Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Back in the Old Hood

What a week! After months away from our old neighborhood, we made it to the Panhandle and the Haight twice in just a period of a few days. Walking the Panhandle and seeing those perfect rows of Victorians on either side, we couldn't help but feel a bit nostalgic. I guess no one ever really forgets the first place they call home after getting married. So many great memories are wrapped up in that neighborhood. The most important stop we made, however, was the great children's playground about halfway up the Panhandle. Back in the day, when Ashe was pregnant with Rai, we used to talk about how we'd bring our little baby to that playground. Then, we moved, and we never ended up making it to that particular playground. Now, three years later, we made our first visit with not just one baby, but two!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Yet Another Cousin!

As time goes by, Rai and Ko, you seem to be gathering more and more uncles, aunts, and cousins. Yesterday, you met your newest cousin, beautiful, little Scarlet! As wonderful as it was to be with her, we have to keep in mind that we won't be seeing her too often. Portland is just too far away.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Date Night

Auntie Nikki was out for a big date with Matthew Parkes the other week so we decided to crash the party. We met up with them at Nick's Crispy Tacos and made an early evening of it, rounding out the date night with dessert at Swenson's Ice Cream up the hill.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

What Goes Up Must Come Down

Bart and I grew up with Legos. We built with those Legos for hours on end. Even at 12 years of age, I had a giant Lego robot on my desk, complete with numerous secret compartments, each containing a little portion of the sizeable fortune I had managed to accrue even before my teens. Then, one day Bart came along, grabbed that robot, and threw it to the ground. That was probably the last time that I had a Lego wallet and definitely the last time I had more than a few pennies to my name. And, the cycle continues. Rai and Ko will grow up with Lego and one day, one of them will destroy something that the other has built. That day may come sooner than we expect...

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Home, Sweet Home

In our 7 years of living in San Francisco, we've lived in 5 different places. It's hard to believe that we've moved around so much, yet each apartment, in just a short amount of time, grew to be a home. Each home seemed like a place we could live in for years but, clearly, that was not the case. Our new home in the Presidio is different. For the first time, we're living in a place that's all good and no bad. There's nothing to complain about. Why didn't we live in a National Park from the start? It probably would have kept us from moving from place to place over the years.
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Birthday Suit

No matter how hard we try to give Rai some interesting things to wear, he still much prefers to run around in his birthday suit. Any chance he gets, he'll get "totally naked" (as he likes to say) and now that he's better at removing his own clothing, he's totally naked more often than ever! And wait until you hear what he's calling his little ding dong down there... where did he learn that word, we're wondering. Probably from Grandpa.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Up on His Own Two Feet

Day by day, Ko is getting closer to walking. Nowadays, it's more likely that you'll find him standing around than sitting. He'll crawl to zoom from place to place, room to room but, once there, he'll grab whatever he can in order to raise himself to his feet. He's discovered his feet and wants to use them! And, as Ko has become more mobile, Rai has become more possessive of his things and more aggressive about protecting his personal space. Anytime Ko gets within a foot of Rai while Rai is playing with something, we hear a "NOOOO, Koey!" We hope this stage passes quickly.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Walking on the Golden Gate Bridge

Now that we live in the Presidio, we pass the Golden Gate Bridge more than ever before and every time that we do, Rai asks, "Going on the Golden Gate Bridge? Yes?" Usually, our answer is "no, but we'll drive by it". After a while, Rai had enough of that answer. A couple weekends ago, he insisted, "I wanna walk on the Golden Gate Bridge!" This time, he wouldn't take no for an answer. We had to do it. So, we parked with all the tourists, and set off for the bridge. We made it to the first tower, and back -- what a walk!
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Yoga

Recognizing that it may be tough for Mom to stick to a daily exercise routine, Rai and Ko have taken upon themselves to be Mom's personal trainers. When that yoga DVD starts spinning, they're right there, shouting words of encouragement, pushing Mom to her physical limits. Who needs a Crunch Fitness membership when you've got the Sequoia boys around. Not Mom, that's for sure!
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cowboy Day

A few times per year, the Golden Gate Mother's Group hosts an event open to their entire membership. Yesterday was "farm day" with a cowboy twist. We dug up all the jeans, plaid, and straw we have in our home and went to the farm. While the bluegrass band played, we checked out the pony, avoided the tattoo stand, and kept away from the petting zoo where killer bunnies tasted toddler blood (really). Next year, there might even be bull riding for infants!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Free Evenings No More

Way back when, Rai used to go to bed at 6p.m. and sleep until 7a.m. We would put him in his crib and he would be asleep without fuss or incident within 5 minutes. Those days are no more. Over the last half year, however, we've seen Rai shift that bedtime back, minute by minute, quarter hour by quarter hour.
Kotaru, on the other hand, is not even a fraction of the sleeper that Rai once was. He's never gone to bed before 7p.m. and even when we do get him into the crib, getting him to fall asleep can be a 30-minute ordeal. Meanwhile, Rai continues to try to find new ways to stay up longer. His best technique, of course, is to have us keep reading books to him. How can we say no? He's reading and, as he likes to tell us, he's happy. And, as we read to Rai, we can hear Ko's voice shouting in the distance. Over and over again, we return to his room to find him standing in the crib, calling out for us. When he finally does fall asleep, it's a reluctant slumber. He still wakes several times per night and it's rare that he doesn't spend the second half of the night with us in bed. What happened to those restful evenings we once had?
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