December 2008 Archives
I never imagined we'd create a card using the American flag as background. A bit too patriotic for me, but it's apt considering how much we cared about this year's elections.
Tesla had a check-up at Kaiser the other week, and I wanted to capture a moment with Dr. Yap. Obviously, Dr. Yap was Tesla's first regular doctor, but the neat thing was that Tesla was one of Dr. Yap's first babies. Dr. Yap is finishing her position at Kaiser soon, to graduate and move on to her next position, so this visit was Tesla's last with Dr. Yap. It's been fun for both Dr. Yap and myself to enjoy watching Tesla grow, and it's been super nice to have Dr. Yap's extra attention thoughout these years. She even called me on her day off after we saw a different doctor during the pneumonia.
We wish Dr. Yap a super new chapter in her life, and thank her for caring so well for Tesla : )
The founders of Red Cap Cards, Hal & Carrie, camped with us at Burning Man this past year. They gave out some of their cards, and ever since, I've been in love with Carrie's illustrations. They now include other illustrators, but I love Carrie's the most, and have purchased several gifts from them.
For holiday gifts, I wanted to frame a few, but they only sell card sizes. So I emailed Hal, and he very kindly printed just for me, a larger version of Carrie's prints. Now that I've given them as gifts, I can show them here : ) Aren't they adorably lovely?
Last weekend, we went back up to Willits with the Regenbogens to ride the Skunk Train which offers a cute Christmas-y version during the season with elves, cookies and milk (spiked hot chocolate for parents- smart!), songs, decor, and last but not least, a special guest appearance by Santa!
We all built this up quite high for both Fia and Tesla, but T had little clue about what was going on. However, the timing was perfect because her auntie Katherine sent her a DVD game thing of The Little Train That Could, and Fia just happened to have the book version too, so Tesla has been quite into trains lately. So to ride a real one made a huge impression.
Regarding Santa...well, he was just weird and scary for her, although Mr. Santa tried hard. The only shot we could get was of her turning away to hide in daddy's arms. I can see her point. Who else wears all red with an obnoxious white beard? Could be the devil for all she knows. I got a few pictures of her in utter wonder about all the singing and hype as Santa boarded the train.
However, she loves to sing Jingle Bells, and both Fia and Tesla practically flipped out when they discovered we were staying in hotel rooms that had a connected door, and jumping on the bed was allowed!
Of course this was the special breakfast with dear Rachel just before she flew away across the country to live in MA. She honored me with having her last friend gathering chez nous, and snoozing on our sofa. Breakfast was the extra treat.
But I maintained (and still maintain) super denial, and enjoyed the time as if it was regular time. And the only pictures I took from breakfast was of Fia and T. Sure, they dominated the scene, and I mentioned to Rachel how it can be quite hard to eat out with kids because everyone spends all their time keeping the kids occupied...munching the meal in between when there is time. It's not exactly relaxing. But still, I can't quite fathom how I failed to take a commemorative picture of darling Rachel. Denial to the core indeed.
Here's a video of busy Tesla (Flickr is finicky so it might not load now)
Then last night, we went camping at the Anthony Chabot Park in Oakland so it was super close, yet a great way to totally be out of the city. We took the RV since Tesla loves it, and pretty much had the camping area all to ourselves, surrounded by eucalyptus trees. We definitely want to visit there more often since it's so easy to get there.
Here Tesla is with her best friend Fia. They missed each other during the sickness!
Below here, Tesla masters a new puzzle she got.
And here is Tesla absolutely loving her new stroller she got from cousin Maria-Rose.
I hung up my mom's beautiful calligraphy, and made a small flower arrangement from the remnants of the flower bouquet from Rachel.
hmmn: musings from the far east(erwood)
Big in Japan
Ed the Cat
Anil, the Nigritude Ultramarine
A Full Belly
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