October 2007

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happy halloween!

Posted by lynn on 31 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: family, friends, kai, melina

Our Little Penguin

Melina With Super Suli

Today made me feel like I truly can become a kid all over again. Or, for the first time since grade school, enjoy Halloween in the purest, sugar- and andrenaline-drenched way possible. After years of partying in the Castro, carousing with friends, or hiding out at home (I admit it, but just a couple times), I looked forward to filling Melina’s pumpkin with what one SF Chronicle food columnist called “low-rent candy,” the kind I crave just once a year.

Penguin Girl!

Trick Or Treat

We started the day walking with Kai in his preschool’s costume parade around the neighborhood (check out Meli taking in the scene over daddy’s shoulder) then caught up with some yoga mom and baby friends at Habitot’s baby and tot party in downtown Berkeley (yes, that’s my pinguino with Super Suli).

Butterfingers

We topped off the evening trick-or-treating with Kai, his mom, and her boyfriend, plus the boyfriend’s son and ex-wife – it was a true blended family affair – on Mariposa Street in North Berkeley. The folks who live on this street go gang busters with decorations and buckets full of candy. We even had to wait in line at a few houses. Melina got a kick out of all the action, but lucky for us went down without a fuss as soon as we got home. I’m guessing Kai’s on a sugar high at his mom’s place right now.

Note for next year? I need a costume.

sibling fun

Posted by lynn on 28 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: kai, melina

Costa Rica Kids

Wolverine Dance

Guess where Grandma and Grandpa Weiss just travelled? Meli and Kai had fun wearing their new shirts!

Even more exciting – at least for Kai – is his Halloween costume. This video shows it all, including Melina laughing hysterically at her brother from the peanut gallery.

At a Halloween party over the weekend one adult tried to tell Kai how Wolverine’s claws were made of a special alloy. Kai looked at her then down at his costume claws and responded, “Actually, they’re made of plastic.”

out and about

Posted by lynn on 25 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: friends, melina

Swinging In Pink

Yoga Moms 'n Babes

Melina and I are taking advantage of the last few weeks of warm weather before a cooler fall rolls in. We’re also enjoying meeting up with friends on a near-daily basis before I return to work in just one month. (Yikes!)

Now on our walks we can stop at the park not just to gaze up at the trees but also for a swing ride. Whee! Last week Jennie (Raycer’s mom) hosted a yoga mom gathering at her house – take a look at most of us in the photo. Sapna and Jen and their boys are missing.

Sharing

Suli & Meli @ Jewel Lake

We caught up with Sapna and little Suli this morning at the Little Farm in Tilden Park. The kiddos were more interested in looking (and grabbing) at each other than the animals. They also attempted to “share” one of Suli’s toys. (Melina sucked on one end, Suli on the other. Nice.) We topped off our morning with a leisurely walk to Jewel Lake. And we’ll finish off our day with a sangria play date at another friend’s house. Yup, we’re definitely having fun.

Finally, take a look at our social butterfly chatting away with friend Melia. The video (social butterflies 1, social butterflies 2) is from early October, but super cute – in our humble opinions!

meet your aunties

Posted by lynn on 23 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: family, kai, melina

Cyndie, Mom, Joey & Rich

Hangin' With Grandma Rapoza

Last weekend we kept busy with visitors from both sides of the family. Grandma Rapoza returned for a few final days with us before flying back to Hawaii, plus Cyndie (Joey’s sis) and Rich (her husband) flew up from LA to meet their newest niece, and my own sis Stacie drove up with German and the twins for a quick visit on Saturday. Finally, Melina got to see Great Uncle Sonny and Great Auntie Marie on Monday when they picked up Grandma to take her to San Jose before her flight home. Whew, what a weekend!

Rich, Kai, Stacie, Lucas, German & Noah

Auntie Cyndie Reads to Kai

Speaking of aunties, cousins, and the Rapoza side of the family: For those who don’t know, Melina is Grandma Rapoza’s 13th grandchild. The two oldest grandchildren (Melina’s first cousins) are older than me, and a bunch are right around my age. Eight great-grandchildren, ages 1-19, also factor into the mix. Not sure what they are technically to Kai and Meli – second cousins? First cousins once removed? We just call them all cousins!

4 1/2 months

Posted by lynn on 16 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: melina

Toe GrabberWow. Our little girl is turning into a real little person! Just look at all her latest, four-month-old tricks.

She loves her toes and grabs at them – or anything else within reach – constantly. She tries to shove everything in her mouth, including a huge stuffed cube and a grabbing ball that will never ever fit. It frustrates her to no end.

Hi, Tongue!

She had her first swing ride at the park the other day! As you can see in the photo below, she’s just chillin’ and taking it all in.

She laughs hysterically, especially when her brother is involved. As Joey puts it, Kai is probably like a hugely animated, life-size cartoon character to her.

First Swing Ride

Her exersaucer and other new playthings entertain her for long stretches. But when she starts to tire she’ll cry out for me when I leave the room, even for a minute.

For the past two nights she’s slept through the ENTIRE night: 7:30pm – 7 or 8am. Didn’t wake up once. I’ve probably jinxed this mini trend by posting it here, but it’s too exciting to keep to ourselves!

family time

Posted by lynn on 16 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: family, melina

Family @ Green Griffon Games

I wanted to post a few family pics from when Joey was on bonding leave. On the left you’ll see all of us in front of Green Griffon Games – daddy’s store! Barber Shop MirrorsNote to locals: This is a GREAT place to buy gifts for the holidays. The store’s on MLK between Virginia and Cedar.

On the right you’ll see Meli and me looking at the barber shop’s big mirror right after daddy got a haircut. Melina’s hair, on the other hand, continues to grow straight up. We love it.

grandma, daddies, and pumpkin in a patch

Posted by lynn on 13 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: family, friends, melina

Pumpkin Girl

We’ve certainly been busy since Joey went on bonding leave nearly four weeks ago. It’s hard to believe he has to return to work on Monday.

Grandma RapozaWe had a great, week-long visit from Grandma Rapoza – and it included a trip to the pumpkin patch. Grandma returns for a few days next week before heading back to Hawaii.

Meli also had her first daddy playdate along with Raycer and his daddy Dave. Turns out Dave has all sorts of new daddy tricks for Raycer. Soon Melina will be asking to turn upside-down, too.

Why is Raycer upside down?

In other news, Melina got into our top choice daycare starting mid November. Raycer & Meli Holding HandsI’ll be returning to work part time (to my previous job as a Web writer) in late November, after a few days of mommy transition time at daycare. I’ve also built in one day/week to write. I have mixed feelings about re-gaining some of my adult identity while giving up around-the-clock time with the Jelly Bean. Ask me how it’s going come New Years…

group photo shoot

Posted by lynn on 10 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: melina

Meli's Penguin Friend

Circle

Last week Melina had her first Sears photo shoot – with nine other babes from our Berkeley moms group. Yikes!

Upon learning the babies’ ages (3.5 to 5 months – Melina is right in the middle, age-wise) the photographer lamented, “Oooooh, the most awkward age to photograph…”

Joey, Wyatt, Melia, Melina, Dahlia

Halloween Costumes

Despite the chaos, a few tears, and some overheating in Halloween costumes, we were all pretty happy with the results.

As a bonus, Grandma Rapoza and Daddy got to watch the whole event unfold. We all got a kick out of it.

Moms 'n Babes

Tummy Time

Babies names on the tummy time photo (right) are: Front – Sofia, Joey, Dahlia, Tavi, Lily, Melina; Back – Wyatt, Connor, Melia, Emma.

Good job, babies!

warrior kai

Posted by lynn on 04 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: family, kai

Kai in Warrior Pose @ Kids Yoga

I love the four-year-old Kai. Not that I didn’t love him when he was three, two, or one, but at age four he’s reached a new level of maturity, interaction, and FUN. He still has attitude to spare, but he is a little boy, after all.

Recently Kai’s mom was on vacation for 2 1/2 weeks, which meant we had him full-time. While having two kids FT was a challenge, getting such uninterrupted time with Kai let us hit a real groove as a family. I write a lot about Melina’s “new tricks.” Here are some of Kai’s from the past few months.

Siblings ~ Melina, 4 mths & Kai, 4 yrs

  • He actually tries to color inside the lines! And he can draw stick people, though they’re usually all head and limbs. The funny part is that he knows something’s not quite right but often can’t quite figure out what’s missing.
  • Like all pre-schoolers, he likes to tell his daddy, “You’re the best Daddy in the whole wide world!” He’ll then turn to me and say, “You’re the best Lynn in the whole wide world!” Nice. Why be stepmom when I can be Lynn?
  • He loves to make his sister laugh. On a recent car drive, I had to sit in back between the two car-seated kids. Melina woke up cranky, so Kai and I spent the next 10 minutes amusing her with silly names like “Jellyfish Pie,” “Squishyface,” and “Bumble Bean.” She ate it all up with roaring giggles.
  • I’ve started taking Kai to kids yoga at a studio down the street (see pic). We’ve gone twice so far, and his favorite part is rolling and jumping on the big exercise balls before class starts. My favorite part is getting to spend quality Lynn/Kai time with my stepson.