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July 2014 Part 2

Our vacation in early July was great for relaxing because life didn’t slow down after that. Two days after we got back, on July 10, Eliza started preschool at Andy’s school. She was SO EXCITED to go to school with daddy. Although she cried when she saw Andy the first couple of days, she got used to being there after a while and is now doing great! She goes to school with him on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and is home with me on Wednesday and Friday. I feel like I have a great balance of time with her and time to myself. I work on the days she is in school and then we get to hang out and do fun things on the days that she is with me. And I do a little work when she naps. I really do feel like I have the best of both worlds!

And Eliza going to school also meant another milestone in her life. Potty training! After my disastrous try in June, I was shocked to find out that she went to the potty at school from day 1 without issue. At the beginning of August, they sent home most of her diapers and pull ups because she was doing so well that they didn’t think she needed them anymore. We still have to work out pooping on the potty as she either does that in her pants, waits until I put on a pull up when she goes to bed, or just cries in fear while she sits on the potty and poops. Poor thing. She at least knows to tell me she has to go but has a hard time actually doing it. She is definitely fully potty trained to go pee so that is a good thing.

Aside from that, Eliza has had a busy month.  On weekend we went to Folsom for my friend Courtney’s birthday pool party and we had a blast hanging out with everyone. She calls Courtney “Lady Gaga” and she also loved Courtney’s mom, whom we lovingly refer to as “Mama G.”  It was fun being able to bring her to an adult/kid party and seeing her have fun and interact with everyone. There were some older kids there and she loved watching them play in the pool but didn’t want to join.

We also went to Sacramento to celebrate Andy’s friend Phil’s 50th birthday party. Dan Gelfand and his family came up too and it was nice to be with old friends and their kids and have a good time.

Other than that, Eliza and I just had fun on our days together. We go to Small Talk Cafe where she likes to play dress up and play with other kids and toys. It’s a great place where I can relax and even get a little work done if I need to. We like to walk around Walnut Creek and enjoy being outdoors and “window shopping.” We went to get pedicures together and Eliza insisted that we both get the same color so our toes would look the same. I also took her to Sacramento to the California State Railroad Museum one Wednesday. She loves trains and was so happy to be there. After that we had lunch and walked around Old Town Sacramento. It was a fun mommy daughter day. As a family we’ve enjoyed the free concerts in the park on Thursday nights in Concord. It’s so nice to bring a blanket and sit and chill and dance and have a good time. It’s been a fun summer!

Some Eliza gems from this month:

At the end of our walk around the neighborhood one evening, Eliza sat down on the curb and said “Let’s sit down and talk about our dreams.” She cracks me up.

Eliza’s after school greeting  one day: “I love New York. When I’m bigger we will go. I peed all over the place and it went into the potty.”

One time she was acting crazy and I was getting frustrated. I said, “Eliza, stop.” She said, “I never stop.”

Eliza with Dan's son Hugo

Eliza with Dan’s son Hugo

Eliza with Courtney at her birthday party

Eliza with Courtney at her birthday party

Her cute picture on The View

Her cute picture on The View

Dressing up at Small Talk Cafe

Dressing up at Small Talk Cafe

Shopping in Walnut Creek

Shopping in Walnut Creek

Getting a pedicure

Getting a pedicure

Matching pedicures!

Matching pedicures!

Holding hands with her friend Kolton.

Holding hands with her friend Kolton.

Making a mess in the living room.

Making a mess in the living room.

Riding her horse.

Riding her horse.

At the fountain in downtown Concord after the concert in the park.

At the fountain in downtown Concord after the concert in the park.

First day of school

First day of school

Eliza with her friends Daniel and Emily.

Eliza with her friends Daniel and Emily.

Eliza and Kelsey at the California Academy of Science

Eliza and Kelsey at the California Academy of Science

Eliza smiles

Eliza smiles

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July 2014 Part 1

July was the month of our first long road trip as a family. We drove from Concord all the way to Frisco, CO. The trip took 19 hours total but we were good about breaking it up and Eliza did great. We left on Sunday, June 29 around 2pm and it was Eliza’s naptime. She slept until we got to Reno where we got out and walked around the Silver Legacy casino and had dinner. Then we got back in the car and Eliza’s 7:30 bedtime approached and she fell asleep and stayed asleep until we got to Salt Lake City at 2am. Our friends Staci and Mike graciously let us stay at their house and it was so nice to have room to spread out and a kitchen for Eliza’s food.

We spent a couple of days in Salt Lake City. I had been before but Andy and Eliza hadn’t. We went to Temple Square, checked out downtown and visited with a couple of friends of mine who live there. We also drove to Park City and Eliza took her first gondola ride with me while Andy had fun sliding down a mountain. They had a lot of fun stuff to do even though there was no snow.

After a few days in Salt Lake City we headed to Colorado. That was about an 8 hour drive and we were happy to get there and see our friends Angie and Greg. The town of Frisco was so cute and quaint and the mountains surrounding it were just beautiful. They had a 4th of July parade and then a band played after that and we stayed to listen and had fun. Then we came home before it started raining and spent the rest of the day indoors playing games and having fun. The next day was Founders Day and they had donkey rides so Eliza was SO excited to ride a donkey through Frisco. We also went and checked out Breckenridge and that was a cute little town too.

Riding a donkey through downtown Frisco(click to see video)

Eliza just LOVED being on vacation and every day she woke up excited and said “What are we going to do today?” She also kept telling us that she didn’t want to go home. At one point after we left Reno on our way to SLC she was staring out the window for a long time. I wasn’t sure what was going on so I asked “Eliza, are you ok?” and she said “Yes, I’m just so happy.” It made me so happy to see that she loves traveing just as much as Andy and I do. It was a great trip and I am so glad that we did it. She was SO GOOD on the drive and only got crabby literally the last 5 minutes of the trip, right before we got home.

Eliza on the ski lift

Eliza on the ski lift

Reading the map

Reading the map

On the Georgetown Loop train

On the Georgetown Loop train

On the Georgetown Loop train

On the Georgetown Loop train

New hat in Breckenridge

New hat in Breckenridge

Visiting cousin Brad in Reno on our way back home.

Visiting cousin Brad in Reno on our way back home.

Riding a donkey in downtown Frisco

Riding a donkey in downtown Frisco

Mommy & Eliza on July 4th

Mommy & Eliza on July 4th

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