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My neighbor, who is due with a little boy in February, recently asked me (probably rhetorically) how hard having two little ones is. She has a 2 year old daughter as well. I am disinclined to tell any expectant mother that it is really, really #&*@-off hard. At the same time, I can be a self-righteously honest person. To reconcile this, I focus on the positive to temper the news that yes, it is really, really cuss cuss hard, because truth be told however hard the last 11 months have been, they have still been the happiest most amazing days of my life. Free time is hard to come by, blog posting and baby book updating is futile, but my life is sooooo amazing I can’t put it into words.

So pictures it is…

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Included above: June roadtrip trip to Scorpian Bay, the Fourth of July, swimming with Nani, and our July trip to Kona, Hawaii.

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DSC_1216Totally best friends. They’ve got each other’s back. It’s more than any mother could hope for, and slightly terrifying, but I hope they stay this way forever.


Angus at 6 months.  28  48

Here is what we’ve been contending with during nap time. Nothing like a 10 foot jack hammer to impress upon a 6 month old that life is about being flexible. This is our driveway.



As seen from our bedroom window, where Angus had been napping.  At least we know there won’t be a poop explosion on our block due to old sewer lines. So, there’s that. And the crew helped me carry my baby gear, including stroller, to my car parked up the block, so there’s that too.


We just love being back in California;  learning about horticulture with her girlfriends.



Baby Alistair had a birthday. Currently contending quite well with Angi for most snuggliest baby ever.



Iyla finds work where she can. Here, she is applying stickers to Angus’ onesie, so she can meticulously remove them later. Today, she told me her work was jumping. She explained that she works in “Hal Santro” (El Centro) that she makes $20 doing it, and that I am her employer (ie: I owe her a $20.) She later told me she would use the money to buy groceries. I’m happy that she is reinvesting in the family.


Angus is now 7 months old!  This little ham had a rough patch after he got a staph infection on his leg and was suffering from antibiotic gut coupled with first teething crankiness. His two little bottom teeth have finally started to appear through the gums and he’s off the meds, so we are getting back to this smiley situation. He’s kinda dreamy.



Almost unassisted sitting.


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Freaking awesome.


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Five Months

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Too tired for words. You’re lucky you got pictures. 🙂 

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Aengus Og

For those of you still wondering about our choice of names for our son, for the record,  we did not name him after a brand of cattle, although we do believe the cow to be a magnificent animal. We actually chose the name after the Gaelic god of love and beauty, Aengus Og, which translates roughly as “the one” or “choice one.” According to mythology, he had a harp that made irresistible music, and his kisses turned into birds that carried messages of love. 

I believe the name fitting, and spectacularly cool, and that’s all I’m going to say about it.

And for Lou, this guy,
loureedfor songs like Satellite of Love, which we played at our wedding.

Angus is 3 months old.  He is sweet, delightful and drooly. He is starting to enjoy tummy time. It’s so dang easy to make him laugh.

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We’ve been having a lot of fun this spring. We were back in San Diego at the beginning of May to find a place to live.
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Here is a little preview, the view from the kitchen out to the back patio. Score!

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We got to contribute to the Hamilton-Schumacher road trip, when they stopped in San Diego for three days. Boy are we going to miss these guys. We know that we will be friends for life though and that we will watch all three of them do great things. How lucky we are to have spent this season of our lives together. DSC_0540 Osseous LR 49 Osseous LR 56 Osseous LR 30 Osseous LR 54 DSC_0574

The trip fell on my bestest friend Maren’s birthday, and we celebrated at Pomegranate a local Georgian restaurant. Vodka shots all around.
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Just one more year til we are reunited with these fools, our Sunday-dinner-in-your-pajamas-party friends. I can’t wait til they are back home and we can reinstate that tradition and start new ones.

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Until June 1, Chris will be dreaming of you, Scripps waves.

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And before I forget – these belated easter photos. And photographic evidence of why monkeys definitely should not jump on beds, or couches: Iyla’s torn frenulum and busted lip. Ouch. (now completely healed)

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Oh baby, them there eyes.

Angus is two months old. He’s at that age where he can look like a different baby from one angle to the next. He can look decidedly chubbier depending on whether he’s wearing a cloth or disposable diaper, naked or clothed. I say he’s dang cute from any angle. He is still a sweet sweet baby. He started smiling this month, which melts a mother’s heart. He is as kissable as he looks.

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Can you tell who’s who? Iyla came out looking maybe a little more like Chris and Angus definitely has some Tortorici in him. The top of his ears turn out just like my grandpa. But as he grows, just like Iyla, I can see more of a combination of our genes. It’s fascinating and adorable. DSC_0520 DSC_0514 Osseous LR 68 Osseous LR 93

DSC_0522Iyla and me before our mommy daughter date last weekend, with matching denim. We went to the library and had biscuits and milk tea at our favorite coffee shop. So much fun.


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