Friday, December 30, 2011

Gabriella's First Ski Experince

It was my niece Gabriella's first Tahoe experience. Most ski resorts require you to be at least 4 (and she is only 3). We've had zero snow, but it's been cold enough to make snow.

Her first ski experience could have turned out  a myriad of ways - all shaping her future skiing agenda. And amazingly she did great! BOTH times. First, a quick lesson at Northstar then some bunny slopes at Squaw (see below). We were all so proud of her!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Jog On A Gorgeous Day in Pittsburgh

North Shore views from my jog this afternoon...

Allegheny commons park

Heinz Field: Steelers Stadium

View of "The Point". Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers

PNC Park: Pirate Baseball Field

Da 'burgh

Roberto Clemente Bridge and Fulton Building in foreground.

Historic Fulton Building, also where my mom had her first coffee shop

Andy Warhol Bridge

Andy Warhol Museum

North Side Children's Museum

Allegheny commons park

- Posted from my iPhone

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Super Cute Poser

She is actually saying "cheeeese" here. Xo

- Posted from my iPhone

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pineapple Princess

Kauai Memories - Looking at the pic of my little pineapple princess while I'm away this week. xo

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Oktoberfest Fun

Annual 5K and Oktoberfest Stein Holding Contest

Ayla and Uncle Kenny
- Posted from my iPhone

Monday, September 12, 2011


Sadly we are back from beautiful Kauai. We rented a house in Hanalei, in between beach and quaint Hanalei town. It was gorgeous! Kauai kicks Maui's ass (in my opinion) but still doesn't hold a candle to the amazing lagoons around French Polynesia.
I actually thought I would update my blog while we were gone, HA! It was too beautiful to have my eyes on my phone for more than a minute. As you can imagine I have a million pictures I am trying to parse and post. Since we are back to our hectic schedule, I'll just post the few I snapped with my iPhone.
Stories to come later - Mahalo!

Calm, crystal waters of Anini.

Peaceful morning jog in Hanalei

Pineapple princess

Island Napping

Beach where Mitzi Gaynor washed that man right out of her hair...

Ayla and Grandma watching daddy jump off a cliff - yes more on that later...

Patty and Kari

Cocktails and Sunset

- Posted from my iPhone

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ready to party

Getting ready for Cousin Gabbi's birthday party, in a dress from Aunt Heidi.

Dance for us!

Ta da!



- Posted from my iPhone

Sunday, July 24, 2011

I think I have created a monster...

Ayla LOVES jewelry. Not just the shininess of it, or the token of a necklace around her holder, but really LOVEs all forms of the precious adornments. She knows exactly how to get into my jewelry organizer (trust me I have made only the costume easily accessible) and I have caught her out of the corner of my eye knowing exactly where the bangles go and admiring them on her arm.

Well yesterday after a nap, she wouldn't let me continue with her lunch until she got a ring off my finger. She tried pulling both my wedding bands on my left hand and the plastic ring on my right at the same time (greed!) until I gave up the plastic one. The pictures I snapped can only give a glimpse, she put it on her hand and was ecstatic and completely pleased!! That is until she tried to eat it because she thought it was candy...
Note post-nap bed head

My precious...

Inspecting how it performs on her hand...

Happy squeal of sheer delight digitally caught forever

- Posted from my iPhone

Friday, July 22, 2011

Campbell Music in the Park

Summer Thursday nights in Campbell are always an easy way to get out and do something with a little one. Music in the Park provides social gathering for friend and neighbors, pinic and fun for kids and entertainment (not just from the band but characters in the crowd-believe me!)
Last night a bowling pin was escorted out of the park - too funny.
Where's Waldo? Bowling Pin?

We tried to take Ayla's picture with the pin, but the massive costume was a bit intimidating even for her bold outgoing personality, no tears, but no hi- fives either.
People watching

Ayla with our friend Joe

Another appearance was one of Ayla's daycare boyfriends spotted her from across the crowd and came over to eat some blueberries with us. His dad remarked that he didn't know where his son learned to take handfuls of food and shove into his mouth (ah hem from Ayla - guilty confession if you have ever seen me eat popcorn - you get the idea)

Speaking of daycare boyfriends, apparently Ayla has two that she likes to give hugs and kisses to, and last week her caretaker texted me a picture of her caught in action...

- Posted from my iPhone