This is going to be one of those posts that I should really split into at least 2 separate things, but I don’t want to reload all the pictures. I’ll start with current stuff and work my way back to our California Christmas trip.
This evening, we finally took the plunge and put Robin in her first cloth diaper!
I wonder if we’ll have leaking issues. I wish we could make it tighter around her waist, but then it seems to get too tight around her leetle tiny, tiny legs. I’m guessing it won’t be a problem until she starts rolling over. Don’t worry! I’ll let you know how it goes.
She’s getting good at reaching for and grasping objects.
She’s also really good at looking amazingly cute.
Our trip felt way too short of course, and we didn’t get to see all the people or do all the things we wanted. Thus is life.
San Diego weather was
strangely perfect and a real treat compared to the chilly temps we had just left. Mom and Mo took her and went shopping one morning and we walked around South Park. It really made us want to live in a neighborhood like that.
It felt so weird (and awesome) to leave the baby sleeping with her grandparents and walk to the corner to buy an overpriced specialty soda. I’m looking at you, Grant’s!
It was my first time being home for a Christmas Minor, which is a Christmas when not all of the siblings are present. I was SO glad we got to go (thanks Betsy and Marcos) but it was sad not to see everyone.
Here are some pictures of Baby’s first Christmas!
Back when her father still had a mustache:
I love the way the house looks all decorated!
Best gift wrap present-ation 😉 this year goes to Robert
On boxing day, which we carefully did not observe because we’re Americans, we flew to Oakland. Chase and Cailie picked us up at the airport.
One of our bags was left behind but it was sent to Austin’s parents’ house later that same night. We were pleasantly surprised to have it end so well. We’ve had poor customer service from several Southwest parties lately, including the person in the baggage claim office in OAK. Strange, since in the past everyone has been so nice.
Anyone else experiencing that?
We exchanged gifts that night before Cuen and Steph went back to Hume, and Robin got super cute clothes and hats from her Chayrez grandparents, Great-Grandma Ruth, and aunts and uncles. Lots of furry wintry things that were perfect for our subsequent trip to Hume Lake!
The next day we drove “up the hill” and Cuen and Steph went to a ton of trouble to prepare a fun weekend for everyone. Robin got to meet some of her great-aunts and uncles and first cousins once-removed(?)!
We stayed in the hospitality house, which was like different worlds colliding, since we had cleaned it so many times back when we worked in support services. Lots of fancy furniture upgrades since our time though. 🙂
Here’s a group Apples to Apples shot:
I used to think I was good at the game, since I dominated the last time I played, but I just kept getting terrible cards. Yeah. ‘Twas the cards’ fault!
Not to be all complainy, but I worked my 3 normal weekend shifts–staying inside on the computer–and I didn’t get to see very many people, or walk around the lake! I didn’t even try to get my shifts covered, so I have no one to blame but moi! I just figured it was pointless to ask since it was the weekend after Christmas and other people needed it off too. It doesn’t hurt to ask, though. Let that be a lesson to you.
I did see this wild turkey, but I didn’t take this picture of it. I think it was Cailie?
I did get to eat at the OK Chalet though! That was fun.
We got to go back to Tracy for a few days before coming home. You know we ate at Mongolian Barbecue! Best food ever. I’d been craving it since I left and have been again ever since.
Tia ‘Leah Aunt Aleah helping to bathe the child:
She also colored my hair and I love it! (Also not pictured.) Thanks Aleah!
These pictures crack me up because Robin looks like she has an after-bath pit crew.
And not to be boringly repetitive, but I wish we had taken a few group shots! We didn’t get a Gerow family picture on the porch this year (Because Aunt Nancy and Uncle Steve weren’t there to save Harry! I mean, remind us.) And hey!! We didn’t even watch It’s a Wonderful Life this year! We didn’t take any group pictures in Hume or Tracy, either.
I wish we had pictures of all of Robin’s grandparents and aunts and uncles! I know some people did take pictures on their own cameras and phones, at least.
I think I’m going to have to hire a photographer to follow us around.
After we win the lottery, that is.
So, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!
Christmas isn’t over for me until I send all my ‘thank you’ notes and Emmy her presents. Oops.
Hope that’s everything!