Monday, September 24, 2012

there's an app for that

oh aaron loves his cinemagram app!  they sent me this one night when i was working late.  i sure missed them, and this made me smile.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

padlocked forever

do you ever have one of those days where your significant other just surprises you with the sweetest, most thoughtful thing ever?  and you just think to yourself, i am so in love with this man.  lucky number seven anniversary was one of those times....aaron just blew me away.

we were pretty busy this year and decided to just have a low key babysitters, expensive meals or gifts.  just a simple dinner at a kid friendly restaurant, with our awesome boys in tow.  so i was surprised when aaron handed me a package, decorated with hearts.  i was feeling slightly guilty, but none the less pretty excited to open!  neatly swathed in bubble wrap was a padlock, engraved with our names, our wedding date, and our anniversary date, complete with a rusted key attached by a rusted ball chain.  i was smitten and just adored the sweetness of it.

i also wondered what i would do with it.  bike lock?  no, it would get stolen.  as i went through scenarios in my head, aaron handed me is iPad, with the wikipedia information on this truly romantic trinket:

Love padlocks (also known as love locks and, in Taiwan, wish locks) are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture by sweethearts at an increasing number of locations in the world to symbolize their everlasting love.[1]

the kids must have been in on the secret, because they were intently waiting for my reaction, and of course i got teary eyed and goofy. they high-fived dad and we all hugged and dad announced we were off for the 
fremont bridge, where we would attached our padlock and throw the key into the canal.  

a family portrait to start us off.  we so loved the perfect warm weather (no sweater needed).

the walk to find a good spot on the bridge

perfect!  the boys were awaiting the go to throw the key and the chain....

we all touched the key, excited and ready to padlock us all together, forever

luca threw the chain, true threw the key....done deal.   i can't wait to ride my bike on the bridge and look at our little erbeck padlock of love.  if you'd like to look yourself, the padlock is on the east side of the bridge, 
mid-span.  we're the only ones.

aaron mccaig erbeck, i love you so much.  you have made this the best anniversary ever. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

lucky number seven

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

who's your daddy?

oh aaron has been hard at work!  nice job papa bear!  no more muddy feet coming into the house during the rain season (or less mud anyway).

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

monday blues!

we had a rough start to our week on monday, when we realized that luca's cold was likely something else and he needed to get to the doctor.  he was laboring to breathe, and he even asked when the doctor's would be open.  if your kid asks to go see the doctor, you know he's feeling pretty crummy.
one of our clinic doctor's took a look at luca in my arms in the waiting room and cleared out an examine room immediately. she was quick to start him on a nebulizer.  when the treatment was finished, and luca's response was limited, she sent us to the ER.  it all happened so fast that i was in shock.  while she assured me luca would be ok, she emphasized the need to get there quickly.   at children's ER, they got him on powerful breathing treatment right away.  he was such a trooper and did exactly as he was told.

after this, he started to feel much better and after a few more treatments (a 5 hour visit), they sent us home.

things are turning around for him, and looks like he is back to his spunky self!  we feel so fortunate to have a great children's hospital so close to our home.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


a little history here.....aaron's first day of kindergarten. what a cutie!  thanks for the pic grandpa!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

First day of School, 2012!

the boys were pretty excited for the 2012/2013 school year to start!  they ate a good breakfast and put on their freshly pressed shirts (with collars, to make a good impression of course).

they held hands as they walked the halls to find their respective rooms.  true is a pro, and luca is feeling like a big boy for sure!
here's luca in his new preschool room.  he chose his own cubby and got down to business with the dinosaurs

mr. lommers first grade for true!  we were really excited for true to have a male teacher this time (for the record, we LOVED mrs. schumacher and hope that luca is assigned to her in two years), and true was really excited to discover that some of his bestest buddies are with him- finn, charles, ruby!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

getting started

luca had his student welcome day at his new preschool.  it seems like this will be a fairly easy transition....but we'll know more tomorrow!

my favs

my favorite pics of my kids always come from my dear friend heather.  she's fantastic.  and our kids love each other. so great to have such awesome friends!

heather is a fantastic blogger too.