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December 2013

December was a crazy busy month of course with all of the holiday parties. Eliza got a lot of mileage out of her “Santa’s Favorite” shirt. There was the mom’s group Christmas party, the one at her school, the one at Andy’s school, etc and the list goes on and on. Since I wasn’t working, I wanted to have Eliza with me for a few days so I could do special things with her that we wouldn’t normally do. One of those things was to go to Napa and ride the Santa Train. It’s the regular wine train but they have special times during the day where Santa and his friends such as Rudolph, a snowman and elves come visit and take pictures. Eliza hated all of them except for the elves and would bury her face in my shoulder when any of them came into our train. I really want to do this again next year so hopefully she will be a little less afraid of the characters. Regardless, she had a great time and was very excited to be riding a train.

I submitted her hilarious Santa picture to The View and she actually made it onto the picture wall. It was so exciting to see her on there!

I also decided to do Elf on the Shelf this year for Eliza. I was hoping that it would be something fun to do to get her in the Christmas spirit and she loved it. Each morning she woke up and was so excited to find her elf. Andy and I forgot to hide it a couple of times but luckily she is too young to notice!  🙂

Christmas Day was so much fun with Eliza. She was starting to “get it” and really enjoyed opening and playing with all of her presents. Andy and I got her a play kitchen and she also got a doll to feed and a doll stroller among other things. My mom arrived on Christmas Day around 11am so after she opened her presents we went to the airport to pick up my mom. Then we came home and Eliza had round 2 of Christmas presents. She was a lucky girl this Christmas! Lots of fun toys and books and clothes and dolls from grandma.

While mom was here we also did things like go to the zoo lights at the Oakland zoo and went down to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and also Pebble Beach. It was a fun visit and Andy was off for 2 weeks so it was nice to have him around as well. We made many trips to Marin as well to see Andy’s parents who were in town and also so Eliza could see her cousins.

On New Years Eve my friend Catherine had the brilliant idea to have a New Years Eve party with the kids during the day and we would ring in the new year at noon. They had a balloon drop which the kids loved and other fun NYE accessories. It was a lot of fun and Eliza loved it.

Eliza is talking so much and here is a snapshot of some funny things she said and did in December:

Cried and pitched a fit because I wouldn’t let her drive my car.

Eliza may be a true San Franciscan. We were walking in SF and she pointed to someone standing on the corner in a skirt and said “That’s a man.” I said “No, that’s a woman.” As we got closer and I saw his thick neck I realized that yes, it WAS a man. Ah, the wisdom of children.

Eliza: I want baby Eliza
Me: You are baby Eliza
Eliza: No! Mommy no! Waah! I want baby Eliza (crying and screaming and throwing a fit)

And here are some pictures:

Eliza on The View

Eliza on The View

Christmas dress

Christmas dress

Santa's Favorite

Santa’s Favorite

Dressed for a party

Dressed for a party

On the Santa Train

On the Santa Train

Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf

With her cousins Siena and Tyler

With her cousins Siena and Tyler

Cooking in her kitchen

Cooking in her kitchen

Pushing her doll in a stroller

Pushing her doll in a stroller

Feeding her dolly

Feeding her dolly

Dressed like an elf on Christmas Day

Dressed like an elf on Christmas Day

At zoo lights with mommy and daddy

At zoo lights with mommy and daddy

Reading with grandma

Reading with grandma

Being reflective at Pebble Beach

Being reflective at Pebble Beach

All dressed up for the New Years Eve party

All dressed up for the New Years Eve party

New Years Eve balloon drop

New Years Eve balloon drop

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My friend Kristi does this cute thing on her blog where she interviews her daughter every year. I thought this would be perfect for Eliza since she is such a talker so here are her answers to the questions.

February 15th, 22.5 months old (the last 6 questions were done on Feb 28 because this was a lot of questions for one sitting).

How old are you?  one
Favorite color: pony
Favorite animal: doggie
Favorite book: The Pole (Goodnight North Pole)
Favorite TV show: Mickey Mouse
Favorite Movie: Frozen
Favorite Song: Ha de dah! (Let it Go from Frozen)
Favorite Food: meat
Favorite drink: my milk
Favorite breakfast food: my water
Favorite snack: squeeze pack
Favorite outfit: Minnie pants
Favorite game: Sleeping Beauty
Favorite toy: I gotta find the bear
Who is your best friend: Brodie
Favorite thing to do: food
Favorite thing to do outside: strawberry
Favorite holiday: um, Minnie!
What do you take to bed with you at night: I sleep for a long time
Favorite place to go: a dinosaur
Favorite restaurant: um…the hamburger
Where do you want to go on vacation: um, no
What do you want to be when you grow up: the baby
What did you do on your birthday? I played with Okamura (her pediatrician)
What’s your favorite store? It’s a book

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November 2013

At the beginning of November we decided to go to Tahoe for a few days. Andy had 2 weeks before he started his new job, I was on disability and hotel rooms had weekday prices of $39 a night. We went on a Monday and came home on a Wednesday and had a great time! The first night was my favorite. While walking through Heavenly Village we stumbled upon these 2 guys playing music right outside Base Camp Pizza. There were couches and fires and blankets to keep us warm. Andy had a beer and I had a glass of wine and we sat there for an hour and a half listening to music. Eliza was SO GOOD. She clapped when they were finished with each song and stayed near us and was just so good. It was a great night. We drove to our favorite spots around the lake and showed them to Eliza and she even got to stand in some snow. It was a really nice couple of days.

Back in Concord we discovered that families can go to to Buchanan Field, the Concord airport, and watch private planes take off and land. They have this great area that is totally enclosed and has places to sit and a few things for kids to play on. Eliza just loved it. She would run around and play and then get SO excited when she would see a plane. It’s definitely a place we need to go on a regular basis.

For Hanukkah I decided to get Eliza a potty because she had been asking to go “pee pee on the potty.” She was so excited and sat down and pooped on it when we first got home. I couldn’t believe it! She tried to pee in it but ended up going on the floor twice. She hasn’t done much on it since then but we will train her soon!

We went to Marge’s house on Thanksgiving and Eliza got to hang with a few of her cousins and Aunt Laura and Uncle Kevin. We had a nice time and I wish I would have gotten more pictures. Oh well.

The day after Thanksgiving we went to have Eliza’s picture taken with Santa. She had been talking about him and seemed excited about him but when she got on his lap she had a total meltdown and did not want to be there. Her picture was hilarious! Now she looks at it and says “Santa. I cry. He scare me.”

We also went to the Danville Tree Lighting and that was really fun. We just love the cute little town of Danville. Of course we knew Eliza wanted nothing to do with Santa but there was also a “Snow Queen” there and Eliza made us walk all the way back to see her but when the Snow Queen tried to talk to her she got scared and cried. Given this, we figured it would probably be a good idea to make her wait for a while to go to Disneyland since she’s fine with these characters at a distance but they seem to scare her up close.

Some pics from the month:

All bundled up in Tahoe

All bundled up in Tahoe

Emerald Bay with daddy

Emerald Bay with daddy

In the snow in Tahoe

In the snow in Tahoe

Having fun at the Concord airport

Having fun at the Concord airport

Wearing mommy's Uggs

Wearing mommy’s Uggs

All dressed up for Santa.

All dressed up for Santa.

Snuggled under our quilts

Snuggled under our quilts

Shopping at Trader Joe's

Shopping at Trader Joe’s

Doing puzzles at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Doing puzzles at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Walking around Walnut Creek

Walking around Walnut Creek

Scared of Santa

Scared of Santa

New potty!

New potty!

Decorating for Christmas

Decorating for Christmas

Thanksgiving on our way to Marge's

Thanksgiving on our way to Marge’s

On daddy's shoulders at the Danville Tree Lighting

On daddy’s shoulders at the Danville Tree Lighting

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October 2013

October was an interesting month for me. I went on disability for my depression on October 2 so I wasn’t working. We kept Eliza in daycare so her routine didn’t change and so I had time to myself to get better. But the other thing that not working did for me was to give me more time with Eliza, which was good. I picked her up from daycare earlier than I usually would and I also kept her home with me on certain days if there was something going on. So she got to do a few more Halloween themed activities than normal so that was fun.

One weekend thing that we now always love to do as a family is go to the pumpkin patch in Clayton. Eliza loved picking out her pumpkins and her favorite thing of all there is riding the train. She loves it. She was also so excited about Halloween decorations this year. Our neighbors love to decorate the outside of their houses for Halloween and every evening when she got home she would ask to go “see decorations” so we would walk around and look at all of the houses. She never got tired of any of it.

So 3 weeks after our trip to Michigan, I had another trip to Houston scheduled to attend my 20th high school reunion. We had decided not to spend the money for Andy to go but I know my family wanted to see Eliza so we brought her again. It was another trying time on the flights and in Houston. Once again, she didn’t want anyone but me to hold her or do anything for her if I was around. My mom and Meredith and her 2 kids watched Eliza the 2 nights I went out for my reunion and while she was mad when I left she seemed to do ok with just them. It’s just hard when you have people there who want to help but your child only wants everything from you. Eliza was just ok on the flights and cried all the way from Houston to Denver on the way home. I was so happy that she slept from Denver to SFO. Needless to say, I have sworn off traveling on a plane alone with Eliza for a while.

The last weekend of October, I met my friend Megan in Napa for a girls weekend and it was wonderful. Eliza was 19 months and I had NEVER been away from her overnight. It was time. She had 2 days and nights alone with daddy and she did fine. It was good for me to get away and not have to be a mom for a while and I know Megan appreciated the break too. I’m glad Andy got some time with her too because she is a mommy’s girl so it was great that she got some daddy time in too. And I had to laugh because when I came back from my trip, the first book she asked me to read was called “Where is my mother?” She had never asked me to read that book to her before and hasn’t since. This child…  🙂

She also got her first haircut in October. I was not happy with the result and think the lady cut it too short and lopsided. Of course it grew out but I was not happy with it for  a while. She did great and sat pretty still and seemed happy to be there. She got to sit in a little car and she thought that was great. They took a picture and we have it in her room and every time she sees it she points and smiles and says “Baby Eliza riding in cars.” So cute!

And finally, Halloween! We had our usual neighborhood party at the park across the street from us and then we went trick or treating. Eliza really enjoyed it and got the hang of it after a few houses. She was so happy and said “trick or treat” and “hi” and “bye” to everyone. One of my favorite parts of the night happened after trick-or-treating. Eliza loved passing out candy to the kids who came by our house. She got so excited when the doorbell would ring and then she would scream “bye bye” at the top of her lungs when they left.

Some pics from the month:

Passing out candy

Passing out candy

Minnie before trick-or-treating

Minnie before trick-or-treating

Halloween outfit!

Halloween outfit!

First book that she asked me to read after my weekend away

First book that she asked me to read after my weekend away

Eliza with her cousins Madison and Matthew

Eliza with her cousins Madison and Matthew

Eliza and Logan meet in Houston!

Eliza and Logan meet in Houston!

First haircut!

First haircut!

First haircut!

First haircut!

Enjoying Halloween decorations

Enjoying Halloween decorations

Family on the crazy cold and windy hayride

Family on the crazy cold and windy hayride

Breakfast at the airport before heading to Houston

Breakfast at the airport before heading to Houston

Eliza's first pedicure

Eliza’s first pedicure

Comparing last year to this year

Comparing last year to this year

Eliza/Minnie with the pumpkins

Eliza/Minnie with the pumpkins

Family at the pumpkin patch

Family at the pumpkin patch

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