Saturday, January 03, 2009


Mia is outside and Paco is in the garage building her a pretend laptop. As he was drilling I heard her say, "Dadda don't do that; I'm trying to think and it hurts my ears."


I'm so proud of my little organizer... One of Mia's favorite things to do is "write" lists. She will ask "Momma/Dadda, what you did today?", with her notebook in hand. It's so cute!

Mia is growing like crazy. She is such a nurturing little girl and she often seems older than 2 months shy of 3. She has quite a vocabulary and a way with words that is priceless.

Christmas was a lot of fun. Santa brought her a new bike and of course she wanted to ride her old bike later that day!

She's been a great big sister. She really adores Madeline. Paco and I are so lucky to have these two beautiful girls.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mia's First Visit to Santa

Mia hasn't really stopped talking about Christmas since last Christmas. We didn't get to the mall to see Santa last year, so we made an effort to get in early this year. Like a lot of kids, I'm not sure she really knew what to think of Santa. I wasn't really planning on having my picture taken (I would have dressed better or at least shaved), but Mia wouldn't sit with Santa by herself. Regardless, I think the pictures are pretty cute. By the way, the second one wasn't posed. I think he was telling Mia how they were going to make a bike just for her.

Full res pics here.

School Photos 2008

This year's school pictures are great. Especially the class photo where no one seems to be paying much attention.

Full res pics here.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Almost Two and a Half

It’s been four months since we last posted and quite a bit has changed. The biggest news is that Mia will have a baby sister arriving early December. Many of her friends at school have had siblings recently, so I think she has a good grasp on the idea.

Her imagination is growing like crazy – she spends hours playing with her dolls and her Spiderman toy, pretending to take care of them. She also loves to build with blocks and Legos (I type this from Mia’s room while she builds a house out of blocks for a Cookie Monster toy). I got a voice controlled R2D2 toy from my parents for Christmas, which Mia has claimed as her own. She loves to dance with him while he “sings” the cantina song. She often tells long stories about imaginary trips she’s taken or things she’s doing with her friends, toys, or animals.

Mia loves to sing and often comes home from school humming a new tune. This spring, they learned Take Me Out to the Ball Game, which you can watch a rendition of below. One of my favorite things she does with song is to take whatever mundane chore or task we happen to be doing and make up a song about it. It usually consists of a word or phrase describing what we’re doing repeated to the tune of a classic song like Row, row, row your boat. But more than any other song, Mia loves Yellow Submarine by The Beatles. She often asks for it when we listen to music with dinner or when we’re driving in the car. Just the other day we were walking down the street and she spontaneously began singing it.

She’s also developing other favorites. She loves eggs (which she calls “eggies”), ketchup, cream cheese, sour cream, chicken nuggets, cold pizza, and anything chocolate. I don’t think she has a favorite color yet, but likes purple and pink. She’s still not a big fan of TV, and will only watch Elmo and Thomas the Train.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Mia's 2nd Birthday/ February - March 2008

Well, this is about a month and a half late, but here goes: Mia's second birthday was last month. She was 34 inches tall and weighed 26 lbs. She is certainly a big girl! She's acting like a true two year old as well. She has her own strong opinions and lets us know when "I don't like that". She is not only talking a lot, she is telling stories and her vocabulary is pretty extensive. She comes home from school and tells us what happened during the day. If you ask her how old she is, she will say "two" and if you ask her what her name is she will say "Mia Nicole Allen". A great quote that she came out with a few weeks ago was "I gotta check my email and then go to work". She can also count to 10 in four languages (Japanese is still a little challenging but she's getting it). Everyday she just amazes us more and more!

Over the last couple of weeks she has mastered bike riding. She now does laps around the house on her tricycle. She's also started to talk more on the phone. She'll tell a long elaborate story that is sometimes difficult to decipher but very cute nonetheless!

We continue to do web cam sessions with Nanie & Grampie and Grandma & Grandpa which she enjoys a lot. We'll get to see them in person soon which will be much better! Auntie Amy and Uncle Chad will also be here soon so we will be sure to add more blog posts and lots of pictures.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Happy New Year!

Wow, it's hard to believe that it's 2008! Mia will be two years old in less than a month (and she knows that her birthday is in February). She's still not able to show us how old she'll be though (can't quite get two fingers up without the others).

We spent the holidays doing the usual tour... flew to Boston where we stayed one night at Auntie Amy's new apartment. Auntie Jeanne and Unkie Jimbo had their baby a few days earlier so we got to meet her as well. Mia enjoyed that a lot and still talks about "Baby Macy". We hit the Mass Pike (and the traffic) and arrived at Nanie and Grampie's a couple of hours later... Nanie had been waiting all day at the window for our (Mia's) arrival!

We got a nice dusting of snow while we were in Connecticut so Mia (and all of us) had a chance to play in the snow. Grampie and Daddy made a big snowman in the back yard, just like the fake one that Daddy created on our Christmas card this year. Mia and Auntie Amy did some sledding and Amy did some snow angels (Mia wasn't into that though).

We got to spend time with the family (and Mia was spoiled) on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which was really nice. We also got to meet Amy's boyfriend, Rich. He did "Ring around the Rosie" with Mia so he won her over pretty quickly! Mia enjoyed talking about Santa Claus and thanked him many times for her presents.

The day after Christmas it was back in the "Bu", Amy's car, to Logan Airport and we flew to Michigan for Round 2. We arrived on time and Uncle Chad picked us up in Kalamazoo. We had the Allen Family Christmas that night. Grandma got a Wii (and we all got accessories) so it was a night of bowling for the family.

We had a snowfall while we were there too so Mia got more time to play in the snow (and we have tons of pictures to prove it). The big excitement was the power outage/tree fire...and it wasn't even Grandpa's fault! He did save the day (or the night actually) by firing up the generator. All in all, our time in Michigan was great. We got to see snow, see the deer on the front porch daily, and enjoy lots of family time, not to mention seeing Grandma's cleaning robots in action.

We got back to California late on Dec 30th and enjoyed a quiet New Year's Eve at home, recovering from our travels. So far 2008 has been a little hectic for Paco and I, but Mia is having a ball as always. She's growing more and more everyday and she's talking so well now. I really think she grew up a lot over the time we were traveling. She's such a little kid now! She's definitely seeming like a two year old as well... she wants to do everything all by herself. We're looking forward to her birthday in a few weeks. Stay tuned for many more pictures (and an occasional blog post).

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

It was a fun day for all of us... Mia was a perfect ladybug. There are many pictures of the Halloween parade at Papillon Preschool.

We've definitely been slacking on our blogging duties but since our last post we bought a house. Between that and Paco's new job which is keeping him busier than ever, we've been a little crazy. Mia is doing great, however. She is 21 months and just a few weeks ago she was starting to put sentences together. Now it seems like she talks and talks and talks... She has no problem telling us what she wants (like "More shopping Mommy"), or telling the cat that he's done something wrong ("OOH LA LA Timmy!!"). She's counting pretty well and can almost do her ABC's all the way through. She knows some Spanish and French and she knows her geography: Grandma and Grandpa live in Michigan and Nanie and Grampie live in Connecticut (yes, she can say Connecticut!). One of her favorite books is "Goodnight Boston" and she now says "Goodnight Amy" at the end of the story. She has lots of little friends and she remembers (and repeats) everything now! Mommy has to watch her mouth these days:)

Here are all the pics from September through Halloween.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Uncle Chad's Trip to SF

Chad was here this past week. We went to the SF Zoo, which was incredibly lame compared to the San Diego Zoo. Oh, well. We spent a good deal of time eating good food, drinking good drink, going to the park, and all other manner of normal Bay Area suburban activities. Also, while I was rearranging the entertainment center, Mia grabbed my headphones and we managed to snap a few cool photos that closely resemble ones my parents took of Chad when he was just a bit older than Mia.

Pics here.