Wednesday, September 29, 2010

adventures in Cali


on the airplane to Cali
it always amazes me how Maya rolls with the punches.  Maya doesn't stress about flying on a plane which is so wonderful. thank goodness for ipods and now our ipad.  she watched her videos and played her favorite games quietly. unlike other times we've travelled, Maya seems to have adjusted to sleeping or should i say falling asleep at a reasonable hour.  this made me very happy to say the least! she never did get very good about nap time though.  the only way we could get her to nap was by driving around. these are the joys of traveling with a toddler i guess.

by the second day, Maya taught herself how to climb up on the couch at my sister in-law's house.  from then on she has been climbing on couches and getting off by herself just fine.  it makes me feel like my little girl is growing up.  i love seeing her independence.

it was so great to see the interaction between Maya and her two older cousins.  she seemed to really enjoy just hanging out with them.  they were so sweet with Maya and indulged her by singing and dancing when she asked.  every time i see them interact i wish we lived closer to each other.

when we visited our friend in San Jose the first thing that Maya did was walk right to the doggies.  she just loves dogs and she is not at all afraid of them.  in the beginning she kept signing horse because i guess to her they are large enough to be horses.  she even tried to ride them a couple of times.  i thought that was cute.
at the playground
the highlight for me was when we drove down to Monterey. our first stop was Monterey Bay aquarium.  Maya wasn't as interested in the fishes as she was just roaming the place.  luckily it wasn't crazy crowded and she could walk around quite a bit.   on our way back to the hotel we saw a farmer's market and decided to check it out.  it was super crowded but we managed to get Maya in the stroller (a small feat in itself) and walk around a bit.  the best part was when we found a couple of musicians playing on opposite ends of the market.  Maya was just so mesmerized by the musicians. she wanted to hang out and hear every single song.  she watched them intently and clapped at the end of each song.  we could have been there all night i think and she would have been perfectly happy.

it was the perfect ending to our week long trip to Cali.  being with our friends and family is always so special to me.  it seems now more than ever.
Monterey Bay aquarium

not so impressed with the slimy water

listening to some funky music

the best fan anyone could ever have

1 comment:

Lianna said...

I love how much more older Maya is acting and looking now! You must be loving this time when she is engaged and obviously showing her enjoyment with family, music, new sights and sounds! I remember the marked difference in Gabe when he began walking. He became a totally different kid! The senses are just so important!

The pics are great, J!