Thursday, July 29, 2010

the news

my camera took a digger, so my updates will be without visuals.

one of my favorite things about summer, and about living in the northwest, is the abundance of outdoor activities and events. it seems like every night i have somewhere that i want to drag the kids!

last night we went to the greenwood seafair parade, only 4 blocks from the house. the streets were closed and we had a great spot right at a key intersection where most of the participants stopped to show off or hand out toys and snacks. we saw drum bands, multiple marching bands, lots of cheerleading squads and drill teams, war veterans (whom, with our encouragement, the crowd gave a standing ovation), pirates, boats, police motorcycle drill team, clowns, and.....princesses!
i emphasize the princesses because for some reason, all of them LOVED true (it has to be the white hair). he received many air kisses from the pretty girls wearing crowns, and he buried his face into my shoulder with shyness, but always returned the gesture with a wave. it was sooo cute, and evidence of what's to come for true.
not to be ignored, luca would stand up and clap and wave back, and the pretty girls would send him a wink.

we endured 2.5 hours of the mayhem before we made our way home, the kids enjoying all of their new treasures (stickers, candy, beach balls, etc), me reminiscing about my own childhood, and missing my parents and thinking that they must have felt how i did at that moment...happy and content and in a state of bliss...

Monday, July 26, 2010

a mid-west wedding


the west coast erbecks met the mid-west erbecks in st paul for a berens wedding. i did stay back, and missed everybody every second. sky, true and luca sure look cute in their wedding outfits, don't you think?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

watering the weeds

Friday, July 16, 2010

sweet nothings


in my inbox this morning....from my husband....subject line, Love you.

(yes, it's us, photo by hvk, circa 2006, one week before the birth of true)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

aaron contintues to love his job


i have no idea what the object in the picture is, or what it does. aaron sent the pic to me and said, "aaron continues to love his job". great. cool. anybody a have a clue as to what this is? my guess is that he made this, and it is significant to some simulation tool that every hospital in the US should buy. and yes, that's pretty vague, but that's all i got....

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

career day

the boys have chosen their careers (at least this week's choice)

luca will be a firefighter, true will be a bike racer

maybe true will just be a rapha model

Sunday, July 11, 2010

sweet mullet


luca said goodbye to his sweet baby mullet yesterday, getting his first haircut. although i do realize there are plenty of you out there that are mumbling something like "about time", i already miss his cute baby coif. as i snipped his locks of spun gold way, i shed a little tear...it was like facing the reality of my little boy growing up. true was there offering morale support (this is a good thing mom, it really is), and luca seemed pleased himself. his father was no less than ecstatic.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

4th of July on Lopez Island

our friends, xylon and babette, invited team erbeck to enjoy america's birthday on lopez island in the san juans. there was a big ol' bunch of fun lovin' folks and their kids- i couldn't possibly sum it all up with a story, so here are the photos.

the house

our hosts


saskia, oh saskia

theo at the dinner table

enzo!

at the parade (notice true's pockets loaded with candy...grrrrr)

luca and dad taking a stroll

campfire s'mores

waiting for the ferryman


we had an adventure filled weekend. starting with a ferry ride to lopez island. there was a scheduling error and we waited quite a while for the first mate to arrive. the kids remained happy and excited!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

and he's off....



today was luca's first day at creative kids preschool. it was slightly traumatic for us (mostly because we will no longer have dolma, our nanny, in our lives), but certainly less traumatic than when true started preschool. and when i say traumatic, i mean the trauma is suffered by the parents, not the kids! aaron and i are the ones clinging to our children when we leave them in the morning!
luca was not without some tears, but ms colleen has reported that the tears did not last long.