Tuesday, August 31, 2010

19 Month Update, Random Pics and Coldani Family Reunion


This week Steph, Giada and I took all the dogs to the lake. It was a lot of dogs running around but they all seemed to have a good time and we wore them out!
Gymnastics Class- not the best pic. iPhone takes great pics if the people are
NOT moving which is hard to ever get kids to do!
Giada and I had dinner with Nicole and Dylan one night when the boys were doing one of their fantasy drafts. It was great catching up and Giada and Dylan enjoyed testing out "Petunia's" new bedding!
We read the same 2 books every night and in this one book at the end I always give her a hug. It's so funny because now she looks at it herself and gives herself a hug at the end.

She is becoming very aware of when she has to go to the bathroom, and now wants to give diapers to her dolls- Oh geez!

Giada's favorite thing about Farmer's Market besides the balloons- Mr. Bear a the Chocolate Factory!
Every 2 years is the Coldani Family reunion. This year it was at Micke Grove which was nice to be so close to home. Great to visit with everyone there was about 80 people there- they have a big family!
Scott and Gina were in town this weekend and Giada got lots of time to play with Zio Scott.
These two little girls kept taking my camera and taking photos of anything and everything,
and then wanted me to take their photos. Cute girls!
19 Months Old
-Still sleeping and eating well.
-Very aware of when she has poo poo, she either tells you after or before but at least she is getting the idea. I'm not ready to potty train yet, but I'm sure it will start sooner than later!
- She is beginning to put more words together, and is saying a lot of "S" words. Scott, Sour(complete with making her face all scrunched up), sticky, sticker, stuck(everything is stuck)
- Points out things as we are driving and in the sky when we are walking around. Moon, birds, dog, tree, truck, car.
-One great thing is she rarely wakes up crying anymore she calls out "mom" "mama" or if she is at my mom's "nana". I'm still impressed that she is aware that she isn't at home and calls out "nana".
-She will come up and whisper things to you, not sure where she got that but it's cute.
-The other day we were playing outside and she is yelling "Bug Bug Bug Bug...Whoa!" and I go over there and sure enough there was a big trail of ants.
-She likes to point out the flies to you so you can get them with the fly swatter.
-Says "salute" after someone sneezes, then laughs.
-Picking up a few more body parts - neck, chin, cheeks, and raises her eyebrows(she thinks that one is pretty funny too.)
- Likes to kiss everyone goodbye and say goodbye to everything. i.e. bye rock, bye dog etc.
-Is not interested in you blowing bubbles anymore she would like to blow her own then catch them.
- Still loves being outside, dirty, and picking things out of the garden, she would eat tomatoes, strawberries and blueberries from the garden all day long if we let her.
-She is almost there with doing her own somersault, and has been spinning herself around until she gets dizzy then falls down laughing.
She is a joy to be around, still has that darling curly hair and brings a smile to our face every day!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Olive Oil Festival, Bottling, Strollerfit, Playdates, Visit w/ the Noriegas and more!



Every week is busy for us and this was no exception. We had a couple play dates with Ella and Maryn. We met Ella and Wendy at the park. The girls wanted to spend all their time in the water splashing around.
Then we met the Honre's at the Zoo. There is a new snow leopard at the zoo and the Lorikeets are still there. Apparently the birds were a little aggressive in the morning which we were told after they were all over us. I convinced Camy that they only go to the food, which they did last time. This time it was NOT the case, they were all over us. I didn't love it myself and Camy and Giada didn't either as you can see below. Maryn on the other hand was all smiles!
This week we started StrollerFit. I had been wanting to try it since Giada was born and never got around to it. I gave a try this week and was pleasantly surprised. I have been very sore every day after, so I'm going to stick to it. Don't get me wrong I do feel like a big dork running around the park, but she keeps you moving for an hour and it gives me something to do at a scheduled time 3x per week which I like. Giada seems to like it more each time, as long as I bring plenty of snacks and let her in and out of the stroller which is fine by me. It's pretty funny - the other girls in the class are pretty good and sit in the stroller most of the time, the boys want to get out and play swords, and Giada wants to do what we are doing. So she jumps around or comes over to the wall and does wall sits, it's pretty funny!

One morning last week Giada and I took Sydney to the dog park bright and early in our PJ's. She loves carrying the leash around and yelling Sydney's name if she gets too far away.
Another morning we went with my mom, Ran and Bud to Lodi Lake for a bike ride.
We always stop and let Giada play with the ducks.
Then there was Farmers Market. We met the Gramm's and Zulueta's downtown for the market. It was great to see Marla's little guy. Giada loves getting balloons at the market....we only lost 3 that night! It was hot and humid out but great to see friends, and put in our cucumber order for pickle making this week!!

Somehow we also fit in a bottling night. We have the luxury to only bottle the oil as we need it, which is better for the oil, so every so often the family gets together to bottle. We also bottled oil for our good friends the Noriega's who are using the oil for their upcoming wedding. It was so fun to see them for the evening. We can't wait for their big day!!
And here is some Calivirgin!
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We were bottling our oil to head off to the Paso Robles Olive Oil Festival. Mike and I headed down with his parents and had a great weekend. They have really renovated downtown Paso. Great live music in the park, restaurants, bars, shops etc. This festival was one of our best events yet! Mike and I hit the town for a bit Friday night after dinner. We were at this bar for 2 hours before someone told us we were at a 1968 class reunion. Oops! No wonder everyone was looking at us weird. We did enjoy their live band and outdoor seating!!
I bet they thought we were someones kids??

People were taking photos next to our big bottle cut out - it was classic!

Somehow Steve missed out on our photo!
The Clarin's came by for a visit and Addy was looking good in her olive branch crown. It was great to see you guys and the Brownlee's too- thanks for the visit!

Our fairytale pumpkins are getting big! 9 on the vine so far. Thanks KR!
I was going to do the 19th month update but this blogpost is too long....so I'll save it for next week!


Monday, August 16, 2010

BBQ, Stoller Climbing, Ice Cream, Noah's Ark Park


Funny thing about this week was as the weekend approached I was thinking...humm...I won't have much to blog about this week. Well the weekend filled up quickly! We ended up BBQing with the Kernals and Avansino's and took ZERO photos, I'm not happy about this! But it was great catching up and seeing that little Francesca grow up so quickly! She is a mini- John!

Playing at home
Visit with uncle Matt

Mike found this cool Noah's Ark Park. It is at a church near our house and open to the public. There is a smaller play area for toddlers and then the Ark for bigger kids, rock climbing walls and lots of swings.



Of course all the animals are there to ride on....
Or hug...
Or feed...
Kisses for mom. She is into giving a lot of kisses to people, stuffed animals, even to books. We don't mind and love all the kisses! She is such a sweetheart.
Swings!

What's the best thing to do after playing in the park? Go get ice cream of course! We went to Snow White, and old favorite, and it didn't disappoint! As I walk up with the order Mike says " You got her her own cone?" I replied, " Of course, I didn't want to share!" :)
She made a good dent in it!


After that adventure we napped! It felt great!
And yes, those eyelashes are still blond on one side.
Then on Sunday, it was a day of making body butter and lotion for our next products to roll out for Calivirgin. They are debuting this weekend at the Paso Robles Olive Oil Festival. Melon, Sweet Juicy Pear, Midnight Pomegranate, & Black Rasberry Vanilla. Fun stuff!
For the girl that doesn't usually love her stroller.....apparently now is telling us when she is ready to go for a ride!

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Mern's 30th, Mud Volleyball, Playing with Ella & Filice's


This weekend we had a girls night to celebrate Marina's entry into the 29.1 club. We went to Mama sushi in Galt. I have to admit...sushi in Galt sounded scary but it was quite delicious! The had fresh lemons and cilantro in many of the rolls- different but yummy! Then later in the week we had a BBQ at Mern's and celebrated with her family. Welcome to the club Mern!
This week we also got to visit with the Filice Family which is always good fun! They were in town visiting in-laws in Sacramento. We were having so much fun playing we forgot to take photos! Here is the only decent one I got....and it's missing Tate and smiles! Miss them, wish we lived closer and look forward to my trip in October to visit!
We also had a play date at the park with Ella! Giada taught Ella how to play in the mud....Wendy was thrilled! :)

Saturday was the annual mud volleyball in Herold. Good times as always. The weather cooperated and it wasn't too hot. We were out there about 12 hours and had so much fun. Both teams went farther than normal. This year our 2 teams ended up playing each other, which I don't think has ever happened before. It was fun, but then it meant one of our teams was knocked out. :(

Our team played 8 games, we were sore and beat up by the end of it....but 5th place out of 54 teams is not too bad! Go "Guys and Dolls!"

Before

After


Giada has had a rough week, fever etc, just not quite herself. I think some teeth are coming in, so we consider ourselves lucky this hasn't happened for the other 12 teeth! But it was fun to see her back to her old self again playing one of her favorite games.

Where's Giada??? I don't see her!!!
There she is!!!!