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Giddy Up

This last Thursday was Dana and my Fourth wedding anniversary.  Our wonderful sister and bro-in-law were gracious enough to give us a whole day to celebrate by ourselves, so we took advantage and saved our celebrating for Saturday.  Usually, Dana takes over in planning most of our celebrations, but I planned this one and kept it a surprise.  After dropping the kids off, we started the morning with brunch at Raglan Public House.  We then took a road trip to Ramona where we went horseback riding through a wine vineyard...

And then followed that with a wine tasting...

We ended the day with an early dinner at the same restaurant we ate at the night Dana purposed to me, George's on the Cove, where we got one of the best views in the house.

Sunday was our family day.  We wanted to get outside and do something fun, so Eva suggested we go to the train and carousel that I promised her we would do with daddy (she doesn't forget any of those promises I make--I need to be careful with what I say).  We went to Balboa Park and started at the Carousel...

followed by the Butterfly Ride...

and then finished with the train ride that we were all so excited about.  Eva, Daddy, and I really enjoyed the train, but I think the one person who loved it the most was Enzo...

We then grabbed a bite to eat, then decided we wanted to end our day getting ice cream at the zoo...

Our weekend was jam packed with festivities, but our week was just as busy.  On Tuesday, we took Enzo for his 9 month check up, where we found that he is way above the charts in height (surprise, surprise).  The doc was asking if Enzo was waving bye-bye or clapping his hands yet and I said he does do hand movements, but not clapping yet.  Eva took in every word the doctor said and came home determined to teach Enzo how to clap and wave bye-bye.  I was really impressed with how well she listened and understood what was going on, and even more surprise at how adament she is on teaching Enzo (its been every day since the appointment).  Enzo also heard everything she said and decided to focus more on waving, coming really close to clapping, and now he is pulling up on things and almost scooting around.  He is showing great communication skills in other ways besides talking like mimicking sounds that we make.  My favorite change in his behavior is how much more interaction he wants from us.  If he is in his bedroom and I am in the kitchen, all I do is say "Enzo, come here baby." and he will crawl as fast as he can around all corners to get to me with a big smile.  And, since there is all this talk about our little cutie, I better share a picture to make you all warm and fuzzy inside...

We had a sleepover again with the cousins last week.  I think they love coming over because they know they can squeeze in sugary sweets where they otherwise wouldn't get it.  Breakfast?  Cinnamon Rolls, of course...

But don't worry, the mom in me still has a few tricks up my sleeve.  Before Cinnamon roll time they had to eat all their scrambled eggs, but even before that, I tricked them into eating popsicles made of pumpking, avocado, peaches, and yogurt (so we hit all the food groups before 9am--top that!).

Sleepovers are always so much fun because it gives me a break from the same routine, more importantly, though, it gives me the opportunity to hand over some of my duties, like changing poopy diapers.  Kierce has taken diaper duty pretty seriously at our house, but also enjoyed cuddling Enzo with some books too, which Enzo was quite fond of...

Recently, Dana bought a scooter for Eva.  Its just like Merrick's, so she has been super excited to practice her skooting skills.  So far I have been very impressed, for she is doing great and also being very responsible with how to handle the skooter...

Lastly, a picture that Eva is very excited to share.  She is showing you that her hair is just like Doc McStuffins.  Its one of her favorite characters (2nd to Dora, of course).  Its very tough to get Eva to smile for the camera, but when she is overjoyed about something she will sometimes cooperate...

Until next time, Sayonara!

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