Thursday, December 30, 2010

We are back

And jet-lagged. In fact Squeak should be napping right now, but instead he is doing this:

Hi guys! I am not tired! Not at all!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New dog bed

Hey, Tony, this is my blanket, not a new dog bed for you!
Go sleep on furniture.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Baby's first blocks. Fun for the whole family.
Kostadis builds them, Nick destroys them.

Monday, December 13, 2010


I believe there are sweet potatoes in his ear.
Definitely in his nose.
Not clear if any are actually in his stomach.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Tree Farm

We will get the best tree. From the area. Over there.

Are these the best trees here?

Nick picks out his tree.



Our "small" tree.

Securing for transport.

Are you guys sure this is well attached?

Mission accomplished!

Saturday, December 11, 2010


He is working very hard on the toes-to-mouth trick.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

We are raising a geek.

If you start them out like this...(5 days old)

They end up like this. (Almost 6 months old)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sunol Hike

It's been raining the whole weekend and activity dog and activity baby were getting restless. Today was  nice, clear and warm (65 degrees!), so we went for a hike in Sunol Regional Wilderness. While most of Sunol is ridiculously steep, the hike to Little Yosemite is on a wide fire road and is definitely stroller-friendly. It's about two miles out and back, which took us an hour and a half or so since we were taking our time to smell the flowers, well, er, other stuff actually if you ask the dogs.
Heading out. Nick is looking for mushrooms.
We were hoping to find some chanterelles, but no luck.

Dogs lead the way.

Little Yosemite. Dogs went down into the creek, Nick and I stayed
on the road. 

Typical East Bay scenery. Soon these hills will be green and then
covered in wildflowers. I predict lots of visits to Sunol.

After the hike. Nick and Tony are tired. Polly not so much.

Nick after his al-fresco lunch.

How to sh*t in the woods, baby edition.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

PHP: So easy a child can do it

Ever wonder why Cafe World crashes all the time?
They make six month old babies write the code!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pinky and The Brain

They are Pinky and The Brain,
Pinky and The Brain,
One is a genius, the other's insane.

Now, which one is Brain and which one is Pinky?
Hey, Brain, what are we going to do tonight?
Same thing we do every night, Pinky, try to take over the world.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Stuff on my dog

Tony: You know, kid, this is MY chair!
Nick: That's fine. YOU are MY chair!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Feed meee!

Yo! Waitress! Can we get some service over here?

Side note: We have at this point hundreds of dollars of baby amusement
devices His current favorite toy are these colored bowls. Go figure...

Nick's first blog post

He typed this himself. Note the use of the Caps Lock key. Apparently he was expressing some strong opinion there:


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Guy activities

While Polly and I were at a dog training thing today, the guys went to Best Buy, got a new router and re-wired the networking at the house. If the internet stops working tomorrow, I am asking Nick to fix it and he better do it because I have no idea what they changed.
(Photo from Kostadis)
Dad, you sure this is the right router?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Nick throwing stuff

Tony is not impressed that it's just toys and empty food dishes. He would like it to be real food, please.


Baby, noun. Plural, babies. Definition: A mechanism for transferring food from spoon onto clothing.
Some of this food may have made it inside the baby.

I had baby gruel!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Freeze warning!

There's a freeze warning for tonight for Bay Area. Nick is ready!
Where are my arms and legs? This is not ok!
I think I may yell soon.

A snow suit AND a funny hat? Really? There is
only so much humiliation a baby can take!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Camden Ponds

Down in South Bay, near the Los Gatos and Campbell border there is a little piece of doggie heaven called Camden Percolation Ponds. It is roughly here. There's an open field, and a creek, and some ponds to swim in and seasonally ducks and geese, and even some fall colors. Polly would like to live there. Even Tony likes it because lots of other dogs leave lots of pee-mail for him to read. We've been going there for about two years, ever since I googled "dogs swim south bay" one day after Polly informed me that unless regular swimming is provided for her amusement, she will chew a hole in every wall of my house. Thankfully, this little place came up as a search result, because I seriously considered driving back to Livermore and telling her breeder to take her crazy dog back.

Here's Polly at a tender age of six months going for her first Camden Ponds outing in February of 2008.

Yes, my head is, in fact, too small for my body.
And my tail is too long. I am a puppy, ok?

And my ears are huge. I is bat-dog. At least I am not eating
your drywall. So be thankful, ok?

When I went on maternity leave last May, we came here a lot also, since the main path is flat. Important when you are carrying an extra 30 lbs.
Tony: I like this place. I can pee on things!
Polly: We can still come here when you have the baby, right?
Because that drywall is looking pretty tasty to me.

The ponds get pretty gunky in the summer and the grassy areas grow foxtails, so we haven't been back there until last week. Polly was starting to make vague comments about how eating drywall would fit into her diet and exercise program, so I got the message. We went once last week, and again today. Last week it was 75 degrees and sunny. Today it was 55 and we got rained on. California weather...

The most challenging part of the whole exercise was figuring out how to pack the car. We needed to fit: one baby in car seat, two dogs, one large jogging stroller. First attempt was dogs in trunk, stroller in back seat next to baby. That technically worked, but fitting a BOB stroller into the back seat of a Subaru Forrester in a way that will not make it unfold and break the baby is not easy. And if the stroller wheels are even a little muddy, both the entire back area and you get dirty. The working configuration ended up being: stroller in trunk, Tony in back seat next to baby, Polly on the floor on the front passenger side. This works for two reasons:
  1.  Tony is the best dog ever and is safe to have loose next to the baby. In fact he spent the entire drive with his head resting on the edge of Nick's car seat. 
  2.  Polly is trained to ride on the passenger side floor and knows that if she moves from there she will be Dead Dog (TM).
From now on, I officially rename the Subaru into Traveling Circus Mobile.
The boys in the back seat. I think I will use this
picture when people ask me if labradors are good
with children.

Nick in NTS2 on the main path. Another nice thing about
this place is that the road is smooth and wide enough
to accommodate the stroller.

Looking towards Mount Hamilton. This is from last week's sunny day.

Today we got rained on. The dogs got wet, I got wet, the baby got
(a little) wet. But we saw a rainbow!

Nick likes hikes in the stroller. He is happy to sit there and watch
nature pass by for hours. This is his serious face.Sometimes if he sees
something particularly awesome, he says "goo".

Same facial expression, more clothes today.
Polly is very excited to see Nick hold a Chuck-it, but
unfortunately I had to take it away because he tried to
lick it. Sorry, Polly, he still hasn't figured out how
BALL works.


Birds! Thankfully Tony is too lazy to chase them and
Polly is too fixated on BALL.

This is not East Coast, but we get some fall colors in CA.

That was an excellent outing, can we come again? (last week)

Yes, Polly, we can come again!
I think my drywall is safe for now!

Obligatory public service announcement: if you go, remember that this place is technically on-leash. Leash the dogs when you see non-dog people or when you see other people whose dogs are on leash (there's probably a reason, like the dogs are reactive and won't appreciate your dogs coming up to them to "just say hi"). Carry poop bags, there are trash cans along the way. Also, apparently the ranger comes by at 2:30 every day. Avoid the ranger.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

YAH (yet another hat)

Why, momma, why do you make me wear these embarrassing hats?
I think I have come up with perfect revenge for this! Just wait
until my next diaper!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Go Habs Go!

What the boys did while I was out shoe shopping.