Archive for July, 2014

Encinitas/San Diego Summer

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

As part of our summer routine–we made a quick trip out to San Diego in early July to visit Nonni and Nonno, play at the beach, and just hang out with good family and friends.  We didn’t take nearly enough photos but I’ve selected a few good’uns for posting below.

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Sorry DL Flight 833 DTW-SAN. Elsa is 1 and likes to stand on tray tables. Its the lesser of two evils. Either stand on a tray table or scream. (OMG).

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At the Bay Club pool. Bjorn loved his little inner tube and Elsa was content just climbing up and down the first two steps of the pool.

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Naptime. Nonni & Nonno got us a room at the Bay Club so we wouldn’t have to fight traffic on the Fourth of July and could watch fireworks on the San Diego bay.

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Sandcastles are hard work. Especially when you have a sister who’s mission in life is to destroy them.

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Elsa fell asleep while watching fireworks on San Diego Bay. Not pictured, Nonno getting pooped on by a seagull as soon as the fireworks started.

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Cardiff State Beach

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Nonno & Elsa wading in the waves at Cardiff State Beach

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Captain Bjorn. The boat stayed anchored in the slip the entire time.

The Pacific was unseasonably warm (even for July!) so it was great beach weather and we headed down there frequently.   It is tough work going to the beach with two small children, let me tell you.  Bonus–both kids were generally pretty exhausted at the end of the day and Bjorn even put himself to bed.

We also made a quick trip up to Los Angeles to visit my grandparents in Glendale, some friends related to my boss at a Bowling Alley in Burbank, and also we got to meet Baby Lauren of the Geoff & Cheryl genes. (that was a busy day but so so so well worth it).  The kids were champs that day–although they were a bit of a hot mess on the ride home.  Totally warranted a stop at McDonalds for a milkshake.

Speaking of milkshakes–there’s a new In n’ Out in Encinitas (walking distance from my parents house).  We went there only two times–but it was glorious.

We’ll be back, Encinitas.

A Pause

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

I cannot stop thinking about an acquaintance–not someone I knew well at all–someone on the extreme periphery in my life. We were pen pals a long while ago, she was nice and kind, we found each other on Facebook and it was so easy to continue “staying in touch” by just observing each other’s lives.

On Wednesday at work, I started seeing her tagged in a large number of posts, all indicating that she had died. Immediately I thought it was a tragic accident–she was hit by a car or perhaps she had been sick and didn’t disclose it online. As more information came out, it turned out that she had taken her own life and left behind three small children.

In my life, I have been sad and I have been depressed. It is so so hard to find your way out of the darkness and its just as easy to mask it if you don’t want others to know how you’re suffering. I just wish this beautiful girl who was always so kind and nice in her letters and whose photos all showed signs of a happy family with happy children had received the help she needed. I cannot stop thinking about her daughters and son–who are old enough to understand. Tragic and heartbreaking.

365 Days Later…..

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Elsa turned one a few weeks ago. Can you believe it? I can’t. Technically speaking, I no longer have a baby. That’s a little sad for me because I don’t think I see any more babies in our family’s future. I read something somewhere that described this feeling of familial completeness like “we just don’t feel like we’re waiting for anyone else to arrive to the party”. And, let me tell you, a party it is at the Jensen house.

Here are a couple of photos of our lovely, free-spirited, sleep-challenged one-year old.

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Elsa the Loud

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Most of this cupcake ended up on the patio for the ants to eat or in Elsa’s hair. Elsa seems to be a little “blase” about it all.

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Bjorn was more excited about the cupcakes than Elsa.

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Both our kids got sick with a random summer illness. Not gonna lie–it was probably the most peaceful day in our house in the last year.

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Practicing stepping.

Its so hard to find time to document some of the silly or frustrating or silly + frustrating things she does now.  I’m going to attempt that here:

  • When she wants a binky or a bottle she says “mamamamamamamamamamama”
  • If you ask her “where’s the fan” she will point at pretty much anything and sometimes she will actually point at the fan.
  • Elsa LOVES going to Gretchen’s House.  It is literally the only place where she leaps out of my arms into teacher Leanna’s arms and just snuggles in for a good cuddle every morning.  They seem happy to see her, too….?  Her Gretchen’s House name is Elsa Earth.  (My two readers may remember that Bjorn is Bjorn Banjo).
  • She loves to eat black olives, quesadillas, peaches, yogurt, corn, macaroni and cheese, applesauce, cottage cheese, cheese.   Only time will tell if we get as picky an eater as our first child.
  • Her favorite toy appears to be my wallet. She will literally find my purse, and dig through it, until she can get to the blasted thing.  Then she will proceed to take everything out of it.  Going to have to find a better way to store my cash….
  • She loves Bjorn until she doesn’t.  Then she beats him.  This girl takes no slack.
  • She rocks a faux hawk when her hair dries right after getting out of the bathtub.
  • Her “best friends” to parallel play with are Kate, Minna, Rosemary, Annabelle, Van Man, and Ryan.
  • She climbs with no fear of falling.  This doesn’t always work out for her.
  • We will have to babyproof with this child.  We never had to with Bjorn.  Brave new world.  I come into the bathroom to find toilet paper rolls all pulled out and q-tips everywhere.  I’ve been gone for thirty seconds and she pretty much just goes for the glory and destroys everything.
  • We wish she would sleep through the night….
  • Bjorn calls her Woowee (Woo-Weeeeeee). We are not totally sure how this nickname came about but we think it has something to do with the fact that he used to scream “woo!  woo!  woo!” in her face when she was an infant.  Sadly (for Elsa) we all have started to call her Woowee.

I feel much better now that I’ve documented all of this.  I know that I think I’ll remember it all but I invariably won’t.  In fact, I should not be held accountable for remembering much of ANYTHING from the past five years.  Its all a blurr of craziness and fun and sleep deprivation and love.  Thank goodness for photos and blogs (when you keep up with them).

We are looking forward to more adventures and milestones to document–including our upcoming road trip to go camping in Maine with the Wayfaring Waldos.  Are we both crazy?  Simple answer:  Yes.  Camping with two five year olds and two one year olds?  That is ill advised but we are up for the challenge. I am sure that Elsa will be happy to add Henry & Grace into her arsenal of friends.  Also: Lobster rolls.

Also, another post soon about our trip to San Diego to visit Nonni and Nonno and go to the beach ad nauseum earlier this summer.