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Emma & Ian on the Move

Updated: 2017-10-27T23:12:22.662-07:00


Catching Up-November and December


We have had a busy fall with school, after school activities, and travel. Emma continues to play soccer and has now scored 3 goals for the Pixies. She is also taking Ballet this year. Ian loves preschool and will start Soccer in the spring. He also has learned to swim and always asks if the pool is open when we drive by. He can't wait until next spring to be swimming again!

In October, Dan and I went to Germany for a "work trip" we visited Munich during Octoberfest, Salzburg, Mad Ludwig's Castle, and the Christmas town of Rothenburg. We traveled to Virginia for the week of Thanksgiving and had a great time visiting with family and friends. We are staying in California for Christmas with both sets of Grandparents visiting for the holidays. Here are a few slideshows of our adventures.



And here are a few videos of our musical adventures:
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Thanksgiving music with the family

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Dancing in San Jose with one of our favorite children's musicians, "Mr. Peter"

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween from our Flamingo.....

and our Little Minion


First Day of Second Grade


Emma started Second Grade Today! She was really excited to go to school this morning and see all of her friends and her teacher. Most of her class stayed the same this year and she her teacher has looped up with them to second grade.

First Day of School Picture

And a silly faced one

One more


And just to look back, here is the beginning of First Day

And the beginning of Kindergarten

Dance Camp


Emma had a great week at dance camp last week. She got to learn about several different kinds of dance including Ballet, Jazz, HipHop and Tap. She has decided that ballet is her favorite and will be continuing on in that for the fall. Here are a few videos of her performance at the end of the week.

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Ready for Second Grade


Emma is really ready for second grade; and she really looks like a second grader now. She lost her two top teeth last night.


Summer Vacation Part 3 - Crater Lake and Northern California


After spending a hot week in Florida and cruising the Caribbean,  we thought it would be a good idea to go some place a little bit cooler for our last week of travel. Dan's brother and family were going to be up in Oregon for the week, so we flew back to California and then drove up North to spend the week. We spent 3 days in Crater Lake, Oregon. We lucked out and got to stay and a big room in the lodge right next to the rim of the crater. We did a lot of hiking (Ian amazed us a little with how much we pushed him). One day we even took a boat to wizard island (the volcano in the middle of the lake) and we climbed to the top of the and ate lunch in the crater.
The last 4 days were spent in Northern California. On the way south, we went to the Oregon Caverns National Monument and got to see some amazing rock formations underground. In California, we went hiking in the Redwoods and took a jet boat tour where we saw several species of birds including a bald eagle. Here are just a few of the many pictures that were taken on the trip.


Summer Vacation Part 2-Cruising the Caribbean with Mickey Mouse


Since we were already in Florida, we decided to spend the next week of our vacation trying out our second Disney Cruise. Once again, we loved it! We did a week long cruise of the Western Caribbean including stops in Grand Cayman, Mexico, and the Bahamas on the Disney Fantasy. We spent a lot of time enjoying the boat as well as doing a few shore excursions including tubing and snorkeling. Disney's private island is amazing, the service all over the boat was wonderful and our kids loved their kids club area. Here is a slide show of just some of our pictures from the week.


Summer vacation part 1- Walt Disney World


Right after school let out, we embarked on three weeks of traveling. Our first stop was Florida for a week of fun at the Walt Disney World Resort. We met my family their and had a great time going to all the parks and spending time with the family. Below is a slide show of some of the fun.


Lets rewind... Back to May


We have had a fun, busy summer and with Emma starting school next week, I am finally catching up on all the things we have done since you last heard from us. So get prepared for a bunch of post all about our summer vacation.Before school let out in May, Dan and Ian went to New York to celebrate Grandpa's 70th birthday.Cousin Keaton and his family were able to make it, tooIan is not turning 24, but he did turn 4 and Keaton turned 2. They had their own little cake at the partyAlong with their own little tableThey also got to bond over boy things like sand and trucksAfter Ian returned from New York, he and his class hosted a beautiful Mother's Day TeaThe class sang quite a few songsComplete with hand motionsIan and his wonderful teachersTrying to get a picture of Ian and one of his besties, MadisonIn May, we also traveled to Minnesota for my cousin's wedding. Emma was a flowergirl and Ian was a ring bearer. It was a great weekend catching up with family.Ready for the rehearsal at the beautiful churchPracticing walking down the aisleGetting hair doneThe flower girlsEmmaReady to go to the churchIan was proud of his "suit" even if he was not a superhero liked he thought he would be when we told him he was wearing a suitThe girl cousinsSchool ended at the beginning of June so each of the kids posed for their end of the school year picturesSo that catches you up on May, next post will be about our first week of vacation in Disney World![...]

School Appreciation Night


Every year, our church does a school appreciation night for the teachers in our school district. This year, the decorations were over the top with a jungle theme that included monkeys, trees, and even a broken down jeep. Here are a few pictures of our sanctuary transformed:

It was a great evening of appreciating all the work our teachers do for our children throughout the year.

Emma goes to Work


Last week, Emma got to spend the day at Google for take your child to work day. Google does a really good job at having a lot of age appropriate activities throughout the day. Here is a little of her fun day:

Breakfast to start the day
A little engineering
Learning about how computers are put together
A little science
Some art
Some physical education
A picture with the project daddy works on

Soccer Practice


Dan got me a new camera for my birthday, so I took it to soccer practice one day to see what it could do. Here are a few pictures from the afternoon.

My constant companion

Emma is in Pink




Ian's 4th Birthday Party


In April, we celebrated Ian's fourth birthday. He requested a rocket birthday, so we had rocket dogs, to eat, flew rockets to the moon in our games, and ate a yellow rocket birthday cake. We had a great time celebrating with some of Ian's friends.
Here are a few pictures from the day:

Playing "Pin the Rocket to the Moon"

Ian was not very close :)

The Cake

Ian liked his yellow rocket

Blowing out the candles

Happy boy!

With some of his friends

Spring Break in Texas


During Emma's spring break, we headed out to do some exploring. We headed to Southwest Texas because the flights were relatively cheap and it was a shorter flight that going all the way across the country. We started our week in San Antonio. The first day we were there, we headed to Sea World to visit all the animals, see some great shows, and ride a few rides.The morning was overcast and cool, which was great, but then the sum came out and it got very hot and humid. We decided to head back to the resort to swim in their great pool and lazy river.In the parking lot of Sea World, we ran into this:Our little rented Prius is hidden behind this monster truck. Ian loved it! Emma was just hot at this point.But S'Mores at the resort make everything better:and smiles return.Another day, we headed into downtown San Antonio to see the riverwalk and the Alamo.Eating Mexican on the riverwalkVisiting the AlamoOn the riverwalk boat tourIt was time to leave San Antonio, so we took the long way back to Austin through the hill country. We had lunch in the cowboy capital of the world:and saw lots of bluebonnetsWe made it to our resort in Austin, where we spent the rest of the week. We pretty much stayed on the resort in Austin, (only going downtown for the afternoon one day) because there was so much to do at the resort.There were bikes,Pony rides,games on the lawn,a lazy river,and a waterslide.We hung out at the pool,and rode on hayrides pulled by tractors.We got to feed the resort mascots,and just look at some of the bigger onesand on Saturday, you could go on a ride on this:There was even hiking right at the resortWe had a really relaxing time and it was great getting away to a resort with so much to do for everyone![...]

A trip to Virginia for Washington's Birthday


Every year here in California, the kids have the week of President's Day off for winter break. At the last minute this year, we decided to spend some time in Virginia. Emma has been learning about some of the presidents and monuments in schools, so she was really excited to do a little sightseeing.The first day we were there, we drove into Washington DC to see some of the monumentsThe first one we saw was the Washington MonumentIan was excited to see the monuments, tooThe Jefferson MemorialEmma had just studied Martin Luther King Jr in school, so this was another exciting one for herWalking through Washington, Ian figured out he could put his hands in his pockets to keep them warmLincoln MemorialView from the Lincoln Memorial stepsMr. LincolnWalking down to the Washington MonumentAnother Day, we headed to Mount Vernon to see where George Washington lived. Emma was really excited that the step grandchildren in this statue were the same ages as herself and IanTrying to grind wheatFront of the houseBack of the houseThis was a really fun trip and we look forward to going back and exploring some more![...]

Emma's 7th Birthday Party


We now have a seven year old in the house! Because Emma's birthday is always over winter break, we usually have her party a little early to make sure most of her friends can make it. This means that her birthday celebration usually last a whole week ! This year, since Emma is pretty into art, we had her party at a paint your own party studio. There were 12 girls who can to paint and have lunch together. This was a really fun party and I think all the girls had a great time!In preparation for the party, I made the invitations and the cake....The invitationand the cake before the final frosting. This was a really fun, easy cake and the girls loved it when it was cut open and they saw the rainbowThe finished cakeEveryone paintingHanging out with friendsCake time!Blow!Cutting the cakeThe inside of the cakeIan enjoyed his lunch of Chick-fil-aAll the girls.It was a fun way to celebrate the day![...]

A Big Head!


Ian found his hat from the hospital when he was a newborn and decided to try it on.

It was a little snug!
Here is what it looked like as a newborn. It looks like his head has grow a bit!

Bear Valley


Over the weekend, we headed with friends to their family mountain house to have some more fun in the snow. It was a great weekend full of skiing, sledding and snowmobiling. We even got to visit an old gold rush town on the way home. Here are a few pictures from the weekend:The cabin was only accessible by snowmobile. The kids had a great time riding various ways. On the seat...On the back of the sled....and in the sledIan found a bear!We all had a great time sledding. Sledding is even better when there is a snowmobile at the bottom of the hill to take you back up...Daddy going down in the inner tubeIan getting some help in the red sledall the way down the hillEmma and her friend on the way downSo fun!Playing in the snow while waiting for a rideAll the kidsThey had a great time playing together all weekendThe cabin we stayed in"Daddy, can we take it home with us???"On the way home we stopped in Columbia Ca. It is now a state park set up like a gold rush town.Driving a wagonriding in the backold fashion bowlingthe game takes a little longer without the automatic pin setterIan wanted to learn about gold panningThe stagecoach ran through townThe town jailIt was great to see another part of the state we live in and have some more fun in the snow with great friends.[...]

Another Soccer Player in the family


Ian has started soccer classes while Emma is taking an art class. He seems to really like it.

On the way to class with our new ball
Practicing at the school park

Skiing into the New Year


On New Years Day, we headed east to find some snow in the Lake Tahoe area and do a few days of skiing. Dan got me my first pair of skis for Christmas and Emma was really excited to ski again.Everyone skied this year. Even Ian! Emma went to 3 days of ski school and Ian went to 2 days of ski school.Our goal with Ian (our cautious child) was for him to just have a good time and not cry when with these big boots and sticks stuck to his feet. Mission Accomplished!Although he did not learn any real skills, he had a great time, especially when Daddy took him up on the "big hill"Ian "Skiing"Skiing to DaddyIan also spent a lot of time like this:At least he had a big smile on his facePretty much the only time Ian cried was when we had to give back his skis and boots.Emma once again amazed us with her ability and adventuresome spirit. After three days of ski school, she is now skiing Intermediate (and some difficult) hills. On the last day of class her instructor took the class through the trees and a little place called "The Ditch of Doom". Emma loves skiing and says this was the best vacation ever (better even that Disneyland and Hawaii). Here are just a few pictures and one movie of her success.A little blurry, but one of my favorite pictures of the fun she was havingHeading down the hillHeading into "The Ditch of Doom"Made it in! allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' FRAMEBORDER='0' />Skiing through treesWe had a wonderful time and will be heading back out for more ski time in two weeks.[...]

Tis the Season to be Jolly


We had a fun filled December with lots of events and activities to celebrate the season. At the beginning of the month, we put up our Christmas tree.Emma decided to be our stand in while the real tree was being put up.Ian helped to decorate "the tree"Finding all their favorite ornamentsEveryone had to have a turn putting the star on top:The finished productOne day we went to a friend's house to decorate Gingerbread houses. Emma and Ian each took one side of the house. Emma was very artistic with her side, while Ian was very precise.Emma's class at school was in a concert of holiday music.Ian waiting for the show to startEmma ready to singEmma and her teacher and the flowers Daddy got herOne evening, we took the train into downtown San Jose their Christmas in the Park. Emma's girl scout troop decorated one of the trees.Thanks for the fun glasses, Uncle DavidWe saw Snowman and Santas in all the Christmas lightsThe weekend before Christmas, we (along with Emma's gingerbread Fred) took a quick trip down south....To visit these guys:and this girl:Even though it was pretty crowded, we had a great time visiting the new Carsland and riding lots of rides. We know had to work the system and spend the least amount of time in line using fast passes and rider switch passes.Santa came on Christmas eve and left a big stash of presents under our tree and we have had a long school break to try out all our new toys. One if the favorites is these magnatiles:I already know that we should have bought the bigger setBoth kids have had a great coming up with creationsOn New Years Eve, we went over to our friend's house to celebrate with great food and fun.We didn't make it quite to midnight but we got pretty close. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas seasons and have an amazing new year![...]

Catching up- October and November


We have had a busy few months with three different trips along with Halloween and Thanksgiving. Here is a little catch up of what we have been up to.After coming home from Sedona, Emma had her first field trip of the year and I was able to go along as a chaperone.We got to ride on the big yellow bus to the children's museumEmma waiting to go into the museumWe had a great time playing in the museum and having a picnic lunch.The next day, Emma had her annual school walk-a-thon.Even with a soccer game in the middle, Emma walked 60 laps which equaled about 6 miles. Emma also got a medal for getting the most donations in the first grade, so thank you to all the family and friends that supported her! Ian walked 28 laps, too. He got a lollipop as the prize for walking 14 laps and that was his excitement of the day.We headed to the pumpkin patch with friends:Emma and Ian both liked the cow trainand they each went on a pony ride:and the giant box of corn was a hit, tooEmma and Ian both had dress-up parades at school:Ian really wanted to be a superhero this year. When asked which one he was going to be he always answered "The Blue One"My favorite picture of the day; this is a classic Ian look.Emma with good friend, SavanaIan walked with Emma for part of her paradeIn November, Emma had a 4 day weekend over Veterans Day, so we stretched it a bit and spent 5 days in Maui. We relaxed at the beach, drove the long road to Hana to see lots of waterfalls, and Emma learned to snorkel:Emma and Daddy snorkelingIan enjoyed snacks on the beachDinner outWaterfalls,and lava tubes on the Road to HanaMore snorkelingThis is the "beach" the Emma and Daddy went snorkelingJust one week later, we headed to Virginia to spend Thanksgiving with family.Emma had a great time building a TeePee with B-paOn Thanksgiving morning, we walked in a local turkey trot. It was a cold, early morning, so needless to say, our children were not the most joyous there:On Saturday, we went down to Blacksburg to see Virginia Tech play UVA. It was cold, but we were much better dressed in winter jackets and hat, so we made it through the game with mostly happy faces.So that is how we spent our fall! It was busy and went by quickly, but we had a lot of fun along the way[...]

A Weekend in Sedona


We just got back from a wonderful weekend in Sedona, Arizona with Nana and B-Pa. Emma has been studying Deserts in school, so this was the perfect opportunity to take a field trip and learn first hand about the geology, animals, and culture of the area.On Saturday morning, we all went hiking in Red Rocks State Park. Here, we were surrounded by awesome views like this :and this:Both Emma and Ian were great hikersand they put B-pa's Binoculars to good useWhen Ian was told that he could not walk with the binoculars, he made his own:"I see a cactus!"Our family close to the end of the hikeOn Sunday, we went on another adventure to get even closer to the rock formations.We went off roading on the pink jeep tours.Where we went up and down roads like this:and saw views like this:We also visited and old native american  cliff dwelling called Montezuma's Castle:That evening, we went to watch the sunset wash the rocks in colorand got some great family photos, too:On Monday, we explored Flagstaff before flying back home. Thank You Nana and B-pa for such a fun weekend!To see more pictures, check out this slideshow:[...]

Ian's First Day of Preschool


Ian finally got to go to school this week after asking to go every day since Emma started school in August.


So, off he went; broken arm and all. (Ian broke his arm a few weeks ago while playing on the playground)


Ian is going to school two days a week at a local preschool. He already loves it.


Ian refused to let me help him carry anything. He really wanted to give his teachers the presents that he helped me make. (He chose the chocolate kisses for their little survival kits).

He made himself at home in the classroom and kept saying "bye mom"

"Really, mom, you can head on out"

When I picked Ian up on Tuesday, Ian's teacher said that he was very lovable. They were talking about using "gentle hands" at circle time and after that he just wanted to give hugs for the rest of the morning. When I picked him up on Thursday, his teacher was impressed with how adaptable he is. They were doing painted handprints on their school bags and she said they just did his left hand twice.

We are really excited for Ian to make new friends and have a great school year!

Boy's Hokie Weekend


Ian and Daddy took off for a Boy's Weekend to Virginia for the Virginia Tech home opener against Georgia Tech and visited friends in Roanoke.The first big hit of the weekend was the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke. The prime exhibits were a rail yard full of various trains and cars.Ian was particularly fascinated by the various caboose cars.They also had and engine inside where he could drive the train.The other prime attraction was the very large model train exhibit. Despite only one train running, Ian was very excited and had to be pulled away.For Daddy, the museum also had VT's Victor Tango vehicle from the DARPA Grand Challenge. Ironically, it was parked next to a Chevy EV1.Monday was Gameday. After visiting a number of friends in Blacksburg, we made it to the stadium. Ian enjoyed the team's entrance and the fireworks, but half way through the 1st quarter, he asked if it was time to go home yet.Of course, the game ended up going into overtime, where the Hokies won, 20-17! Ian was a trooper, making it through the whole game, finally collapsing when we got to the car around midnight.When it came time to fly back, we got upgraded to first class, where Ian enjoyed the snacks and drinks.He finished off with the mark of any good trip.[...]