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Joanna and Sophie

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Auntie Jojo paid a visit this morning.

Joanna Mack gives a bottle to her niece Sophie Mack (aged 8 days), Mountain View, CA, October 1, 2007

Yvonne and Sophie

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

We took Sophie and Sammy out this morning to the Valley Fair mall for a portrait session. It was our first expedition as a family of four. We had a ten a.m. appointment, and were a bit late; it’s much harder loading up and moving out with four people than three. Sammy lost patience early on in the photo shoot, but Kimi still managed to select some good shots which we had framed. I may scan them in later, although they’re a bit big for our scanner. We had big plans to get some outfits and shoes for Sammy but really it took us about six hours to just get the pictures done, if you count from dressing the kids in the morning to unloading them aftewards. Sammy didn’t really want to nap when we got home and put up a fuss. I have to say the trip kinda wore me out.

Fortunately we are having John and Yvonne over for dinner. Our neighbours Corey and Denetra (with their daughter Kaitlin) dropped off some delicious manicotti for us.

Yvonne Chachere and Sophie Mack, Mountain View, CA, September 30, 2007

We also had John and Yvonne over yesterday, on Saturday, when Sophie was a bit more awake.

Yvonne Chachere and Sophie Mack (with Sophie awake), Mountain View, CA, September 29, 2007

Light Rail to Discovery

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

This morning, Saturday, Sammy and I hopped on the light rail from the downtown Mountain View station and headed out to the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose. (I also took him there a week ago.) Kimi stayed home with Sophie. I’m honestly not sure which Sammy liked better, the train or the museum. But they have a Clifford exhibit at the museum which he likes a lot.

Sammy Mack rides the light rail from Mountain View to San Jose, CA, September 29, 2007

Pink Booties

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Sophie Mack wearing pink booties, Mountain View, CA, September 28, 2007

Sammy and Sophie

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

I can’t believe it’s been more than four full days since Sophie was born; time is going so fast.

My favorite part of today was when Kimi, Sammy, Sophie (in a baby bjorn) and I took a walk around the neighborhood, a full family.

My least favorite part of today involved bodily fluids. Lots of bodily fluids. Let’s just say that my newborn-diaper-changing skills need practice. And the other part was when Sophie expelled pretty much all the milk she’d just had — we were probably trying to feed her too much, because at her checkup today she only weighed 6 pounds and 4 ounces. She was 6 pounds 15 ounces at birth, and 6 pounds 5 ounces when we left the hospital on Tuesday. So with all the feedings and everything, she still lost an ounce in two days. We’ve got to reverse that trend ASAP. Other than that, Sophie’s checkup went well. We love her pediatrician, Dr. Patricia Samson. Kimi’s milk come in this morning, and Sophie just had a big feeding, so we’ll see how things go from here.

Another major milestone today was Sammy was dropped off at school (by me, fumbling my way through the dropoff procedures) and stayed there by himself for the first time. Not a full day yet, but the head teacher said he did really well (after he bawled a bit when I left him). I was very impressed by the classroom, the teachers, the procedures, and Sammy’s classmates. Some of his class seem a bit behind him, but one little girl was so incredibly verbal: coming up to me and asking me if I was Sammy’s dad, and inviting Sammy to play with her — all using complete sentences. Sammy’s got some competition. He took home some polaroids of him playing with trucks and looking at toy fire engines, and told me had fun and likes school.

I think he really gets that Sophie is here to stay.

I’m way behind on putting up some photos and writing up Sophie’s birth, but there’s one photo from yesterday that leaves me breathless. I’m pretty tired so I’ll just put up the one for tonight. My thoughts are with you all, and we’d welcome some visitors if you’re in the area.

Sammy helps feed his sister Sophie, September 26, 2007, Mountain View, CA

Sophie pics…

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Taken from the iPhone, so the quality’s not great. More later!

Sophie and Kimi shortly after Sophie's birth, September 23, 2007, Mountain View, CA

Sophie during her first feeding, September 23, 2007, Mountain View, CA

Sophie and Kimi in the private room, first burping, September 23, 2007, Mountain View, CA

We had Jen bring Sammy to meet his sister at lunchtime today. Sophie’s been sleeping soundly and eating well. We couldn’t be happier.

Happy Birthday, Sammy (#3)

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Today Kimi and Sammy had Jen, Talia, Tessa and Taylor over for cup cakes, pizza and Sammy’s third birthday party!

His final party (a real one) will be in October, celebrating Halloween, Sophie and him.

He’s become quite adept at opening presents, and enjoys the happy birthday song. When prompted, he can answer the question of how old he is. He’s growing up so fast.

Sammy Mack on his second birthday, Mountain View, CA, September 17, 2007

Kimi and Sammy visit Hakone Gardens

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Sammy exploring Hakone Gardens, Saratoga, CA, August 14, 2007; photo by Kimi Mack

Yesterday Kimi took Sammy to visit Hakone Gardens in Saratoga. Turtles, koi, tea ceremonies, and the things that Sammy was most interested in: rocks and pinecones.

Turtles and koi fish, Hakone Gardens, Saratoga, CA, August 14, 2007; photo by Kimi Mack

“It was just so relaxing there. The sounds of the water, the peacefulness, the views of the mountains — it’s really like a different world.” — Kimi

Sammy holds his newly acquired rock (thanks to a generous employee), Hakone Gardens, Saratoga, CA, August 14, 2007; photo by Kimi Mack

Story Time

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Kimi & Sammy, reading a story, on Sammy's race car bed, Mountain View, CA, August 15, 2007

On Sammy’s new blue race car bed.

Big Announcement

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Sammy Mack kisses his mother's pregnant tummy, July 16, 2007, Mountain View, CA

Kimi and I are thrilled to announce that we’re expecting our second child, to be named Sophie, on or around October 2. I first wrote about it on this blog back in January, but kept the post private. Now that entry is available to read.

Kimi says, “Sammy calls her ‘baby sister.’ He knows she’s swimming and sleeping inside mommy’s tummy. He thinks that he has a baby inside his tummy too.”

We’ve been working on the house for the past few weeks. New couch, new bed for Sammy, new train table, and trying to make room. We’ve also had some contractors work on the outside (ripping out a rotten deck, replacing it with some fresh concrete). Are we ready? Not quite, but we’re getting there. Wish us luck!

San Mateo County Fair

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Sunday, after Sammy’s nap, we headed out to the San Mateo County Fair. We’d intended to go to the Santa Clara County Fair but missed it (things are a bit busy around here). It’s still going on for a few days, and open to 11pm or midnight each night.

To be honest, I was a bit disappointed in it overall (especially the food choices — I’m spoiled by the other food and art & wine festivals we go to), but Sammy loved loved loved the animals.

Sammy Mack looking at animals, San Mateo County Fair, August 12, 2007

Family Portrait 2

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

Sammy, Stephen and Kimi Mack, Sears Portrait Studio family portrait, May, 2007

Le Zoo de San Francisco

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Saturday was Zoo day. Bob and his son Nico, Kyrie and her twins Andy and Jack, as well as Sammy and me, made our way up. I’d actually never been there before; it’s an interesting zoo, with a strange mixture between brand new exhibits and things that look like they’re thirty years old, like the abandoned Pachyderm house.

We all had a great time. Nico took pictures on my camera. Not bad for an eight-year-old.

If you go, don’t forget (as Kyrie did) that even when it’s 90 degrees on the Peninsula, it’ll be fifty or lower in SF.

Kyrie, Andy, Sammy, Stephen, and Bob at the San Francisco Zoo, SF, CA, August 5, 2007; photo by Nico Vallone

Giraffe, San Francisco Zoo, August 5, 2007


Sammy goes on and on about this dikdik, a tiny deer relative; dikdik, San Francisco Zoo, August 5, 2007; photo by Nico Vallone

disappearing ostritch trick; ostritch, San Francisco Zoo, August 5, 2007; photo by Nico Vallone

Alligator Boy

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Sammy Mack wearing an alligator-character towel, July 11, 2007

Great gobs o’ garlic

Monday, July 30th, 2007

On Saturday Kimi and Sammy and Yvonne and I made our way down to the Gilroy Garlic Festival again, always one of my favorite times of the year.

A bit more traffic this year than last year, and while I love the festival I’d love to see them change things up a bit more — the same booths are always in the same location each year.

The garlic bread was just amazing this year, and I think I lost track of all the things we ate: Corn on the cob with garlic butter, garlic ice cream (you gotta eat it early so you can still the taste the garlic), Pacific Rim Garlic Chicken Stir Fry, garlic stuffed mushrooms, garlic scampi, garlic calamari in a spicy tomato broth, garlic BBQ oysters (that one was just me), garlic kettle corn (popcorn). I feel like I’m leaving some things out, too. Also some wonderful strawberry/banana/peach smoothies that — horrors! — didn’t have any garlic in them.

One of my favorite moments was when I was waiting in line for the BBQ oysters and overheard two young men standing nearby: “Hmm, look at that, they have garlic gator tails. You ever eaten alligator?” “No, but I’d like to. Too bad I’m out of money.” “Yeah, me too.” (The item they were discussing cost $5.) “Wait, I have $3 left, how much do you have?” “Umm, exactly $2.” “That’s $5! Wanna split?” “Score!” They high-fived and rushed to the end of the line.

Kimi and I picked up some nice gloves of raw garlic as well as some inexpensive jars of crushed garlic. I don’t cook often but I’m really craving more garlic this week, so maybe I’ll whip something up.

Sammy was an amazing eater — he seemed to like everything he tried. Especially the garlic kettle corn.

Unlike last year, which was a bit overcast, it was blazing hot this year. Yvonne was telling us a co-worker of hers looks at the weather forecast each year and schedules her visit on the day that’s forecast to be coolest. That’s a smart idea — we’ll try that next year.

Sammy fell asleep in my arms a bit before 2pm and, although normally a light sleeper, stayed asleep on the shuttle bus and all the way home.

Sammy and Stephen, sleeping while waiting for the shuttle bus, Gilroy Garlic Festival, July 29, 2007; photo by Kimi Mack

John (Yvonne’s husband) was too busy with his thesis to join us this year, so we met up with him for dinner and had crepes. Yum!

Eat some cake

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Sammy eating chocolate cake, June 2007, Mountain View, CA; photo by Kimi Winters

Eat a watermelon

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Sammy eating a watermelon, Mountain View, CA, June, 2007

Eat a peach

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Sammy Mack eating a nectarine, June 1, 2007, Mountain View, CA; photo by Kimi Winters

Or a nectarine.

“And the dogfish tastes like bark!”

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Sammy told his first joke this evening.

Well, he didn’t exactly tell it. He performed it. So maybe it was more like a skit.

Here’s what he did. He put one of his wooden fish puzzle pieces in his mouth, knowing that it isn’t food, and then smiled at us to show us that he knew he was doing something silly. He laughed a bit. Then he waited, knowing that we would laugh.

Sammy Mack tells a joke involving a wooden fish puzzle piece, Mountain View, CA, February 27, 2007

When we actually laughed, he laughed even harder. And he looked very pleased with himself. I am 100% certain that he was perfectly aware of his behavior, to do a particular silly act solely in order to get Kimi and me to laugh.

If I had to translate this joke into text, it would be something like, “Mommy, daddy! This ‘fish’ tastes like wood!”

He then proceeded to tell the same joke six or seven more times. We laughed every time.

Story time

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Saturday night, Kimi and Sammy and I had a visit from Andy and Jack.

Sammy Mack, Jack Robinson, Andy Robison, Stephen Mack, reading, Mountain View, CA, February 24, 2007