dottie and i are heading down to LA tomorrow to visit our friends Cathy, Carter (who is 1 day younger than dottie), and Andy (we are also happy to be seeing michelle while we are down there!). chuck is going on his annual snowboarding trip for 6 days so i thought we could have a little fun while he's gone. i will post pictures when we get back on friday!
this afternoon, we were fortunate to be invited to basak and lulu's for lunch. not just any lunch, a turkish lunch of turkish meatballs, a delicious soup, and a lovely desert to top it off that was all made by her mother who is visiting from turkey with her father. we had a lovely day and dottie and lula had a great time playing with each other. here are a few pics of the afternoon.
grandpa bill had been out here for a visit...mainly for work but he managed to sneak a little bit of playtime in with us too. dottie has been loving having her grandpa here and got a little hang out time with him tonight at dinner. here are a series of shots of dottie trying to feed him, kiss him, and stick her hand in his mouth. the last one is of dottie with chuck, her grandpa, and a good family friend and business partner, david noshay.
it has been beautiful in san francisco for the last couple of weeks so we have been taking full advantage of the weather by going to the park regularly. we met up with penny and malcolm and some other friends at the park yesterday for some fun. this picture is of dottie and malcolm doing one of their favorite activities....swinging!
tonight i went to the movies with allie (saw slumdog millionaire which i HIGHLY recommend!) and chuck was on daddy duty. he took both kids (milo included) on a walk, fed them, and then taught dottie a little about drawing with a crayon before bed. what do you think about her first masterpiece? chuck decided to draw one too, hmmm.....
this past weekend we had a little party at our house in honor of dottie's first birthday. we had a good showing of dottie's friends big and small and the party was very fun! click here to see some pictures of the party. unfortunately we didn't get too many pictures of dottie with her friends so i am sorry to anyone who isn't in the pics.
this past week, my parents were here for dottie's birthday. we posted many of the pictures we had of her birthday and the party but here are some more of the rest of the week. we had a fabulous time and they were a HUGE help watching her while i wend to my studio AND helping get organized for the party. dottie already misses them!
we have yet to get it on video but for the record, dottie took about 7 steps without falling today for the first time. she has been gradually taking a step here and there but this was the real deal. go dottie! (we will try to get it on video and post it tomorrow!)
dottie turned one today!!! she had an eventful day... her buddy isaiah came over for a visit, she played with her grandparents, we went shopping for a party dress (found a cute one thank goodness!), swim class, and then back home for present opening, dinner, and cupcakes! it is so hard to believe that it has already been a whole year since she was born. each and every day of this year has been an absolute joy. happy birthday sweet dottie...
this past sunday, penny and i threw a baby shower for our friend marla. during the shower, chuck took dottie on a fun outing to the local library and then for lunch at a local mexican restaurant for chuck's favorite, chilequiles. at the end of the shower, they were sweet enough to stop by and say hello. i think the real motivation wasn't to see me...dottie wanted to see her pal malcolm. he and his brother wyatt have some really fun toys. this is one of the first times that malcolm and dottie have really played together and interacted which was cool to see. they are about 4 months apart and now that malcolm is totally on the go, there is nothing stopping them from palling around.
this past saturday, the three of us spent the day walking around san francisco together. the weather here is unseasonably warm so we were able to eat outside and just stroll for hours. at the end of the walk, we stopped by a new skateboard park that chuck had been interested in checking out. not quite sure what dottie thought of the skateboarders but she was pretty mezmerized by them. here are some pictures of dottie and chuck at lunch and at the skate park.
dottie and i hadn't met up with the mom's and babies from our mom's group since mid december because of all of the craziness of the holidays. we were happy to see many of our friends this past friday up at holly park. how cute is little liam in his cap?
this past weekend we went to the california academy of sciences for a visit. it was great though i must say the crowds of people made it a little less enjoyable. dottie was a little taken aback by the floor to ceiling aquariums at first and held on tight when checking out the fish. by the end of the visit she warmed up to them and was waving to them and wanting to get closer and closer.
a week ago, we went out to buy some gifts for friends with birthdays and showers coming up. we tried these shades on dottie and chuck ended up having to buy them because she so smiley and cute when she put them on. don't you think you might have bought them for her too....?
our friend siena turned 1 last week and they had a lovely party this past saturday for all of their friends. siena was adorable in a hot pink velvet outfit with bangles walking around chatting to anyone and everyone. if you are interested in seeing more pics, click here.
chuck, dottie, and i went to hayes valley yesterday for a little apres christmas shopping. after lunch and shopping we decided dottie needed a little playtime so stopped at this cool climbing structure. because she can't really climb yet, she kicked it in this hammock...