2009.09.23 18:44
Madeleine's pretty impressed that Bryan made her name in legos.









2009.09.24 16:54
Ha ha, Graham's getting ready for flu season.




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2009.09.27 10:51
Madeleine's current version of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"



2009.09.28 13:04
Good morning birthday girl, here's your first gift!



2009.09.28 13:04
Madeleine's so excited by the bag she was happy to just sit and take pictures with the bag.



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Oo..even better, it's a cute outfit from Auntie Jen inside.



2009.09.28 13:09
This "pink monkey sweatshirt" instead became a favorite clothing item.



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She loved it so much she took a nap in it.



2009.09.28 16:50
Next up, Grandma's gift.



2009.09.28 16:51
A cute book followed by some fun measuring bowls and a tea set tablecloth.



2009.09.28 16:51
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There's also some fun dollhouse furniture.



2009.09.28 17:31
Then comes the birthday cake. Oops, we forgot to take pictures before it was eaten.



2009.09.28 17:31
Graham doesn't eat ice-cream, hmmm..but he does eat ice-cream cake.



2009.09.28 17:32
He loves ice-cream cake.



2009.09.28 17:37
Then Madeleine gets another gift from daddy and mommy. A new play-doh play center.



2009.09.28 17:39
And, she read a card from Puo Puo and Gong Gong



2009.09.28 17:40
She's become quite the expert in opening presents



2009.09.28 17:40
Wow!!!



2009.09.28 17:43
So pretty!



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And check out the jacket to match.









2009.09.28 17:44
Hey, Mommy has one just like it!



2009.09.28 17:44
Mom and birthday girl.



2009.09.28 17:46
Oh brr...I'm cold after taking all my clothes off.



2009.09.28 17:47
Ah ha! I found another gift from Auntie Jen.



2009.09.28 17:50
And...another gorgeous dress from Auntie Jen. Thank you Jen!



2009.10.03 15:07
Graham enjoys Nancy's new purse after dinner at Azuma in Cupertino.



2009.10.03 15:07
Red is a good color on Graham.



2009.10.03 15:07
Mommy and her baby boy.



2009.10.03 16:50
We go home to have another birthday cake, this time made by Mommy.



2009.10.03 16:51
The kids sit in front of the cake to be sure no one eats it without them.



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Anxiously awaiting.



2009.10.03 16:52
Say cheese everyone!



2009.10.03 16:52
Moms and their kids.



2009.10.03 16:52
The kids and grandkids.



2009.10.03 16:53
The kids and grandkids with Puo Puo and Gong Gong.



2009.10.03 16:54
Jen and Ray visit!!!



2009.10.03 16:54
Lighting the candles.



2009.10.03 16:55
"Happy Birthday to you!"



2009.10.03 16:56
"I'm three"



2009.10.03 16:56
Madeleine starts to blow out the candles, or is she going to eat them.



2009.10.03 16:56
Oo...one more left.



2009.10.03 16:56
and a huff and a puff and...



2009.10.03 16:57
Ah ha! All of them are out!



2009.10.03 16:57
Oh no, don't cut the strawberries!



2009.10.03 17:01
Um...strawberries.



2009.10.03 17:01
Not sure if Graham's stuffed or too tired to eat.



2009.10.03 18:13
Yeah! More presents.









2009.10.03 18:15
What's this?









2009.10.03 18:15
A cute pair of shoes from the Lins.









2009.10.03 18:15
Ha ha, in less than a minute, Graham has them on to model.









2009.10.03 18:15
Madeleine's moved on to the next present.









2009.10.03 18:16
Look at that concentration.



2009.10.03 18:16
A cute hello kitty backpack from Puo Puo and Gong Gong.



2009.10.03 18:16
"Thank you Puo Puo and Gong Gong"



2009.10.03 18:17
Madeleine loves the Kai Lan book from the Lins.









2009.10.03 18:18
She peruses the entire book before moving on.









2009.10.03 18:20
There she is tearing through the next gift from Jen and Ray. A cute apple print outfit.









2009.10.03 18:21
Graham's enjoying the Kai Lan doll that Madeleine got.









2009.10.03 18:22
There he is modeling the shoes again...









2009.10.03 18:29
Puo Puo looks on with laughter.









2009.10.03 18:30
Madeleine finds some princess stickers.









2009.10.03 18:30
She's so easy to please. The Lego dollhouse was the actual gift.



2009.10.04 08:41
We spend the day at Gilroy Gardens.
There are Ben and Kai.



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And Fran and Evan.



2009.10.04 08:41
Ray and Madeleine and Nan and Graham.




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2009.10.04 08:41
Merry go round!









2009.10.04 08:44
Enjoying one of the several waterfalls.









2009.10.04 08:45
Playing with the bubbles.









2009.10.04 08:45
So cool.









2009.10.04 08:47
Madeleine looks so small next to her daddy.



2009.10.04 08:49
Buckle up.



2009.10.04 08:49
Nancy's not so sure about leaving a 19 month old to ride by himself.



2009.10.04 08:49
Kai's such a big boy, he takes Graham and Madeleine on their first ride.



2009.10.04 08:49
Madeleine looks a bit apprehensive.




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2009.10.04 08:49
Kai takes the little ones on a spinny ride.



2009.10.04 08:50
Madeleine looked happy, Graham looked confused and Kai seemed like he was just out from a walk.



2009.10.04 08:59
The little boys get impatient and try to break through the gate.









2009.10.04 09:00
Madeleine loves Ray. Lucky Ray got to carry Madeleine most of the day.









2009.10.04 09:01
Madeleine goes for a ride in the fire engine.









2009.10.04 09:01
Kai keeps an eye on his little brother.









2009.10.04 09:03
Graham goes for a ride his own fire truck.









2009.10.04 09:21
Madeleine's very happy to win a pink fish.









2009.10.04 09:21
Graham takes a turn at the fishing game.









2009.10.04 09:23
Due to Graham lucky fishing, he gets a green fish.









2009.10.04 09:23
And he gets his sister a Dora doll for her birthday.









2009.10.04 09:26
Do they not look alike?









2009.10.04 09:29
Kai impresses us all with his ball toss technique.









2009.10.04 09:29
Kai wins an awesome toy from his skillful throwing.









2009.10.04 09:42
Saddle up cowgirl!









2009.10.04 09:43
Madeleine and Kai get a makeover.



2009.10.04 09:44
Madeleine rides her first pony...and falls in love with ponies.



2009.10.04 09:46
Howdy there mate.









2009.10.04 09:47
She's pretty cute as a cowgirl.



2009.10.04 09:47
Kai and Madeleine are naturals on the horse.



2009.10.04 09:47
Whoa!



2009.10.04 09:48
Jennifer's enjoying the nice California weather.



2009.10.04 09:48
Kai got to ride the big horse.









2009.10.04 09:49
He's looking right at home.



2009.10.04 09:49
That's cute.



2009.10.04 09:55
Time to get off.









2009.10.04 09:57
After this day, Madeleine would say she had a pony in her backyard as her pet.



2009.10.04 10:02
We tried to get a group photo...



2009.10.04 10:05
Madeleine the pig.



2009.10.04 10:05
Madeleine with her cousin Kai.



2009.10.04 10:06
Madeleine the horse









2009.10.04 10:08
Madeleine the rabbit.









2009.10.04 10:09
Madeleine the cowgirl.









2009.10.04 10:11
Ah, she's happiest as Madeleine the daisy.









2009.10.04 10:11
Not only does the toddler seat work great for holding a second kid, it works great for holding the popcorn.









2009.10.04 11:46
Evan looks down on the driving track.









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Graham also looks curiously on.









2009.10.04 11:49
Kai waves to us in line to drive the cars.









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2009.10.04 11:51
Ben looks scared that his 5 year old child is driving him to the store.









2009.10.04 11:51
Then he realizes that the car is on a track. Whew, what fun!









2009.10.04 11:51
Madeleine gives Ray a ride to the mall.









2009.10.04 11:51
But then they realize she can't even reach the pedals yet.



2009.10.04 11:52
Kai does a great job driving.



2009.10.04 11:52
Madeleine waves to her daddy.




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2009.10.04 12:05
Graham's first roller coaster ride.



2009.10.04 12:05
Graham goes on his first roller coaster.



2009.10.04 12:05
Kai take Madeleine for a ride on the caterpillar coaster.



2009.10.04 12:06
Madeleine isn't scared at all.



2009.10.04 12:06
Kai teaches her to hold on to the safety bar.









2009.10.04 12:07
Ben take Evan for a ride on his first roller coaster.









2009.10.04 12:07
Nancy's having a blast. It's been a long time since she's been on a thrill ride.









2009.10.04 12:08
Gilroy Gardens was lots of fun for the little ones but also really pretty.









2009.10.04 12:14
Graham has a go at the slide.









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Wheee!









2009.10.04 12:14
Evan has a go at the slide too.









2009.10.04 12:14
So do Madeleine and Kai.




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2009.10.04 12:30
A study in slide technique: Madeleine




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2009.10.04 12:30
Here's Graham.




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2009.10.04 12:31
And here's Evan.



2009.10.04 12:34
Graham pretty good at climbing up the slide too.









2009.10.04 12:41
Jennifer's fantastic with the kids.









2009.10.04 12:45
Graham finds a funny toy.









2009.10.04 12:46
Kids. They just love to play with anything new.









2009.10.04 12:50
Looks like Madeleine took this picture.









2009.10.04 12:52
Ray's picked up another girl to carry, Dora.



2009.10.04 13:02
The last ride of the day, in an artichoke.



2009.10.04 13:02
Yum.



2009.10.04 13:06
Graham sure had a fun-filled day. Time for a short nap.




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2009.10.05 11:33
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
At 19 months, Graham only says a few distinctive words, but boy can he sing all day long! While he was singing and picking up blocks he even left mommy a stinky treat in his diaper.




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2009.10.05 11:34
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
by Madeleine at 27 months. Stangely she spoke for much longer and was much better at speaking before she started singing.



2009.10.05 11:45
Gross peanut poop. Smelled like really bad peanut butter.



2009.10.06 16:47
Mommy's so good to the kids, it's chocolate peanut butter ice-cream in a cone.



2009.10.06 16:48
Oh yeah, Graham does eat ice-cream in a cone, ice-cream in a cake form but not from a bowl with a spoon.



2009.10.06 16:48
Now that's an advertisement for Baskin Robbins!



2009.10.08 14:14
Graham does some day trading.



2009.10.08 14:14
Ah ha! I just made $20!



2009.10.13 09:07
Another fun visit to The Jungle.



2009.10.13 09:10
"How do I get out of here mom?"



2009.10.13 09:51
They can climb through the maze really fast. Mom, not so fast, and you should see the bruises a visit to the Jungle leaves on mom's knees.



2009.10.15 16:27
Another great usage of the Valco double stroller. Nancy loves it!



2009.10.17 05:00
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival 2009.



2009.10.17 05:00
Our babies looking so adorable.









2009.10.17 06:12
Meet Kai Lan at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival.



2009.10.17 06:25
There's Rintoo with Kai Lan.



2009.10.17 06:47
That poor dog had to dress as a lobster.









2009.10.17 06:50
Graham's little devil look.









2009.10.17 06:50
Graham's dressed as HoHo the monkey.









2009.10.17 06:50
I'm going in mom.



2009.10.17 06:58
This was our favorite costume. The little brother drove an electric jeep and pulled this cage with his sister inside dressed as a leopard.



2009.10.17 07:29
Nancy's dressed as Tolee, the panda loving koala bear.









2009.10.17 07:30
Pretty cute little Madeleine.



2009.10.17 07:33
Love this photo.









2009.10.17 07:35
Graham acting like a monkey



2009.10.17 07:36
Hee hee.



2009.10.17 07:43
One of the costume winners, the Sun Maid Raisin family.









2009.10.17 07:53
There's that deadpan look that Graham usually gives in his pictures.




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2009.10.17 07:58
Ho Ho the monkey being cute.



2009.10.17 08:06
The stroller is a great place for a snack. We had corn dogs, artichokes, green beans, brussel sprouts and ice-cream!









2009.10.17 10:29
On the way home, we stop at the pumpkin patch to pick up a few pumpkins to take home.



2009.10.17 10:30
The kids like the wagon.



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Graham finds his way into a teepee









2009.10.17 10:35
Madeleine takes Graham for a ride.



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2009.10.17 10:37
Madeleine discovers the big pipe to play in.









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It wasn't exactly clean inside. Oh well.









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She's happy.









2009.10.17 10:37
Graham strolls so cooly through the pipe.



2009.10.17 10:40
They find a big hay pile to climb next.



2009.10.17 10:40
Nancy and Madeleine make it to the top.



2009.10.17 10:41
Madeleine celebrates.




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2009.10.17 10:44
Madeleine is queen of the world.



2009.10.17 10:50
Graham looks like he belongs out on the prairie.



2009.10.17 10:51
He's such a strong boy.









2009.10.17 10:52
Madeleine is such an angel.



2009.10.17 10:53
How high did you go Madeleine?



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Taking a needed break after all that climbing and running around.



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2009.10.17 11:04
Here's Graham's pumpkin. He looks like he's ready for a nap.



2009.10.17 11:06
Madeleine finds a pink pumpkin.



2009.10.17 11:08
Madeleine picks out a pretty green one for Puo Puo.



2009.10.17 11:10
Madeleine tries to pick up one more pumpkin.



2009.10.17 11:10
This one's a bit too heavy for her.



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2009.10.22 18:25
Baking cookies with Michele and Mike.



2009.10.31 06:31
Off to NYC we go. We are fortunate that we were able to stay at Auntie Jen's boyfriend's gorgeous apartment.



2009.10.31 09:00
Sharon comes in from Philly to visit with the kiddies.



2009.10.31 09:00
Sharon looks good with the family.



2009.10.31 09:01
Here's the Ni Hao Kai Lan family.



2009.10.31 09:05
We enjoy a visit to the Central Park Zoo and visit Michele's favorite polar bears.



2009.10.31 09:05
Graham looks confused.



2009.11.01 07:17
We won't let Graham run in the New York City Marathon so he's upset.









2009.11.02 05:54
Graham tries on Bryan's shoes for size. Hey they do match his pants.



2009.11.02 06:24
Madeleine gets to visit the Scholastic Book Store where Clifford the Big Red Dog was created.




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2009.11.02 06:27
Riding on the Clifford Dog. Not sure they're having fun or terrified.



2009.11.02 06:27
The two of them go for a ride on the Clifford ride.



2009.11.03 10:13
Nancy and the kids take a snooze at Grandma's.



2009.11.03 11:57
We go for a swing at the local park.



2009.11.03 11:58
Wee...it's cold!



2009.11.03 11:59
Grandma takes a turn pushing the kids on the swing.



2009.11.03 12:03
That's a picturesque autumn view.



2009.11.03 12:13
Madeleine plays in the leaves.



2009.11.03 12:14
Madeleine eats some leaves.



2009.11.03 12:15
That's a cute picture of our babies in the leaves.



2009.11.03 12:16
This might be even cuter.



2009.11.03 12:18
They giggle at their funny dad.









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An autumn family photo.









2009.11.03 19:46
Two babies in a tub.



2009.11.03 20:31
Madeleine makes a little hideout in Grandma's study.



2009.11.04 11:05
Madeleine in her new "hedgehog jacket." She likes to name her clothes.



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2009.11.04 14:18
Great Auntie Debbie reads a story to Madeleine



2009.11.05 06:29
Fiona gives us a little peek at what her Halloween costume was.



2009.11.05 06:30
Don't they look alike?



2009.11.05 06:40
Cousins, together at last.



2009.11.05 07:21
Cousins in love.



2009.11.05 07:22
I wonder why little girls always want to pick up littler girls.



2009.11.05 07:50
Check out those lashes!



2009.11.05 07:54
Sleeping angel 1a.



2009.11.05 07:55
sleeping angel 1b



2009.11.05 08:00
sleeping angel 2



2009.11.05 13:45
This is typical behavior for these two at the clothing store.



2009.11.05 13:46
The only way to find them sometimes is to look for the little legs sticking out of the clothing rack.



2009.11.05 13:46
Ah ha! There she is!



2009.11.05 14:46
Madeleine with Great Auntie Debbie.



2009.11.05 14:46
Our kiddies with Billy and Debbie. Very cute.



2009.11.05 14:47
Grandpa Cratsley with Nancy



2009.11.05 14:47
Graham's happily being held by Billy. He's usually a little stranger shy, Graham, that is.



2009.11.05 16:07
Madeleine and Fiona enjoying their dinner together.



2009.11.05 16:07
Graham spends some one on one time with Grandpa.



2009.11.05 16:27
We go out to eat at Muscarella's with Bryan's grandpa.



2009.11.05 16:30
Three little monkeys...



2009.11.05 16:30
So happy.



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Grandma with her grandbabies. That's a handful!



2009.11.05 17:33
Bryan and his grandpa.




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2009.11.12 09:06
Graham likes Nancy's boots.




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2009.11.16 07:50
Peek a boo!




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2009.11.16 07:56
Frere Jacques









2009.11.16 14:47
Graham enjoys eating his tortilla chips dipped in water, or does he like to drink water with tortilla chips in it?




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2009.11.17 18:14
Kids being cute.




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2009.11.20 18:08
Graham takes instruction well.



2009.11.26 16:30
Happy Thanksgiving!



2009.11.26 16:31
Cheers! We opened a 5 L bottle of wine.



2009.11.26 16:31
Good food and good conversation.



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2009.12.01 10:15
Madeleine helps Nancy bake. Well, she helped taste the butter to be sure it's still fresh.




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2009.12.01 10:16
"Making" Rice Krispies Treats



2009.12.03 11:42
Madeleine loves eating her avocado with her new haircut.



2009.12.03 11:42
Graham loves his new haircut too.



2009.12.03 11:43
Hmm...Nancy discovers that Graham has blond sideburns. Honest, it's not shaved bald.




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2009.12.05 10:29
Our pretty girl in a dress.



2009.12.05 10:30
Happy 1st birthday Claire!









2009.12.05 10:30
What an incredible cake!



2009.12.05 10:30
That's a cutie boy.



2009.12.05 13:28
We then wish Troy a happy 2nd birthday at Bouncy Land.



2009.12.05 13:28
He had an awesome Thomas the Train cake.



2009.12.05 13:36
Impressive, Graham was able to get up to the top of this slide all by himself.



2009.12.05 13:36
Wheee!!!



2009.12.05 13:40
Madeleine enjoys bouncing too!



2009.12.05 13:46
Madeleine and Kai see who can slide down faster.



2009.12.05 13:48
Graham displays another technique for sliding down.




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2009.12.05 17:23
Ring Around the Rosie









2009.12.06 07:42
Graham likes his auntie Fran's fancy shoes.









2009.12.06 07:48
Oop, he taught Evan a naughty thing. Now Evan has his mommy's shoes and Graham wears Kai's



2009.12.06 08:24
Happy Holidays from Madeleine and Kai.



2009.12.06 08:25
Oops, Madeleine gets her head stuck in the hole!



2009.12.06 08:25
Happy Holidays from Graham and Evan!



2009.12.06 08:28
Graham enjoys wandering through the forest to find a tree.



2009.12.06 08:29
Evan runs off to find his tree.



2009.12.06 08:29
The two under 2s are so adventurous running around the forest.



2009.12.06 08:29
Oh yeah, we were at a pretend forest, but it was all the same for the kids.



2009.12.06 08:32
"dirty"









2009.12.06 08:32
Kai makes the little ones laugh with his antics.




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2009.12.06 08:32
Christmas tree shopping.









2009.12.06 08:36
I don't think the kids have seen anyone use a hacksaw before.



2009.12.06 08:36
They all stay safely away.



2009.12.06 08:40
We pack the tree onto the car for the ride home.









2009.12.06 09:38
The tree's looking pretty good in the house.



2009.12.06 14:16
We also made a gingerbread house! Kai and Madeleine were a great team.









2009.12.06 14:17
The tree's all decorated! The kids help undecorate it every single day.



2009.12.07 06:41
There's the finished product.



2009.12.07 17:31
Graham eats his cake by stabbing it with a popscicle stick.



2009.12.13 09:59
Graham is always trying to get his hands on peanuts to eat.









2009.12.13 17:37
Graham destroys his bib during dinner so we make a new one for him. He looks good in pink.









2009.12.13 18:03
Merry Christmas!









2009.12.13 18:22
Graham drives his car on a wild animal safari.



2009.12.13 18:28
And, when he's done with the safari, he gets in his Ferrari.



2009.12.14 15:50
Madeleine takes a pretty good picture of her daddy.




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2009.12.16 18:50
Graham loves to help his mommy cook.



2009.12.16 18:52
And of Graham.









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