the first of many

Father’s Day was awesome.

we woke up (if you don’t count the 4am feeding) at roughly 9am.

Erin and i enjoyed a bowl of cereal and coffee while PJ had a tall frosty mug of the usual.

10:45am and we’re off, food and supplies packed for a hike/picnic. we reach our destination, “The Arroyo,” (a trail five minutes drive away which we frequent) and set out on the trail. Parker Jane sits front face across my chest in a cotton wrap. Erin carries the food, supplies and misc. baby sundries.

the weather is beautiful-not too hot-with a nice breeze blowing. hikers and mountain bikers pass us. a horse trots by, then another.

at PJ’s request, we decide to pass Teddy’s Outpost and even the Official camp ground for a little more privacy at Nino Picnic Area (about 2 miles in).

diaper change, then food. PJ eats first. soon after Erin and i dig into egg salad sandwiches, fruit, and baby carrots. water, water, water; we are all satisfied.

a couple of pictures and then down to the stream. Erin puts PJ’s bare feet on the wet ground just in front of the water. we laugh and play and enjoy the wonders of nature all around us. then, wet feet. Erin and i laugh at PJ’s reaction, PJ does not join us in our glee.

we pack up and hit the trail again, back the way we came. soaking in the joys of the day so far, i remember that work looms in my near future. no good, not today, not with my girls as the alternative.

i call a friend to see if she would like to take my shift. yes. the rest of the day/night is ours.

we arrive home, feed and shower. PJ and i walk next door to invite our neighbor Michael to dinner. he accepts, we retreat to bed for a nap.

i begin to prepare food around 6pm. Michael warms up his grill and Erin preps PJ in a very cute purple flower footie and matching beanie. the food, dessert and two bottles of very nice wine are carted over to Michael’s patio. i grill, Michael and Erin set the table, PJ watches intently. The Beatles, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Ben Harper accompany us.

8pm and we eat, and eat, and drink, and eat, and drink some more. the wine is fantastic. we talk and talk and laugh and play with PJ and talk and laugh and play.

Shaeda, Michael’s daughter arrives, and we make her a plate. then, we talk and talk and laugh and play with PJ and talk and laugh and play.

homemade banana bread (from Erin to “daddy”) and chocolate ice cream. what a way finish.

11:30 approaches and we wind down. Shaeda says goodbye as Erin, PJ and i make the short walk home.

PJ eats, then a diaper change.

11:45 i make PJ laugh, for only the second time (Erin is an old pro at inciting a laugh session, but i am still working at it).

just after midnight i write this:

the job of a Father is certainly
no doubt
the very best job in the world.
especially when that job of Father
is for a little girl.
especially when the little girl’s name
is Parker Jane.
especially when her eyes are links
from her mother’s chain.
a first for me a first for her a first for such a feeling.
a feeling i’m counting and hoping and planning will keep me reeling and reeling.

the three of us lay together in bed, my arm around Parker Jane, Erin’s arm around mine. the light is clicked off.

Father’s day was awesome.

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Written by Rick on June 19, 2007.

Categories: Erin, Friends, General, Parker Jane, Rick.

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the most beautiful girls in the world

Parker Jane’s feet aren’t really this big. it’s the shoes, seriously.

we posted new photos to our flickr account. access them by clicking on one of the 6 photos on the left. you will be magically transported to an entire world of PJ pics. enjoy!

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Written by Rick on June 14, 2007.

Categories: Erin, General, Parker Jane.

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The Last 22 Days

Much has happened since Parker Jane’s eleventh week. Well, duh.. she’s now a bonafied three month old!

My first mother’s day gifts from Parker Jane were two hearty belly laughs. She was actually laughing at her aunt Tamlyn, but I was there to hear it. She laughed for the first time officially the night before at her grandma Carrie. I’ve gotten a couple of chuckles since then, so I think she must save the big ones for special moments. She smiles up a storm, though, and is starting to make very clear “oooh” and “aaah” sounds, like she’s starting to figure out how her mouth works. While visiting her grandma and grandpa in Escondido, Parker Jane got to play in her “Mega Saucer”. The Mega Saucer is beyond description, so we have to include a photo here. I only know that the Mega Saucer warrants one to use a monster-truck rally voice when saying “MEGA SAUCER!”

MEGA SAUCER! + Parker Jane = Classic Photograph

A couple of weeks back, we made the first of many road trips up to the bay area. Parker Jane is a travelling champ. As long as she has a full belly and her toy keys, she’s good to go. Our five day visit was spent mostly with Grammy Kathy in San Jose. One particular day saw the gathering of five generations on Rick’s side of the family. From Great Great Grandma Josephine all the way down to Parker Jane, a very special (and rare) moment was shared by all.

Middle: Great Great Grandma Josephine (100) – Left to Right: Great Grandma Zoccoli (80), Grammy Kathy (59), Papa (30), Parker Jane (3 months)

While in the bay area, we threw a party in PJ’s honor and invited friends and family to meet her. Parker Jane met her thirteen month old second-cousin Mya, who demonstrated lighting fast crawling skills and has four teeth! Luckly, PJ’s too young to know jealousy… or is she? Also present was 6 month old Mather, daughter of my old college friends Emily and Daniel. I’m amazed that in only 3 more months, Parker Jane will be blowing raspberries and grabbing smaller babies’ pacifiers like Mattie does. All in good-natured innocence… or is it? Our friends Zack and Sara brought their 2 year old son Isaac, who, in the presence of three younger ladies, kept his cool and his distance. I’m convinced that there is currently an influx of baby girls, so the few baby boys will have good odds in about 16 years or so. Rick and I stopped short of proposing an arranged marriage between the two youngsters… or did we?

Left: Parker Jane and Mya – Right: Mather, caught in the act!

After the fantastic party, we escaped to Santa Cruz for a day. Parker Jane’s first trip to the beach was a success; complete with bathing suit, shades, and toes in the sand. What more could a baby ask for? She was a big girl and didn’t even cry when her daddy dipped her feet in the surf. Brrr!

Beach Bums!

On Tuesday, May 29th, Parker Jane completed her first solo roll-over, (belly to back) much to our delight. She has a roll-over limit however, as she got really cranky after the sixth or seventh one. We eagerly await her next trick. At least that’s our excuse for staring at her constantly.

Let’s see… what else? Parker Jane’s hair is really filling out and getting longer. We think she may be pre-teething since she drools constantly and tries to stick her entire fist in her mouth. Oh, and Rick and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary! I can’t believe how fast time has gone by, and with Parker Jane in the picture it seems like it’s going so much faster. We’ll try better to keep up on the blogging, even if it’s just a little blog every couple of days. We’ve got to teach this baby how to type.

Left: Peanut – Right: Five Years of Love…and Laundry

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Written by Erin on June 3, 2007.

Categories: Erin, Family, Friends, General, Parker Jane, Rick, Video.

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