Mia having fun during Susana's birthday celebration. We were upstairs just finishing watching Susana opening her presents, when Mia decided to leap from a chair to a few pillows. This was captured with an iPhone 5S. Sure wish I had an iPhone 6, which can do 240fps vs the 120fps a iPhone 5S can do.
The girls are in the City once again. Farrah sent me the above photo from the Palace of Fine Arts. I wish I could be up there with them enjoying the day.
The Santa Claus at Stanford Shopping Center has been our staple Santa over the years. The only other time we saw Santa Claus elsewhere was in Hawaii. This year we waited until the weekend before Christmas to visit Santa. It seemed like a lot of other people had the same idea, given the long line we encountered early that Saturday morning.
But the girls were very patient waiting. And when it was their turn to sit on the jolly old fellow’s lap, the girls were well behaved - for the most part. I think Graecyn is going through a little stranger danger / separation issue right now. But Mia was all in awe of Santa. Mia even spent several moments after the photo session talking to Santa about her gift ideas.
It's always tough getting the girls ready in the morning. Sometimes they place nice, like this morning. This gives mom and dad the opportunity to actually get ready for work and instead of rushing to work.
Mia and Kaleb were blowing bubbles outside during Kaiden's first birthday party. Kaleb decided to walk from the playground and down the sidewalk trail. Mia followed. There was a little hill past an intersection path that Kaleb decided to walk up. Mia followed. Up the hill they both went toward a house. Kaleb made it all the way to the top. Mia - about 90% before she slipped, causing her shoe to fall off. I was there right behind her to fix her shoe and encourage her the rest of the way up to the top.
Getting down is a different story.
This photo was taken on March 2, 2013.
We were hanging out in the living room on the Sunday afternoon before baby Graecyn's arrival when I took this photo. Mia was enjoying a few vanilla wafers and wearing her sunglasses while watching an episode of Dora the Explorer.
This photo was taken on November 4, 2012.
Instead of celebrating Halloween at daycare they have a Harvest Festival. Parents are invited to enjoy time with the kids. There are a few activities, such as building necklaces, playing with pumpkins, and painting. Mia has a little bee temporary tattoo on her right-hand. And the necklace she is wearing is one she put together herself!!! Mom and dad only tied it on her.
This photo was taken on October 26, 2012.
This photo was taken back on April 21, 2012. Mia was watching us breakdown the cardboard boxes that had piled up in the garage. It was a nice sunny day, so she decided she wanted to read. As you can see, her choice of reading material involves dinosaurs. My, how she has grown since then.
On our last trip to Hawaii, Mia and Farrah tried to recreate a photo from Farrah's childhood, circa late 70's early 80's. Mia wasn't as cooperative for the photo, unwilling to stand on her own. This just means we need to go back to Hawaii to retake this one day soon.
After a Sunday Mother's Day brunch at the Coconut Grove, we all headed down to the Boardwalk to watch Mia ride the merry-go-round. She did well for the most part, with Auntie Susana holding her. Towards the end of the ride she was getting a little antsy, but hung in there.
Also, I posted photos from the brunch and dinner as well.
Today was Mia's last day with the Hummingbirds at 2nd Gen, the daycare at Genentech. She was there for fifteen months under the care of all her loving teachers: Barbara, Cathy, Stefani, Joanna, and Fely. Oh, and so many friends both older and younger. She'll miss 2nd Gen. But it's time to to move on. We won't forget the Hummingbirds!
I am so behind in posting photos that I have taken this year. I hope to rectify this by posting a photo album every three days until I am caught up. I was going to post an album a day, but that seems a little too ambitious.
The above is a photo of Mia Izobel taken by Farrah on her iPhone 4S at the Waikele Shopping Center. Let's just say she enjoyed the malasada. More photos can be found here.
Today we visited Pearl Harbor to specifically see the USS Arizona. Unfortunately, Mia fell asleep during the short film that is watched before taking the short boat ride out to the memorial. She was also asleep all the time we were on the memorial. It wasn't until we started to leave that she stirred from her slumber.
Next, we went to the zoo, where these photos are from. Mia loved to see the fish, monkeys, birds, and all the other animals at the zoo. To our surprise there was so much to see. We'll need to visit our local zoos to see what they offer.
All in all it was another great day.
A few photos from our first day in Hawaii. The first day was mainly getting Mia acclimated to the new time zone, and for me to recover from my Dramamine hit. Oh, but plenty of good food was eaten yesterday. What's on the menu for today? We shall see.
Mia does her part for the occupy movement. Occupy Sunnyvale! from Instagram: http://instagr.am/p/UwC-f/