It’s been an amazing weather week… while parts of the country are literally freezing, we’ve been enjoying clear skies and temps in the 80s. It’s been one of those weeks where I really feel like the day is being wasted spending it inside. And I’m having a hard time remembering that it’s only January.
Here is my post from our long New Year’s weekend. With how much we did that weekend, I’m sure you can understand why it took me so darned long to get throught the photos…
We arrived in San Jose on Tuesday evening after work and had a quick dinner before going to sleep. We were both relieved that we didn’t have to drive up for the holiday like we dealt with for Thanksgiving.
Our New Year’s evening was fun hanging out at Mom & Dad’s house. Funny enough, Mom and Dad spent their New Year’s Eve at Catherine’s house. Our party consisted of James, Kristen, Logan, Alvin, Michael, Sara, Bill and myself. Bill cooked a wonderful dinner of roasted pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, and roasted corn. He made an amazing sauce that was made with the drippings from the pork, the marinade and some brandy. After he reduced it a bit, it was drizzled on top of the pork. Dinner was really delicious. Logan went to be around eight and we played some Rock Band.
Around 11:45 we poured some champagne and Kristen woke Logan up. We were able to snap lots of photos as we rang in the new year.
Logan was kind of groggy but he understood that there was a reason to celebrate.
Thursday morning we had a wonderful brunch at Mom and Dad’s house and we were joined by Jan, Mark, Grandma, Chris and Tawn. Chris brought delicious croissants that were the best I’ve ever tasted outside of France. Mom made her “mountain woman breakfast” which is a layered casserole-ish meal with eggs, sausage or bacon, hash browns, potatoes and cheese. We had it often when camping as it was easy to prepare and was hearty enough to sustain us for the day.
It was a bit obvious to me that some of the kids had been out late.
I agreed with Chris’ description of these croissants, the best you can get outside of Paris.
Sara looks kind of confused.
This is my please-dont-take-my-picture look.
I don’t remember why we were making these faces…
I let Logan snap a few photos too…
Chris had to help him aim the camera properly… he still has a tendency to aim for the thighs.
We had planned to have lunch in Alameda with Chuck, Mari, Oliver and Chuck’s family, but it took longer for Chuck to drive in from Folsom than we anticipated. So, James and Alvin were able to join Chuck while Bill, Kristen, Logan and I began driving down to Long Beach. James would have driven with us, but he had to work the day after New Year’s Day.
The drive went surprisingly well… you just never know how it’ll be with a two year old. We hit the road just about the time he would have his nap and he was asleep by the time we got to highway 5. He only slept for about an hour, but he remained in a good mood. We stopped a couple of times to let him get out of his carseat and burn some energy.
Logan took these:
A closeup of Bun-bun. He actually took a whole bunch of extreme closeups where it’s just a blur of white plush. This one was the best and you could still see what it was.
We had dinner at Harris Ranch which is just about halfway to Long Beach. Logan fell asleep again about five miles from our house and we sat in the car for a bit debating how to proceed. If he woke up fully, it would take forever to get him back to sleep because of the excitement of being at Bill and Alex’s house. (It’s a really big deal to him) Bill carried him into the house and we situated him on the couch, curled into a ball with his kitty-kitty blanket.
He’s inside that blob of blanket. Amazingly, he didn’t wake up. Since he’s too big for the pack-n-play, we set up the Aerobed for him. Kristen was able to move him to the bed, change him into a diaper and PJ pants, and he still didn’t wake up. The three of us sat in the living room for about twenty minutes waiting to see if he’d wake up. With a sigh of relief we all went to bed.
The next morning Bill and I woke around 9:30 and, to our amazement, Logan woke up around then too. He normally wakes up at 6 or 6:30 am, no matter what time he fell asleep the night before. Occasionally, he sleeps until 7 or 8, but 9:30 was a new record.
Our front yard at the time… our new lawn is under there somewhere. Thankfully, all of the leaves fell within about one week.
We spent the day playing and had breakfast at the local diner that we like. Logan calls it the “dragonfly place” because he saw a dragonfly there last summer. (Yeah, I don’t know either ) After his nap we went to Long Beach City College to play with the bunnies. Since the campus was still closed for the winter break, there were only a few people there, and lots of bunnies. I’ve sort of described about the bunny phenomenon in a previous post… I’m not sure when, but I did…
Logan ran around like a crazy kid trying to feed lettuce to the bunnies. Most of them ran away from him. A few were brave.
Later that afternoon, after naptime, our friends Jim and Kendra stopped by for a quick visit. They had spent the week vacationing in San Diego and stopped by on their drive back home to Fremont. Their daughter, Jillian, is just a few months older than Logan.
We were a little worried that Logan would be less-than-friendly. He doesn’t get to play with a lot of other kids and he’s typically not thrilled to be around them, no matter their age.
Once we reminded him that “…we’re sharing today,” he warmed up to Jilly right away. He let her play with his toys and even showed her how a few of them worked… like the above tow truck.
Jilly was adorable and smiles so easily. It’s amazing to me how much she looks like her mom.
This is how the photo turned out:
It was wonderful to see them again, but it was a short visit as they had plans to meet some family for dinner.
Later that evening James arrived after he was finished with work. We had a nice dinner of steaks that Bill bought from Harris Ranch along with some roasted potatoes. After dinner Kristen and I headed to the mall to pick out some new glasses frames for her. She’s had the same glasses frames for almost fifteen years and she felt she was in dire need of an updated look. I was there to help. After loving many frames only to learn upon closer inspection that they were bright purple or bright blue, she found a great pair of medium brown frames. Funny enough, they were frames from the kids rack. They worked really well! And, being kids frames, were less expensive.
Saturday was a day chalked full of fun. Bill cooked a wonderful breakfast.
Logan tried grapefriut juice for the first time.
I was a little surprised that he didn’t like it since he likes to eat lemons.
Next we headed to our local shopping mall to pick up Kristen’s new glasses. No trip to our mall is complete (when Logan is with us) without a ride on the carousel.
He had SO much fun.
He was a little sad when we told him he was done with the carousel… but we reminded him where we were going next…
Kristen’s new glasses! Pretty nifty, eh?
After a quick lunch for Logan in the food court and time for him to run around a burn some energy we headed to downtown Long Beach and the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Logan had a great time spending almost every moment with his face pressed up against the glass.
A sea otter was interested in his bright green boots.
He got to touch a starfish and see a whole bunch of Nemos. Apparently he was having fun because at one point he said, “I like today!”
At James’ request we had a great dinner at Lucilles.
Lots of tri-tip, ribs, pulled pork, cheesy grits, mac n cheese, sweet potatoes, and potato salad were had by all.
Even Logan gave me a look that said… “don’t even thing about taking one of my fries…”
He actually as thrilled to be able to eat a lollipop afterwards. The funny thing is he never bites into it. He slowly licks it over and over until Mommy says he’s all done.
After Logan went to bed, Kristen and I went out to see a movie. We saw Seven Pounds. Despite some not-so-great reviews, I really liked it. The previews and interviews have purposefully not revealed the plot, and the story definitely makes you pay attention to prevent yourself from getting totally lost. I can imagine many people would say the film was a downer or just too depressing, but I didn’t think so. You feel intensly sorry for Will Smith’s character, but at the same time I understood what he was doing and it was cathartic for me.
While we were gone, Bill and James played lots of Rock Band.
Logan in his PJs and a pair of Guitar Hero shorts… still working on his lollipop.
Sunday afternoon they all drove back to the Bay Area. It was a wonderful visit and we hope they’ll visit more often.