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Alice's Wonderland

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?

Updated: 2017-11-03T07:59:03.039-07:00


1001: The proposal


No this is not a story of how Jared and I got together...rather a different proposal. A few weeks after Finn was born, and we were at my parent's house eating pancakes Jared ''proposed" that we start a family blog. A new beginning. Well, the layout, design and name have been in the works for the next couple of months. After several photo shoots and editing of our bicycles (and just plain finding the time to design the blog) I have finally moved and merged with lovey to officially say goodbye to the Aquayellow blog and HELLO TO:

Jared, Alice, Etc located at

So update your readers if you want to keep following our fairytale.

Fall has arrived!


Fall arrived all of a sudden today...a much anticipated Autumn. I was getting really tired of those late summer heat waves. I hope the weather never know in California. As my mother always said, "Dress in layers."


Finn's ready with his freshly knitted pumpkin hat...thanks to Heather L.


Pausing Finn...


Um...I would like to pause Finn...he's so stinkin' cute right now. I can't get over how hilarious he is. For instance, a lot of kids hate being changed, diapers, clothes...the works. Not Finn, he thinks it's it's a game or something. At night I'm trying to calm him down to get him to go to sleep and he's just cracking up and flashing me big smiles.

***I sneaked into Finn's room tonight and turned on his nightlight that I use for nursing and used my trusty tripod and remote and set my camera to a 4 sec. shutter speed. He sleeps on his stomach by choice...I didn't do it...he's also completely done a 180° since I left him...HOW DOES HE DO THAT?

Propped up Finn


There's just something that I find so cute and funny about propping up this little guy who can't sit up on his own yet. He gets a kick out of it too!


"Hello mother:)"



"This is sooo exciting!"


Staring at his favorite pillow on the couch.


"Wait mom, seriously I'm gonna fall."

Just chillin'.


Oven dried tomatoes


Remember how I had all of those tomatoes from my mother's garden? Well, I had already made tomato sauce a few weeks earlier with a bunch and had some stocked up in the freezer, and I really don't have much time to cook nowadays. So I decided to oven dry them.


Then for dinner the next night I made this. And OH MAN WAS IT GOOD! I'm going to go eat some more right now for dinner tonight. Well, you can't go wrong with wine and cream...I omitted the lemon this time which I usually add to pasta sauces.

Oven dried tomato, basil and toasted garlic spaghetti:

-oven dried tomatoes drizzled in olive oil on 200° F for 8-10 hours.
-saute whole garlic cloves in olive oil until they're browned
-chop fresh basil
-cook spaghetti and drain
-in spaghetti pan poor in some white wine and cream (you choose on proportions)
-salt and pepper
-simmer for a bit
-add tomatoes
-add basil
-add spaghetti
-cover for like 10 mins and let the flavors fuse.
-it'll be better the second day as is often the case with tomato sauces!

Finn makes me laugh


I am so in love with this kid. He makes me laugh many times a day. After I change his diaper I always set him in the crib to go wash my hands...sometimes I hear him giggling in the crib by himself. It's hilarious. He also thinks changing his diaper or is clothes is a game and is always laughing...even when I'm trying to put him to bed and calm him down he's totally cracking up and flipping over. I have a large painting just sitting on the dresser behind the changing pad and Finn has figured out how to pull it on my head and of course...laughs. I need to get that painting hung:)

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Out for a morning walk


Finn and I went on an early morning walk with our cousins who live a couple of blocks away. He was just too cute in this porcupine outfit and Robeez shoes (that are still too big) from his great-grandparents.


What's with the dirty look Finn?


I made up this little bed for Finn to kick around in and hung a toy (which he now loves)...because before that he would SCREAM in the stroller and I had to get out of the house. Now he's perfectly content:)


Away we go!


Goodbye Mother


My mother left today for a year to work in the Manhattan Temple.

(image) I raided her garden...


...and am currently making pesto with all the basil I picked.


Finn and his tummy


So Finn hasn't quite figured out that when he rolls over that it takes him to his tummy (a place he hates.) However, I roll him to his back and then he just rolls right back to his tummy (again a place he hates.) So I've decided to just leave him there and let him get more used to it...he screams and squirms (this kid has a temper) but he's getting used to it more and more. It's the only way for him to figure out how to get back so me letting him scream is for his own good.


Where Finn hangs out sometimes.



Two Grandma Ps


My mother has a best friend from college who also married a doctor who happened to have the same last name (no relation.) She was down from Seattle last week visiting and helping my mother pack up her house.

Finn was right at home snuggling with her:)


OK, so he might have gotten a little nervous...he does that with anyone who isn't Jared or I.


Strawberry Jam


I made some last week.


Tomato from my yard


My mom noticed a tomato plant in my side yard. It's gone wild. I'm in heaven.


Look what Finn learned how to do yesterday


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Toting the kids around


My cousin Emily (who lives just around the corner) I sit and chat about how we want to cargo our kids around in the future on bikes.

I really want one of those Bakfiets bikes. They're from Holland. It would go lovely with my cruiser. (Which is from Amsterdam.) I've been searching high and low on how to get a hold of one in the states. I saw a woman giving 3 of her children a ride to school in one the other day while I was out for a run so I know it's possible to get one.

Turns out there's a place in S.F. to get one.

I would LOVE one of these below...with the two wheels in front. But I'd probably have to move to Holland for one.

***The down side is they're ~$3000. I guess I'll have to figure out some way to earn that money before Finn's old enough to ride in one.

Sound asleep


The early morning light and my boys sleeping



Having fun with Finn!


Finn and I have fun together:)

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Where's Dad?


After three years my mother finally got a headstone for my Dad.

So we don't have to do this when we visit him

"Hmmm....where is he?"
Me shouting from the car while Finn sleeps, "Go up from the garbage can and once you've hit the sprinkler it should be on your left."


Mom, "Seriously I can't find it, I never have this hard of a time."


"Oh here's Uncle Bill, so Dad's right here, HUDSON WE FOUND GRANDPA!"


Too young to be a widow.

Labor Day Family Outing!


Last week I told Jared that for Labor Day I wanted to get out of the house...not just hang out and do chores like we mostly do when Jared isn't working. I really wanted a crab sandwich and remembered having one in Sausalito a couple of years ago. (Apparently it was also on Labor Day.) So when I get an idea in my head...I have to meet the needs of that idea, in this case it was food, in a beautiful place.Well after a nice car ride (Finn didn't scream) up across the Golden Gate Bridge and a walk around the town we found a place that had a melted avocado crab sandwich PERFECT!Handsome!Another prefect thing was that Finn slept through lunch so weOh how I love San FranciscoA little over 25 years ago Jared had attended pre-school in Sausalito when his father was in the army and they were living in the Presidio. We looked it up and actually found it.It was so cute!There's even a student there right now named Alice!Then back across the Golden Gate (I can't believe the toll is now $6.)While driving home we decided to stop off in Pacifica.I hadn't been to the beach since...well... I was 5 months pregnant.Finn slept.Waves crashed.Finn's first time at the ocean:) He liked it.Jared got his feet wet.Then I got my feet wet. A woman turned to me and said, "isn't it cold." "No," I replied, "it's so refreshing." I love California beaches and the cold ocean water.[...]

Finn Giggles!


Yes this has turned into a shrine to Finn. Whatever! I love him. Yesterday on his 3 month birthday he had a lot to giggle about. He also rolled over, belly to back. It might have been a fluke since he was trying to watch the news which was firmly mounted on the wall...(in preparation for future climbing Finn.) I rarely have the tv on...we only have an antennae which randomly gets a signal...but hooray for free HD! So when the tv is's news in the evening (unless it's cool enough to get a nice evening walk to meet Jared out on the corner.) Anyhow, back to the roll, he looked up...and up...and up...and rolled over!

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A gnome in the family


Our friend Amanda turned 30 and we gathered at Emily's (who took all the photos) house to celebrate.


Then we figured out something about Finn.

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He looks just like a gnome!


Actually our whole family does.


Other people taking shots


At the reunion my cousin Jaime took some shots of me. It's always fun when someone else just takes photos of you instead of me going, "Jared will you take a photo of me." But it's always hard getting candids of myself when I'm the one who usually has the camera.



Finn holding on for dear life!


Finn takes on the night


So, Finn was doing pretty well with the 8pm bedtime. Then the other night he refused to go to bed after several attempts. We think he might be getting a tooth, too early you might say. Well, I know he's not even 3 mos. but something sharp is there up top and he has been gnawing on our fingers and knuckles like crazy. Anyhow, I ended up succumbing to his wants and boy did he have a lot to say.

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Picnic in my backyward with friends


It's been super beautiful (well it always is in California) and we have a wonderful backyard that I wanted to take advantage of so I invited some friends over for a picnic yesterday. I spent most of Tuesday cooking for it, (takes a lot longer when someone in particular is always demanding my attention.)Menu:pasta salad with tomatoes and basil from my mother's gardensun-dried tomato, chive and dill potato saladstrawberry lemonademint chocolate cherry oatmeal cookiescocoa ginger zucchini muffins(don't ask for recipes, they were all made up)The boys found sticks.Lillie and Sarah telling us all about it:)Finn only lets Emily hold him...and my new friend Karisa and her new baby.So Finn is particular about people, but he's warmed up to my cousin Emily (thank goodness) probably since we see her almost everyday. (note the double chin...weighed him this morning and he's 16 lbs.)Her son James sometimes gets jealous when he sees her holding another baby.My awesome friend Emily made an appearance. Oh what a treat!***Still not happy about blogger's poor photo quality![...]