Archive | March, 2013

Happy Easter!

30 Mar

Happy Easter from Australia! It has been a great day here. We went to Rachel and Matt’s church, and Ruby had fun in kid’s church–she especially loved the playground.

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After church Ruby loved receiving her Easter basket from Uncle Matt and Auntie Rachel.

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Ruby by Rachel

30 Mar

After a bit of a tough night (Ruby woke up at 1:45 wanting to play, but she eventually fell back asleep until 7), we had a nice second day in Australia. This morning we went grocery shopping and this evening we had a lovely dinner with friends of Rachel and Matt as well as Matt’s wonderful parents. Ruby took a very normal nap this afternoon and went to bed just before 9, so I am praying that she sleeps through the night and is officially on Brisbane time tomorrow.

I take pictures of Ruby fairly obsessively but rarely capture her genuine smile and spirit as well as Rachel did with these two:

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I also just love this sweet picture of Ruby and her beloved Uncle Matt:

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Here is a silly one of Ruby and Rachel at the fruit and veggie groce

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G’day Mates!

28 Mar

We made it to Australia safe and sound after an unexpectedly pleasant 14 hour flight. Ruby started off screaming before takeoff and I could sense the apprehension of the people around us, but she nursed through takeoff and promptly fell asleep. She actually stayed asleep while Mom and I settled her into her makeshift bed, and slept for about six hours straight–hooray!

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Ruby did fuss a little off and on but was pretty good for the rest of the flight–much better than I expected from an over active barely-two-year-old. She did have a major meltdown while in line at customs, but the friendly Aussie customs official ushered us to the front of a very long line as a result. Excellent.

Rachel and Matt have of course made us feel right at home immediately, and Ruby just adores both of them. Here she is helping fix lunch:

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We just returned from a lovely walk where Auntie Rachel got to hone her stroller-pushing skills…

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…and Ruby got to play at a playground that is conveniently located right by the house.

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Ruby is now finally napping after a very long day and night. We all wish we had just a fraction of her energy!

Off to Australia

27 Mar

We are in LAX right now, minutes from boarding our flight to Australia and one hour from takeoff. Ruby has been really great, but she is definitely a sleepy baby.

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Lily & Stone

26 Mar

I was so thrilled to spend some time with my dear friend Cynthia and her sweet daughter Lily today. We tried to get some good pictures of the girls together, but this over-enthusiastic hug and little stand-off were the best I got:

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This evening the family met up at Stone Brewery (aka Matty’s favorite place ever–we missed him!) for dinner. Ruby loved looking at the fishies in the koi pond, and luckily Auntie Elise and her boyfriend Michael kept a close eye on her so she wouldn’t jump in and swim with them:

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Ruby also really enjoyed her delicious macaroni and cheese:

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Sunny San Diego

25 Mar

We had a fabulous day hanging out with Elise and Michael, and Adam after he got off of work. This afternoon we went to a gorgeous park in Solana Beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean so that we could all enjoy the weather and Ruby could burn off some of her endless energy. She has really been a trooper so far and I am just amazed at how all the travel and the time change haven’t slowed her down one bit.

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Away We Go!

24 Mar

After a lovely and low-key 31st birthday yesterday, Ruby and I left on our big California/Australia adventure this afternoon. Ruby flew across the country a dozen times in her first year but has barely flown this year so I was a bit apprehensive about this whole undertaking. She actually did pretty well, which I didn’t realize until the people who sat across the aisle mentioned how good she was at the end of the six hour flight. I think that we are always hardest on our own kids. I know that it was really hard for her to try and sit still for so long, so all in all I will call it a success. Now to conquer the 14 hour flight to Brisbane on Wednesday….

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When we finally got to San Diego my parents met us at the airport and we all headed up to Elise’s house for dinner (delicious) and to meet her boyfriend (two thumbs up). It was so nice to hang out and catch up with her and Adam, and Ruby was thrilled to reunite with her aunt and uncle, and Elise’s horse Charlie.

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