Archive for November, 2008

Thanksgiving weekend

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

This has been a wonderful weekend.  We have been spending a lot of amazing time with grandma and papa – reading books, painting, walking, going to the Academy of Arts and Sciences, eating, laughing.   It’s been great.  Yesterday, Sunny and I went to see Milk at the Castro theater with a bunch of friends and that was a moving and beautiful movie.  Today Sunny, Ella and I went over to Phyllis’ to see Phyllis’ mom Alice.  It was really sweet.  After seeing Phyllis’ family, we did some shopping, had lunch at Nordstrom Bistro, came back here and rested and then had dinner with Aunt Abigail and Uncle Ray.  Ella was amazing at dinner and we all had a lot of fun.  We will miss grandma and papa who are leaving tomorrow but they are coming back in 3 weeks for the holidays.  We love you guys.

reading.jpg Reading a book before Thanksgiving dinner.

thanksgivingpuzzles.jpg We did lots of puzzles on Thanksgiving day.

thanksgiving.jpg Getting ready to say what we are thankful for.  Ella was thankful for water and penne.

bigsmiles.jpg Huge smiles!

elevator1.jpg In the elevator on our way to the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

mommyacademy.jpg At the Academy with Mommy.

fishie.jpgChecking out the fishies.


leaving.jpgLeaving a very crowded place!

hands.jpg About to hold hands with papa.

penguin.jpg Ella with her new penguin stuffed animal.

funny.jpg Something must be very funny.

fancynancyoutfit.jpgteaparty.jpgtrollparty.jpgThis is what happens when mommy and mama go out and leave Ella alone with grandma and papa!

alice.jpg Big kiss for Alice.

reading2.jpg Reading with grandma.

gpe.jpg With grandma and papa before dinner.

Grandparent and special friends day

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Grandma and papa came in on Tuesday night while Ella was sleeping.  Ella woke up to a beautiful surprise!  On Wednesday, it was grandparent and special friends day at Children’s Day School.    Grandma, papa and Becca joined Ella in the classroom for a little while.  Ella was happy to show everyone around and read some books with grandma and papa.  Becca talked to Ms. Alicia about possibly having a class pet.  After school, we came back here, had lunch and played Zingo.  Everyone was getting a little sleepy so Ella, grandma and papa when upstairs, layed down and watched Kung Fu Panda.  Grandma was the only one who made it through the whole movie (with a few minutes of napping here and there).  Mommy also napped for about 2 hours.  After the nap, we all played some more and then we had a great dinner at Nama.

beccaumbrella.jpg Becca shared her umbrella with papa on their way into Ella’s school.

readinggp.jpg Reading with grandma and papa.

grandmaella.jpg At first Ella tried to get grandma to read her a book in Spanish and then she settled on the Gruffalo.

splash.jpg A little puddle jumping after school.

2sleeping.jpg Ella and papa couldn’t stay up to watch Kung Fu Panda.

readingmommy.jpg Mommy and Ella reading a new Ella the elephant book.

happyballerina.jpg Running down the hallway after dinner.

buildingdora.jpg Everyone working very hard to construct the best Dora playground and city.

Back in San Francisco

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Ella woke up super happy this morning and ran into the classroom with a huge smile on her face.  We are so happy that she is so happy at school.

hallway3.jpg Running to the elevator this morning.

street.jpg Tender moment with mommy this morning on the way to school.

circletime.jpg Beginning of morning circle time.

swings.jpg On the swings after school.

Trip to Tucson

Monday, November 24th, 2008

We had a great trip to Tucson.  Ella fell in love with the desert and had a blast with her cousin Clara.  We had a sweet early Thanksgiving dinner with Cindy, Bob, Danny and Clara over at Cindy’s house and it was great to be together.  Ella was a champion traveler and was such a pleasure to be with.  Here are a bunch of pictures from the trip.

oakland.jpg Mommy and Ella at the Oakland airport.  The beginning of an incredible weekend.

headphones.jpgElla wearing her headphones (not plugged into anything).  We weren’t even on the plane yet – she just really wanted to wear them.

headphones2.jpg On the planes still wearing her headphones (still not plugged into anything).

reunited.jpg Reunited with cousin Clara.  They picked up right where they left off last November.

gelatto.jpg Dessert!

breakfast.jpg Delicious breakfast in the hotel room.

earlymorning.jpg Ella and Clara taking a little rest before we all headed out to the Desert Museum.

ellajav.jpg Ella riding on a javelina “piggy bank” in front of the Desert Museum.

ellaclarajav.jpg Clara joined Ella on the javelina ride.  It was a windy day in the desert!

ellacactus.jpg Ella loved all the different cactus.  She is able to name a few different types of cactus now – her favorites are the saguaro cactus and the prickly pear cactus.

sunclaracactus.jpg Clara getting a cool shoulder ride from aunt Sunny.

desertroad.jpg There’s nothing quite like driving on a desert road.

danclarapool.jpg Dan and Clara chillin’ in the pool.

ellamamapool.jpg Someone must have said a funny joke!

grouppoolshot.jpg Here we all are playing in the pool.

3ofus1.jpg The 3 of us!

poolside.jpg A little poolside cuddling.

throne.jpgthronecrown.jpgElla loved this chair in the hotel lobby.  What’s a throne without a crown?

outsidehotel.jpg Here we are outside the hotel waiting for our friends Fran and Judy to meet us for dinner.

franandjudy.jpg Ella had a lot of fun with Fran and Judy.  It was a great dinner.

sleeping.jpg We brought a kid’s aero bed with us and Ella slept like a rock in it.

elclaragarden.jpg Ella and Clara after we had breakfast in this place that was like an enchanted desert garden.

watchingtheboat.jpg Ella watching her little wooden “boat” flow down the water current.

swimmingmommyella.jpg Having a nice fun swim with mommy.

nailspainted.jpg Here is Clara painting Ella’s nails right before dinner at aunt Cindy’s.

hippiechild.jpg Our beautiful hippie child.

makingmusic.jpg Making music.

doingart.jpg Doing art with Clara.  Ella made a tire swing and Clara made a happy face.

peacefulsleep.jpg Another peaceful night of sleep.

allofus.jpg Here we all are – Ella was not in the mood for a group picture, but we wanted one altogether.

biggirl1.jpg Saying goodbye to the desert.

sleepingonplane.jpg Fast asleep on the plane.

See ya on Sunday!

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

We are leaving for Tucson tomorrow morning.  We’re not bringing a computer so no blogging for a few days.  Luckily I have a camera with a HUGE memory card!  Ella has not had one accident since she and Ms. Alicia worked out the job plan.  Ella loves bubble gum the most.

classroom.jpg Ella in the classroom this morning.

swings1.jpgswings2.jpgOn the swings after school.  Ella is such a big girl now!  I can’t believe how old she looks.

Past 2 days

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

I have been recovering from the flu of some sort so I haven’t been able to keep up with each day.  Ella is doing really well.  She has had an accident free week so far.  Ms. Alicia is back at school and Ella had a huge smile when she saw her on Monday.  Yesterday and today after school, Ella has asked for her Belle dress or her Sleeping Beauty dress.  At least she knows that she can’t wear them to school.  We are headed out to Tucson on Thursday to spend an early Thanksgiving with Sunny’s sister, nephew and great niece.  It should be a lot of fun.  Here are some pictures from the past 2 days.

happiestkid.jpg Here is the happiest kid on the way to school yesterday.

playing.jpg Playing in the classroom before school started.

church.jpg Here is the church across the street from the school.  I think it’s beautiful.

dance1.jpgdance2.jpgdance3.jpgDancing the night away in her new tutu from Phyllis.

iseeyou.jpg This morning by the elevator.

thankful.jpg The leaping lizard gratitude list.

Pirate Party

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Today we went to Miguel’s 4th birthday party.  Miguel is in Ella’s class  – there were lots of Leaping Lizards at the party.  The party was at the Bay Area Discovery Museum and it was a gorgeous day out.  We all had a blast.  Ella got totally into the pirate theme and wore a pirate hat and an eye patch.  She also made a jeweled hook.  It’s so much fun to watch Ella become more of a participant in everything that is going on around her.  She just loves life.

rally.jpg This is from yesterday (Saturday).  Sunny, Becca and I went to a rally for equality in marriage.  We were hanging out and listening to people speak and all of a sudden, Sunny said, “Hey, that’s us!” We looked up and there was Phyllis holding up a sign that said, “Why do you care?  This is why I care”…and there was a picture of Sunny, Ella and me and then some pictures of other people who she loves.  It was really sweet.

elevator.jpg Ella running to the elevator to get to Miguel’s party.

walkingin.jpg Mommy and Ella walking into the Discovery Museum.

tunnel.jpg Walking through a tunnel.

bee.jpg Playing around with a bee costume on.

painting.jpgpeacock.jpgElla asked the painter to paint a peacock on her arm.  Another kid from her class overheard Ella asking for a peacock and he said to his mom, “Ella always paints peacocks!”

arg.jpg Arg!

ellakaliko.jpg Ella and Kaliko -Pirates in training.

pirateoutside.jpg Pirate coming back from the potty.

sackrace.jpg Ella took part in her first sack race.  She got a lot of help from mommy during the race, but right here, she held her own.

ellatate.jpg Ella and Tate waiting to get their happy birthday cupcakes.

ringingthebell.jpg After the party, Ella wanted to climb the hill and ring the bell.

Cupcakes at school

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

Today, we celebrated Ella’s birthday in her classroom.  Sunny and I went in at around 1:45, read a few stories to the class, ate cupcakes, and watched the class of totally adorable kids sing happy birthday to Ella in Spanish, English and Chinese.  We got to see some of the kids’ dynamics and it was pretty hysterical.  Ella was so happy that we could stay and then all leave together.  Tonight, we had dinner with Diana and Kenny -friends of grandma and papa who were in town for a wedding.  It was a great dinner and Ella had a blast.  She was terrific.

goodmorning.jpg GOOD MORNING!

schoolcupcake.jpg I think this will be the last of the cupcakes for a while.

crown.jpg Ella in the middle of the circle.

soccer.jpg Our soccer star with a chocolate mustache and beard.

dianakennyella.jpgfunwithkenny.jpgPlaying around in the restaurant with Diana and Kenny.

Having fun at school

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Ella is having a great week as a 3 year old.  She hasn’t had an accident at school in way over a week and she’s just having a great time.

mag.jpgmageye.jpgFooling around with the magnifying glass.

groupstarting.jpg This is circle time  – the first thing they do in the morning.  Ms. Gladys turns on the Buenas Dias song and all the kids get into the circle.

leavingschool.jpg Here is Ella at the end of school today.  I think she has such a huge smile on her face because she’s going home to put on her Belle dress.

More princess stuff!

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Oy vey – when our friends asked us what Ella may want for her birthday, we told them the truth…Ella wants Disney princess clothes.  Well – Ella got her wish.  Today, Ella received a Belle dress from Adrienne, Caroline, Adam and Zach.  Ella LOVED the dress.  She immediately took her clothes off, asked us to help her get the dress on, used the wand to turn us into the beast or turn us into other things, put on the shoes and announced that she is going to wear it to Music Together.  She wore it and hey all loved seeing her in her Belle dress.  All I can say is that I hope this is a phase.  Later on tonight, after Ella’s bath, we opened all of the presents from her Sunday party.  Ella got some great stuff.  Ella wore her Cinderella costume while she opened her gifts.belle1.jpg Ella in her Belle I don’t even think I really need to say anything.magicwand.jpg Notice the fancy magic wand.puzzle.jpg Doing a puzzle dressed as Cinderella.