27 August 2006

Flowery Fringe

Mama's been hitting eBay again...

26 August 2006

Water Baby: the Sprinker

Back to summertime in Houston...what better way to cool off than to run through the sprinklers? Yes, she's running now...



Mama? The princess needs a towel...

25 August 2006

Cali: Random Wrapup

We've finally gotten through the pix from the California trip. Here are a few that didn't fit elsewhere...

That's from the first Food Club at Kathy's house...Roxy & Jenna & Trinh had an impromptu slumber party in the backyard. Who says this stuff isn't genetic?

This is Lucy Saunders, the eldest of JD's clan. Cute, eh?


Diane & Earl met us at a great seafood place down on the coast. Trinh & Diane went out onto the deck and watched the otters play in the Bay. Oh, and Earl got a great high-five.

Cute shots of the girls, Godmother Trang included.


On our way!

24 August 2006

Cali: Wedding, Late Additions

This just in!
Two shots stolen from Catherine & Albert's wedding site...
...told ya this was a good party!

23 August 2006

Cali: At the Park

A few fun shots from the park on Santa Cruz in Los Gatos...
Still the water baby...
It's all about the hair...
Trinhity thought this puppy was fine, until...
[smack!]

22 August 2006

Cali: At the Aquarium

One of our favorite places in Cali is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We make a point of visiting on every trip...Trinhity liked it so much that we went twice this time.





Many thanks to Diane for the passes!

21 August 2006

Cali: On the Beach

We've finally arrived at the beach. We spent two nights at one of our favorite resorts in the Monterrey area, Marina Dunes. Cars are prohibited on the property to preserve the fragile dune environment, so they give you your own golf cart...

But despite the exceedingly cool golf cart thing, we were quite disappointed to discover that the service and facilities have fallen off dramatically since we lived in the Bay Area and frequented it regularly, but the prices have gone up. We probably won't be back.

Fortunately, they couldn't mess up the beach.

The resort sits atop the sand dunes adjacent to Marina State Beach, a protected marine sanctuary. It remains a very special place where dolphins surf the wave crests, otters frolic in the foam, and a handful of courageous if slightly dim surfers get munched by sharks or crushed by the raging surf every year. A massive flock of seagulls have created several fetid minefields, and the cheekier ones will poke through your bags when you're not looking.



The water is ridiculously cold, and never mind the shots above, the sun rarely shines. Washed-up jellyfish are plentiful, and heaven knows what else lurks in that surf. In short, it's a paradise of sorts. Trinhity loved it.
She's holding a rice cake in the pictures above, by the way. The sand dollars in the pictures below, however, she found herself. No smiles here, but she was awfully proud of them.
As some of you know, we've been teaching Trinhity a mess of Baby Signs. We figure she knows 30 or more now, many of them of her own design, some quite amusing. It's not exactly ASL, but this is her sign for "more, please". She's also figured out how to drop the implied "please" when she's serious about something.

As for the parents, we're with her: more beach, please.

20 August 2006

Cali: Around the Campfire

What would a trip to the moutains be without S'mores? You see where this is going, right?



Want some?

19 August 2006

Cali: Another Rock

Some alert readers -- who shall remain unnamed -- have been critical of recent posts. They say that this blog is losing its edge, that the posting are too sappy. Here's proof that they're right...