Oct 16, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

On Sunday, October 10th, we headed to Bishop's Pumpkin Patch. It was fun to go with London this year since Cameron and I went last year, right after we found out I was pregnant. Alyssa Tarr went with us and we met up with Vicki, Joe and our friends the McGraths.

We arrived just after 10 AM. This was perfect timing as the patch opens at 9 and there was little traffic still. The McGraths would get stuck in the long line of cars that quickly formed after 10. While we waited for them, we took in the pig races, which we'd missed the year before. Our section's pig won the race in the first pig race. Not sure how our goat fared.

From there we met up with the McGraths and headed for the area where the giant pumpkins grow. After taking some family photos we took in the little shops, tasting everything in the Cider shop and purchasing some yummy Sunrise Jalepeno jam. It's great on cream cheese with crackers.

After walking around the farm zoo, we headed out to the patch to grab a pumpkin with Alyssa. We found a nice large one and grabbed another medium sized pumpkin before checking out. I have to say most of the pumpkins we looked at were huge and gorgeous.

This year we didn't have to buy me a white pumpkin as our vines produced 3 big, white pumpkins at home, with more to come. We only got one decent-sized traditional pumpkin from the other vines - stupid voles. We did get another small, oblong one that is turning orange - the voles ate the vine it was on before it was ready.

All in all, we had fun,although it wore London out.


Developmental Milestones

London is growing like a weed these days and it seems like every day she is learning something new.

Right before we went to Minnesota, London started rolling over from her back to her tummy on her left side. Days later was barrel rolling down the family room, as she learned to roll back to her back! Just the other day she learned to roll over to the right, but still prefers the left.

She is now grabbing at things and tasting them, when I let her. Of course, Tulley is always near and one day London grabbed her dog tags. That took Tulley by surprise, and rewarded London with some big kisses.

London has also grown out of her infant bathtub. We had to invest in a kneeling stool for me and a turtle-shaped foam pad for her. She loves splashing away in the big tub now. We'll need to invest in some bath toys soon, I'm sure.

She has also learned some new octaves with her voice. Some days I swear we have a pterodactyl in the house, as her screeches sound like something from another time.


Minnesota - again

Out on the patio in Stillwater, MN.

Sadly, my grandma Ruth passed away the evening of September 27. It was a blessing that London and I had been able to visit her at the beginning of August to say our I love yous and goodbyes. She was even able to cross off all the items on her bucket list, from having an ice cream social to say goodbye to friends to getting a private tour of the Twins' new stadium, Target field. During that tour she got to go down on the field and take some pictures.

My grandma was a great lady. While I didn't get to see her often, she always made the most of the time when we did. One winter she and my grandpa rented an apartment in Chico for 3 months or so. They helped my mom out by shuttling me to karate lessons and my grandma volunteered in my classroom. The best was when we'd go to see them for dinner and she's sneak me candies from the candy dish on their coffee table.

My grandma was also the one who helped me ring in 1990. My parents were out celebrating with friends and my grandpa went to bed early - he said he'd seen enough decades pass. But I was intent on staying up until the stroke of midnight to say goodbye to the 80's. Grandma let me stay up with her. At midnight we said goodbye to 1989 and hello to 1990 together.

I'm so glad she made the long plane rides to come for my high school graduation and wedding, and that she got to hold London in her arms before passing.

London, Cameron and I flew to Minnesota to be with my family and attend the graveside service and party that Sunday. No funeral for my grandma - she wanted us to celebrate her life, not mourn her passing. She'd lived a long, happy life. At the end of the graveside service we sang "Take me out to the ballgame" in her honor.

Leave it to my grandma to pass during the most beautiful time of the year versus the cold winter when the ground is frozen. I'd never been to Minnesota in the fall. The leaves were changing, with bright yellows, oranges and reds all over and the air was cool and crisp.

While there, we spent some time at the Mall of America to see my aunt's new store, Get Social. Someone was handing out coupons to the aquarium, so we decided to see what it was all about and take London. While we have yet to visit an aquarium that tops Monterrey's, I was impressed. The first part was dedicated to Minnesota's aquatic landscape and included a Giant Alligator Turtle. London loves the Koi fish at the beginning and even followed the sharks as the swam over us in the tunnel. The aquarium also had a great exhibit on Sea Horses, my favorite. Too bad I forgot the camera!

We were the last to leave on Monday and had a whole day to kill before our flight home. We ended up driving to Stillwater, MN to see more of the colors. It's a cute little town along the Mississippi, which at the time was very high, flooding along the banks. We wandered in and out of the shops and had a lovely lunch at the local malt shop, enjoying ourselves on the back patio.


London's 4 mos Stats

At the end of September, with her 4-month check up coming up in a couple of weeks, I started to track how many ounces London was eating each day in case Dr. Grant asked. Good thing I did, as London decided this was the time to go on a hunger strike. After 5 days of progressively less and less to eat each day, I called Dr. Grant with my concern. He had us come in that day. London got a clean bill of health and started eating like normal that very day. Since it was a week before her well visit, the nurse went ahead and measured her then.

London weighed in at 13 lbs even, keeping her in the 50th percentile.
Her head circumferenc was at 15.5 inches, placing her down into the 15th percentile.
And she was 26 inches long, moving her up into the 100th percentile.

She's going to be tall like her dad.

We went back in the next week for the well visit and London got two more shots. She definitley got my tolerance for pain, or lack there of, and does not like shots!


Fort Bragg/Mendocino & Emily's Wedding

On September 1st, we piled all of ourselves and our luggage into the Yukon and headed to Fort Bragg and Mendocino for a few days before heading to Windsor, CA for Emily Moffett's wedding. We barely fit everything in the car. Amazing how much more stuff you must bring for the smallest member of the family. Cameron had to work the day we left so he followed later that night.

London stretching out after the long car ride

This was what we had for dinner most nights there

So happy to have her dad with her

We spent the first day wandering around Mendocino after visiting the beach that morning. It was a gorgeous day and found that many flowers were in bloom.

The next day the fog was packed in, but that didn't stop us from visiting the botanical garden. Great sights plus the Dahlia garden was in bloom. There were so many beautiful examples of these flowers and some blooms were huge!

My dad looking out over the ocean at the gardens

My mom enjoying the view as well

From there we headed to glass beach where we took a picture in the same spot Cameron and I took a picture the year before for our Anniversary. The next month I'd become pregnant with London so we thought it only right to show the evolution of our family from the year before.

Saturday we headed to Windsor, for the wedding festivities. I was a bridesmaid so I spent most of the time with Emily and the rest of the girls, getting manicures and pedicures, being waited on by Bonnie and her fun friends for lunch and then going through the rehearsal - all fun. Dan and Emily had a fantastic group of friends for their wedding party so it made the time fly. They had a welcome dinner in place of a rehearsal dinner for all the wedding guests that came in that day. It was a great setting in the courtyard of a brewery.

The next day was the wedding. Dan and Emily picked these beautiful, private estate for the location. Out under an old oak tree they said their vows in a beautiful Jewish ceremony. My dad got to act as an official witness for the Jewish marriage license, called a Katubba, which was special to both my dad and Emily, as few of wedding guests qualified for the pleasure. Dinner was served under a small grove of lighted trees and was delicious. The party went well into the early ours of the next day, and mom and dad were kind enough to take London for the night so we could partake. The was London's first sleepover and somehow weaseled herself into sleeping on the bed with my parents versus sleeping in her play yard. What a silly girl.

Room service please!

We're so happy for Emily and Dan.

A pic of us at the wedding. Too much partying for London