Archive | September, 2014

Baby’s First Gig

16 Sep

Recently David modeled a line of baby clothing designed and hand-made by my talented cousin Trish in San Diego. She was getting ready to launch her boy merchandise in her Etsy shop when we were visiting a couple weeks ago, and asked if she could have a photo session with Davy. I agreed, hoping that we could catch him in just the right mood at the optimal time of day, but you know how babies are…pretty unpredictable sometimes.

That is just me trying to create a little suspense. David loved the camera and the attention and posed like a professional through several outfit changes. He had previously acted bashful around Tricia and Aunt Carol but there was no hint of that during the shoot. I actually think he was showing off for them. I can’t believe how the pictures turned out! Here are a few of my favorites:

Denim clip-on bow tie for baby by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Navy dot reversible bandana bib by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Bandanas are so much better than bibs! And perfect for a teething baby who drools everywhere.

Mint clip-on bow tie by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Mint clip-on bowtie by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Denim reversible bandana bib by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Who is this guy?

Denim reversible bandana bib by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Tribal reversible bandana bib by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Robin egg reversible bandana bib by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

Robin egg reversible bandana bib by OhSweetHome Designs on Etsy

The customizable bowties, (reversible!) bandanas, and bloomers you are seeing are available for purchase here. She has a ton of cute fabric options. His guayabera shirt is a hand-me-down from Dominic, originally from Old Navy.

Whatever the camera brought out in this boy he must have gotten from his dad’s side. I was pretty astonished. And it’s so nice to have so many great pictures of him at six months! I’m hoping next time we’re in town Trish will need someone to model her Christmas line. ;)

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August California Trip

10 Sep

David and I flew to California on August 23rd to visit my family. My parents had not seen him since he was two months old and it was making me sad so when I heard my older sister was planning a trip to San Diego I booked us an overlapping one. Then my little sister followed suit. (The Dominic effect.) Josh joined us for the second half of our visit before flying home with us.

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Logging some tummy time the morning after our late-night arrival.

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This is the musician we hired to follow us around playing beautiful melodies on the guitar. Well worth it.

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Getting ready for a walk with Yiayia. Not sure what this face is all about.

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So glad I brought the real camera this time! My cell phone could not do this.

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Yiayia is the reason for the season.

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My dad makes beautiful salads! Here you can see homegrown tomatoes, avocado, radishes, olives and feta.

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David had his first taste of water on the plane and immediately was a fanatic. Which was perfect since it was quite hot in CA!

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Playing with a crocheted washcloth in my parents’ kitchen sink

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Hanging out with his cousin Tricia and testing the capacity of the drool-catching bandana she made

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Out to lunch with his grandparents and great-grandparents. He noticed the camera and started doing crazy eyes, which was fine because the lighting was bad anyway. I do wish I had taken pictures with Grandpa once we got outside though.

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Cell phone shot :/

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Don’t you dare drop your water again…

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“Oops”

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The dining room was looking photogenic.

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Uncle Rob entertaining a jet-lagged baby

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Noticing the camera :)

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Dave with Rob & Alex

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This is Waldo, who was rescued from the streets of Little Italy and given Kitten Milk Replacer.

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Meeting Uncle Marcos for the first time

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Deciding he likes Uncle Marcos

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Deciding he likes Baby Dave

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Where’s Waldo?

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I like these people.

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Tired boy

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Little Christy. I thought this might be interesting in a few decades because of the media.

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Uncle Steve and Marcos checking out the 1940s Toast-o-lator. Toast is “walked” past the heating elements on an escalator-like mechanism and then dropped out on the other side onto a waiting plate. AKA “the aristocrat of toasters,” this baby is “shiny, clever and dangerous.”

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A colorful kitchen picture. Dad was making scrambled eggs for everyone.

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Christy self-soothing

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Dave had his first cereal on this trip. Pictured is his second cereal. Don’t tell me rice cereal has no nutritional value; when there is breast milk in it, it is a superfood. :)

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I love this chair.

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This is why I love this chair.

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The British Airways jet flew over my parents’ house every evening and was eagerly anticipated. It is a beast.

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I like pictures that show the neighborhood because they are interesting to look at later. Aw, look at Ty’s house all restored. Aw, look at Mom and Aunt Nancy checking out that yellow car.

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David: “Oh, there’s that plastic heart I love.”

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Robin: “The plastic heart is mine.” David, admiringly: “Okay!” Younger cousin syndrome.

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“I don’t like your captions, Aunt Emmy.”

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We made this cake for our Labor Day party to celebrate all the summer birthdays in our family.

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Some of us ate a lot of date bars on that trip. Or matrimonial squares, if you want.

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This selfie happened while Josh was in charge of the camera at the party.

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The Daves sizing each other up. Big Dave said Little Dave is worthy of the name.

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Dave being impolite to his second cousin Garrett, who was kind enough to want to hold him.

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Meanwhile, Christy.

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Mom cutting birthday cake. This lady knows how to entertain.

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A passel of Evangelous

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If you would have just smiled normally, I would have gone away!

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Come on!

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“Mother, she is patting my leg so fast I can’t see her hand.”

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The big kids. I think Dominic was being told to play catch parallel to the street instead of perpendicularly. Aw, look at the old house. Aw, look how close Aunt Sue parked to Mo.

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Meanwhile, David.

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Meanwhile, Robin. I love this picture, I think because of Mom’s expression.

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Sibs

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Our genial host

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Waldo

I wanted so badly to get an awesome picture of these two babies standing together. Josh took a lot but it never really worked out.

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Oh, well. :)

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Josh looking like his mom and Davy looking like Davy

Here come beach pictures!

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Oh, Christy!

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Pale boys keep to the shade.

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Burying Dominic’s legs

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Robin inspects the waves.

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I don’t know if Dave liked the ocean.

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I could see how it could kind of freak a person out at first.

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He seemed interested.

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Once in a while there’s a big, unexpected wave and you grab for your kid.

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If I hadn’t been in such a hurry to get my pale baby out of the sun, I would have stayed longer and helped Dominic build something out of sand.

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Christy and the volleyball she borrowed from a nearby family

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Worn out!

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Whether he realizes it or not, he’s the young fun uncle.

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Hug from Bobbie

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A brief appearance by Christina

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An hour or two at the beach will do this to you. ;)

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Betsnina

I’m glad I finally got to see the USS Midway Museum. The Midway was the largest ship in the world for ten years and the first warship too big for the Panama Canal. It was decommissioned in 1992 after 47 years of service and now it is sitting in the San Diego Harbor and you can walk all over it and touch everything.

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Welcome aboard, Dominic

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Walking among the airplanes and helicopters stored inside the ship.

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Watching a video about the engine that won the war

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What a cute test pilot.

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This plane has wings that fold for more compact storage. Pretty cool!

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Upstairs on the flight deck

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Flight deck of the USS Midway, with some familiar people

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The only reminder that you are on a ship and not solid ground

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David is looking a little weary by now. This is the inside of a helicopter.

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The Coronado Bridge

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I liked reading these call signs from Desert Storm.

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We found a bench on deck for Dave.


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Lunch after at Seaport Village.

Josh, my mom and I took David and Robin to Scripps Birch Aquarium in La Jolla one day while Stephanie was working.

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Pretty incredible view

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After we meandered through the dark room full of tanks, I think the babies were both ready for naps. Dave had just whacked my mom in the face when this one was taken. (I have proof)

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Robin did not smile in any of them. It’s not her way…

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Just the ladies

Well, that was about a hundred photos. If you’ve made it this far you must really like us.

It was a great trip. David got to know my parents and vice versa, and I’m so glad my brothers and sisters could be there at the same time with their kids! Just wish it could happen every day.

The First Piano Post

8 Sep

Yesterday our neighbor gave us a used piano she had found on craigslist a few years ago. She had intended to restore it but never got around to it, so it has been standing quietly in her garage.20140907_172827

If you have ever doubted that Josh is super cool and smart, you should have been here to see him move this heavy upright all by himself from her garage to ours.

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Here is what we have learned so far about our new old piano:

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The Cornish Piano & Organ company was established in Washington, New Jersey in 1879. It was a huge mail order house, selling organs and pianos directly to the consumer from the factory. This allowed Cornish to sell their instruments at a lower price than most, and their aggressive financing plans helped them become a major player in the American piano industry. Both Cornish pianos and organs were usually very elaborately carved, and they were generally very good quality overall. Sadly, the Cornish factory burned to the ground in 1922 and the firm never recovered.

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A Cornish ad from 1910. $700 back then is about $17,000 now – what a bargain. Ours was probably cheaper because it looks a bit less fancy.

Because the company didn’t last very long, we can pretty much confirm that Josh’s winter project is between 92 and 135 years old! How cool is that?

I don’t know if you would call it well-loved but I would call it abused. Someone drew on most of the keys with crayon, and many of them are broken. There are some broken or missing pieces inside as well but at this point it seems like we should be able to find replacement parts with very little trouble and I think Josh can fix most of the structural problems. The wood is mostly in good condition, which is encouraging. It has not yet been determined how many mice are living inside it, if any.

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It needs to get cleaned up and come inside before winter, because we don’t heat our garage. Then Josh can work on it in the house, when we’re not playing it.

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