we just returned from a lovely trip with both sides of the family in connecticut and nyc. we took MANY photos so have to weed through them but until then, happy holidays from us and have a fun new years eve!
yesterday we went downtown to do some last minute holiday shopping and of course we had to stop by to say hello to santa to tell him what dottie wanted for christmas. dottie was pretty thrilled to meet him and upon being asked what she wanted she said what we thought was "table". interesting request to say the least but went with it only to figure out later that she was saying "skateboard". kinda of funny because that is one seed we hadn't planted in her mind. perhaps santa might surprise her with something else...
(the huge smile on her face took some exciting descriptions of waffles with ice cream and blueberries on top)
dottie has been lucky enough to get some good quality time in with chuck as of late because he is taking the month of december off before starting his new job on january 4th. these pictures are from a fun morning walk we took down valencia street for breakfast at boogaloos and some holiday shopping.
at dottie's "school", they get out and go the the library, a park, ride the bus, or go to an indoor rec center pretty much every day so the kids aren't bouncing off the walls. to keep the kids in order, they all walk in a line and hold onto the rings that you can see in the picture. they also wear yellow t's so they are easy to keep track of. many of my friends in the neighborhood have spotted dottie with the group and everyone seems to refer to them as "yellow t-shirt kids". it's not often we see dottie in the infamous yellow shirts in the little line so we had to grab a snapshot!
this past monday, chuck returned from being stuck in tahoe overnight because of massive amounts of snow. he left his gear in the living room and dottie was totally into it. she kept on saying "snowboard" and then wanted to be buckled in to the bindings. dottie is not quite ready this year but perhaps next year (and maybe a smaller snowboard!) and it doesn't mean she can't practice beforehand. her daddy can't wait!
sunday morning, dottie and i went on an outing with my friend allie. allie suggested that we drive over to north beach for "the best breakfast in the city" at MAMA'S. i had never been there so was pretty game besides the idea of parking in north beach. we got there and seriously waited in line for 40 minutes and moved about an inch. realizing that we would probably be there for hours beyond dottie's naptime, we decided to opt out and go to the ferry building. we had a great mexican brunch and got to watch some musicians play christmas music. a lovely way to spend a sunday morning while the hubby is up in tahoe!
waiting on the steps at mama's eating some cheerios
allie and dottie in the LINE!!!!
christmas music at the ferry building and checking out the flute (getting ready to ask auntie steph to play when we see her in a few weeks!)
sunday evening we were invited to isa's 2nd birthday party which was at a kids yoga studio and had a cute owl theme. penny and her kids went and all of the kids (and the parents) had a ball trying to do poses and such and then ran around in circles after consuming a lot of delicious chocolate cake.
marie, nick, and siena came over the bridge for a visit today. breakfast at our house and then a really nice walk up the hill to check out dottie's favorite, enzo. dottie had fun running around showing siena all of her toys (top pick of the week, PLAYDOUGH!) and trying to politely force her to wear one of her cowboy hats.
we were also excited to run into lula and john at enzo and thrilled to wish them a congratulations because of lula's new sister, adele, born 2 days ago. later in the day i got a chance to meet her and she is just precious!
dottie and siena doing some hand holding...
fun that dottie, lula, and siena were all able to hang together. we didn't capture the smiliest moment but really, they had fun!
chuck and nick, still looking cool even though they are at a kids music show
dottie an i were thrilled to be invited to erin's holiday tea again this year! it was honestly a perfect way to get in the holiday sprit because erin and sonia had their house completely decorated for christmas. erin truly outdid herself with food that martha stewart would have been drooling over. she even made homemade macaroons! there were 5 kids there and 4 of them were right around 2. by the end, after about 5 cookies each, several of them were running around in circles squealing! dottie's favorite moment was being given a huge lollipop that she actually never even ended up tasting. she was honestly just as happy licking the wrapper and i think frannie was too...
Thanksgiving 2009 certainly gave us lots to be thankful for:
1) Thanks for Grandma Cam and Grandpa Bill being able to join us for the holiday. Dottie has reached the age where she "gets" grandparents, so they in-turn, got lots of love.
2) I'm not sure which I'm more thankful for in this next picture...my sweet corduroy sports jacket, or the fact that it looks like Mara has poured herself a giant glass of gravy. Let's just say it was great dinner.
3) Thanks to my parents for treating Dottie like royalty. Here she is waving to some of here subjects from the train at the zoo.
4) Finally, thanks to whomever invented baby wipes. They have the small little adult versions at Baby Blue BBQ, but thankfully Dottie was traveling with her own pack.
Finally we're thankful for all our friends, family, and dottie blog readers.
Hope you had a great thanksgiving! More photos are available HERE