This was a blog about my adventures with Joe. Then, along came Nia. Four years later, along came Stage 3 breast cancer. Fast forward two years, and I'm now caring for my dad while he fights his own cancer battle.
This is Seabright Beach. It is always right here and yet I often forget about it as a great place to play even on the grayist days (sometimes the best place to play on gray days). Zomina got engrossed in writing in the sand, and Nia right away started digging for "treasures" -- actually first she made a circle of seaweed around her digging spot to keep the waves out, she said, then she got to digging. (She came home with a mussell shell.) And that freed me up just to listen to the waves and watch the happy dogs chasing balls up and down the beach. It's lovely when a little free time comes along unexpectedly.
Last night, following a birthday party in Los Gatos, Nia & I drove up to Skyline to spend the night at George's in anticipation of Dale & Angela's arrival later that night. It was our first time spending the night on Skyline just for fun (we stayed for a few weeks during George's post-operation recovery back in February). It was a great little trip and we had a lovely day hanging out all day today, just relaxing.... just what a summer Sunday should be: family, swimming, tree-climbing, gardening, BBQing, dogs, biking (or "tricing")... Later, we drove home (to Nia's extreme disappointment) and Nia crashed out 2 blocks from our house at 7:30p -- a good 3 hours earlier than normal lately. Going to bed dirty with chlorine hair and sun-kissed cheeks, now that's summer!
And then there was this:
Pilot Dale and Pilot Nia and the 30-year-old Tonka planes from the toy box. It is fun watching Nia enjoy the toys I remember enjoying so well!
As I type this, the rain gutter on the other side of my wall is beating a steady drum beat as the rain comes down. Rain... in late May.... in Santa Cruz. What is up with this weather?! I'm ready for the warm days of summer already! At least yesterday Nia and I got to soak up some sunshine on the deck at Granddaddy's. Nia did some swimming too. The pool was only just above freezing at 62 degrees so only a few toes went in, but the hottub was nice and comfortable.
(Yes, sometimes she does get tired of me taking pictures of her!)
In this picture, Nia is standing with her Great-Aunt Berit, and her Great Grandmother Liv. We met for tea in Capitola at the Bloomsbury Tea Room, which is incredibly fun -- especially with a little one who enjoys new/different experiences!
I'm so behind with my blog updates. I blame Facebook. I've been sucked in. But I'm going to withdraw for a bit tonight and update my blog.
Firstly, Nia hit her 7th month birth anniversary back on December 20th! She's getting so big!
She's all about sitting up now, and even when she's half asleep, she still struggles to try try to pull herself into a sitting position. She is always doing crunches now when she lies on her back. No teeth, and no crawling yet, but she's getting close! She gets up on her hands and knees and rocks. She has all the skills necessary for crawling, she just doesn't know what order to do them in yet. Sometimes she just launches herself from her knees toward the toys she wants!
Other big things happened during Nia's 6th month:
She tasted lots of new foods. She's still not that enthused about food but she's getting there. So far her favorites seem to be bananas mixed with sheep's milk yogurt, and sweet potato. The only bad reaction she's had was to persimmon on New Year's Eve. She seemed to really like it, but got diarrhea and a rash afterward. (Poor Bug!)
She's eaten out at several Santa Cruz eateries including Limelight Cafe, Engfer Pizza, Totoro Sushi, Manuel's, Sabieng, Charlie Hong Kong, The Crepe Place, and 99 Bottles of Beer
She went to her first play (but unfortunately, didn't last long)
She's gone down several slides both at Frederick St. Park and Oceanview Park (aka The Slide Park)
We celebrated Christmas on Christmas Day with my dad, my brother Dale & his girlfriend, Lauren. Nia got many great gifts, including Montana Griz wear, and a home-made stocking from Auntie Whitney:
Later in the week, we celebrated again with Nia's cousin, Zomina, Anna, Sean and Sean's little one Tenaya. Here we are, still in our pjs on New Year's Day:
I'm excited for 2009, but will always think fondly of 2008 & the arrival of our sweet girl...