Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wednesday and Thursday...

Wednesday was a busy day... In the morning, Jammy and Mommy ran a few errands while Daddy and Libs stayed home. Mommy went to Weight Watchers and lost 1.6 pounds-- not bad while she's on vacation.

Libi spent the day with Jammy while Mommy and Daddy went on an adventure. First we found the Squeeze Inn restaurant that we saw on Food Network. It was a little dive with the best cheeseburgers with a fringe of fried cheese around it-- you can see the pics on-line.

We then made the drive up to Sutter's Mill, the site where gold was discovered in California. Neither Ron nor I had ever been there and it's not that far away, so we had to check it out! The whole day was really fun, we got to spend a lot of quality time together.

On the way home we tasted some of the wine in Lodi at Jewel winery. We had some good wine, chatted with the nice girl in the shop, and bought some gifts.

Jammy and Libs were supposed to meet some girls from Granpa's office for lunch, but they decided not to go and to just spend the day at home. Libs put her toes in her mouth for the very first time in the afternoon-- another thing to suck on!

Thursday - Daddy began his class today in Sacramento, so Mommy, Jammy and Libi went on a little adventure. We kept Tobee company much of the morning and then went to have our nails done. After nails we went to lunch at a little restaurant called Denis' Country Kitchen. It was a cute little place with good food. Then we hit two scrapbook stores and Mommy found some fun stuff!

We came home to relax and wait for Daddy and Granpa. When they got home we ran over to the pool for a dip. Libs loved the water and is still splashing around. It was quite breezy outside of the pool so when we got out it was really cold.

Uncle Bob came over for dinner and Granpa cooked steaks. It was a really nice dinner, but afterwards Miss Libs was quite cranky. She had only taken a few short naps during the day, but she wanted to be part of the action this evening so she is not a very happy camper.

Tomorrow Dad heads back to class and we will do something else fun in Stockton.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Monday in Stockton we went to Micke's Grove Zoo. It was a cute little zoo with lots of birds, primates, and interesting plants. They had a few large animals-- two sea lions and a snow leopard-- but other than that only really small animals. We walked the whole zoo and saw everything in a little over an hour.

Libs was far more aware this trip to the zoo. She watched the animals walking around and loved the leaves blowing in the breeze. It was a nice day-- a little warm in the sunlight, but nice in the shade.

We came home for lunch and a nap. In the afternoon we had two exciting firsts:

First, Libs rolled over from her back to her tummy for the very first time. You can see the exciting video on our Picasa site. She was so proud of herself after she accomplished this and we were all proud of her for doing it!

Next, Libs went to the pool for the first time. She was a bit shocked that the water was so much colder than her tubby, but once she got over that she seemed to enjoy herself. It was a very short trip, but Mommy and Daddy both enjoyed their dip with their little one.

Tuesday morning Daddy took the car to be serviced and Mommy and Libs slept in. When he got home we all went back to the pool for swim #2. We were the first and only folks in the pool, which was nice but it was VERY cold! Daddy decided that getting in quickly was the best way to ignore the cold and he tried this with Libi.... she did not concur! Mommy and Libs sat on the steps and got wet gradually which was much better!

Once everyone was in we all swam and splashed around. Daddy showed Libs how to squeeze water through your hand and Mommy showed her how to hit the water and make a splash. Libs found the splashing to be quite fun and so she spent the rest of the time in the pool splashing everyone, including herself (again you can see videos and pics on Picasa.)

We dried off and Jammy and Mommy took Libi to see Granpa at his office-- Daddy stayed home with Tobee. Granpa enjoyed showing LouLou off to all of his work friends-- he even interrupted a meeting so Libs could see Uncle Bob.

Jammy and Mommy then took Libi shopping at Babies R Us and Target-- she slept through most of the visit, but that made it easier on Mommy and Jams. We came home to spend some time with Daddy before dinner.

Dinner tonight was a Lodi Beer Company, a really neat old place in downtown Lodi. The ribs were fantastic and the fried mac and cheese was interesting. Libi had another first while we were there-- she ate oatmeal for the first time. She seemed to like it much more than her rice cereal and ate the whole tablespoon. We will see if she still likes it tomorrow. Everyone oohed and aahed over Libs, we even had to talk to a couple on the patio for several moments who were admiring our little one.

This evening we have been relaxing at the house, taking turns with Miss Libs. She is overly tired due to only taking two short naps today so she was a bit fussy.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Travel Day to Stockton...

Today we packed the whole crew up and drove to Stockton. Tobee, Libi, Daddy and I all did the five hour trip up to Jammy and Granpa's house. The drive was really good-- Libi was far more alert and awake on this trip. She only took two short naps, she spent the rest of the drive talking, playing with her toys, and smiling at Tobee.

We got up to Stockton a little before 5 p.m. We unpacked while Libs got reacquainted with Granpa. Jammy made a really good tri-tip dinner and while we ate Libs slept. After dinner Libs slept some more on Jammy while Granpa, Daddy, Mommy and Tobee went for a walk.

Libs has been especially chatty and happy since she woke up. We will put her in her travel crib for the first time tonight. Tomorrow I think we are heading to Mickey's Grove to go to the zoo.
Friday - Grandmalito did not come over last night, we just spent the night in. Today it was a quiet day at the house. Our big outing was to go to Emma Strassner's Preschool Celebration (aka Graduation). It was a really nice ceremony full of songs and stories. Libi slept through a great deal of it, but it was over an hour long! Afterwards we hung out with Amy, Howard, Emma, and Ben-- got some photos, watched Emma open her gifts, and saw Dorothy Wolf-- one of Mommy's friends mother. After the service we grabbed dinner at In 'N Out and came home to eat and be with Toots.

Saturday - The morning was a busy one-- full of laundry and packing. Mommy did a serious overhaul in Libi's closet-- she is outgrowing her clothes quickly. Libi was very fun today-- lots of smiles and giggles. Grandmalito came over for a bit in the afternoon so Mommy and Daddy could pack and hang laundry.

This evening Aunt Andrea and Aunt Violet came over to watch Libs so Mommy and Daddy could go to the Police concert at Dodger Stadium. It was a fun concert--- the Foo Fighters opened the show and we saw some very interesting sights both on the way to and at the concert. Sting was amazing as always and Daddy sang along to every song (Mommy loves it when he sings!)

We got home very late to find the girls and Grandmalito watching TV. Everyone said that Libs and Tobee behaved themselves. Grandpalito even came over for a time to be with LouLou. Tomorrow we head to Stockton for a week with Jammy and Granpa-- more when we get there!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Thursday at home...

Libi slept in today. She and Daddy went to Starbuck's to meet up with Shonna-- one of Daddy's ASB director friends. Libs was a good girl, but Daddy had a bit of a challenge changing her without a diaper changing thing in the restroom. He was quite resourceful and he changed her in mid-air. It lead to an interesting fit with the diaper, but Daddy gets points for his attempt.

Daddy dropped her off at home and went to run some errands. Libs took a nice long nap and Mommy played on the computer.

We spent the evening watching movies, Mommy cooked dinner, and relaxing. Grandmalito will be coming over tonight for a visit.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Libi met her great-grandfather...

Today we visited lots of great-grandparents. We went to see Nana and Pop for lunch-- it was nice to have Daddy with us this time. We all sat and talked and Miss Libs was especially chatty. She wore a darling outfit from Aunt Lisa and Uncle Ed. For the first time she really felt her clothes-- she spent a great deal of time stroking the lace and feeling the silk ribbons.

After our visit we went to see Great Grandpa Limon at the nursing home. We met up with Uncle Hugo, Bridget, Grandmalito, Grandpalito, and Aunt Andrea there. Mommy took some very nice family photos, which she will post later on tonight. It was nice to meet up with everyone for a bit-- Libi did OK, but she got a little unhappy toward the end of the visit.

It was a long car-ride home in rush hour traffic with Libs talking the whole way-- we took some video of her screeching away. She is also doing a great deal of examining her hands-- I also got some good video of that. She is becoming more aware of her surroundings every day.

Tonight Mommy went to Weight Watchers-- she lost another 0.8 pounds, amazing after a week and a half of not being on program. Daddy made dinner and we are all hanging out.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

First feeding...

Yesterday, the family officially kicked off summer! Everyone was home for the day-- with the exception of Mommy and Libi who spent 2 1/2 hours at the Strassner house. We had a really nice visit with Amy, Ben and Emma. Libi really wanted to join in with their sand play and playing with all of their cool toys.

We watched more movies, took more pictures, and tonight Mommy cooked! Libs also ate rice cereal for the first time-- we got some really cute video and pics of the event. I'm not sure if she liked it or not, but she ate almost the whole tablespoon and we only lost a bit on her bib.

Today, Daddy will run to school to drop off some things and pick up the fridge for Grandmalito. Mommy is planning on doing some serious laundry which she did not do last week when she was at work.

It was a rather uneventful day at our home. Mommy watched Grey's Anatomy and did laundry. Daddy spent the morning at school and the afternoon on Libi patrol. We gave Libs more cereal and she did well with it.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Father's Day weekend...

Friday was a pretty crazy day for Mommy, as she had to return to work for one last day. She woke up early and left the house before Libs even woke up for her first feeding. Mommy had some nice time in her room with her 6th graders before they went into the ceremony-- she read them "Yay You" and gave them Disney graduation pins like she did with her last 6th grade class.

Jammy and Daddy came to school for the ceremony and Miss Libs was so good... she didn't make a sound during the whole hour and a half ceremony. Afterwards everyone wanted to see my girl-- she was in all my pics with my kids.

Mommy had to stay at school to watch her 5th graders, but Jammy, Daddy and Libi went home. While Mommy was on duty she got the rest of her room packed up and Daddy joined her at 1 p.m. to load it all into the car. Mommy was a bit sad when she turned in her key, but she is very glad that she gets to be a full time Mom.

We had Chinese food for dinner and then Jammy, Mommy and Libi went to Nana and Pop's for a short visit. Libi wore a cute little red outfit, complete with a hat-- you can see the pictures on Picasa. It was a nice visit. Libi enjoyed watching the fountain, despite the fact that it was broken in half (a naughty squirrel jumped on it and knocked it over.)

Saturday morning Libi slept in. When she finally woke up, Daddy dressed her in her pretty pink outfit for Joyce's funeral. Jammy, Mommy, Daddy, and Libi went to Eternal Valley to say Goodbye to our friend Joyce Plonk. It was a very nice service and Libi was the hit of the day-- everyone wanted to hold her. We got to see Steven and Janice and Mommy's old friend Marsha. Afterwards we went to ChiChi's for a quick lunch before Jammy had to get on the road.

After Jammy left we rested for a few hours and then went down to the valley to Aunt Andrea's house. Daddy and Aunt Andrea played Wii while we waited for Grandmalito and Grandpalito. Once everyone was there, we drove to Sherman Oaks to the Cheesecake Factory. While we waited for a table we listened to a jazz band that was playing on the promenade.

We had a nice dinner, Libs slept through most of it. Afterwards we went back to Aunt Andrea's for cake and gifts. Grandpalito liked his frame and Grandmalito liked all of her pictures. Daddy got a bunch of gifts of things to do with his little girl-- a CareBear, lotion, a teether, and a frame.

This morning Mommy got Libs for her first change and feeding so Daddy could sleep in. Libs has been very happy all morning, especially when Daddy woke up. We gave Daddy his gifts and Libi helped him open them. We will spend the day resting at home and doing whatever Daddy wants to do.

It was a nice relaxing day-- we watched movies, at take-out, and took lots of pictures. Daddy said it was a perfect day!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Time with Jammy..

Wednesday Jammy came into town for a visit. Libi and Mommy went to Burbank airport to pick her up then we went to Nana and Pop's house. We had a nice lunch and visit-- Mommy got quite a break with three folks fighting to hold Libs.

Daddy spent the day clearing out his classroom. When he got home we all watched as Miss Libs nearly rolled over. We got some good video of her getting close, but she never got all the way over.

Jammy went to St. Martin's graduation, Daddy went to finish cleaning his room, and Mommy and Libs hung out. It was a long and tiring day.

Thursday Mommy had to go back to school to spend some time with her 6th graders. She went to the pool party, the yearbook signing party and then worked in her classroom. Daddy was with her half of the day, so Libs stayed with Jammy.

Mommy now knows that she can't work full time and be the kind of Mommy she wants to be. It was very hard being away from Libs all day and I was exhausted when I got home. While I am sad to leave Mint Canyon, I am thankful that I get to be a stay at home Mom.

We went to IHOP for dinner and Libi was a perfect angel. Jammy and Mommy gave Libs a bath tonight. She is getting to really enjoy her time in the tub. Today Mommy held a toy that sprinkled water on Libs tummy and she loved it.

Tomorrow Mommy has to go back to work for the day-- I hope I survive.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Another day of packing....

Today Mommy left Libs with Daddy in the morning so she could help out with promotion practice. It was much easier to keep the kids in line without toting Libs in the Bjorn. Daddy and Libs came up after recess to help Mommy begin the long process of packing up her classroom. This is the year for packing-- both Mommy and Daddy have to move their rooms. Libi was really a good sport while we tried to get everything done, but with Mommy's 32 kids in the room it didn't work very well.

We all had some nice at home time this afternoon after Daddy got the light on Jammy's car fixed. Mommy is having a much harder time with all this transition then she thought she would, but she'll survive.

Tonight we talked to Grandmalito and Grandpalito to wish them a happy anniversary and Daddy took our card down to their house on his way to get dinner. We will hang out tonight and relax before Libs spends another night in her crib.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Our Weekend....

Saturday - Libs and I had a lazy day at home while Daddy was at school. Mommy and her friends Dolly, Betsy and Mary stuffed the 6th grade gift bags-- they are receiving a junior high survival kit. It took less than an hour to stuff all 85 bags all due to Mommy's fabulous organizational system. It was nice to see Mommy's work friends and Libi was entertained by her friend, Emily. Daddy came home in time for dinner and the family spent the evening together.

Sunday - Mommy got a major cleaning bug today, so Daddy was on Libi duty. We went to Nana and Pop's for dinner. It was a nice visit-- Daddy got to show off his yearbook, Libs was in good spirits, Tobee got to run in the yard, and Mommy got to eat pizza and Nana's cupcakes. On the way home we stopped at the Ippolito's to see Grandmalito, Grandpalito, and Aunt Andrea. We had a short visit with the family, but it was nice to see them all.

Monday - Libi slept last night in her crib for the first time. She slept through the night-- waking up at 6:30 for her bottle and a diaper change. It was very strange not having my girl next to me, but we all survived the night.
Mommy and Libi spent the day at Mint Canyon. Libs was in the Baby Bjorn for promotion practice while Mommy reprimanded the kids. We then sorted yearbooks with Dolly and began to organize Mommy's classroom.
Daddy got home very late and we had dinner, watched a little TV and then are preparing to go to bed.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Daddy's Last Day...

Today was Daddy's last official school day-- we are all excited! Libs chose to talk to Daddy before he went to work this morning, so he got a later start than originally anticipated. It was nice for him to spend a little time seeing her in all her morning chattiness. After Daddy left, Libs went back to sleep and slept in until 9:3o.

We woke up to a phone call from Grandmalito who invited Libi and I to breakfast at CoCo's. We quickly got ready and ran over to Sand Canyon. It is very apparent to Mommy that this particular restaurant does not want children at their restaurant-- they have no changing tables in their restrooms. I had to take poor Libs out to the car and tailgate her diaper change. We had a nice chat with Grandmalito and a good breakfast, too.

After our visit, we went to JC Penney to pick up our photos. We had to wait for quite a while, but the pictures are really cute. We ran a few errands and then came home for a nap. Libs and I woke up to Daddy coming home-- which was a very nice sound! Tonight we are watching a DVD, eating ChiChi's and relaxing as a family.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

I'm behind once again....

This is Ron's busy time of the year, so I don't know what my excuse is-- but here is what we've been up to:

Sunday was a busy day. Grandmalito and Grandpalito came over for a brief visit while Mommy and Daddy got ready for a visit from Uncle Ed. It was really nice to see one of our Pennsylvania relatives. Libs got to know her great uncle over dinner-- it was a nice evening for all. Unfortunately, after our company left we got two pieces of bad news-- Libi's favorite swing was recalled and Tobee accidentally killed a baby opossum in the yard. Daddy was going to go to bed early, but fortunately for Mommy he stayed up long enough to take care of Tobee's little trouble.

Monday, Mommy and Libs stayed close to home. The rest of the week will be very busy, so we needed a day to just relax.

Tuesday, we went to Nana and Pop's house. We had a great lunch and visit with them Libi especially enjoyed spending time on the patio. The sound and motion of the fountain always keeps her busy. Nana and Pop are so cute with her-- it's a nice break for me in the week.

Wednesday, we went to Disneyland with Aunt Andrea and Aunt Violet to meet up with Daddy who was there with 600 8th graders. It was a nice drive down-- only taking an hour and it was so helpful to have two other sets of hands when you have to get on the tram. It was a fun day catching up with some of the Rio folks and kids and showing Libi off. We even saw one of Jammy's best friends, Dee, and her son Jon who were at the park to celebrate Dee's birthday. The whole gang of Daddy, Andrea, Violent, Gina, Mommy and Libi went on Alice in Wonderland and the little girl loved it. We also saw the Tiki Room show, and again Libs loved all of the singing and action. Mommy and Daddy also took Libi on the Monorail, which she really enjoyed. We had two nice meals with Daddy and Aunt Gina and we ended up staying a lot longer than anticipated. Libs was at Disneyland from 10:30 - 7:30 her longest trip in her short little life. We came home to Grandmalito and Tobee-- it was so nice to see both of them.

Thursday, Mommy and Libs slept in a little. We met up with Mommy's friend Dolly and drove over to Rio to pick up all of the supplies for the Mint Canyon 6th grade gift (unfortunately, the 20 boxes of stuff were blocking walkways in the office.) Mommy and Libs stayed behind for Daddy's C-1 retirement party. It was so nice to see some of Daddy's ASB kids from the past four years-- many of whom didn't know about Libi so we got to show her off. Tonight Libs slept most of the night while Daddy was at 8th grade promotion. Daddy got home around 730 and we had a nice fish dinner and relaxed for the rest of the evening. Mommy also got some sad news from Jammy-- our friend Joyce Plonk passed away on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. We will miss her and send all of our love to her children Janice and Steven.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

The weekend...

Friday was a busy day for Miss Libs and I. We woke up earlier than usual to go meet Mimi at Weight Watchers. Mommy lost more weight, bringing her total to nearly ten pounds. It was fun having Bonnie hold Libs during the meeting.

We then drove to Mint Canyon to see all of Mommy's friends. Libs was passed around and she had a really good time. Afterwards we ran some errands at Hallmark and Blockbuster. Lib slept through most of it, she is such a trooper.

She and I spent the rest of the day at home cleaning and getting ready for a visit from Uncle Ed. When Daddy got home we had a quick dinner from Taco Bell and watched Music and Lyrics.

Saturday was a relaxing day. Mommy went and assembled some Dream Dinners so cooking will be easier. She also stopped by Albertsons to see her 6th grade students who were selling candy bars. Daddy went to work and was there lots of hours.

We all had a nice dinner of BBQ pork sandwiches, spinach salad, and tater tots. We read several books and played a bit and then everyone went to bed.