We went to Yosemite last last weekend with our friends the Elliots. We had such a great time, the weather was perfect, and the park was green and lovely. The kids had so much fun balancing on fallen trees, roasting marshmallows, playing cards, taking bike rides, and playing in the dirt. Hands down my favorite part of the trip was riding bikes through the valley. We brought Mike's bike and a seat for Nico and I rented a cruiser. Lessons learned from our trip: pack less food, bring a port-a-crib (does anyone have suggestions for sleeping arraignments with a toddler), bring bathing suits.

Mission Doloris

I finally went to Mission Doloris when my old friend Sara was in town. The ceilings were the best part, that and the lady we flabbergasted when we told her we were not going to participate in the optional donation fee, ha!

I love a good diorama.

Crazy Hair

I put Nico's hair in a bun, and then took it out. Wild. Please note all the teething drool, poor thing.

19 months

I can't believe how fast this Summer has gone by! Nico is turing more and more into a little girl. She is still as independent as ever, I think she really wants to be a little girl, she gets upset when we try and help her out with eating, or dressing, and even changing her diaper. While her insistence on being independent can be a little frustrating at times, like when she tries to take the wipes from us while we are changing her, I am so proud of all the things she can do all by herself.

Nico is getting her eye teeth, canines, whatever they are called, and she has been in a foul mood more often than usual the past few weeks. She did not seem to be as uncomfortable with any her other teeth, and I keep hearing from different people, "Oh yes, those are the worst for babies". Was that a surprise to anyone else? One of the many new parent things you hear nothing about until you are in the thick of it. On the plus side of her teething, she has been taking more three hour naps (like in the old days) and when she is down for the night she is down.

Nico definitely prefers Mike right now. It kind of hurts my heart, and my pride, to admit that, but she certainly does prefer him to me at this point. I keep saying, mike does too, that she sees so much more of me than him and he is by far the more novel of the two of us. I do love seeing those two together, she adores him, almost as much as he adores her.



Just thought I'd throw this one up here.