Moving into a new house has taken its toll. Only a couple months late, here are photos of our April trip to Italy.
So much has happened in these last two months! Marilisa has learned to walk and we bought a home in San Francisco. Tomorrow we leave for Italy for a week. Here are photos of Marilisa at home in Berkeley, and others taken at Easter and at various other times in the past few weeks.
We took advantage of President's Day weekend to go on an overnight cycling and camping trip to Mount Diablo. We stayed at Junction Camp, about half way to the top, in a grove of beautiful gnarled oaks that were magical in the morning mist. On the second day, Nathania and Jon drove up from Fremont to join us for a hike up the mountain. I took a bunch of photos.
January is over, and Marilisa is one year old. Unbelievable.
On a Saturday in mid-January we all rode the steam trains in Tilden Park to celebrate the birthdays of Marilisa and her cousin Christopher, who is just a couple weeks older.
As always, we went camping over New Year's, but this year for the first time we had a little person with us. It was Marilisa's first overnight camping trip.
We packed our camping gear onto the bikes—some of it in panniers, some in Marilisa's trailer—and headed for the hills. We spent two nights at Hawk Camp, a beautiful spot nestled in a grove of Bishop pines high above Gerbode Valley in the Marin Headlands. From our campsite we could see the city of San Francisco—including the fireworks on New Year's Eve—and the coast towards Santa Cruz. A short hike to the ridge above us afforded awesome views in all directions: Mount Diablo, San Pablo Bay, Mount Tamalpais, and the Marin shore.
Marilisa had some trouble with the strong winds, but she loved being in the tent and playing around the campsite. Apparently pine needles taste good. I think there are more trips like this in our future.
You can see some photos here.
We haven't been very good with the Marilisa photo updates in the last couple of months.
In December, we took photos of a lovely day in Redwood Regional Park, not far from Berkeley.
And just for good measure, here are a few dozen photos of funny, random Marilisa moments from the fall.
Someone is scooting around on her butt and eating plenty of solid food. Here are photos of Marilisa at home in the last couple of months, and some shots from Grandpa Tim's birthday.
Here at last are photos of our trip to Italy in September. Marilisa met her grandma Renata and all her great-aunts and uncles (including Aunt Marilisa) and countless aunts, uncles, and cousins. We discovered that she is a remarkably good traveler, and does not get ruffled even by 12-hour flights. Overall the trip was a lot of fun and surprisingly restful, because everyone held and played with and fussed over the little movie star, and Kara and I had to provide little more than the occasional meal or diaper change.
Here is some footage of Marilisa in Berkeley in early to mid-August. Riding in a swing for the first time was a big deal.
Marilisa celebrated her six-month birthday on our first full day in our new home in Berkeley. Here are some photos from the time of the move. Then she attended cousing Burke's wedding in Orange County (photos), started eating solid food (bananas and peas, yum!), and made some new Berkeley friends (photos, more photos). All very exciting!