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Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Weekend!

We kicked off the weekend with a visit to Dr. Sabeti for Hayes' 21 month appointment. She could not have been more complimentary about our boy, who now weighs in at 28.4 lbs and measures 34 inches, with a head circumference of 19 3/4. She said he was growing wonderfully and that she wasn't concerned about his speech anymore (he's up to about 20 words now, the latest being "duh" for duck). He's definitely a little bit delayed compared to his peers, but he's progressing along nicely and she's confident he'll catch up eventually. She said that she's had patients who didn't really start talking a whole bunch until they were 4 years old (usually boys) - hopefully it won't be quite that long until our chatterbox has more real words and less Hayzey babble but it was nice to see that it wasn't a concern to her anymore.

We're laying low this weekend, having dinner with some friends tonight at our fave Italian, Angelini Osteria and hoping to decorate our Christmas tree tomorrow. It's a wet and dreary weekend in LA so I'm looking forward to lots of time by the fireplace, snuggled under a warm fur blanket with my loves. 
Here are Hayzey's 21 month pics to get your weekend started. Enjoy!
21 Month Pics

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

I was hoping to catch up on my blogging last week while we were lazing around Angel's Camp but much to Myrna's chagrin, the internet was down so no updates from this lady! 

We have lots to be thankful for this year... our families, our jobs, our wonderful Nanna Susu. We are lucky that we have a nice roof over our heads and can happily provide whatever we need for ourselves and for our growing boy. This year especially, I'm thankful for our health, as well as the health of those around us. My health issues that I've had this year with that whole kidney stone debacle seem very minor compared to what others may be going through, but even being out of commission for that week of recovery made me realize just how important being healthy is. It truly effects every aspect of your life and should come as #1, no exceptions. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with those you love. Here are some pics I snapped of our holiday week - Hayes had a great time at GG and Pops' place in Angel's Camp and even added their names to his growing vocabulary! We're looking forward to the next month of Christmas shenanigans - ah tuey tay, ah tuey tay!

Hayzey's Thanksgiving Potluck @ Green Beginning. My Pumpkin Cheese Spice bread was a hit!
The coolest tree house you ever did see...
I spy Hayzey... do you?
Bravo Farms 2011 vs. 2012
The boys golfed on Wednesday and Thursday. Hayes felt a little left behind...
Working up a Thanksgiving appetite with Auntie V...

Annual game of Kings in a Corner...
Hayes helping Daddy pick some good words for Scrabble...
Gorgeous Fall colors...
Grandpa juggling for Hayes...

The spread...
Darryl reading an excerpt of Olie's book to the fam... Can't wait to read the finished product!
Hayes entertained himself with a flashlight...
Happy Thanksgiving, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

My loves...

Red cup season is here and that means the holidays are just around the corner (can you believe next week is already Thanksgiving?!). The day Starbucks switches to their signature red cups is up there with the day KOST 103.5 starts playing their holiday music as my favorite days of the year. Can't wait to enjoy a gingerbread latte whilst singing along to Michael Buble crooning Christmas Carols. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

How adorable are these regal swine book ends? They are definitely on my Christmas lust list this year. I think they'd go swimmingly with the rest of our decor.

Safavieh Reese Teak End Table II
 Speaking of our decor, we've been on the hunt for a new side table in the family room for quite some time and I finally found the perfect one. From the side, it doesn't look like anything special, but the bird's eye view shows each individual piece of teak wood arranged just so to make a perfectly round diameter. Ordered it from my fave, Joss & Main and can't wait for it to arrive!

Canvas Alarm Covers
Have you ever seen anything so genius? We have some unsightly alarm boxes that need covering - what better way than to disguise them beneath canvas images of your favorite people, that are equipped with small hinges that swing open for easy access? I'll show you our finished product when it's complete but I smell a winter craft coming on!

Pumpkin and Cheese Spice Bread
We're kicking off the Thanksgiving festivities early with a little potluck gathering at Hayes' pre-school on Tuesday. Besides being the event photographer, I've signed up to bring this delicious looking dessert - pumpkin and cheese spice bread. Can't wait for the house to fill with this haunting aroma on Monday evening!

Hope y'all have a good weekend. We're staying local, laying low tonight with some Mozza2Go take-out and hitting the town tomorrow night for a belated birthday celebration here for the hubby. Should be fun!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


I spoke to an unhappy reader of mine (ahem, Grandpa!) earlier today who was quite disgruntled with the lack of photos and updates as of late, so I figured I'd give you all some recent Hayesisms, as well as a couple of shots we've taken over the past few weeks to appease your cravings.

...Hayes has recently learned how to open the fridge and freezer. This was pretty devastating as that appliance was pretty much the only safe haven left in the whole house (as I mentioned, he figured out those pesky child locks on the cabinets weeks ago!). He's constantly opening it up and  helping himself to whatever he wants. Case in point, the other day, even before he had his morning milk, the need for some chocolate covered frozen bananas came on strong...

...He's mastering the art of jumping, yet doesn't quite understand that a legitimate jump means both of his feet should be coming off the ground at the same time. So instead, he stomps feverishly with one foot, over and over again.
...He's jumped on the 'Gangnam Style' bandwagon...

...As his words have increased (we're up to about 12 or so now), he's very adamant about addressing us by name 24/7. Sadly this means that when he's upset about going to bed or when he wakes up and is waiting for us to come get him, it's no longer just wailing we have to listen to, but "Dada? Ma-man?!" over and over again.
...He's learning how to play catch and can actually throw and catch the ball on his own!
...He loves to twirl and we're teaching him how any performance should end, with a good bow.

...He knows how to give raspberries (you know, when you blow on somebody's belly and it makes a tooting sound?). He'll start blowing them before his mouth even makes contact with skin and can achieve the most authentic sounding raspberries I've ever heard - I think it's because he has such luscious lips.
...As you can see, he's getting to be quite a handsome little guy...


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

4 more years!

It has been quite the week.

When I last left you, dear readers, it was a week ago today. I had a surgery scheduled that I didn't go into any details about on this 'ole blog because it definitely wasn't one of my loves and who wants to read about health problems when there's so much cuteness to cover instead?!

My surgery was successful (I had a very large kidney stone that had been giving me what I thought were back problems for the past 6 months or so whose eviction notice was served and executed thankyouverymuch!) and I was sure that I'd be back to my old self by the weekend; I was even crazy enough to think that I might be able to do a light trick or treat with Hayes the night of my surgery (?!). Recovery didn't go as smoothly as planned and to make a long story short, I actually ended up taking a trip to the ER with an overnight visit at beautiful Cedars Sinai on Monday night so they could take care of the pain (thank you morphine!) and monitor my erratic heart, which was trying to tell us in a very timid way that she wasn't too thrilled with what was going on with the rest of my body.

24 hours later, I was back at home - just in time to exercise my civic duty and walk on over to our polling station, the temple across the street (I guess it does have it's benefits after all). Weighed the pros and cons between B.O. and Rosanne Barr but am happy with the winner I chose - 4 more years!
(excuse my outfit - I look like a Pico Blvd bum, but I had literally just come from Cedars!)
Hayes immediately put his stickers where he thinks all stickers should go - his face.
I'm taking it easy for the rest of the week and working from the comfort of my own bed. Nurse Greta has resumed her duties by my side and I'm finally starting to feel like myself again. It's been a crummy week, to say the least. I've missed my boy, who I feel like I haven't been able to do anything normal with and am looking forward to getting back to life as usual. I'm sure poor Grant, who stayed by my side pretty much the whole time I was in the hospital and has been waiting on me hand and foot for the past week, is too! 

A week like that really makes you realize how much we take our health for granted; when you don't have any health problems, you don't think about how horrible it would be to have them, and even with the minor issues I was dealing with, it reminded me how lucky I am to be in good health and how important it is to take care of yourself.

Hope you're all having a good week.