Saturday, December 27, 2008

Baby's First Chanukah and Christmas

We spent the holidays with the Selkins in LA/Pasadena. Solly got to experience the real deal. Latkes, brisket, candles, and presents!

Although he wanted some brisket, Solly's holiday meal consisted of (what else?) rice cereal!

Playing dreidel with his cousins.

We spent Christmas with Uncle Eli, Aunt Liz, and Cousins Andrew, Lynn, and Pinky. The cousins loved playing with the baby!

So many presents! Solly cleaned up!

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Los Angeles!

We spent a few days in LA and Pasadena visiting with the Selkins and celebrating the holidays. By this time, we had been away long enough that you could really see some big changes in Solly.

Most notably, he slept through the night, and when he woke up he was on his belly! So he can now officially flip both ways!

We took a trip to his Grandpa's museum, the LA County Natural History Museum.

Learning about minerals from Daddy.

We got a behind the scenes tour! Solly really enjoyed the bug part.

Mommy and Solly in matching Cal Academy shirts.

We spent an afternoon with Jessica and Mark, playing with Elsa and little Donovan.

Life sure has changed since Jess, Mark, Sharon, and I shared a place in SF!

Solly really liked Van, and spontaneously reached out for him. His little personality is starting to come out, and it sure is sweet!

Meeting Cousin Ruthie, who gave him some lovely gifts.

Friday, December 26, 2008

San Diego!

We took a shockingly quick trip to San Diego. Solly got to go to the Dayton Lab, have another Chanukah with Lisa and her family, stay (and not sleep) in a fancy hotel, visit Cabrillo National Monument and some of mom's old work friends, see the Pacific Ocean, and meet some nifty CSS plants! Quite the busy boy!

Visiting the Dayton Lab. Paul was excited to start corrupting him! Meeting Pat, Kristin, and Ed.

A Chanukah party with Lisa and her family.

We stayed at La Estancia, our favorite "vacation in town" spot when we still lived in San Diego. The hotel was still beautiful, but it was a slightly different experience with a baby.

(Our stuff for a one night visit!)

A visit with Dave, Monica, and Micah. It was amazing to see how much more advanced an 11-month old can be. We can't wait until the boys can really play together. (Thanks D and M for the nap!)

We took Solly to see Cabrillo, including some of my old co-workers and my little strip of shoreline.

He was pretty wiped out in the end!

San Francisco--First Meetings

Solly got to meet some dear friends and family during our trip. (With apologies to Raj and Aparna--we never took a photo when we got together).

Steven and Chika!


Bonnie K!

Arja and Holger!

Cousins Arlene and Mike!