Saturday, October 27, 2012

My guys :)

I am so in love with these two.  I could watch them all day. They have the same big blue eyes, the same big toes, the same little round cheeks that pop up when they smile (or scream ;) and the same sweet dimples on both cheeks.  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Welcome Dane!

I can't believe it's been over a month since our little man Dane was born.  He is our sweet, perfect, little snuggle bug.  His birthday was the most perfect day that I never want to forget.  I put together a short video of pictures of his arrival below. More pictures to come soon...he's keeping us pretty busy these days :)

Friday, July 27, 2012

39 weeks!

1 week to go!  A quick shout out to my little guy who clearly knows how important tests are (like father like son ;) and stayed cozy until Karl finished the Bar exam.  There was only one brief moment of panic on Karl's end when he called me on the last day of the exam over his lunch break and I didn't answer on the first ring.  I was trying on nursing bras and my phone was buried in the dressing room under bras in sizes I didn't even know exist! I told him everything was fine and me and baby were just knocking out bra shopping so he didn't have to come along with me over his weekend of freedom ;)

To celebrate the end of an ERA (Karl has been taking tests since we met over 16 years ago! ;) we headed to the city on Friday night for a/one of our last? date nights at Karl's favorite restaurant, Kokari.  Yummy Greek food and even yummier wine list....Sigh...Anyway, I had this grand idea of stopping off at Crissy Field to get some pics of me in front of the Golden Gate bridge.  I clearly have prego brain totally forgetting that more often than not fog is covering the bridge.  Sure enough it was almost totally hidden.  It looked kind of cool though, and the lighting was neat for pics, so we got some quick shots before dinner.  It was an instant reminder of good ol SF weather...foggy, chilly and WINDY!  This was one of the only pictures where my hair doesn't look like I stuck my finger in a socket.

Ready when you are little guy :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

37 1/2 weeks

Read HUGE!  I feel great...still comfortable, walking and not waddling.  Or so I tell myself. Ha!  My co-workers threw me a surprise baby shower complete with Longhorn diaper cake and all!  Such a sweet team I have :)

Growing little man!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

4 weeks to go!

Can you tell I love this dress considering I'm wearing it in my last post too ;)  Long dresses rock.  One of the perks of being prego in the summer!  They are so comfy and they grow with me which is also nice these days.  

We went to Monterey for the 4th of July.  A last getaway for a while I suppose before the little man gets here.  It was actually pretty warm and sunny (for a Nor Cal beach) and we hiked all along the beach and piers.  We found some really yummy seafood and chowder and just had fun chillin' and relaxing.  We hear it's going to be a while before we get to do that  ;)

Only 4 weeks to go!  Eeeek!  Trying to stay calm....

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!  I am so lucky to have my amazing Mom, my Mother-in-law and all my aunts, family and friends who are awesome moms to look up to as I become a Mom in August!

Karl surprised me with flowers!  I just love that guy :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sunday, April 1, 2012


We still celebrate Spring Break. One of the perks of having a husband who is a professional student ;) We decided to check out Maui since so many people we know in California have been and loved it and it was only a four hour direct flight. We left rainy and cold Mountain View for the sun and sand!

We loved the place we stayed in-- condos on Kanapalli Beach. Our suite had a full kitchen and a "lanai" that opened right out onto the lawn. The beach was perfect and we scored a pair of chairs with a cover for the week. The weather was perfect beach weather with highs in the low 80's and windy and cooler at night.

Our beach

We took a snorkeling/diving day trip one day to Molikini, a partially submerged volcanic crater which forms a small island off Maui. I was stuck with a large group of snorkelers and Karl went diving. The snorkeling was pretty decent and Karl said the diving was pretty good with really good visibility. We then went to Turtle Town, a popular sight for snorkeling and diving with big turtles. They were fun to watch and were all over the place. I was happy to have been able to squeeze into a wetsuit as the water was about 74 degrees. The most fun we had was swimming under water and hearing the songs of the humpback whales! It is migrating season for them as they migrate from Alaska to Hawaii for warmer waters to breed and give birth to their calves. It was the coolest thing to dive underwater and hear, clear as day, their loud songs echoing in the distance. On the way back, we spotted several whales from the boat and even a mom and baby that were very close to our boat. The captain put the boat in neutral and we watched a Mom whale teach her baby how to splash his tail fin over and over. It was so cool.

Molokini: Karl about to go under...

Mama whale slapping her tail with baby by her side

The rest of our time was spent reading on the beach, swimming, and walking on the boardwalk along the beach that connect all of the resorts and hotels on Kanapalli beach. We went into Lahaina one day for a paddleboarding lesson. With its recent popularity and seeing so many people doing it in Maui and back home on Lake Tahoe, we wanted to check it out. If you haven't seen it, It's basically a very wide, sturdy board that looks like a big surf board and you get one big paddle to push yourself around with as you stand on it. After a few minutes of instructions on how to start out and get up on the board, our tour guide took us all over from the shores of Lahaina. It was calm in this area as there was a large reef protecting the area from large waves. It was a perfect spot as we were learning. The entire bottom of the area we were in was covered in coral so we had to maneuver our boards around the reef which made it more fun. As we paddled it was almost like snorkeling from above as we could see fish, starfish and even a reef shark as he swam around and hunted. We watched the shark mozy around the reef and then expose his top fin as he came almost out of water in the shallow areas on top of the reef. Neither one of us fell off and we are officially certified paddle boarders!

Two paddle boarders

We decided to take a half day to do some exploring/hiking on the island given how many awesome hikes and drives there are on the island. We drove north and hiked to two blow holes. These were formed by lava shelves forming over the water and after many years of the waves crashing on the lava, a hole is formed in the lava and the waves crashing under the shelf, cause a blow hole to form. It was cool to watch and water shot up probably a good 30 feet. Our second hike was down to Olivine Pools. There are seven calm pools along the edge of these cliffs where waves are pounding the outside of these pools and water is collected in the pools which are perfectly calm. Karl was the only brave one to get in ;)

Olivine Pools

Hiking along the coast

Blow Hole

We had some of the freshest, yummiest seafood at some of the most amazing restaurants with sunset views overlooking the ocean. Even the luau we went to had an awesome sunset view. Everything was made with fresh coconut, pineapple and macadamia nuts-- I could eat it all, every day and never get tired of it!

Sunset view from one of our favorite restaurants

21 1/2 weeks

It was the perfect, relaxing beach vaca....and probably the last one just the two of us for a while ;)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

8.03 is Baby Day!

Yow! It's been a while! To catch up quickly since my last post: we traveled to Whistler, Aruba, Scotland and China. Now we're on to a new kind of adventure...parenthood! Scary, right? We're due 8.03. So...if you're interested in listening to the rants and raves of a crazy pregnant lady and following our new adventures in pregnancy, stay tuned!