July 14, 2008

Happy Anniversary

Rene and I have now made it 6 years! It has been a hard couple of years but it felt REALLY nice to have an anniversary that matched those of our earlier years.

We sent Ruby to Kathleen's (her daycare provider) and went out to dinner at a luxerious restaurant called Blanca (a very Top Chef experience). We started the night with some cocktails and a horrible appetizer of "Yellowtail Two ways". I'm not kidding when I say that one of the ways smelled like a really bad fart - NOT an appetizing odor. Rene was a doll and ate all of the offensive smelling poached radishes immediately so we didn't have to smell it anymore. This was the ONLY bad part of the meal/experience. We then moved on to a can't-go-wrong of Oysters on the Half Shell. Then came the entrees...I had a corn crusted halibut on a bed of bacon risotto and Rene had bacon warpped scallops. They were both to die for but Rene's was slightly better :) Then, oh then, was dessert! A sampler of Meyer lemon Cheescake, warm Rocky Road chocolate cake w/ marshmallow cream, chocolate ice cream, and butterscotch pot-d-creme (pudding) w/ salted carmel on top. Dessert was absolutely hypnotic!

We then picked up our beautiful daughter, took her home, read her a story, and put her to bed. And for the first time she repeated back to me what I have said to her everynight of her life as I lay her to bed, "namaste". What a perfect evening!

Rene and I discussed the future and what we want for our relationship and our family. This time next year, we might even be talking about a sibling for Ruby. for now, we are just enjoying each other again...and leraning how to communicate with eachother in a more evolved way. And even though we both still get under eachother's skin from time to time, we really are in love again!

I love you Rene!

June 1, 2008

Run Daddy Run!


He completed 26.2 miles in the 2008 Rock-n-Roll Marathon today! I could not be more proud of him and his training, commitment, fundraising, and follow-through. He raised almost $1800 for The Luekemia & Lymphoma Society - an organization near and dear to our family (see my What About Bob blog). Rene's father passed away in 1999 of Luekemia so he was doubly motivated to complete this marathon not only in honor of me but in memory of him.

On a Ruby note, she was an absolute gem today (no pun intended). We had a very long day of car rides, trolley rides, long walks, shuttle (aka smelly buses) rides, and hours of waiting around to deal with today and she ddn't once act a fool! On the long walk back to the trolley from the finish line she even fell asleep in my Maya Wrap (I'm sooooo thankful that I hadn't given it away yet and that I remembered to bring it - Rene's idea). Ruby and I went swimming after we got home and rested awhile. This kid must have been inspired by the guts daddy showed today because she was a daredevil in the pool - jumping in the deep end, going deep underwater (where I'd catch her and pull her up), and begging for "Mo!?"

What a truely amazingly spirited family I have. I am honored that these people chose me to shack up with in this lifetime!
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May 28, 2008

Way too long...

I am a bad blogger! It's been way too long since I've updated and I was inspired by a friend to start it up again. So here's an upate:

Ruby is a hair over 22 months now and has an ever expanding vocabulary. She is so much fun and so willfull too. She absolutely addicted to Dora the Explorer and her band of animal friends. Any of you who know me well, know that I was hell-bent on NOT being a party to the commercialized takeover of my child's imagination. There is just no fighting Dora - the chic really has it going on. She actually makes my kid smarter. She has taught her a whole host of Spanish words too. Ruby can count to 5 (sometimes 7) in Spanish and she counts to 10 (sort of) in English. It kind of goes, "1, 2, 3, 9, 10!" She does however know her entire alphabet - in order or randomly. I swear this kid is a smart one!

Here are some of our favorite words/sayings of hers aand their translations:
"I la" = I love you
"logurt" = yogurt
"yamas" = music
"puck-Rock" = punk rock of course
"kee-koo" = thank you
"duece" = poo-poo (Daddy's favorite)

As of her last doctor's appointment (about 6-7 weeks ago) she was 30lbs. and 34" tall. That puts her in the 75% for weight and the 90% for height. She's bound to be tall with Rene and I as her parents.

This weekend was Memorial Day so we got an extra day with Daddy. Thank god the sun came out after all the rain we had last week. We went to the tidepools and daddy saved a pelican who got a big fishing lure caught in its wing.

January 30, 2008

New Year's Day

Drinking mimosas (virgin for the Rubes) to ring in the new year!


And here was our mellow family Christmas. Ruby got lots of fun gifts and toys. After opening everything and taking a nap we all enjoyed a beautiful walk on the beach.


Just getting caught up with posts...
Here is our family on Thanksgiving.
We are so amazingly grateful for all that we have!


So, here are some adorable pics from Ruby's first real Halloween. I made her a clown costume. She had such a good time!