Archive for November, 2015


Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Dear Ella –

Today is your 10th birthday and we just wanted to let you know that we love you so much.  You are such a beautiful, smart, loving, kind, fun, funny, spunky, interesting, and amazing person.  We feel so lucky that you are our daughter.  Now – let the celebrations begin!

We love you,

Mama and Mommy

 1minute.jpgHere you are one minute old.  All of our lives changed for the better the moment we met you!

October 2015 – Beautiful visit from Grandma and Papa, Halloween and much more

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

1-1.jpg1-8.jpgElla was testing out the fan on her Baymax costume.  It worked perfectly up until Halloween!

1-9.jpg1-10.jpgReactions from Ella and Juliet when we tried to talk to the about puberty! It’s going to be a long few years.

1-24.jpg1-25.jpg A beautiful day on the Embarcadero.

1-3.jpg Baymax visited with Emmi and Panda today!1-4.jpg1-5.jpg1-6.jpg We took Ella and some friends rock climbing.  Ella really loves it.1-51.jpg1-52.jpgWalking over to a new restaurant called Zero Zero.


1-17.jpgLove these guys!

1-18.jpg Ella was not happy about Grandma writing “sex” in her Bananagrams words.1-40.jpg1-41.jpg1-42.jpg1-43.jpg1-44.jpgSweet day at the Berkeley Botanical Gardens. 1-12.jpg1-13.jpgWe had an awesome dinner at Alexanders.  Nothing like cotton candy after a 3 hour meal!

1-27.jpg1-28.jpg1-29.jpg1-30.jpg We decided to mix it up and go to Coyote Point.  We all had a great time with Grandma and Papa.

1-31.jpgThis was the face that Ella used to make when she had to pee.

1-11.jpg So  this is a little inside joke that Ella and Grandma have…Grandma once took Ella to see an Alvin and The Chipmunks movie and she felt tortured!  Guess what grandma -there’s a new Alvin and The Chipmunks movie coming out and Ella can’t wait to see it with you!

1-2.jpg Sweet Ella having her tea before school. 1-47.jpg1-48.jpgThese two are growing up way too fast!

1-49.jpg 1-1-1.jpgA bunch of staff members from my school had a bonfire at the beach.  Sunny was the master marshmallow cooker.

1-22.jpg Racquetball anyone?

1-23.jpg Ella giving Panda a bath.

1-46.jpgHere are Sunny and Ella at a farmer’s market by our house.  They were learning to bake an apple pie.

1-45.jpg Beautiful rainbow in my work parking lot.1-14.jpg1-15.jpg1-16.jpg Ella’s 4th grade class did an amazing assembly on National Parks.1-32.jpg1-33.jpg1-34.jpg1-35.jpg1-36.jpg1-37.jpgI flew to NY for an amazing show that AJ wrote and performed.  The weekend was Halloween weekend so although I missed Halloween with Ella and Sunny, I did get to spend Halloween with your NY family!  Here are some pics from a little party that Jordin and Kevin had.

1-38.jpg1-39.jpg Here is Grandma and Papa’s house on Halloween.  Hen and Grandma did a great job!

1-19.jpg1-20.jpg1-21.jpg1-26.jpgMeanwhile, back in SF, Ella switched from Baymax to a vampire and had an amazing Halloween with friends.

September 2015 – First Day Of 4th Grade, Strike Out Violence Day and more fun!

Monday, November 9th, 2015

 September was a fantastic month!  Ella started the 4th grade.  This will be her last year on the 16th Street campus and then onto Middle School!  Ella has a teacher who is new to CDS – her name is Skye.  So far, Ella is loving the 4th grade.  Strike Out Violence Day was a great day as usually.  The 3 of us were together on the field and it was a sweet ceremony.  Ella had a wonderful visit with her friend Sakura who now lives in Japan and came to my back to school night.

1-17.jpg1-18.jpg1-19.jpgFirst day of fourth grade!1-15.jpg1-16.jpgFrolicking in the grass.

1-5.jpg1-6.jpg1-7.jpg1-8.jpgStrike Out Violence Day!1-4.jpgHere is Ella playing the bass in my classroom.  Eventually I will put together a video that shows Ella playing the drums and shredding on the electric guitar.

1-1.jpgThis is what was on Ella’s table for us on back to school night.  Who knew that she was looking forward to drinking coffee this much!

1-2.jpg1-3.jpgHere are some more beautiful examples of Ella’s heart.

1-20.jpgMust have been a very sunny day.

1-12.jpgElla leading the red belts in some kicks.

1-10.jpg1-11.jpgViting with Sakura.  Ella’s Halloween costume arrived and she couldn’t wait to try it on.1-9.jpgElla got her face painted after doing a breast cancer walk.

1-14.jpg1-13.jpgThe picture before was of Ella waiting for the blood moon and here are Ella and Colette on the yard.  Ella manages to get in hugs with Colette and Alicia whenever she can.

August 2015 – Back in San Francisco

Monday, November 9th, 2015

 August was a fantastic month.  Once we came home from our Anguilla/NY amazing vacation, I had to go back to work, Sunny’s work never stopped, and Ella spent some great time with friends and went to SPCA camp, Circus Camp and tennis/skateboard camp.  Here are some pics from some of Ella’s amazing experiences… 


1-13.jpgHanging out with Jeremy Affeldt and Bruce Bochy.

1-14.jpgHanging with Rocky – Julie and Justin’s beautiful son.



1-11.jpgA little trip to the beach in SF.




1-7.jpgWe took Ella and Emmi to see Matilda.  What a great show!

1-3.jpgElla in her Circus Camp make-up.

1-8.jpg Nothing like a ballgame on a beautiful August night.

1-17.jpgElla is so graceful on the ice!

1-1.jpgNever too old for this.

1-2.jpgSweet trip on the E line.