November 26, 2007

Road Trip North

At a restaurant for dinner
At a restaurant for dinner

Pancakes with chocolate chips for breakfast
Pancakes with chocolate chips for breakfast

Pancakes with chocolate chips for breakfast
Pancakes with chocolate chips for breakfast for Camila as well

Mika was a little lamb
Mika was a little lamb, little lamb...

Camila was a little lamb too
Camila was a little lamb too

Bear statue
A bear hug

Bear statue
Camila with the bear

Rhinoceros up close
A rhinoceros at Wildlife Safari made Mika and Mom nervous

Beautiful elk
An impressive elk

The kids on the lookout for animals
The kids on the lookout for animals

Curious rhea at Wildlife Safari
This curious rhea pecked at Dad's shirt

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November 25, 2007

Riding, digging, and hanging out

The Carousel in Downtown San Francisco
At the carousel in San Francisco

Mika exploring a possible career in archaeology
Exploring a possible career in archaeology

Hanging out with public art
Hanging out with public art

Hanging out near one of her favorite treats
Hanging out near one of her favorite treats

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November 14, 2007

Mika can be quite helpful

Mika is quite thoughtful and often thinks of ways to help out. Yesterday, for example, she saw that my toothbrush was dirty and took it upon herself to clean it. I found out when I started to brush my teeth because the toothbrush tasted like soap! We've been encouraging her to tell the truth and I guess it's working because she told me that she washed my toothbrush when I asked her about it.

I'll file this under the category of "Things You Never Expected When You Decided to Have Kids."

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November 4, 2007

Camila in costume and following her big sister

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Trying out Mika's Wonder Woman costume

What's going on?
What is going on?

Swinging the baby
I'm pushing my baby

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Throwing rocks at Oyster Bay

Sharing a ride with a friend
Now it's my turn to drive.

Climbing the haystack
I'm almost all the way to the top.

Camila on Halloween
Camila in her Halloween costume

Camila and her babies
Using wet-wipes as blankets for all the babies

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Halloween Before and After

Halloween option 1
One of many options for Halloween.

Mika at the Oakland Museum
Coloring at the Oakland Museum.

Using flowers for face paint.
These flowers make great face paint!

Rockin' out to Cowboy Jared
Rockin' out to Cowboy Jared at Cherrytown Kids

Trash discovery at Oyster Bay
Trash discovery at Oyster Bay

Hugging a friend at the Kids Save the Planet Festival
Hugging a friend at the Kids Save the Planet Festival

Friends at Ardenwood
Friends at Ardenwood

Modeling the Xmas dress
Modeling the Xmas dress

Gratuitous fall picture
Gratuitous fall picture

Getting the guts out of the pumpkin
Getting the guts out of the pumpkin

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The end result of gut removal

Milk makes great bubbles
Milk makes great bubbles


Mika is in the yellow dress

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I haven't put up pictures forever

Or rather, Mike hasn't, as he downloaded them to his camera.

The girls are doing well. Mika finds kindergarten a little bit slow, though they are finally ready to start working on words. The teacher gave us a long list and instructions to help our kids with them - fortunately my sister kathy is a teacher and she could give me some ideas of how to help her.

Mika has a new boyfriend named Angel, she's very much in love with him. They play at recess and have weekly playdates (we alternate houses). She's also made friends with the other kids, everyone seems to say goodbye when she leaves, which indicates to me that they like her. What's not to like? She's always been very socially intelligent.

Camila is doing better and becoming more independent without her sister around, though I realize I treat her much more like a baby that I ever did Mika. It's the curse of being the baby of the family. She's speaking much more clearly, and I'm hoping that by 3 she'll be speaking well.
She's very rambunctious but also very whiny. She has this weird condition now that her skin is peeling on her hands and feet - I'm going to call the doctor tomorrow and have her seen.

The two of them, as I've mentioned over and over, play very well together. They love dolls, babies and Mika is lately into puzzles (what she wants for Xmas are pluzzles and Bratz). Camila is into whatever her sister likes.

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