January 6, 2013

A little science doesn't hurt

Not historically accurate, but....

Checking out the Endeavour

A future mission specialist checking out her ride

Much time was spent with the fishes

Galapagos tortoise gets some love

With the Mars Viking Lander

With the Mars Viking Lander

If there's a climbable tree, Camila will find it

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January 15, 2012

Camila Performing with Puppets

Camila took an after-school puppetry class and this is part of the show she and the other students performed for the school.

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Last week of circus class

At the end of each session of classes, the kids put on a little show to demonstrate their talents.

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January 27, 2011

Playing at parks and going to class







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January 11, 2011

Afternoon at Coyote Hills


Climbing through a little tunnel



Mika and Camila examining animal scat

Mika found a rodent skull in the scat


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November 26, 2010

Out and About with Camila and Mika

Camila has mastered the monkey bars

Climbing a rock wall at a school festival

Inflatable slide at a school festival

Powering the carousel at the East Bay Maker Faire

Mika makes butter from cream

Camila at Halloween

Mika at Halloween

Climbing a tree at Lake Chabot

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August 23, 2010

The Charmed Life of a Five-Year-Old

Camila swingin'
Swingin' at the playground

Camila upside down bars
She takes every opportunity to hang upside down.

Camila makes pancakes
Camila makes breakfast for the family

Camila pony ride
Camila on a pony ride, part of a reward for completing the library's summer reading program

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July 24, 2010

Mika and Camila's First Motorcycle Ride

Before their first motorcycle ride
Before their first motorcycle ride at Laguna Seca

Mika riding at Laguna Seca

Camila riding at Laguna Seca

Mika on Valentino Rossi's motorcycle

Camila on Valentino Rossi's motorcycle

The girls with Elena Myers' motorcycle

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May 23, 2010

At the Maker Faire

Mika and Camila on a pill bug vehicle

Camila poses with a structure that she posed.

Camila with Adam Savage of Mythbusters

Mika with Adam Savage of Mythbusters

Camila decorating the Lego Jeep

Mika with one of the many unique pedal-powered vehicles

Trying their hand at copper piping art

Posing with the popular remote control R2D2 robot from Star Wars

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May 3, 2010

Camila at Circus Class

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May 2, 2010

Camila Loses Her Training Wheels

Look Mom, no training wheels!

Mika's a seasoned expert now. Note Camila in the background.

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March 22, 2010

Mika and Camila in their latest classes

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February 25, 2010

Girls on the Road




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December 20, 2009

Fun days and a walk in the park

Face painting at a local school

Gaming day at the local library

Camila during tumbling class (photo by Mika)

At the Northern California premier of Squeakquel (photo by Mika)

Camila showing affection to the rapidly growing kitten (photo by Mika)

Mika shows off her find during a walk through the redwoods

Mika next to the tree where she said she wants a coat made of tree moss

Camila at the end of the walk through the redwoods

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December 3, 2009

Camila's letter to Santa

Dear Santa:

My name is Camila, I’m 4 3/4 years old and I have been a good girl. This is what I want for Christmas:

- A baby doll
- A pretend horse
- Pictures of you
- Barbies

Thank you Santa.

I love you Santa. Give me pictures of your reindeer. Give me a picture of Rudolph.

I love your reindeer.


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November 8, 2009

Halloween 2009

A week before Halloween

At the pumpkin patch




Ready for the big night

Friends, friends, friends

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September 27, 2009

In the Great Outdoors






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Fun at the Cherry Festival




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June 21, 2009

Camila's drawings

These are pictures that Camila drew of Mommy and Daddy at her daycare. I couldn't have been more amazed and pleased :-)

Picture of Mommy by Camila

Picture of daddy by camila

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June 14, 2009

Maker Faire

Watching sparks from a tesla coil
Watching sparks from a tesla coil

Playing with a prototype toy
Playing with a prototype toy

Playing on the wheel-o-rator
Playing on the wheel-o-rator

A bit more nervous on the wheel-o-rator
A bit more nervous on the wheel-o-rator

Posing on a sculpture
Posing on a sculpture

Creativity flowing
Creativity flowing

More creativity
More creativity

They loved the decorated cars
They loved the decorated cars, but they are not allowed to do that to our car

Posing the figures
Posing the figures

hanging swing
Hanging from the structure of a huge swing

Hanging out with a robot
Hanging out with a robot

Mika in one of the cupcake cars
Mika in one of the cupcake cars

Camila in one of the cupcake cars
Camila in one of the cupcake cars

Checking out a doghouse
Checking out a doghouse

Checking out a doghouse
Checking out a doghouse

Edible art
Edible art

Edible art
Edible art

Cavegirl Camila
Cavegirl Camila

Too young to be a propeller head
Too young to be a propeller head

Playing with a spinning table
Playing with a spinning table

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June 7, 2009

Getting ready for summer

wall dance
Dancing on a wall

Goofing around during garden day at school
Goofing around during garden day at school

Roller coaster video ride
Roller coaster video ride

Cooling off on a hot spring day
Cooling off on a hot spring day

Getting ready for school
Getting ready for school

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Climbing, parade, and a fair

Climbing a fence
Climbing a fence

Climbing the backstop fence at school
Climbing the backstop fence at school

On a fire truck before the parade
On a fire truck before the parade

Trying on a firefighter's hat
Trying on a firefighter's hat

At the local heritage faire
At the local heritage faire

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May 8, 2009

Trip to the Egyptian Museum

Sphinx at the front of the museum
Sphinx at the front of the museum

Posing with Tawaret, Goddess-Demoness of Birth, Rebirth and the Northern Sky

Trees must be climbed
Trees must be climbed

Posing at the obelisk on the grounds
Posing at the obelisk on the museum grounds

Another sphinx
Another sphinx on the museum grounds

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Salamanders and Party Girl

The kids love finding salamanders, but it's not so good for the salamanders

Snacking at a friend's party
Snacking at a friend's party

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May 3, 2009

Science Festival

Making bubbles
Making bubbles

More bubbles
More bubbles

Making new friends
Making friends with a king snake

Playing with our solar-powered car
It took a few tries, but we finally got a working solar car made from legos

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April 30, 2009

Camila's Hospital Adventure

A quick checkup
A quick checkup

In hospital scrubs
In hospital scrubs

In the waiting room
In the waiting room

Smells like strawberries
Smells like strawberries

After the operation
After the operation

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April 27, 2009

Cal Day

BART ride

Camila plants a poppy seed
Camila plants a poppy seed

Velociraptor Awareness
Velociraptor Awareness

Tree climbing at Cal
Tree climbing at Cal

Hillside Picnic
Hillside picnic


Tree climbing at Cal
Tree climbing at Cal

Mika tries out the tightrope
Mika tries out the tightrope

Camila tries out the tightrope
Camila tries out the tightrope

Blowing a bubble
Blowing a bubble

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Partying, Rain and the Zoo

Mika and some friends
Mika and some friends

Camila having fun in a huge puddle
Camila having fun in a huge puddle

Camila jumping and dancing
Camila jumping and dancing

Mika on her first solo roller coaster ride
Mika on her first solo roller coaster ride

On the zoo carousel
On the zoo carousel

On a car ride at the zoo
On a car ride at the zoo

On a plane ride at the zoo
On a plane ride at the zoo

Atop a lion
Atop a lion

Girls atop a turtle
Girls atop a turtle

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April 12, 2009

Wheels, jumping, exploration

Mika then and now
Mika then and now

Tennis class
Tennis class

On stage with Step Down
On stage with Step Down

Having a treat at the park
Having a treat at the park


Tennis class
Tennis class

Riding around at school
Riding around at school

Riding around at school
Riding around at school

Finding wildlife
Finding wildlife: a big worm

Jumping from a swing
Jumping from a swing

On a ride to the library
On a ride to the library

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Cooking, Rain and Snow

Cooking with mommy
Camila loves to cook

Jumping in rain puddles
Jumping in rain puddles

Jumping in rain puddles
Jumping in rain puddles

Playing at San Leandro Creek
Playing at San Leandro Creek

Throwing rocks at San Leandro Creek
Throwing rocks at San Leandro Creek

Dressed up for skating
Dressed up for skating

Resting after a little rock climbing
Resting after a little rock climbing

Dressed for the snow
Dressed for the snow

Building a fort in the snow
Building a fort in the snow

Mika the storyteller
Mika the storyteller

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February 22, 2009

A weekend in the snow

Mika during her first snowboard lesson
Mika during her first snowboard lesson

Mika on the chairlift during her snowboard lesson
Mika on the chairlift during her snowboard lesson

Her first snowman
Her first snowman

Camila helps build a snowman
Camila helps build a snowman

Mika takes a break while Camila starts another run
Mika takes a break while Camila starts another run

Camila and friend walk the sled back up the hill
Camila and friend walk the sled back up the hill

Mika sets off down the hill
Mika sets off down the hill

Camila at the end of a run
Camila at the end of a run

Headfirst down the hill
Fearless and headfirst down the hill

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Camila at play

Camila with a boa in Berkeley
Camila with a boa in Berkeley

At the school playground
At the school playground

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Kids at the wildlife museum

Camila posing with Obama
Camila posing with Obama

Baby birds waiting for mother bird
Baby birds waiting for mother bird

Working on a floor puzzle at the museum
Working on a floor puzzle at the museum

Camila working on a dragonfly puzzle
Camila working on a dragonfly puzzle

Mika working the rings at the park next to the museum
Mika working the rings at the park next to the museum

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January 19, 2009

Exploring at the park

Mika found these salamanders under a log at the park.
Mika found these salamanders under a log at the park.

Helping out natural decay of a log
Helping out natural decay of a log

Camila and a friend walking with a doll
Camila and a friend walking with a doll

Climbing a tree at the park
Climbing a tree at the park

Camila joined her friend to
Camila joined her friend to "hide" in this tree nook

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Celebrating a birthday



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January 16, 2009

Snow fun




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January 15, 2009

Christmas 2008








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November 24, 2008

All Around









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At the fair and a show






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September 29, 2008

Camping and other stuff








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June 27, 2008

Camila at the Cherry Festival and Elsewhere

Camila holding baby
Camila holding a friend's baby

One tired girl
So tired, she fell asleep in the chair

On a San Leandro police motorcycle.
On a San Leandro Police motorcycle

On a festival swing ride
On a festival swing ride

The dangers of colored syrups
Proud of her colored tongue

Upside down at the playground
Upside down at the playground

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May 30, 2008

Visiting with Aunt Kathy

Falling asleep at the school open house

Bear Hug

Climbing a statue in the City

An afternoon nap
An afternoon nap

Dancing at a Moroccan restaurant
Dancing at a Moroccan restaurant

Waiting for ballon animals at the farmers' market

Fun shopping

At the movies
At the movies

Fun at the mall
Fun at the mall

Watching performances at the Heritage Faire
Watching performances at the Heritage Faire

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Jumping at the Library's Heritage Faire with Asheba

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April 18, 2008

Eggs to pythons

Before the egg hunt begins
Before the egg hunt begins

Running at the beach
Running at the beach

Napping at a play
Napping at a play

Sharing with her sister
Sharing with her sister

On a ride at the store
On a ride at the store

Face painting at CalDay
Face painting at CalDay

Playing with a python at CalDay
Playing with a python at CalDay

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March 15, 2008

Sandbox, ice show, and zoo

Fun in the sand at the marina
Fun in the sand at the marina

A rare moment in her seat at the show
A rare moment in her own seat at the Disney on Ice show

Look at me, look at me!
Look at me! Look at me!

Climbing a tomato frog at the zoo
Climbing a tomato frog at the zoo

Hiding at the zoo
Try to find us!

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March 5, 2008

Mika and Camila Rolling Down a Hill

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March 4, 2008

Camila's Day in Berkeley

Climbing in Berkeley

Feeding animals at a farm
Feeding animals at a farm

Biting something
Biting something

On the steam train
On the steam train

On the steam train
Fun on the steam train

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February 26, 2008

Before and After the Flu

I'm a star!

Trying to sleep off the flu

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February 11, 2008

From bubbles to bicycles

In a bubble
Camila inside a bubble at the local library

At the park
Sitting on a play structure at the park. She needed help to get up.

On her bicycle
One of the few days that the weather has been nice enough to try out her new bicycle.

She loves her new dance class.

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January 5, 2008

The official portrait


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January 2, 2008

Camila at Xmas tea




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December 31, 2007

Xmas pictures of the girls

My parents and siblings came to visit us for Xmas. They took the girls to San Francisco and Berkeley and then took them home with them.

My brother took many pictures of them and you can see them here.

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December 19, 2007

Hanging out at the zoo with Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi

Mika and Camila at the zoo with California Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi
Mika has on a purple jacket and Camila is in the red. The picture was published in the December 15, 2007, edition of the Daily Review.

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December 8, 2007

Santa at Garfield Elementary School

Camila with Santa at Garfield Elementary School
Camila with Santa at Garfield Elementary School

Mika with Santa at Garfield Elementary School
Mika with Santa at Garfield Elementary School

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December 6, 2007

And now Camila


On the boat to the Shasta caves


And at the caves


Playing at the park


Celebrating the menora

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Grandparents and Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving we took our kids to Mike's parents home, so the kids could meet their cousins. They had an amazing time and Camila still tell us - every time we are in the car - "I want to go to grandma's house". On the way back we stopped at the Shasta caves, which Mika, at least, appreciated.

Then it's been home and Xmas preparations. We have the tree and have decorated - now it's time for the holiday celebrations!


The kids with cousins and grandparents


What will Santa bring us?


All ready for Xmas


We saw Santa at the lightening of the tree in San Leandro - Mika asked for Bratz, Camila for a Dora doll.


And then again at our realtor's office. Camila wasn't very cooperative.

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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 4, 2007

Camila in costume and following her big sister

Trying out Mika's Wonder Woman costume

What's going on?
What is going on?

Swinging the baby
I'm pushing my baby


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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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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September 3, 2007

Camping & More


Mika and Camila went to the Adventure Park this weekend. This is a place in Berkeley where kids can build and paint and play at their own peril. They had a lot of fun and came home filthy.


We went parking last weekend - a first for me - and the kids had a lot of fun. Here is Camila touching a fish some other kids had caught.


Mike picked a lot of blackberries for the kids, this was the result.


Did I say Camila had a great time?


Here is our tent, we bought at at Target for less than $50. It was quite comfortable.

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August 18, 2007

Singing at the playground

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August 1, 2007

Mi Camila

Camila and Mika just spent two weeks with their maternal grandparents down in LA. They had a wonderful time, and I missed them terribly. They are back home now and back to their usual selves.

Camila continues to be a handful. She loves to play with water (and toothbrushes) and makes a huge mess in the bathroom. She continues to have problems articulating words, I just took her to the Dr. and she failed the hearing test on her right year. Now I'll have to wait weeks for referrals to an ear doctor and a speech therapist. *sigh* She is very affectionate and loves to hug me a lot. She loves to play monster (or dinosaur), coming after me with her hands extended, her hands looking like claws and going "aarrgh". She still loves horseplay.

Who is the cutest girl in the world?

camila smiles.jpg

Saying goodbye to Kathy

camila with kathy

She often has a sad face

camila sitting.jpg

Daddy took them to the aquatic park while I was out for tea.

camila on a beach towell.jpg

camila running.jpg


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July 3, 2007

Camila around










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2 little girls

Here are pictures from some activities. A couple of weeks ago Mike took them to the helicopter show, and both of them flew in a helicopter. We also took them to the Alameda County fair, and to the beach at Alameda. And then to socials here and there. For more info on them read my last report on Vox Publica







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May 20, 2007

Words and Random Pictures

So the kids are growing up. Mika is doing pretty well, all in all, though she still has huge problems with transitions. She's outright rude when she has to interact with a new person (whether she knows them well or not), though eventually she warms up and is her friendly, bubbly self. She is both looking forward to, and apprehensive of kindergarden. Her social skills continue to amaze us, as her ability and desire to take care of all. However, she has began to judge herself in negative ways. The other day she was complaining about how she is always last at running races, she doesn't understand it and doesn't want to do it if she can't be good at it. She has also started to notice when people compliment Camila on how cute she is and not her. She gets very hurt by the idea the Camila could be cuter or Camila could have something cuter than her. I'm somewhat at a loss as to how to deal with these issues.

As for Camila, she is in the controlling phase of her life. She wants to do everything herself "me do it, me do it, me do it", and this can be very annoying specially when we are talking about serving herself milk, putting herself in the car seat or doing things she can't do. When she can't do something she is very specific as to who should do it, and will go into a fit if the wrong person does it. This is becoming very frustrating. Her vocabulary is improving and she can usually communicate quite well, though not always verbally. however, I'm concerned about her lack of correct pronunciation.

Both are pretty happy girls, though Mika has been missing daddy a lot now that he's in Seattle all the time. me too.







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Having fun

I haven't posted pictures in a while, but it doesn't mean that the kids have not been all over the place, having fun in a million ways. In recent weeks they've been to the new water park at the Washington Manor twice, at the Oakland Museum, the Children's Discovery Museum, at the recycling center, at the airplane museum in oakland, and, to top it off, to an amusement park (discovery world) for MOTHER'S DAY (that was my stupid idea).

So here are the pictures of all of these events.


having fun at the water park





The discovery museum is always fun



As is flying planes



You can also be an artist at the Oakland Museum



And pose with garbage at the recycling center


The kids had fun at the Discovery World, or whatever it's called, though not as much as they should have given the expense and effort on our part - and the fact that it was Mother's Day for God's sake. Mika was very grumpy when she couldn't get all she wanted, and she didn't have the patience to wait in line. Camila behaved wonderfully and stayed in her stroller most of the time. I'm glad we went, but we won't be hurrying back.





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April 1, 2007


eats ice cream


loves to swing in her little structure




and touches goats


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March 4, 2007

Pictures, old and new

We often go to Angelinas, a local pizzeria with a kids area. Big Mika, the kids teacher, works there, and our friends Eddie and Arthur love going there as well. The kids love it, and the pizza is pretty good.

at Angnlina's

The kids love climbing the book case



Some times it's hard taking pictures of Camila because she keeps reaching for the camera


But Mika can be the same


Obligatory picture of Camila with frosting on her face


I love this picture


The girls have learned to peel garlic on their own - without mommy's approval, that is. They left garlic peel all over the living room and my office.


Mika loves to draw. Here is a pictures of kisses that she made


and here are snowflakes


and here are baby carriages


She also likes to write and is definitely ready to learn to read and write. She knows all her letters and is able to spell out words - like signs on the streets. But there are few words she can spell on her own. Her name is the most common one.


This picture is from a few months ago, but she still likes to dress like a ballernina. We haven't taken her to ballet classes because she was bored when she took them at 3 1/2. She thinks she knows all of it and doesn't need to learn. Still, we should try again.


My aunt María del Carmen in Argentina made this beautiful poncho for Michaela


Lately Mika has been into climbing everything, and the roof of her little structure is one of the easiest things for her to climb. We got this structure for free on the street.


Camila, meanwhile, loves to swing


Mika loves animals, snakes, bugs and all things of the sort.


Aren't they cute together?


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February 16, 2007

And now some lame videos

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and now the two togehter

They had a great time together at Yerba Buena Gardens


They love taking baths together and having water fights. Though the last time around Camila pooped in the water.



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Camila growing up

Camila is 25 months and as difficult as ever. But she's a lovely little girl, who is very loving two. She loves to give hugs and kisses, to be held, and to use mommy to reach things. She plays with her sister a lot, and gets into trouble. She loves to go the bathroom and play with the water from the sink (she can reach it by standing on the toilet). She continues to love wet wipes. She is saying tons of words and complete sentences, though her pronunciation is not very good. She understands both English and Spanish perfectly, but only speaks in English. She is very smart and can pretty much reach anywhere and climb anything. She is still very much attached to me, needs me to put her to sleep and continues to wake up and need mommy in the middle of the night - not great for my sleep.

She has a big mouth


The other day we went to Yerba Buena Gardens. Camila like the Merry-go-round, but not the up and down movement of the horse.


Slowly but surely Camila is potty training herself. About half to two thirds of the time she tells us when she needs to go to the potty - though she also likes to go when someone else is going.
She is not ready for panties, however, and we've had to throw one pair away.


And can be very whiny


And had a good time at the spaghetti feed


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January 24, 2007

Dancing girls

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A girl has a birthday

My little baby is no longer a baby. She turned 2 on Friday and I really can't believe how fast time has flied. She is just as difficult as she ever was, perhaps even more so. She barely has any attention span - except when she is doing something naughty. She's constantly testing us and challenging us. I'd say she was in her terrible twos, if it wasn't by the fact that she's always been the same. She's a happy child, however, with a good sense of fun. Lately she's been terribly attached to me, can only go to sleep with me and wakes up if I'm not in the bed with her. She's not always sleeping through the night, but usually she goes back to sleep pretty easily. We are still all co-sleeping.


My little butterfly




Her cake was white cake with strawberries and cream from Safeway, not half bad. She did not blow on her candles, but her friend Gregory was more than happy to do it for her.


The two girls have the time of their lives playing together


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December 9, 2006

A bonanza of old pictures















No doubt as to her father is

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December 8, 2006

Finally some pictures!


What can I say? Camila is the cutest girl in the world!


She likes to pose as well


She is a copy cat, daddy reads on the couch, she reads on the couch.


Mommy reads the Wall Street Journal in the bathroom, so does she.


And here for something completely different is our Xmas tree.

As for Camila, she is truly amazing. She is a complete copycat and does everything we do. She loves to climb, and will climb into everything she can - including the cat tree from where she jumps to the couch. My heart stops. She is saying tons of words and even short sentences. Since she came back from LA she's been very clingy, and wakes me up multiple times so she can sleep in my arms. She does move all over the bed during the night. She is also a whiner, and whines whenever she can't get her way. She gets into everything and wants to grab everything, you can't leave her alone for a minute. She is very happy, though (except when she's whining) and only cries when she's hurt or tired. Bringing her home in the stroller is a pain in the butt, however, because she constantly tries to get out of the stroller - and then refuses to walk. She is lovely, however, and very affectionate, giving us hugs and kisses all the time. She loves horseplay. She loves to play with babies and with her sister.

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September 10, 2006

Camila is smart

I've suspected that Camila would be smart pretty much since she was born. I'm not particularly sure why, perhaps it was instict, but she's confirming it every day. Tonight she didn't want to go to sleep. She tossed and turned on the bed and finally she got up. I turned off all the lights in the house saved for the one in the hallway. So what did she do? She went to the dark living room, got the Indonesian stool (which is about half her height and made of wood - the tallest short stool we have) and brought it all the way to our bedroom. She positioned it underneath the light switched and then climbed on it to turn the light on. She was very proud of herself.

The degree of abstract thought she needed to formulate that plan is outstanding. OK, maybe not, it's the kind of thing that chimps would do - but it's pretty smart anyway.

The fact is, she can pretty much figure out how to get anywhere. Her vocabulary is increasing very fast. Her favorite word lately - save for "shoes" - is "outside", which she pronounces very well. She also says "up" and "down" very clearly, as well as "cat", "duck", "agua", "molk" (milk) and many other words I can't remember. She repeats words like a parrot, so sometimes I'm not sure if she knows a word or is just repeating it. If we don't understand her, she takes us by the finger to wherever or whatever she wants.

She nods yes and no but I'm not sure she really distinguishes them. She loves to laugh, often copying laughter, and she does everything her sister does. Mika has turned to lowering her head, pouting and going away when she doesn't get what she wants - and today Camila imitated her when I told her she had to share a toy. Too cute.

Camila is in the not-sharing stage, pretty much like her older sister. But she will share sometimes for the emotional reward. The girls play very well together (until they fight) and Mika takes good care of her little sister.

Camila calls herself "baby" or "bebe", at least that's what she does when she sees her picture, though of course she calls other babies the same.

She's a sweetie pie and I only wish I was a better mother to her.

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August 31, 2006

Camila at 19 1/2 months

I never write much about my little girls but I really should. They are truly amazing human beings.

As I've mentioned before Camila likes danger. She climbs everywhere: chairs, tables, the cat tree (though she can't make it to the top unaided yet, only to the third step), the george foreman grill on top of the table, counters, etc. etc.). She knows how to push a stool to get to a chair to get to a table to get to a counter. She likes to climb to her high chair and will insist in getting into her stroller by herself - she has been known to fall out in the way out however.

Her language is developing and she now has a large vocabulary beyond "shoes," though that continues to be her favorite word and her favorite item. She can count to three, she loves the ABC song and can kind of sing along while making random hand (sign language) signs. She knows her facial features and she knows who she is, though she tends to call herself either "baby" or "billa" the name Rosemarie has given her (from 'bebilla' or "bambila"). Still, her preferred way of making herself understood is by pointing and going "aaaah, aaah, aaaah" with the most annoying voice possible. She's always been unusually loud since she was born.

She loves to be pushed in her little car and, of course, to push her stroller and other things. She loves to play with babies, to draw and paint, to dance. She is very coquetish and will twirl whenever you put a dress or something cute on her - she really likes dresses. She hates getting changed or getting dressed by me, apparently she has no problems letting Mica doing it.

I think she understands pretty much everything we say, and she can follow instructions when she wants to - she often doesn't. She is still very much of a mashmellow but she doesn't like snuggling with me :( She'll do it with her dad more often, and with Mica and Rosemarie even more often.

She loves to play with her friends and can be kept quiet and occupied as long as she is in a new environment, there are lots of things to explore and/or there are new kids. At home, however, she can get very whiny. She plays quite well with her sister, but she does have a tendency of grabbing things she shouldn't, and thus gets scolded a lot and cries. She is also pretty needy - or perhaps I'm just neglectful and used to a 4-yo. She is quite self-sufficient come to think about it.

She looks just like her dad, she has his nose, his hair, though my small mouth and double chin. His cheeks.

Lately she's been having problems sleeping, waking up several times at night. She's now going to sleep with a water bottle though at some point I should end that. I kept Mika in the bottle until she was 2 1/2 so it's hard :(

Anyway, that's Camila.

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August 30, 2006

Did we mention she's fearless and gets into everything?







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August 6, 2006

Salta, salta, pequea langosta

My brother has put a link to a video of Camila & Nikki jumping at

And here is a video of Camila in early May.

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August 5, 2006

More pictures at the Nono's

Camila & Nikki
Camila & Nikki

Camila, Nikki & Kathy

As they say, there are loves that kill

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August 1, 2006

Camila and Nikki

Here are some pictures from Nikki's blog. Camila spent a couple of days with her nonos & her cousin Nikki a couple of weeks ago.

Camila going up a slide
Camila & Nikki playing at the mall

She looks so cute with pony tails

Camila likes to eat, Nikki not so much

But they both like to dance

Camila looks like her dad

But she's a cutie pie

With Alice, my 88-yo aunt's doll from when she was a little girl

Two blondies

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July 28, 2006

Funny pictures

Someone asked me to put some funny pictures of Camila. Well, here are some:



Rubbing her cheek
Every time I put some lotion, soap or really any creamy substance on me or the girls, Camila insists that I give her some. Then she rubs it on her right cheek. She must have the cleanest, softest and most sun-screened right cheek in the world.

Looks like daddy

If anyone ever doubts she's her daddy's daughter, I think this picture settles it forever.

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My Camichan

Camila & daddy
Camila & Daddy @ Rosemaries

lots of wind
What's with the wind?

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July 25, 2006

Camping, messy, and danger







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July 22, 2006

Camila's Stats

I took Camila to the doctor for her 18-month checkup.

She is 32" high, weighs 24lbs 2 oz and has a head circurference of 47 cm (I imagine). That puts her just slightly above average for height, average for weight and having a big head. In other words, she's perfect.

She got a vaccine (or rather two combined into a shot) and she reacted quite well.

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June 21, 2006

17 months

Camila is already 17 months. She doesn't talk much, but she prefers words with the sound "sh", "shoes", "shake" (she shakes her booty to the sound of the song). She communicates by pointing at what she was and saying "ma ma". When she really wants something she also waves her hand from side to side. She will also take you by the hand to what she wants. She understands pretty much everything both in English and Spanish. In particular, she likes putting on her shoes (and taking them off).

She loves to dance, run and climb, no table or shelf is safe since she figured out how to push stools and chairs to get wherever she can't reach. She continues to be very demanding, she grows bored quickly and is in constant need of stimulation. She's no longer nursing, which has made sleeping time more difficult. She loves the water, can get into and out of the bathtub by herself.

She loves bellybuttons, will laugh outloud putting her finger into yours. She is very affectionate and gives (and blows) kisses and hugs. She's extremely huggable. Here are some pictures:

She loves to paint

and she is her best canvass

Sometimes she loves food

and sometimes she doesn't

And she loves getting on my chair, pressing my keyboard or trying to climb on my desk

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May 8, 2006

Spring is hers





With former San Leandro Mayor and California State Assembly Member Ellen Corbett




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April 16, 2006

Walking, talking, and coming into her own


Let's go for a ride.

I want chocolate!

Can I take this toy home with me?

Yumm....my favorite flavor.

Life is good!

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April 14, 2006

Camila & Mika visit their nonos

Mika and Camila are visiting their cousing Nikki, their grandparents and aunts and uncles in LA. They seem to be having a very good time. For photos go to their cousin's website at:


You can also see a short video of Camila and hear her say "bye" at:


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April 2, 2006

Camila in the snow






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March 14, 2006

Finding herself and imitating her big sister

For my next impression...

I'll let you have it back if I can play too.

I can get down myself, thank you.

When Mommy gives me chocolate, I become...the Chocolate Monster!

It's hard to play the game when you can't see the board.

I want one!

Ah, the sound of two objects banging together.

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February 25, 2006

Family Visit


With cousin Leslie.

Playing on Aunt Alex's bed.

Four little cousins, all in a row.

Gimme that!


With cousin Jamie.

With Grandpa.

With Grandma.

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February 15, 2006

Camila is a toddler

All of the sudden my little baby has become a toddler. After much practicing Camila started walking last week and now, there is nothing to stop her. Even before walking she was already climbing - she knows how to use step-stools to reach the drawers in the kitchen and how to use Mika's chair to get to the window. She loves using tools of all kinds, she insists on using a fork to feed herself, writing with pen on paper and has even figured out she can use a pen to reach the computer keyboard that mom put far away from her hands. She LOVES using the computer, which makes it hard for Mika to watch her shows.

She also loves being outside and ride on ride-on toys. She loves petting the cats and eating their food. Like Syria, she likes to go into the shower after we take a shower - unlike Syria she also likes taking baths.

Here are some pictures of my non-baby:

In Nono's arms, wearing my dress from when I was 1.

She must use a fork

She knows how to get on and off the bed now

Chasing after the seagulls was fun, but also dancing with them

I'm in the shower

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January 29, 2006

Last pics from Argentina

With Sasha in La Plata

With Pancho in La Plata

With Stella in La Plata.

I just want to do the things my Mom does.

My first carousel ride at the Buenos Aires zoo

My Dad is a little psycho, I think.

I need more toys when I'm flying.

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November 27, 2005

Seven teeth and more...

My sister has a thing with make-up.

With my new teeth, I can eat popcorn!

Pulling books from the shelves at home is fun, but at the library...

I can move the chair!

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November 16, 2005

Into Everything

In a few months, I'll be using this to add my own decorations to the walls.

Someone finally left the toilet seat cover up!

If I can just move over there a little bit....

I wonder what's over there.

If only I was a little taller.

It's clear, it's wet and splashing it is fun!

Who is that other gorgeous baby?

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November 4, 2005

The dynamic duo


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November 3, 2005


I'm ready to serve you, master.

Can you tell that I'm up to no good?

We should have gone trick-or-treating earlier.

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October 19, 2005

Camila at 9 months

Camila is now 9 months old. She is extremely cute and people are constantly stopping us to tell me so. She's learned how to wave, and does so in a vey feminine, dainty way, both when people wave at her or when they say hello or goodbye. It's super cute. She's also clapping, both to celebrate her achievements, to congratulate herself or others, or to music. She loves to bounce and physical games, and is crawling all over the place. She loves to see pictures of herself and is stating to say mamamama - not sure if she does mean 'mama', though. She had a fever earlier in the week and we've had a few hellish nights with her waking up every few hours. Hopefully it'll be better tonight.

Here she is clapping

Sometimes it's hard to take close ups of her, as when she sees me with the camera she starts crawling my way to pull the chord.

She loves the taste of keys in her mouth

Toys R Us was having a sale on Little Tykes toys, so we got her this kitchen, which she loves

Another favorite toy is this piano which Mika got for her 1st birthday. She loves to seat and play (she's a smart girl)

But her daddy is her favorite toy.

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October 14, 2005

My two cutie pies

It's amazing how much Camila has developed in the last few weeks. She is now crawling all over the place, cruising around, letting go (to promptly fall) and even giving a step or so on her own. She's also much more engaged with the world, and generally happier. She started going to daycare one morning a week and she loves it! She's eating solids quite well, though she hates the mashed stuff. She'll eat pretty much anything with texture, though. She has started waving (or rather, holding up her hand to say "hello") and loves to greet us by smiling, holding up her arms and bouncing. She's a little "Tigger."

Michaela, meanwhile, alternates between being brillant, charming and sweet and a complete challenge. Lately she doesn't want to be home - whenever we go to a playdate or anywhere she insists on remaing there.

Our two girls at a rest stop in the way to LA

Don't they look alike?

and just like Mika

she loves the wind


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September 22, 2005

Crawling & playing!

Today Camila took her first "crawling steps", using a real crawling position. She's been army-crawling for over a month, and had tried very hard the arms/legs thing, but had previously been unable to coordinate both. Today she did it for only a couple of steps. Her interest on crawling had wane lately, since she learned how to stand up a couple of weeks ago. All she wants to do is stand and will use anything for leverage. She also wants to climb, but hasn't figured out how to climb anything beyond our bodies.

Camila is much easier now than she was even a month ago. She wakes up happy and ready to play, and can entertain herself for minutes at the time. She does have a horribly habit of waking up very early (5:30 AM, this morning) and multiple times at night. Everyday she's cuter, which is difficult to believe.


My little girl crawling


She entertained herself for quite a while playing with her sister's playhouse


And she's discovered our antique Chinese chest, Mika's favorite toy since she was a baby.


She really liked the tamboreen that her aunt sent her

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August 29, 2005

The Two Sisters

Camila LOVES Michaela, she's always atune to everything Michaela is doing and never laughs as much as when she sees Mika doing something funny. Michaela likes that attention *sometimes*, and is starting to be more interested in her little sister.



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Sitting, eating and playing

Camila is growing up quickly. She is now seating on her own, though only sporadically. She's still trying to crawl but hasn't figured out how to move both her legs and arms together. She now responds to her name (as opposed to other names) and continues to delight people by looking at them and smiling. She likes to look at her hands and chew on her feet. She's eating cheerios like crazy and has tried other veggies & food - she prefers those with interesting textures. In the last couple of days she has been sleeping very badly - both at night and during the day, skipping all afternoon naps and then waking up every hour or so after I put her down. She has a runny nose so that may be why.





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August 25, 2005

Camila waking up

I'm amazed at just how cute Camila is - specially when she just wakes up, starts crawling out of her bed, and is all happy and smily. She's still not crawling per se, but she can now sit quite well. Yesterday she actually sat up by herself, we didn't see her but she probably used the archs of her play gym for help. She likes to listen to music and will follow the beat with her legs - kicking when the music is playing, stopping when the music stops.





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August 24, 2005

Camila is growing up

No pictures right now but a little bit of an update.

She's now 7-months old and finally starting to eat solids. Apparently the problem is that she doesn't like purees or things that are too soft - those she pushes out of her mouth. But she does like cheerios a lot, as well as teething cookies and paper. I have given her also small pieces of cooked carrots which she ate, but she wasn't enthusiastic about the broccoli.

She's not an easy child, she requires constant stimulation and gets bored easily. She does enjoy new people and new experiences, so in general she's easier to deal with outside, but she's never content to just seat there. The process of constantly stimulating her is very tiring.

She loves to play with toys, rattles, things that she can hold, and she actually spends several minutes a day making happy sounds at her reflection on the mirror. She likes squeeky toys, and toys she can bite or move around and anything she can put in her mouth. She likes physical play but mostly loves having Mika jump around her and having her manhandle her. She laughs and laughs at Mika with so much glee.

She is working hard on crawling but is not there yet. She can now stay sitting down without help, but has not started to sit up on her own. She likes to reach out and pick up or drop anything she can. She likes books, but mostly to eat them, she doesn't seem to be that interested in hearing them. She loves keys (of course).

She is unbelievably cute :)

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August 21, 2005

Grabbing everything

Camila has her hands everywhere and into everything. It is nearly impossible to hold her and be in the vicinity of anything else, except toys. Of course, if she can grab it, it's a toy.

I'm getting the hang of this.

Give me the camera!

But I need a knife and a fork to bang on the glass table.

One napkin tastes great but two are better.

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August 14, 2005

So close to crawling

See, I still don't have any teeth.

I'm much happier now than I was a few weeks ago.

I am closer than I appear.

If only I could get ahold of that cute baby.

Agent Camila reporting for duty.

Will someone please wipe off this drool?

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August 8, 2005

Camila is a cuty pie






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Changing Every Day

Camila is a difficult baby and I am amazed at how well Margarita deals with such a difficult baby. Camila requires constant attention and even with constant attention, she often cries or complains. She barely naps during the day and when she does, it's often for just minutes at a time. I'm hoping that this is temporary thing as she is so close to crawling. Camila is definitely a more difficult baby than Mika, though I'm sure I don't recall all the difficulties with Mika. What I do know is that her mother is amazing and we're all lucky that she puts up with us.




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July 20, 2005

Camila gets around

Camila is now 6 months old. In the last few days she's been pretty cranky, complaining and even crying every few minutes. Might be teething, but we're not sure. She's a little bit better today, but it took me an hour to put her down for a ten minute nap - I suspect she'll be grumpy again soon.

Camila hasn't been very interested on eating baby food, but she's certainly into what everyone else is eating. She also grabbing *everything* that comes within her reaches. So the other day we went to an Afghani restaurant, and she had to try the bread.



She doesn't live on bread alone, spoons and cameras are desirable objects as well




Afterwards we went to the park, Camila is already old enough to go into the swings, for a little while at least:


She spends a lot of time on her office, eating of course:



She really would like to crawl, though she's still far from there. But she does make an effort and manages to move herself around.


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July 17, 2005

Hiking with Camila

Dad and Camila took a five-mile hike through a nearby park. When she wasn't sleeping, Camila had a great time. So did Dad - but his legs were sore for a week.


I love being outside and seeing all the trees here.

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Five and a half months old

Do you like this pose?

People nearby are much more interesting than a puppet show.

She poked me :-(

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July 15, 2005

Camila's first meal

Last tuesday (July 12th) I fed Camila solids for the first time. If truth be told, Mike had given her before a lick of ranch dressing and a lick of cake frosting which she seemed to like, and she's eaten quite a lot of paper, but this was her first solid meal. I started with mashed bananas (gerber's organics) which is what i first gave Mika as well (I think). As you can see Camila was less than thrilled. I tried again the next day with similar results - and she reacted just the same to mashed sweet potatoes today. She pushes the food out of her mouth so she's not getting any. I think I may actually try some cereal next - maybe she would actually like something tasteless.





And here is another picture of Camila in her "office" just for good measure


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July 9, 2005

Some pictures of Camila on the crib

Who's looking at me?

Oh, it's my mommy!

I like lying next to the pillow

My brother David is always curious as to what color Camila's eyes are. Well, they are...

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July 8, 2005

At the restaurant

Camila grabs for everything close to her, it's dangerous to have her close to a table or the desk. Mike has started feeding ice to Camila, he insists she always wants more, but I'm not sure she likes it.

Her eyes are turning brown, they're still a bit gray on the outside but clearly she'll have my eye color or thereabouts soon. She's moving all over the place now, not crawling yet (please no!) but by rolling and pushing herself she can get herself most places, it's getting hard to put her to sleep and she's starting to crawl on her sleep.





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July 6, 2005

5 1/2 months

Camila is now 5 1/2 months. She's developing soo quickly. She turns around quite well, though can't always make it from her belly to her back. She is working hard on crawling and manages to push herself quite far. Today she pushed herself off the bed - fortunately she seems to have landed on my robe before rolling onto the floor as she only cried for 10 seconds. She had a couple of more bumps on her head later as she continued in her quest for mobility.

She is very interested in all objects, she grabs at everything she can and no desk or table is safe if she can reach it. She loves to play with paper and to eat it - it's kind of sad that her first solids have been paper. She's a drool monster, with copious ammounts of drool falling everywhere around her, but we haven't felt any teeth coming out yet. She loves attention and laughs - particularly at Michaela -. She's fascinated by the cats and pretty much by everything that moves. She smiles at herself in the mirror and at pictures of herself. In all, she seems very aware of her surroundings. She does get bored easily, however.


I love it when you take pictures of me!


Here I am again, looking gorgeous.


The lambskin is very soft


Ummmph, it's hard to crawl!

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June 23, 2005

An Active Girl

Camila is becoming more active all the time. She grabs at everything she can, she likes to play with toys (specially those hanging around her), and as soon as you put her down on her back she turns around. She loves people and interaction.

Our little firegirl

I left her lying on the bouncer - this is how I found her.

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June 19, 2005

Camila the demanding

Camila is beginning to demand more and more of her environment: more sounds, more colors, more textures and more stimulation.

Don't just sit there - talk to me.


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June 17, 2005

The cutest five-month old

Here are some pictures to satisfy your hunger for cuteness...

Will someone please clean my nose....please?

Aren't I dreamy?

I love playing with my sister.

Don't call child protective services just yet - just take away that red stamp from my sister!

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June 6, 2005

Camila cutie pie

Camila continues in her quest for mobility, she rolls to her tummy all the time but she can't roll back to her back yet. She's less of a talker and much more of a shrieker now. She regales us with smiles all the time, but she insists on being estimulated.

I'm a cutie pie, what can I say?

Come on, say something funny!

A girl has got to dance...


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