Desmond's Birthday

This is the first catch up post.

Desmond had three birthday parties in October. You've got to do it up for your first birthday, right? The first was at Aunt Patty and Uncle Kendall's.

The second was a joint birthday party with his cousins Devin and Ethan in LA.

Desmond cried and refused to eat his cake when everyone sang to him. Poor little muggle.

Doing that thing he does with Uncle James.

Wrestling with grandma.

Then his final birthday party was at the Berkeley Aquatic Park.

Joe and Mini were there.

Jessie, Caleb and Izzy made a surprise drive by appearance.

David, Brendan and Amber saved daddy's life by loaning him a jacket.

Mary and Michael brought the British flavor.

There were balloons!

And Heather and Myles represented Oakland...until Myles threw up all over mommy and had to go home.

And the day finally ended with lots of presents...but the DVD player was the hit for the evening. Go figure.

Happy birthday, little Desmoid!

Newest Nicknames

Walker Texas Ranger
Walking Tall

...oh, and Turnip

Walk Hard

So our little man has finally decided to put his traveling shoes on.

The cell phone is a great motivator.

Get on the good foot!

He's been threatening for a while, but only in the past couple of days did he not only walk a bit, but he initiated his own walking. You can't see that here with all this cellular cajoling, but he has dashed our fears that we would have an adult son crawling around our basement forever.

McNear's Beach

At the end of August we had a picnic at McNear's Beach with the fam (Patty, Kendal, Miye, Ryan and Elizabeth). Desmond, always the Renaissance man, developed new interests in jellyfish, shiny bike helmets and clear plastic plates.


Grandma got us a Gymboree membership for the month of August.
Desmond really seemed to like it - thanks Lynne!

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

You were born on October 6, 2007. How is it possible that one year has gone by already? It seems like it was just yesterday, and at the same time it seems like you've been here with us forever. I love you so much, sweet boy. Happy birthday!

Tickle Monster

Somebody Likes Watermelon

likes watermelon.


Kendra, Gage and Scout came to visit in mid-August. We went to play in the park, ate at a yummy Cambodian restaurant for dinner, then left Ron and Desmond at home to go see an evening showing of Seussical in Joaquin Miller Park. We did not dress correctly - it was freezing! Luckily Kendra had bags of old clothes she was planning to take to Goodwill in the trunk of her car. We layered on lots of clothing and laughed hysterically at how stupid we looked. (Why did I not take pictures??!!) Poor Gage was so embarrassed to be seen with us silly females. But in the end, we were relatively warm, and I think Scout and Gage enjoyed the show.