Thursday, September 29, 2005

With Nana and Papa in San Francisco

On Friday Daddy took the day off work and we went to San Francisco with Nana and Papa and did lots of neat things. First everyone admired how tall the TransAmerica building is. Everyone else was looking up but I thought mom was more interesting since everything is taller than me anyway. Here's what Papa saw through his lens.
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Our first stop was House of NanKing in Chinatown. Since it's everyone's favorite restaurant in San Francisco, Papa got a picture of all of us out in front. He even captured the owner, in the left edge of the frame, out getting his newspaper.

After lunch we spent a long time wandering by the shops in Chinatown. Nana and Daddy showed me lots of fascinating things including a rubber dragon, a wooden snake, silk flowers and oddles of glasses.
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And here's the gang wandering the back streets of Chinatown in a posed and an unposed shot.
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After all our roaming around Chinatown we got tired and hungry so we stopped in at Cafe Roma in North Beach. Everyone else got coffee and a cookie, but I was stuck with sweet potatoes and peaches out of a jar. After eating I had fun playing with Nana. I was so excited that I kept flapping my arms.
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In our wanderings we ran across this neat playground! It was my first time on a swing all by myself. I wasn't quite sure what was up at first, but then I really liked it. Now mom takes me to the park and I love to swing. I still don't really like the slide but Daddy says that I will get the idea soon.
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From the playground we walked to Pier 39. We saw the sea lions, I wasn't super interested in those noisy critters so we went inside and I got to play on the arcade machines. What a lot of nifty colored lights!
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Finally we had dinner at the Pier. I got to sit in a booster seat for the first time. I was still too little for it really so Mom and Nana held onto my legs the whole time so I wouldn't slip under the table. Who knows how long it would take to find me under there?

After all that I fell asleep in the car all the way home. What a busy day!

Nana and Papa visit

Nana and Papa came to visit me last week. It was lots of fun. I was able to show off my brand new crawling ability. I also learned how to pull myself up while they were here. Then Nana showed me how to take steps while she held my arms. Here's some photos that Papa took of us at home.
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We did lots of other fun things while Nana and Papa were here. One afternoon we walked up to California Ave and visited the bakery. I didn't get to eat anything but I had a great time sitting with Nana and Papa.
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On another day we walked around the Stanford campus. I liked riding in my stroller for awhile.
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My favorite part was when Daddy let me splash and kick my feet in the water fountain by the book store.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


Kelton became very interested in hats on this trip. He got to wear Dad's hat and also Mom's hat. When it was cold he wore his own little Winnie-the-Pooh hat with ears. But most of the time he had to wear his own swordfish sun hat. Especially at high altitude when it's sunny like the valley overlook. Hat wearing is becoming more challenging since he's learned how to remove the hat and how much fun it is to wave around instead of wearing it on his head.

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May Lake

One of the places we hiked to in Yosemite was May Lake. It's a very beautiful high altitude lake and it was a gorgeous warm sunny day. I wonder why they call it May Lake, since in May it's usually frozen solid under a blanket of snow... Anyway we found a cozy spot on the shore and put down my blanket. I had fun playing with Dad. Mom wouldn't let me touch the camera even though I kept trying.
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The heather growing by the shore was really fun to touch.

The reflections and sparkles on the lake itself were also fascinating. The patterns kept dancing and moving around.
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After a lovely afternoon at the lake it was time to head back. The temperature drops rapidly so I got all bundled up. Here's me playing with Mom after a little snack stop on the way back to the car.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Keeping toasty

Over Labor Day weekend we went back to Yosemite. The first part of the trip was at high altitude - over 8000' - so it got pretty darn chilly at night. The ranger station said it was 34 degrees at night. Good thing Dad kept the woodburning stove going. Also Mom put me in a cozy fleece outfit and yet another hat with silly ears. Here's Dad holding me in front of our tent cabin and one of me on our cot inside with all my toys.
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