Here are some pictures from Christmas time. Mandy's parents (Grandma and Granddad) were here again and both kids were VERY into Christmas this year! We decorated a gingerbread train this year for a new tradition and went to see the lights on Eucalyptus street here in San Carlos as is our usual Christmas Eve tradition.
Holiday Train 2009
This year's annual trek to see Santa arrive into town on the Holiday Train was a bit of a bust due to a bad rain storm. We braved it but didn't stay long!
Winter Festival at Roan's School
The rest of October 2009
We started Halloween a day early with the annual Goblin Walk through the shops of downtown San Carlos with our friends Amelie and Colby. On Saturday we went trick-or-treating back in our old neighborhoods with some friends. Mali was a ladybug fairy (which she would wear everyday if we let her) and Roan was a train that he designed himself.
Pumpkin Patches October 2009
We went to two pumpkin patches. The first was a real pumpkin farm with fun things like wagons and the second one was full of "fun" things like pony rides and jumpy houses. Mali's favorite activity was pony riding and Roan's was train riding, of course, though he actually did try out the ponies for the first time this year!
Roan's First Day of St. Paul's
Roan started a new preschool this year and absolutely loves it. Here are a few shots from his first day!
Both Mali and Roan are growing up so fast. Mali can hold a pretty good conversation at this point, loves to ask "why?", and still loves her babies, "meows", and the color blue. Roan is thriving at school this year, loves to practice writing his letters, and is loving swimming lessons these days. He also seems to be developing little crushes and recently woke Jan at 5am one morning to ask him, "Daddy, are you thinking about Skye?" who is a friend of his from school. When Jan said "No, are you?", he responded "Yeah" with a big smile on his face.
Mali's First "Senior" Day at Little Wonders
Camping September 2009
Aaaahhhh, life is starting to get back to normal since the move. We spent a couple of days camping near Yosemite over the Labor Day weekend. We had a campsite by a little stream and the kids had a blast. Unfortunately we couldn't have a campfire due to fire restrictions, so no roasted marshmallows - the whole reason Roan went camping - but there was a miniature golf course on site which more than made up for it.
Mali's Second Birthday
Well, it only took 4 months to get these pictures up, but here they are! She had a pretty low-key birthday. We had a small playgroup gathering as well as a little barbecue with some friends to celebrate both Mali's and Dylan's (her best friend from across the street) birthdays which are a week apart.
Is the search finally over???
At the risk of jinxing ourselves, we appear to be in escrow on a house in San Carlos!
Miscellaneous May 2009
Here are a few miscellaneous shots from May. Both kids have grown up so much. Roan likes to talk all the time - he's especially talkative while driving and is constantly questioning why I stop at red lights, why the other cars get to go, what would happen if I didn't stop, what would happen if there were no stop signs or stop lights, etc. It goes on, and on. I think he'll have all of the traffic rules down by age 5. He's still really in to doing puzzles and it's impossible to keep enough maze books in the house - he'll finish a whole maze book during a 45-minute quiet time.
Mali is all about talking right now too and is very big on "I DO!!!" for everything. She's still extremely independent and such a quick learner - she quietly watches everything we do and then does it when we're not watching - this is how she taught herself to ride her brother's scooter. Unfortunately this can be dangerous as well as she's known for helping herself to whatever is cooking on the stove (like eggs in a frying pan). She just gets a fork, reaches up, and catches something. Yikes. She's still obsessed with the color blue (while her brother says his favorite color is ALL the colors) and is very into coloring, including decorating her Daddy's laptop with a dry-erase marker when he wasn't looking. She's very into clothing as well and loves to get dressed every morning in a dress, preferably one with blue in it!