Friday, October 31, 2014


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Favorite Food

Vansen recently weighed in at 30.9lbs and 33" tall, which is 98th percentile in weight and 97th in height. He also is in the 97th percentile of head circumferenece. At least he's proportional. 

Here he is eating his favorite dish- he can ask for it by name.  He calls it, "More."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


These poor kids. Used as a rope in a familial tug-of-war.  How long before they begin to fray from the pressure of being pulled in every direction?

Monday, October 13, 2014


They're probably more similar than different. They both are very cuddly and like to play with dolls. One obvious difference we've noticed is that the boy is definitle a climber. Up the stairs every chance he gets. Pushing boxes and stools around the house to use as boosters. As seen above, they both enjoy a spot of evening tea, but he prefers to pour while standing on the table. 


This is from a while back, but I had to reach back and include it.  Liz and some of her girlfriends planned a food and wine retreat in Napa one weekend in late August- a beautiful time to be in wine country.  So imagine five women, with eight kids between them.  One of them a mother of young twins on her first weekend away from her boys.  They are having a blast being chauffeured around, eating, and drinking at every stop, and documenting it all on Facebook.  I couldn't resist counter-posting, letting them know that the dads were having a good time too.

Their relaxed weekend took a wild turn early Sunday morning though, in the form on the strongest earthquake in the bay area in the last 25 years, centered just 4 miles from their hotel.  Napa is far enough from our house so that I was barely woken by the shakes. But in their hotel, they felt the full 6.1- drawers flying open, dishes on the floor, and car alarms blaring.  And soon, moms screaming. They had no idea that they were on top of the epicenter, and that down here we barely felt it- in their minds, a 6.1 in Napa meant a 9.1 at home.  So I was surprised to get a phone call at 3:30 am and even more surprised to hear an adrenaline-amped Liz on the other end.  In my deep sleep, I didn't even realize that she wasn't in the bed next to me or that Huelan was spending the night at Uncle Anh's.

Thankfully, everyone ended up being just fine and Napa only saw mild property damage.  But all that relaxing got shaken out of the girls, so they'll have to plan another weekend.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Triple Header

Learning to walk comes with the requisite tumbles.  And if you're top heavy like this guy, you're going to get some knocks on your noggin.  Sunday he took a header at Sam's, Monday he went face first into the concrete at the pool, finally Wednesday he took a spill in the bathroom and cut himself on the cabinet handle.  All in the exact same spot, and this pic actually doesn't do it justice.

I still think that his sister wins the prize for best shiner though- this one from Oct, 2011:

R.O.C. Race

Obstacle course races are all the rave nowadays.  I see how it could be fun, but really have no interest in training for one.  The Ridiculous Obstacle Course Race was built for people like me.  But instead Roxanna signed up Liz and Vivien for the Sacramento edition.  Too bad that Liz strained her calf muscle playing volleyball the week of the race.  We still went up to Sac to spend the day and get the kids together though, which was super fun for everyone.  Especially Huelan and Stella, who got to partake in the foam party at the finish line.  Foam and blaring trance music- I'm not as fond of that as I used to be.

Some pics here