Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas Morning

Before the presents were opened

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

Santa Everywhere

A big Saturday, this past weekend with Owen getting to meet Santa Claus (several times). Once at the mall, where he was all business: told Santa exactly what he wanted (dinosaurs and cars) then sat on his lap for the photo opp. Owen was more nervous than anything else. Then it was off to see really cool video images of his baby sister (some pics on Flickr) and then down to Burlingame to see Caltrain's Santa Train (a train that stops at the train station all decked out in lights, with carolers, Rudolph, and Santa climbing out of the cars to greet everyone. And then afterwards, as we were walking down Broadway, we ran into Santa again - sitting in front of the Fire Truck.

I think it is safe to say Owen knows who Santa Claus is now.

Click this link for some grainy video shot from the camphone

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Not the ideal way to start off the holidays...

It was a weird weekend (WVU blowing their chance at the national title by losing to Pitt, slashed tires at the Festival of the Lights in HMB and some cold weather)… but we did get to the beach to draw in the sand, test ride the new bike (see below) and we “decked the halls.”

The two wheeler (with some help)

Here is Owen demonstrating his Birthday gift. For the last 3 years he has got some sort of "transportation" - 1st birthday was the battery powered four wheeler (it took a year for him to really learn it) The 2nd birthday was the tricycle (again it took a year to master it) And now the two wheeler (with training wheels)... But as you can see I think we are off to a good start. (Hopefully, this trend ends b/c at this rate he will need a car by his 5th birthday).

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

mom and O at cardiff

mom and O at cardiff
Originally uploaded by rick loughery

Owen at Cardiff

Originally uploaded by rick loughery
Spending a nice evening at Cardiff by the Sea. Owen is having a fun week down here in San Diego and has got to spend time with Pop Pop and Mom Mom over the weekend.

Monday, November 12, 2007

3 year check up

3 year check up
Originally uploaded by rick loughery
Owen broke into the 30 pound wait class, tipping the scales at 31 pounds and breaking the 3 foot high mark (37 inches) for his 3 year check up. When the doctor came in Owen told him, "I am kind of shy." But O did a great job and was bribed with dinosaur stickers. The real test came from the two shots... but it was a quick and minor trauma. Although, he did fall right asleep during the car ride home.

Monday, November 05, 2007

A visit from grandpop

A fun long weekend with a visit from Grandpop starting with Halloween. This year O was a dinosaur for Halloween (shocker as right now it is all about dinosaurs). Friday we spent the afternoon at the Zoo and Saturday O supervised our paint job in the kitchen.

Sunday, October 21, 2007


When ever Owen hasn’t played with something in awhile – it’s like it is a brand new toy or activity… and O gets fixated on it for a few days. This weekend it was watercolors and finger painting. Here is some video of O finger painting (don’t worry – it is set in fast motion… )

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Three is a Magic Number

A little video from Owen's 3 birthday parties to celebrate turning 3.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Uncle Bryan and O

Uncle Bryan and O
Originally uploaded by rick loughery
We had a great long weekend in Colorado visiting Uncle Bryan, Aunt Dana. Nana and Joe made the trip and got to spend quality time with Owen, including babysitting for us while we went to Rummel’s wedding. (of course we forgot to bring our camera to the wedding so we will have to get some pics from some of the other folks who went). But there are some other pictures of the Owen’s time in Colorado on flickr (click on the banner to the right) – including a “Pre” Birthday party.

Here is a picture of Owen and Uncle Bryan up in Estes Park, Colorado. Owen has definitely been to some playgrounds with nice views this year – here is another one.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Some good grass...

back of house
Originally uploaded by rick loughery
We all are enjoying the new lawn. Click on flickr for some more pictures. Off to Colorado this coming weekend to visit Uncle Bryan, Nana and for Rummel's wedding.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Special Treat

Originally uploaded by rick loughery
O made some "big" progress this weekend on the road to being diaper free. I believe Owen describe it as a "big brown anaconda." A big chocolate and oreo cookie milkshake was the extra special treat.

Dad actually had most of it.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Owen will be a big brother to a little...

A few weeks behind on the posts… It’s been busy, from trip back to Erie to the “big news…”

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

On the road to 757

Tonight Barry Bonds hit 756. Owen is well on his way. (well maybe)

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

new shoes

new shoes
Originally uploaded by rick loughery
Finally, after 3 months of sitting in the closet... Owen agrees to where his new shoes

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Ky and O

Ky and O
Originally uploaded by rick loughery
Dad did some babysitting this weekend practicing for 2. We got a new "big swing" that Owen is now riding. He has gone from the Rocket (just to the right) where he use to sit in our laps or in the bjorn and swing with us, to the baby swing and now to the big swing.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Look out Snoopy

Look out Snoopy
Originally uploaded by rick loughery
Fun time this past weekend down at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Classic old school rides from Ferris wheel to wooden roller coaster. Owen had no fear of any of the rides - including his first roller coaster ride (not the big one but none the less it was pretty fast for a little guy).

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The annual trip down to San Diego

Happy 4th of July
Originally uploaded by rick loughery
Despite taking a pit stop on the-5 (after a tire blow out on the highway) the trip to San Diego to visit Aunt Kathy and Uncle Don was great. This year Owen’s cousins (Grace, Evelyn and Amelia) came along with Uncle Rob and Aunt Kathy (two aunt kathys got to be confusing for O) as well as Dee Dee. There was a visit to Sea World and a couple of trips to the beach as well as Owen’s first boat ride. Lots of quality time for Owen to play with his cousins.

More pictures at flickr

Monday, June 18, 2007

We Made It!

new room
Originally uploaded by rick loughery
Well... we made it through the first weekend with Owen's new bed. The crib is gone and the new bed is here... so is a time period of O getting up in the middle of the night and coming into our room.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Train Ride

Forgo that I had this clip on my phone.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Train ride

Train ride
Originally uploaded by rick loughery
Owen's first ride on the "big" train. (not to be confused with the small train at the zoo... or with Thomas).

Last week was the ferry ride - this weekend we went down to Burlingame on the train (15 minute ride). Had some milkshakes and did some shopping.

O was very excited about the ride, a little scared when the train pulled up - but as soon as he got inside he had his face smack up against the window to look outside.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

ferry ride with Nana

ferry ride with Nana
Originally uploaded by rick loughery
Owen had a great time this past weekend during Nana's visit. This is from a ferry ride to Tiburon (to find some sun).

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day Wkend

Memorial Day Wkend
Originally uploaded by rick loughery

After several days of cold, gray, foggy weather the sun came out early on the last day of the three day weekend and stayed out all day. We broke out the pool and partied all day (well O did – Mom and Dad did some yard work but managed to get cool every once in awhile with O)

It (the sun) was quite liberating for Owen… nice warm weather meant no need for clothes! So O pretty much had a diaper free (and clothes free) day.

There are some other pics on Flickr and a video (from a few weeks back) is below.

Baseball Season

Baseball Season
Originally uploaded by rick loughery

Old McDonald

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

first trip to mc d's

Owen and Dad’s first trip to McDonald’s together.
Kind of scary... and kind of feel guilty.

Guilty for taking him.
Scary for how fast and young they can hook’em.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


“I want milk.”

“No, you can have aqua.”

“I waaannt milk.”
“No, you can have aqua.”

“I waaaaant MIIILK.”
“No! Aqua.”

“I want orange juice.”


Monday, April 23, 2007

Time Out

Time out is definitely working… the other day I found Owen’s blue train in the crib…

“Owen, what’s the blue train doing in the crib?”

“It wasn’t being nice…. It is in Time Out.”

Training Day

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Riding with friends

Benjamin was Owen's guest this weekend, so we all went to the zoo. Carrie and Ava came up and met us at the Zoo. This is from the train ride.

Hide N Seek

Owen has been enjoying the game of hide and seek - he mostly just wants to go seek... as you can see from this video.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Vacation Video

Here is the vacation video – it is broken up in to two parts. Click on the links below... it will take you to videoegg... then, hit back button to come back and watch the other part.

Part 1

Part 2

Sunday, March 04, 2007

O is for Over.. bummer... day 7

What a fun day to spend the last day… doing nothing. In fact it rained. And it was warm and fun. The first part of the day was spent right out front at the beach here at the villas… Owen met his friend Mateo… Mateo and Owen were “Bros” for the rest of the day. They played on the beach and then went over to the pools by the hotel while Dad tried to sneak one last session in. The rain started to come down but that didn’t stop O and Mateo from running around, chasing birds and throwing rocks at the ocean. Dad got out of the water and ordered a couple of Mai Thais for Mom and him (Mai Thai Cliffy… Mai Thai). After a few Mai Thais, some nice hot tub sessions and cool rain the family returned home to the villa – O made it for about 15 minutes before he passed out in front of the flat screen filled with more sea life. What a great way to wind down.

This will definitely be a place we come back.

Day 6 - hanging

Dad went back to Ehukai for some more fun surf in the morning. More pool time. Today Owen was a lot more excited to be in the pool – the last two days he was very reserved but not today. We then went down to the reefs along the beach where Owen spotted some crabs – of course Mr Fixation couldn’t just keep walking and we spent awhile searching for the crabs hiding in the tunnels. For dinner we made our way down to Bonzai Sushi in Haliewa. Some amazing sushi – but O was distracted by the chickens running around in the parking lot. (on the news that night we saw there was an event like Ride A Wave – at Haliewa that day… Our friend “Jack” was there… but we got to meet the guest of honor the day later… Isaiah )

Friday, March 02, 2007

Day 5 – Settling in

Dad started off the day checking out some of the North Shore surf spots – surf was on the smaller side for the North Shore (which was more than adequate). After checking out a few spots – Ehukai seemed to be the right call. Here is some video (not of me but happen to be shot the same day that I was surfing here). O and Mom hung out by the pool and then the three of us went for a nice long stroll along beach trails – ending up about a mile away at Turtle Bay Lagoon. A good place for a nap and just relaxing. Dad caught one last sunset session at Turtle Bay and then we warmed up in the hot tub that evening.

Thursday, March 01, 2007


Chilling out by the hotel. A nice kick back day at the hotel playing in the pool – dad managed to grab some fun waves in front of the hotel and then we checked into our Villa (still part of the Turtle Bay resort). It was a nice change from the hotel room - a small studio apartment with very modern accommodations (read – large flat HDTV – “Finding Nemo” works better on this vs the computer screen). Click flickr for some pics

Sea Turtles and Dolphins

We left the north shore for a day trip down to Sea Life Park – sort of mini Sea World. Mom got to swim with the dolphins and Owen remained fixated on the sea turtles. We continued on to Waikiki for a little stroll around the town and some dinner at “Dukes.” - don't worry we will post some video/pics of mom getting kisses from the dolphins

O is for Oahu - day 2

The first full day was definitely a full day. Dad started out the morning with a quick surf in front of the hotel before we went for breakfast. We headed down towards Sunset Beach to an area called Sharks Cove – there was a little roadside grill – literally roadside… there was an old mobile home converted into a kitchen and the grill was outback behind the “restaurant.” The food was perfect – scramble eggs with fresh ahi and fried rice. Owen had a great peanut butter and banana soy smoothie. We then went and checked out Chun’s reef (a nice beach and surf spot) but I am not sure if Owen was tired from the long day before or spooked by a couple of waves when we were playing but we didn’t stay there for too long. After that O and mom went for a nice walk along Sunset beach while dad manage to sneak some more surfing in. Then back to the hotel for some fun time at the pool. Ended the day by going down to Haleiwa (small town on the north shore) to grab some dinner… after some minor complaints at the first restaurant, Owen settled into a smoothie at the second restaurant (from seafood with views to burritos in parking lots).

Monday, February 26, 2007

Oahu - First Day

So we made it. We brought just one “gadget” shy of Circuit City on the plane with us. From a computer with a DVD to a video iPod loaded with Elmo to a digital camera and a camcorder (don’t forget the phone with the digital camera and video recorder). It’s good to know that the majority of the time spent flying was actually spent coloring. Sure – Dad did most of the coloring and drawing but O was having fun directing Dad what to draw…

Here is a pic of O watching the video iPod on the plane and here is a pic at the place we are staying – Turtle Bay – click on the link to see the place we are staying and go to flickr to see more pics. Hopefully, we will post some pics each day.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Owen Reading Brown Bear

One of the first books that we read to Owen was Brown Bear Brown Bear. It continues to be a favorite. Tonight while trying to capture some Valentines Greetings (sorry that didn’t work but Happy Valentines Day) … we did manage to capture Owen reading Brown Bear Brown Bear all by himself. He hasn’t done this before and it was a pretty cool moment.

Updated with YouTube clip

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Busy Month

Its been awhile since the last post. Coming off the busy holidays and a visit from Grandpop Loughery - January kind of flew by – and here it is February. Owen started swim classes in January and we are making some good progress. He loves the water but definitely is still more comfortable if he is grasping on to Dad and a rubber duck. We also decided to take a vacation at the end February to the north shore of Oahu – we will bring the computer and upload some pictures while we are there. The winter has been cold (for northern California) but pretty dry up until this week. The rain is actually a welcome site – snow up in Tahoe!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Crashed Out

Crashed Out.jpg
Originally uploaded by rick loughery.
Owen sleeping... or when he finally fell asleep.