Fourth of July through Labor Day

Some of my favorites from July and August. I finally downloaded Lightroom to my personal computer which more than cut in half the time it took me to process, edit, and resize these photos.

We introduced Andrew to the pool during a trip to Lodi in July. He loves swimming!

On our fourth wedding anniversary my mom watched Andrew for the day so Julia and I could go winetasting in Sonoma.

Hanging out on the beach in Bolinas on a sunny day.

A boy and his toys.

In mid-July we took a trip to Tahoe Donner, which was great. I mountain biked in the morning and we hung out at the beach or at the pool in the afternoon.

Caught in the act.

Andy in his raccoon hoodie.

Greeting mom at the door.

Rocking those skinny jeans at 9 months old.

Andrew loves looking out the window at the cars passing and people walking down the street.

In mid-August we spent the afternoon in Walnut Creek with Scott, Nicole, Sophie, and Grandma!

Andrew is already expressing his interest in sports…

….as well as entrepreneurship.

On August 20th we took Andy to his first Giants game and celebrated Tim’s birthday! We made it through all 9 innings but it wasn’t always pretty.

Standin’ Andy leaning on his mom.

A couple weeks ago we spent the afternoon with Geoff, Kristi, Gavin, and Quinn at their campsite along the Russian River. Andy got to play in the dirt for a few hours.

We had a great Labor Day Weekend and beat the three-digit temps with pool time in Lodi, “framily” in Grass Valley, and a visit to Antioch to see grandma and the pups!

June Travels

June was a busy month – Andy started crawling, we took a family vacation in Santa Cruz, and I had a whirlwind 5-day business trip to Europe!

Andy at home in his ball pit.

We rented a house in Santa Cruz for a weekend to celebrate mom’s retirement. It was great to get everyone together for a few days! Andrew needed a nap immediately after arriving at the house, and fell asleep exhausted like this.

Andy’s first time putting his feet in the Pacific Ocean! It was cold and he cried, but I’m telling myself he’ll join me in the surf as soon as he can.

Andy and Sophie admiring each other’s hats.

“Local Hunk” – all you tourist kooks better recognize!

Phil and I took a quick bike ride for a beer run and to check the surf at Pleasure Point.

Some great photos of Andy and Sophie playing at the house. Phil took most of these, I think – thanks Phil! Check out Phil’s blog post about the weekend for more.

A couple shots of the family. What a great weekend, and congratulations again, mom!

The next morning I left our apartment at 5am Monday to fly to Europe for a series of meetings and presentations spanning three countries in three days. It was a crazy schedule, and I was back by 5pm on Friday. In between meetings and travel I still managed to do some sightseeing and have fun. I ate authentic German food and rank authentic German beer in Munich with my old roommate Jan!

I took a selfie in front of a tower in Paris!

I took photos at dawn in London!

Back at home, Andrew helping us take a family self-portrait.

He’s turning into quite the grappler, demonstrating his eye gouge-fish hook combo as I lay helpless on the ground.

Memorial Day Weekend

Finally getting to some photos from the past couple months, and wanted to share some snaps from the last week of May. Julia worked over Memorial Day weekend, so I took a trip to Walnut Creek with Andrew to see mom, Scott, Nicole, and Sophie.

One happy grandma!

Brothers, dads, uncles, and cousins.

Andrew at 7 months old!

On Memorial Day Jackie and Kaibin visited with Bradley and Aila. We went to the park and had a picnic with the kids.

Andrew loves guitar…

…and selfies on the floor.

London for Business

I was fortunate to travel to London last week for a conference. I hadn’t been back to England since December of 2001, when I studied abroad for a semester in college. It was really neat being able to return on a business trip at a completely different point in my life.

The first thing I did after checking in to my hotel on Sunday was to FaceTime with Julia and Andrew. I was eight hours ahead, so it was morning in California.

Next, I took the Tube across town and visited the neighborhood where I lived that fall. This is the building we stayed in. It’s in a fantastic part of town (Ferraris parked on the street) and the exterior is in great shape, but when we were there the interior left a lot to be desired. We had very cramped living conditions, infrequent hot water, and major bathroom challenges. I lived in a room with Robby and Brent that can be seen here – top row of visible windows, third from the right.

London has a great bike share program now, so I rented a bike for cheap and rode around for an hour, through Hyde Park and Green Park and past Buckingham Palace and Big Ben/Houses of Parliament.

A quick look at my Find My Friends app demonstrated just how far I was from Julia and Andy.

On my second morning there, and my first full day of work, I woke up around 4:30am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I jumped onto email at around 5:15am and worked from my hotel room before heading out to the conference.

I gave a presentation to advertising agency and partner organizations from this stage.

I gave a different presentation with a colleague to about 500 people from this stage.

Here’s my colleague Ben during our presentation. I asked him to get a photo of me too, but in the stress of the situation he forgot! They recorded with video cameras, so I’ll post the video when it’s available.

An unusual aspect of the presentation was there were several sessions taking place simultaneously in a large aircraft hanger-like room. This meant attendees wore headphones like the one shown here to listen to us as we spoke in front of them. Speakers were equipped with headsets that had a microphone and two ear buds so we could hear ourselves, too. It seemed strange at first, but worked fine.

After the conference wrapped up I had a great dinner on the Thames with colleagues Rakhi and Ted.

Later that night Julia notified me that Andrew had gotten sick and had to be taken to the doctor. A few days of antiobiotics later, and he’s doing fine.

Friday was my last day in London, and after a visit to the office in the morning I spent the afternoon wandering and doing some sightseeing. Here’s Trafalgar Square.

The Millenium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral – I can’t recall if I walked on the Millenium Bridge when I was here last time, so thought it was worth a visit.

Walking towards St Paul’s on the bridge.

St Paul’s up close.

Saturday morning I woke up early and was waiting for the train to connect to the airport by 7am. It was a great trip, even though it was tough being away from Julia and Andrew for an entire week!

Mother’s Day

We celebrated Mother’s Day in Sausalito this past weekend and took the opportunity to get some photos in front of the apartment.

A sequence of Andy smiles!