Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lots of pics

A wee gardener at Aunt Trudy's house
He loves tools
On a hike down a surprisingly steep road
A fork of theTuolumne 
Hiking kiddo (start 'em young!)
Hiking with Daddy and Grandpa
Eating pizza after a well deserved and long nap
Chillin out
Throwing rocks in Pine Mountain Lake
Playing at school
Look, over there!
Ringing the fire truck bell
Checking out ducks in the pond (Menlo Park Easter egg hunt)
Turtles? Wawa?
Helping Daddy put together a new tiny table and chairs
Easter loot
Checking out his new toys
D didn't like jelly beans, so he gave them to Ducky
Helping Mama and Dada pot plants
Headed to school on Monday. He wanted to take his books with him

Monday, February 9, 2015

Wknd pics

You guys, it rained a lot this weekend. So we took it pretty easy.
We swept
We made a couple calls
We slept for 3 hrs (vaccine temp)
We danced on popcorn
We checked out that cool thing called a downspout 
We worked out in a track suit
We filled the bathtub with toys
Alex geared up to get the paper
We stayed warm and dry inside
Newspaper retrieval was a highlight of the day
Cause then you can read the funnies 
Made the bed
Hid a little
There he is!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


  • Last night, I was giving D his bath and he saw I had a barrette in my hair. I bend my head down so he could see it and touch it. He looked at it for a while, touched it and then he touched my chin and brought my head back up so he could look at my face. And then my heart shattered into a thousand pieces.
  • Everyone likes D's haircut. Overnight. Not a baby.
  • D woke up last night in the middle of the night. I nursed him and tried to get him back to sleep, but it just wasn't happening. So I brought him into bed with us, thinking maybe that might do the trick. I think he must have been having some insomnia because after a few minutes laying there, he started doing the "Pbthhhhht" sound. Over and over again. At 3am. It was painful and funny. Much like parenthood. 
  • I am pretty sure D said "Ball" yesterday. He now can say "Yah" and shake his head "No". And he's learning the word "no" as well. He can make the sign for "Help" too, which is pretty cute. And every day when I pick him up from daycare, he makes the sign for milk.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Wknd pics

Playing in the kitchen at school
Tuckered out

Play cooking at home
A big helper in lab
This is what happens when things break in your house and your husband is a Brown. The tools come out, he pulls it apart, and he fixes it.
Before haircut 
Mid haircut
Lots of hair
Big boy haircut

Playing at the park
Goofin with his friend, C.
In motion, end of Super Bowl.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Some good podcasts

I listen to a lot of podcasts. They are an awesome way to pass driving time or to listen to something interesting while I'm working away at something boring. Recently, I've found some super podcasts and I thought I would share them here.

1) This American Life
This podcast is consistently amazing. A group of reporters talk about, at the most basic, life in America. It's also on NPR, so you might have heard of it. Their shows are truly interesting, diverse and really amazing reporting. I am definitely addicted. They have been doing the show for a long time, so there's a huge number of previous shows in the archives. Each week, they choose a theme, and they report stories (usually 2-3) based on that theme. Other times they will use the full hour to report one story. Some of my favorites are a story about a doctor in a small town that seemingly lost his mind one day, the Harper High series (a few episodes dedicated to exploring an inner city high school in Chicago) and another story that dealt with two daughters who were switched at birth. But really, any of their shows are stellar. You should definitely check them out.

2) The Moth
The Moth is a storytelling forum, and it is usually phenomenal. Regular people (or sometimes comedians or performers, even scientists) will stand up in front of an audience and tell a true story about something that happened in their life. These stories can be funny or poignant, scary and sad. The best ones take you on a roller coaster ride, for sure. Some of my favorites include Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk story (I thought I was going to die when I heard this story - it is so incredibly funny and I return to it over and over again for a good laugh),  Mary-Claire King's talk about her insane week and Paul Nurse's talk about his family tree. There are tons of good ones to listen to, however. I suggest you check it out!

3) The Longest Shortest Time
I recently discovered this podcast and it really speaks to me as a mom. It's basically a podcast about parenting, mostly from the mom's point of view. The podcasts are usually pretty short (15 mins or less), and they cover a wide range of topics like early newborn baby, breastfeeding, crazy things that can happen when you have a baby. Mostly, I find that this podcast affirms a lot of the feelings I have about parenthood. For example, one talked about being a stay at home mom (something I feel guilty about NOT being) and they talked about the boredom associated with staying at home with a little one. How the things they find interesting are not necessarily the same things you find interesting, and how your brain is not that stimulated (so you need to actively seek out stimulation and adult time). It spoke volumes to me, as have several other of her podcasts. It's great to have an honest assessment of parenthood, with all its good and bad things out there.

4) Serial
I can't do a list of good podcasts without including Serial. This podcast is produced by one of the people from This American Life. It follows a murder that happened in 1999 when Hae Min Lee was killed after school one day. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed was convicted of her murder and is now serving life+30 in prison. This podcast is both good and bad. It is a brilliant piece of reporting, and the subject matter is very interesting. However, it is a real murder case, involving a real high school girl, so it can get pretty upsetting at times. The reporters try to figure out whether Adnan actually did the crime or not. This podcast is one that is finite - maybe 12 episodes of varying length. But it sucks you in immediately (and it was hard to wait a whole week for the next episode to be released!). The good news is that it's now done so you can binge listen to all the episodes at once if you want.

Don't know how to listen to a podcast? Check out this video here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Random pics

Literally covered in cats
Goofing before bed 
Sleeping in
Ready for school
Eating with a fork 
Carrying the lunchbox from school