side."

"Dessert? I guess I've got a little room. Are your blueberries local?"

Life aint too bad. 

Liz Said

"After Nicole was just so perfect, I don't know how we got so lucky that we had another perfect one."

Monday, April 7, 2014

Vine Test
I'd like to ve able to imbed, but not sire how. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014


This is the new Saturday morning cartoons. It combines the best parts of climbing into bed with Mom and Ba with on-demand, streaming animation. The only time he watches media is when he's peaking over her shoulder, which is not infrequently.  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Basically, the only time you get to see someone outside of the family is on the weekend.  So we (Liz) has made an effort to set up some grown-up play dates- most recently with Vivien and Karen, et al. Coincidentally, they both have big sis-little bro combos as well.

We watch our own kids grow, develop, and mature, but when we see our friends' kids after we haven't seen them in a while, it can be a surprise.  I, for one, am horrible at remembering how old other people's kids are- I just have a vague sense of whether they're older or younger than my kids.  Most of our friends' kids are a smidge younger than ours, so I err on that side.  Liz's parents made some of their closest friends from when all the kids were going to school together.  They still regularly see and hang out with those people, even after most of the kids are no longer in close contact.  Kind of weird to think that that scenario might still await us.

Monday, March 31, 2014


Huelan just finished her third session at the local kids' dance studio.  This time around, Grandma volunteered to drive her to class.  During the session, parent (it's really mostly grandparents and a few nannies) sit in a seperate room and can only watch via closed circuit TV.  The instuctors find that the kids are less distracted that way and can thus concentrate on serious dancing.

The exception is the last class of the session, when parents, grandparents, and pretty much anyone off the street can come and watch the "recital."  They do some tap and some ballet, and it's incredibly cute.  One of the parents told me afterwards that "Nicole certainly is a performer."  I can't disagree with that- somehow she almost always finds her way to the front of the class or end up right next to the teacher....

There are 10 videos.  I'll post two here, but the others are easy to find if you're so inclined:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hung's Bday

A couple of week's ago was the anniversary of when our Mother birthed Hung.  For celebration, we all went to Lanesplitter's Pizza and grubbed down on some pizzas and beers.  It's been a big year since his last birthday, having baby Vansen now in our lives!  Below you see him posin' with his birthday gift.  When he retires, we'll think about getting him a real gold watch.

Ly Boys
We had the Zatulovskys join us in the Creek the other day for some food and good drinks.  They are expecting their first kid soon (we think it's going to be a boy).  Whatever gender the baby is going to be, don't mess with them - or you'll get a face full of lead.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Patty's Home Cookin'

One of Patty's passions at home is creating and trying out new recipes and new dishes that she's never made before.  In hopes to share some of my beloved wife's creations, I'm going to try and catalog some of her delicious dishes that she's made so far.  Although I love to eat her creations, I'm just not so sure if it's a good thing....I seem to getting rounder and rounder by the mouthful.

One of my favorites, Cuban Potato balls. 
Seasoned ground beef pressed around creamy/fried mashed potatos:

For a celebratory dinner, Patty is making the main ingredients to one of my favorite pasta dishes, Frutti de Mare which contains Mussels in a white wine sauce and buttered Scallops as seen below:

Stay tuned for more entries, until then.  Stay salivating.

Saturday, March 22, 2014


We pretty much just let this one roll around on the floor when we're busy doing other stuff.  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Getting it

Mobility is kind of a conundrum for parents.  Of course we want our kids to develop normally and gain some independence, but it's really nice that for the most part infants stay where you put them. 

Vansen's in the early stages of being mobile.  He knows that other kids can move, and that he sometimes can, but hasn't quite figured out how to reliably get himself from where he is to where he wants to be. He can't yet get himself from a sitting to a crawling position, but if we place him on his belly, he is just figuring out how to propel himself forward.  If he's properly motivated....

Irish Eyes

She said she didn't want to get pinched. But I pinched her anyway. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Teething kind of snuck up on us this time around. We checked the baby log, and Vansen's first teeth came about 10 days after Huelan's. Though later, his came with much less commotion. He was uncomfortable for the preceding days, but nothing like Huelan was. Let's hope this is a long trend. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Last Weekend

Before this weekend starts, I 'll try and catch us up on last weekend, which featured what is beginning to become an annual Tahoe cabin trip.  This year Sam found a place on the Nevada side, up over 7,000 feet, which was great because below that altitude there was virtually no snow.  As it was, there was some crusty stuff around- just enough for a mini snowman and some boot tromping for Huelan.

We went up Thursday night, which gave us an entire extra day.  Friday was the snowboarders hit up Kirkwood (first outing for me in two years), which left Saturday to take Huelan to ski school at Heavenly.  We met up with Liz's cousin Jackie and her son Mateo, who is almost four and was on his second day of ski school.

Huelan loves new stuff, and this was no different.  She was stoked for everything about it- the drive up, the lodge, the class, the boots, the gloves, and especially the snacks (goldfish).

Pics forthcoming, ***Updated: Here are the pics along with some other ones from March's first half***

Here's a vid from the ski lession: