Friday, April 30, 2010

Mini-Madonna #TWO!

At the end of April, we had our first doctors appointment for Mini-Madonna #2. Here's our first glimpse. He/she looks like a blob that Grandma affectionately named Cookie Monster:
Abby came with us to the appt & surprised us with how excited she is:

As soon as we got back from the appt, I posted her picture on my Blog, and on Facebook & it was all officially announced to the world! Abby especially liked wearing her new shirt to school that day because she got a lot of excitement & attention all day from her teachers.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Abigail Got a New Shirt!

Now, THIS post should finally bring me some comments :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

School Photos: 3 Yrs Old

I scanned these off of an odd cardstock so it didn't come out very well at all. If you click on the picture, it'll explode into a bigger one that's at least a little better.

Favourite Toys

This was my all-time favourite toy: the A La Cart Kitchen. I BEGGED for this for Christmas & played with it for years (years past it's age group too).
And, what's really funny is that I'd been "sold" by this TV ad, haha:

Memoirs of a Geisha

I just finished this book. It has been on my shelf for probably 10 years (since it was a BIG best-seller that one year). I just never got around to reading it. So I read it in the last month. Halfway through it got soaked in a leaking bottle of sunscreen so it had crunchy pages. It swelled to double the size and really looks like it's been through a war zone.

As for the story, it was ... OK. It started out really good - I loved the detailed Japanese history, the landscape, the characters, and the setting up of a young girls early tragedies. But, as she got older, well, it felt too predictable, too romanticised and ultimately, unbelievable. This is a habit of a lot of English people - we just can't watch movies or read books if they're based on fantasy, or they're too glorified, or too 'over the top'. We are turned off the minute we read the part that has us thinking "THAT would never happen in real life". And that's what happened with this book for me. It got a little ... sappy & obvious. If you know what I mean by all that.

I finished it though. I had invested enough in this character to see where she ended up. But I had lost real feeling for her story. Shame, because I got a lot out of the great picture of Japanese life that was portrayed. I loved the descriptive passages on exactly how a geisha dresses, and trains for her role at school, and how life in her okiya was. I could picture Gion at this time. But an important level of emotion, for me, was just not quite there.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Jake's Tile Job

Back in March I posted about Abby & I spending the weekend out of the house so that Jake could tile the bathrooms. I never showed the finished work:

Isn't it fabulous? He's so handy :)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Courtney & Veronica's Visit

April 8th -11th my two girlfriends from UCSB came to stay. We had a great girls time catching up & going out to eat in one of Scottsdale's new Fox restaurants: The Culinary Dropout, if anyone's interested, it was a nice place:

It was also my first time meeting 'Baby Max' as Abby calls him, although not such a baby anymore. I'm embarrassed to say these are my only decent photos from the whole weekend:

Let's not leave it so long next time ladies - and Marie, you need to make it so it's the 4 of us again!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Jake's Birthday

A few days after Easter, we celebrated Jake's birthday. He treated himself to a snowboarding trip with Bryan to Mammoth, CA:

My mum & dad also had to unexpectedly fly home this week because my grandmother passed away. The volcanic ash in the skies from the Icelandic volcano (not even going to try & pronounce Eyjafjallajokull) meant they almost missed the funeral but they made it just in time.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter in California 2010

The weekend following Abigail's birthday party, we headed to Ojai for the Easter weekend. We stopped at Jake's Aunt Frances & Uncle Bill's for lunch because it's about halfway near Palm Springs. Thank you again for lunch Aunt Frances, I know you're reading :)

Our Ojai visits always include the playground with cousin Morgan & Grandma:

And sometimes the new candy shop in town:

The girls' favourite part is hunting for Easter Eggs in Grandma Carmen's backyard:

The Madonna Family:

The Holland Family: