Catching up

Here’s a bit of what’s been going on lately:

We went to Disneyland…

Hazel in the Storybook line

Emily and Hazel in the Storybook line

Adelaide in the Storybook line

Hazel turned 4 months old…

Hazel laughs

Hazel cute

The Seahawks lost…

Kyle and August after the Superbowl

Augie got a haircut…

August haircut

…and we went to the park on a rainy day…

August on the swings

Hazel’s face was scratched in a home improvement mishap…

Hazel scar

My parents had a layover at LAX and we ate at In-N-Out (I still need to get the pictures off my other camera)…

Hazel and grandma

August grandpa

August made himself a snack of cheese, jam, and ranch dressing…

August's snack

And Hazel’s still digging her teething keys…

Hazel on the floor

Now you’re all caught up!

Video: Hazel Wiggling

I’m not sure what I was trying to capture in this video. It’s just Hazel moving all her limbs and being cute and quiet and clicking her tongue. Maybe that’s what I was trying to capture.

Waiting to exhale


I hear Adelaide call from her soapy bath. “Want to watch me hold my breath underwater?”

I walk over to the bathtub where Adelaide is plugging her nose and bobbing down into the water, swimming back and forth in a tub that is only about as long as she is tall.

“I’m practicing holding my breath!” she says. “That way, the next time I’m in the pool with Daddy and he says ‘I love you’ underwater, I’ll be able to stay down long enough to hear him.”


Tiny teenagers

Adelaide got some new clothes at Target the other day and wore one of her new outfits out to lunch. “I almost feel like a teenager!” she said as she bounced out of the car.

She loves dressing like a teenager these days, which is funny, because I also wanted to be a teen when I was in elementary school. I remember dressing like a teenager for our school’s Dress Down Day. I wore stirrup leggings and an oversized sweatshirt, letting one side fall off my bare shoulder.

Adelaide climbed up the base of the street lamp and jumped down. When I went to take a picture, she told me to wait a minute, pulling her Rapunzel play phone from her purse. “Ready!”


August brought his phone, too. “Yesh, yesh, yesh. OK. Bye.”


Even Hazel had a new toy: a teething key ring to satisfy her constant gumming. She’ll have a couple of teeth before we know it.


Phones and keys? I better buckle up.


Mommy’s Monday off

Today was a work holiday for me, but Kyle had to work. So we went our separate ways — Kyle to Trader Joe’s, and me to the pediatrician with Adelaide, August, and a sleepy Hazel.


Adelaide and August played in the waiting room.


Adelaide wanted to make friends with the girl about her age who was also waiting to see a doctor, but she wasn’t able to make a connection. This is Adelaide’s dejected face:


August copied everything Adelaide did, which worked out well. They were both calm and obedient (for the most part).


Look at how attentive Augie was to the nurse:


Then they had to disrobe and put on paper gowns.


Adelaide got two vaccines and Augie got one. They were both very brave and hardly made a peep. It seemed to me that Adelaide was almost looking forward to getting a shot, like if she hadn’t gotten one, she would have been disappointed somehow, not getting the full experience. My theory is, she has seen enough kids’ shows that explain the importance of vaccines that she realizes they are Very Important and Necessary and she is Very Brave to take them without flinching. So that’s what she did, and August followed suit.

Then, we went to the park, where Adelaide ran off to climb the monkey bars and hang upside down and make friends, and Augie mostly sat in my lap and took everything out of my tote bag.


He found some iPhone camera lenses.



And he took pictures of Hazel, which she loved.


That’s a good idea, Augie, I thought. So I took some pictures, too.





After the park, we stopped at McDonald’s for vanilla ice cream cones, and we all did a good job not dripping on ourselves. Then it was off to Target, where Adelaide put on a bunch of accessories and posed for the camera, like she does.


I think it’s one of her very favorite things to do.


I don’t know where she gets these poses from. She knows how to work it.


And that was our day.