Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Keeling Kids Turn One!

we had a great time at Magnolia and Emmett's first birthday party. Please see Heather's blog for pictures which include some Erbecks!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Which Baby Erbeck?

Luca or True?

everybody says that luca looks just like true did as an infant, but i don't see it. of course, i think that major personality difference is the reason they looks so different to me!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

how to make dad glad

true mccaig erbeck quote of the month:

"dad, thank you for letting me work in the yard with you. i had fun".

how many more years of a chore enthousiasitc child do you think we have?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Two Erbecks in a Tub!

first bath together for my little erbeck boys. the picture does not accurately depict true's enthusiasm...but i assure you, he was super excited to take a bath with *his baby* and show him some cool bath toys.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


you wouldn't know by the snoozin' little luca that there was a raucous concert going on ...but there was!

we got some last minute tickets to the woodland park zoo tunes last night featuring the cowboy junkies and son volt. the venue is just a big open lawn on a slight incline, with the band/stage at the front. everybody packs blankets, kids, food, etc and it's like one big gigantic party.

we came late (last minute packing for two kids and not knowing what they would or wouldn't need) and there was hardly a patch of grass to be had, but we ran into some neighbors who made space for us. true was slow to catch on to the fun that i was determined we would have, but when he did, there was no stopping him. he was a dancing machine. looking something like aerobic yoga, true's style was captivating and truly entertaining.

i've always avoided zoo tune nights, not wanting the hassle of crowds. but i can't allow my own jaded attitude to keep my kids from experiencing live music and the power of positively charged crowd. there were all types and ages of people just having a great time and i can't believe that i've never taken advantage of this incredible zoo to hang out, listen to music, and connect with old friends (it was awesome to run into peeps from my past!). we'll definitely take up this endeavor again!

(ps, the music was awesome! cowboy junkies were exactly how they sound on the radio and they lolled luca into slumber. son volt was rockin'...they even moved me to dance!)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

my view

i had to head up to the roof of the building that i manage on UW campus today....and here's my view. the weather is perfect...sunny and a little warm with a nice breeze. if it hadn't been for the fact that i forgot sunglasses, i would have stayed up there all day. as it was, my northwest cloud accustomed eyes were fighting the glare.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dog Days of Summer

We miss having dogs!

Although with two kids it's great to not have another breathing being needing something, we do miss the companionship and the cuddles that we get with dogs. That being said, we were happy to care for Adeline for a few days. True was the happiest. He claimed that Heather gave Adie to him and that it made him really, really, really happy.
(I'm not convinced Adie enjoyed the million and two hugs that she had to endure...)

Friday Night Sights

Luca, wearing Gabe's dope hat

True, Enzo, Petra, enjoying buckets as headwear

Lately we have been picnicking at Greenlake on Friday nights (for those of you not familiar with Seattle, this is a small man made lake about 7 blocks from our house, complete with a few beaches, wading pool, and a good running/walking/cycling path all the way around..3 miles).
It's so great to relax and enjoy some food and refreshments with anybody that happens to show. It's particularly great when a bunch of kids show up and then we know True will be entertained for hours.

This past week the Keelings came along with E and M, who are so completely cute and so fun right now that it's unreal. I really am happy that the Keelings have moved to Seattle and I really am happy to watch the twins grow up. If you'd like to know more about the Keelings and the twins, check out Heather's blog (she's an awesome blogger).

Also this week at Greenlake were Uncle Lincoln and Nicola, the Herzogs, Konrad and Kristin (congrats you two!), Gabe and Tina and Enzo. The Erbecks were total bums and brought beer, but no food (uhm, we have priorities). Fortunately our friends had enough food to share!

The bocce ball tournie is a little hazy, but it happened and the only thing I remember is that any team I played on LOST. IN A BIG WAY. How is it that I can bowl, but I'm pretty lame at bocce?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Super Sofia

This is Sofia. She's the person who gives me my second cup of coffee, four days a week (the husband always gives me the first cup). Sofia asked why I've never mentioned her in any of my blogs and I had to wonder to myself why I have never mentioned her in any of my blogs.
Sofia has enough personality for 20 people. Swear. When she first started managing the espresso kiosk in my building, I wasn't quite sure about her. Immediately, she started flipping me all kinds of grief. Whoa, damn, I thought. This lady can dish out more in 5 minutes than I can all day! I gave her my stare down, my furrowed brow, my cold glare, thinking it would send my don't-even-try-to-mess-with-me message. Wrong! This just fueled her fire. I didn't know what to think. I had met my match and more!

Within a few weeks I realized that although Sofia was all bark (like me), in reality, she was just a cuddly kitten. Her purr sounded like a bark, but it really was a purr.

She's a fantastic person and I'm damn glad to be her friend. She gives an amazing amount of her time to anybody who is in need, and never asks for anything in return. She makes us all laugh, and my lord... you should hear her laugh. It's astounding.

So here's to you tribute is short, but absolutely sincere. You so totally rule.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


man alive...i have been so non-bloggersome lately. chalk it up to nice weather, a heavy workload, and maybe a touch of sheer laziness (don't you hate people who blog about how they never blog?).

i have so many things that i'd like to write about lately that i'm a little overwhelmed. so i think i'll talk about some of the small, yet ridiculously happy things.

take this morning for instance. weekend mornings are usually spent in negotiation between aaron and myself about who will be riding and for how long and what happens after that (you know, like a house project or something). so it's sunday morning and we're drinking coffee while still in pjs and watching the kids make each other laugh when i tell aaron he may as well kit up and go for a ride. he looked at his kids and then me and announced that it was time to get dressed and head out for some family time.

sweet! i love family time!

it was cloudy and cool (whoo hoo!) and we loaded up to drive over to west seattle to tool around. usually when we venture to west seattle it's to see the keelings, but they were off for a anniversary weekend in SF. so we just drove around, looking at all the houses and places we've never seen before. it was great. we felt like we were in another city entirely (and west seattle folks are pretty proud of that).

we meandered around a bit, looking for the famed bakery nouveau. we found it, amidst a rainy summer street fair. a little rain doesn't do much to deter northwesters, so there were kids and dogs and the like all over. there was a line out the door to get into the bakery. now i know that this bakery is fantastic as i have been the recipient of many pastries...a frequent gift from a lovely co-worker, jim young. i, like many people, have a love/hate/love relationship with pastries. there's a lot more love than hate. anyway, here's a big line, it's raining, we have one kid ready for melt down and maybe one adult on the way too. do we wait? heck yes! and i tell you, it was worth it! first of all, the cool counter waiter took a moment to look at all of us and say, "dear lord you are a handsome family". so nice to hear! we got our goods (our eyes were bigger than our stomachs) and looked around at the cramped quarters for a free table. none to be had. i've got true on my hip, an oversize bag with spare clothes, diapers, etc around my shoulder, a bag of pastries in my hand. aaron's got luca on his hip, steaming americanos in his hand, and the counter clerk is holding our lunch, waiting for us to decide where we are sitting. kids are squirming...i'm looking desperate...and a very kind and gracious woman offers us her table, even though she clearly is not ready to leave. but she does and i'm grateful and relieved. and then we sit, and enjoy one of the best lunches we've had in quite a while. luca too, chewing on pizza, much to the amazement of his parents.

we loaded back into the car and set off for jason and meg's alki condo. here's a great part of our trip....aaron is playing patsy cline, and true is singing along. kid you not not. now he's a few paces back in terms of the tune and words, but we were equally amused and amazed that our son is able to listen to a song on the radio, and sing it back to us. such a simple thing, but quite wonderful when coming from your 3 year old. and patsy cline no less!

we arrive at jason and meg's swanky pad and i'm just thinking god i hope that luca doesn't spit up and true doesn't break something. jason and meg have great style as well reflected in the condo furnishings. i just loved all the cool artwork, and true loved the sleek and very comfortable couch. true was a little worked up, but he was absolute putty in meg's hands as she spent most of the hour we were there playing gorilla catch with him. he had an audience in meg, but she knew just how to play him to keep him entertained and in control. it was a nice break for aaron and myself! our hosts poured me a mimosa (yah, two americanos followed by a mimosa...feeling pretty good...) and aaron another cup of coffee (he is, after all, from green bay). i could have sat there all day and been quite happy, but the kids were just about hitting meltdown mode, so off we went.

on our way home true asks if we are going back to jason's house and informs us that he thinks we should. it's nice when your kid enjoys hanging out with adults!

the rest of the day is pretty uneventful (naps for true, luca, me...fence building for aaron)...but still just as wonderful as anything. we love our busy full throttle lives, but these days when we slow it down, take a breath, and look around, we feel so lucky to have everything that we do.

(what? you didn't think i had it in me to be a sap?)