planning this trip wasn't easy. making 10 people happy is impossible. but we managed to settle on a place and get everyone there. i'm not sure when we will all be together again. life is getting more complicated. people are getting jobs and others are moving across the world. i'm grateful for the 10 days we got to spend all together.

the boys golfed a lot. i had hoped to play but things don't go your way when you have a baby. 
one of the many times ari managed to get himself in the pool without his swimsuit. 
ari developed a serious love for outdoor showers. we had to keep the door locked because if he snuck out there, there was no getting him back inside without a shower. he also threw quite a few fits when we turned it off and made him come inside. outdoor family showers for the win. 



while we were in mexico, we (minus my mom and ari) took a boat ride that included snorkeling, paddling boarding and swimming into a cove. it was the first time i barfed (like four times) on a boat, so that was fun. paddle boarding is really hard in rough water and my board somehow gave me a rash on knees. i would say it wasn't my most successful water outing. here are some terrible gopro photos taken by our captain, a few iPhone photos and some good photos from the newest family photographer, peter.



we spent the past week with my entire family in mexico. i kind of failed in the picture department though (this was the only time i pulled my camera out). a month ago ari cried whenever i tried to go swimming with him. but in mexico, he loved it and would request a dip all on his own. i think it helped that it was hotter than hell and the pool felt like a bath tub. our pool had a little ledge that was perfect for him. 



we took ari to the beach for the first (real) time this weekend. he absolutely hated the dry sand. he burst into tears the second i put him down. he had the same reaction when he realized a wave was coming in his direction. we were able to convince him that the wet sand wasn't so bad. finding a sand dollar to hold onto helped. we're going to mexico this week so we're hoping to build up his beach tolerance.



ari had been rocking a mullet for quite some time and david really wanted to get rid of it. i told him that once he was one, he could cut his hair. so when we were in colorado a few weeks ago, we said goodbye to the mullet. we gave ari a sucker and he was totally fine with getting his hair cut. david's mom pulled off a great haircut despite the fact that her client was a wiggling one year old. i got a little choked up. he looks like such a big boy now!



we have lived in california for six years, most of which have been spent in san francisco. but for the past year, we lived down in san jose. we decided that it was an area we needed to explore as a potential place to buy a house (someday). we found a really good deal and moved super fast. between postpartum hormones and leaving my favorite city, i was a mess. but i knew it was something we needed to do. something we needed to try.

david has never worked in san francisco and has always commuted down to the south bay. so being 15 minutes away from work was really nice. we could have lunch dates! and the weather is pretty much perfect. i think i wore sandals the entire year we were in san jose. but about four months into living in san jose, we concluded that we wanted to move back to the city.

so back to san francisco we went. ari isn't even 13 months old and he has already lived in three apartments. yes, we are crazy.

it took leaving the city, to realize how much we love it and that we wanted to live her long term. city living is not easy. san jose was the easier option and we tried to convince ourselves that we could do it. people think it's crazy that we want to live in a city that david doesn't even work in. that choosing to commute an hour to work is ridiculous.

it's hard to explain our love of city living and love for san francisco to others. but we couldn't picture ourselves raising our kids anywhere else. we love the diversity and how authentic people are. we want our kids to be raised in a city as open minded and accepting as this one.

and one day, the suburbs may be the answer. and we know that. but we are going to stay in this crazy city for as long as it makes sense for our family.



i've got some catching up to do here but this little guy turned one. it's hard to believe its only been a year and already been a year at the same time. it's been so fun to watch him grow and turn into his own little person.



in an effort to get this guy to eat, we are trying new foods. i'm not sure there was much eating of the pancakes but there was a lot of playing. he really liked squishing the blueberries and rubbing them all over himself.

anyone have food suggestions for a picky, essentially toothless and not very skilled eater?