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Monday, October 19, 2009

Pics from trip



We made it 5 years!

Red and I celebrated 5 years of marriage on the 16th. I can't believe it! We got to take the weekend off and leave parenting duties to my sister in law and her hubby! They stayed at the house and took care of the kiddos all weekend! I know it was exhausting for them and we are so appreciative!! We went to Napa (Yountville) for the weekend. We stayed at the lovely Napa Valley Lodge which is walking distance from the world famous restaurant The French Laundry. We drove by it. You can;t get in to that place without like 6 month advance reservations and the price is astronomical. Its a prix fixe menu at $240 a pop. I would LOVE to do it but not this trip. We got up there about 5 ish and went and bought some wine and cheese and crackers and took our backgammon game out to the pool. I won, 3-2!! that NEVER happens. We went across the street for dinner to the Napa Valley Grille just to be easy and not have to drive. Food was good (had a great salad and some sea bass over polenta-Red had a burger) but the service SUCKED. Our waitress couldn't be bothered and we ended up having to ask two different people to bring us things. annoying. There was no one at the bar when we finished but we decided to go anyway and had the best time. George the bartender had magic tricks for us and bar tricks, including getting an egg from one shot glass to another without touching the glasses or the egg!
the next day, slept in, got the continental breakfast, got ready and went wine tasting. We overheard at breakfast someone mention Del Dotto winery. We decided to try it and made a reservation for a tour. It was pricey but worth it. Before we went, we stopped next door at Whitehall Lane-it was fine, Heather (who poured for us at Whitehall) warned us about going next door-she said be ready for the opera!. So we go over to Del Dotto and walk in to a huge room with marble everywhere and opera music blaring. I felt like I was going to get on a ride at Disney. "Check in at the bar to your left" We checked in, were given a glass of Cave Merlot (which was delish) and waited for the rest of our group. I actually got tears in my eyes when we walked into the cave. It was beautiful and candlelit! We tasted from barrels and learned a lot about how much the barrel influences the wine. It was fun. After the tour they give you cheese and meats and fresh pizza! yum. We had a blast.
After that we headed up t St Helena to eat lunch and ended up at The Market (best meal of the weekend). We both started with a cup of amazing potato leek soup. I had the avocado and heirloom tomato sandwich with cucumbers, red onion and lettuce on sourdough. yum. We then checked out some of the shops and headed back to the NVL. Got some more wine and went to the hot tub to relax. Ended up chatting with some ladies who were there for their 40th b-days. Decided to get sushi for dinner. In the room we called a place we had seen on the way to St Helena called Go Fish. They were closed for a private party. bummer. The only other sushi nearby was at CC Blue so we called them. They said sure come on in! (It was already about 8:30). So we get ready and go. Im psyched for sushi! **What follows is from my review of the place on Yelp** We get there and there are about three tables occupied inside. there were 2 tables outside, one of which had yet to be cleared. We walked in and asked if we could sit outside-the waiter said sure-let me clear that table off for you. Approximately 10 minutes (yes 10 minutes of us awkwardly standing around the patio, reading and re-reading the menu) later he comes out to clear it. It takes him 2 trips to clear a 2 top. He mumbles something. We sit down. Another 5-7 minutes pass before he comes back to wipe our table down (but he forgot the rag!) and is gone before I can order a beer. umm, we still dont even have menus! He returns, takes our drink order -(I ordered a small asahi, my husband a large Sapporo -which they were out of so my husband goes with a large Asahi-wiater says "so 2 large Asahi's?" sure buddy, ok.) We also order some edamame. By this time we are joking with the couple next to us about how slow it is and they still dont have the whole menu or any water. After we have a chance to really get our order figured out, shaky and nervous waiter comes by and says to us in an almost inaudible whisper-"I was just informed we are out of sushi rice"....wait WHAT? how are you out of sushi rice? this is a sushi place! I say: "wow, that is really bad news." He says drinks are on us-so sorry. We drink our beers, eat our edamame and leave. The nice local couple who were dining there for the 1st and last time, told us to check out Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen and we did and it was great. It wasn't sushi but is owned by a famous chef (Cindy Pawlcyn who actually appeared on Top Chef Masters). Our server informed us that CC Blue is gross anyway and turns into a nightclub later! Ewwww.
In the morning we got up and went to breakfast at a greasy spoon in Napa and headed back to the kids.
It was GREAT to get away-we laughed a lot and drank a lot and now I start my diet!
Low calories and no alcohol for at least a month! (This was planned prior to the trip!)!

Monday, October 12, 2009

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Avery update

So Avery has been in her special ed program for about 6 weeks now-thought it was time for a little update. Each month they have a new theme for the class. September was transportation and October is all about Halloween. Because of the transportation theme, she started saying BUS (also because she is in love with riding the bus!) and CAR. she says both spontaneously. After one week of the Halloween theme she already has some new words. We went to Safeway the other day and they had pumpkins outside and she said pumpkin! It sounded more like PUH-BUH-but I knew what she meant! Then a few days later as we were waiting for the bus she saw the halloween decorations in the neighbors yard and said Goh (GHOST)!! She is talking a lot more-talks about her backpack all the time. She loves taking it to school. She has also used the potty at school three times.

She is running so much better now. Also getting so good at stairs. If she is carrying something she can go right up without holding on to anything! She has gotten so much more confident going down the stairs as well. Recently she has been willing to go down the slide too! We get her up there and she will get over to the slide, and wait a few then pushes herself down, lands on her feet too! She is much better with using her utensils although she still prefers to use her hands to eat. But if you sit there and remind her, she can do it. she really tried to help take her shirt off for bath time tonight which is great.

I had the kids try on their Halloween costumes the other day (Avery will be a ladybug and Nolan will be a Bee) and they thought it was too funny. They were both looking at themselves in the mirror and laughing. So today I asked her "Avery what are you going to be for Halloween" and she said BUGGY!

She is using PECS at school and we have a bunch at home to use-we try to do it as much as possible but its hard to remember. I need to make a better effort b/c I really think its going to work for her.

We had a HANDLE meeting on Friday the 9th and her practitioner Sindy thinks we are doing well. She added a few exercises for us to add to the program. We are continuing to do as much as we can with her daily. I have seen a huge difference in Avery's mood since we started. We have had a few meltdowns recently but I'm pretty sure its more due to food reactions and/or hunger than anything else. I have been slacking off on her food restrictions (yesterday she had a couple little mini tootsie pops-oops!) She eats lunch so early at school now and I think she is overdue for a snack by the time I pick her up. So we are working on that.

Oh, Avery has gotten a little bit better with her baby brother Nolan too. She still thinks its hilarious to knock him down-especially now that he is walking around more. He is tough though. :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

Nolan is ONE! and WALKING

We arent used to this around here but Nolan started walking on Monday-5 days before his first b-day! when Avery turned one she still had yet to start her butt scooting boogie (she did about a week after her birthday) so its a new thing for us to have a one year old walker! Here is some video of him on day 2 of being a walker (09.29.09)
Today is his actual b-day and we arent celebrating tonight-doing family dinner on Sunday so there will be pics of that later!