Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Happy Birthday Thommy!

Sorry I couldn't wish you a Happy Birthday in person. Have no fear. I'll catch up with you later this week. (I guess Chris could have given you your gift yesterday when he saw you and Geoffrey but that would have required him to wrap it and you don't want see the outcome of that.)

The Trip Back

The Trip Back

We returned home the day after Memorial Day -- avoiding all the
holiday traffic. Unfortunately, the trip back was a bit harder on
Parker. (I think he was pretty exhausted from the exciting
weekend.) So we had a few more extended stops to calm his nerves.
Here we are at Colinga (I think that's the correct spelling) having a
truckstop picnic (plopping our blanket down under one of the few
shady spots). There's nothing like hitting the bottle to put one in
a better mood.

Monday, May 30, 2005

When Trillos Collide

When Trillos Collide

Parker met Jamie, Chris' sister, today. As you can see from his
expression, he loved every minute of it. (And yes, another well-
behavied restaurant experience.) We just have one more Trillo to
go. (Watch out Dana! You can't escape the wonder that is Parker.)

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Amah's Little Men

Amah's Little Men

After seeing Fay, we stopped by my brother James' place to see his
baby boy, Jason, who's about 3 weeks older than Parker.

For those of you who don't know Chinese, "Amah" (not sure is this is
the correct spelling) means "Grandma". As you can probably guess,
this is a picture of my mom holding Parker (left) and Jason (right).

As my mom and Jason look at the camera, Parker wonders if the
horizontal strips makes him look fat.

Hey Fay

Hey Fay

While up north, we couldn't miss seeing Fay and David, who just
bought a new house in Mountain View. Here's Fay and Parker after a
delicious Thai lunch. (I must say, Parker was pretty well behaved in
the restaurant -- sure there was a minor outburst but nothing that a
bottle of formula couldn't handle.)

(BTW, if you're looking for a cool bag, check out Fay's company Gyms
Pacific at http://www.gymspacific.com . There's a lot of neat items
to carry your electronics and other stuff.)



Looks like Parker's in the middle of a love triangle. I have a
feeling, though, that Luxi will win in the end. (That bear is no
match for her.)



Thought you'd dig this shot of Parker hanging out on Luxi's bed
with her bears.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Parker's First Road Trip

Parker's First Road Trip
Originally uploaded by Car2nGrl.
Illness prevent us from heading up north for Chris' sister's graduation. However, feeling better a week later, I saw no reason from postponing Parker's first road trip any further. So I packed the car and (without Chris, who was working) we headed to San Francisco to visit family. Overall, the drive up north went pretty well. I planned on stopping often for Parker's sake; however, we only make three stops -- and only one of those was because he was crying uncontrollably. That's my boy!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Originally uploaded by Car2nGrl.
So, I haven't figured out a way to include mpegs in the blog but my camera is able to break the movie down into 9 frames so I thought I'd share that with you. This was suppose to be a movie of Parker gurgling.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Good Morning

Originally uploaded by Car2nGrl.
Just thought I'd share the view out my window this morning.

The quail are back so one can't help but think of the opening sequence of the Partridge family.

Come on! Get Happy!

Monday, May 23, 2005

Lazy Day

Originally uploaded by Car2nGrl.
When the temperatures near the 100's, what would you expect from the Trillos? As you can see, Frankie is passed out on the floor while Parker snoozes in his car seat.

BTW, I'm a big follower of "let sleeping babies lie" no matter where they're lying. Hey, if there's another brush fire, we're at least ready to jet out of here.

Caught in the Act

Originally uploaded by Car2nGrl.
So it seems like my animals are trying to one up each other in the disgusting department.

Sorry Silly. Frankie eating your poo is way more disgusting.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Why are you looking at me like that?

So saith the dog whose nose is dusted with kitty litter.

Well that's how my day began. We were suppose to head up north to see Chris' sister's graduation.

"Suppose" you ask? I know, everything seemed to be going on schedule until I started feeling dizzy. As my world continue to spin, it became harder and harder to keep my lunch down. Yeah, puking can quickly derail plans. Usually though, once you toss your cookies, you feel better. However, my world continued spinning. I hoped a nap would solve the problem but it just lead to another bout of vomit.

Finally, hours later, I felt more normal...even better after the chicken soup that Chris made for me. Unfortunately, it was too late to hit the road (and make the 8am ceremony).

So, let me say it now...CONGRATULATIONS JAMIE! Chris and I are very proud of you. From now on, I'll have Chris call you "Master Jamie" in honor of your degree.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Bye-bye Dial-up

We just got satellite access to the internet...and I'm lovin' it. Where we live the fastest dial-up service is 26K...UUUGGG! Life is so much better now...and I can even make a phone call WHILE I'm online. I LOVE IT!

New Zoo Revue

Originally uploaded by Car2nGrl.
Depending on the moment of the day, Parker takes on different animal identies. When he's crying in his crib, he's my LITTLE BIRD because, with his big head and extented (when he's screaming) little neck, he looks like a baby bird squacking for food in his nest. When he's curled up in my arms, he's my LITTLE BUG -- I can't decide between a lady bug (the Dennis Leary one from "Bug's Life", of course) or a rollie pollie bug (don't know it real name but I'm sure you know the one I'm talking about). When I change his diapers, he's my WIGGLE WORM because he won't keep still. And now, I see from the new set of clothes that Jenny Lynn got him he's also my LITTLE MONKEY because he looks like the monkey on the outfit. I can't wait to see what new animal awaits me tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Entenmann's to the Extreme

Lately, I've been craving baked goods. Case in point, not only did I recently bake (low fat but still delivious) brownies AND cupcakes but I bought an angel food cake and donuts from the grocery store.

I'm a pig...I know. But in my gluttony I did notice something of interest. Not sure if any of you have notice this but Entenmann's makes a donut 4-pack called "Grab 'Ems". Actually, Entenmann's calls it their "extra tasty donut 4-pack." I guess it's so amazing they had to package these goodies under a special label -- "Entenmann's EXTREME". To further emphasize how cutting edge these donuts are they placed on the packaging a photo of a skateboarder who's catching air on his Entenmann's skateboard. Wow! That's EXTREME! But have no fear, while this kid may represent Entenmann's EXTREME, he's still responsible enough to wear a helmet.

Oh. Did I mention that these EXTREME donuts were glazed Old Fashion's. Well, actually that was also renamed to "Glazed Buttermilk". Ah...they think of everything.

By the way, in case you were thinking of using the name "Grab 'Ems"...don't. Entenmann's has trademarked the phrase. (Those crafty devils!)

Monday, May 09, 2005

2 Months Old!

Originally uploaded by Car2nGrl.
Yup, the little dude's hit the 2 month milestone, which included a trip to the doctor for a check up. His current stats...
-- 9 pounds, 1 ounce
-- 22-1/2 inches long

While's he's a little guy (in the 10th percentile in height and weight), he's not undernourished -- as my sister suggested to my mom who's now worried about his health. Then again, as my sister also noted, he still weighs less than Niko when she was born so she's use to extra large babies.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Mother's Day

Originally uploaded by Car2nGrl.
What kind of Mother's Day would it be if I didn't take a photo with my little guy?

(By the way, tomorrow, Parker will be 2 month's old.)

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Septic Shock

Who knew doing laundry could be so dangerous?

I figured something was wrong when I noticed sewage backing out of my shower and tub drains. Ewww! The plunger only made matters worse. The only perceive cause was the washing machine, which had just emptied it's first rinse cycle and was about the start another. Quickly I turned it off. Luckily, very little of the filthy water leaked onto the floor. The rest remained contained in their tubs. Then I called Chris.

My hero arrived home a couple hours later. It was almost 10 at night and he had a 6am call but he proceeded to take a snake (a plumer's auger used to clear drains) and cleared out every drain in the house, including the septic tanks vent, which is on the roof. No luck.

Then he went outside and, with a shovel, began to uncover the lid to the **gulp** septic tank. While it was wasn't as smelly as he expected, it did appear to be full. Oh boy! There will be no showers tonight. Time to crank up the hot tub! Sure we would be soaping up but it was relaxing, none the less.

Chris didn't get to be until 1am.

This morning I looked in the Country Journal (the local free paper) and called one of the septic companies listed -- Acton Sanitation. "When would you be able to come out to empty our tank and how much would it cost?" That would depend on our tank --was it concrete or metal -- because the problem could just be a clog. I told Jim, the man from Acton Sanitation, that I didn't know and he offered to come over to check it out for me. (He was just down the road from our house.)

As promised, he arrived in about 10 minutes. And, after checking into our septic tank (which is metal), he confirmed that it was just a clog. He took a rod from out of his truck, jabbed at the pipe in the tank and VOILA! The tank began to guggle to life. "So does this mean the drains in my house are now working again?" "Yup."

That was it. Go figure.

You know what's even more amazing? Jim didn't charge me a thing. Talk about a super nice guy. I guess I can chalk it up to "country livin'".

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Plutonic Friends

Pluto Parker
Originally uploaded by Car2nGrl.
Having spent the previous day watching "The Pirate Movie" and "Night of the Comet", I thought it necessary for Parker's mental health to start group therapy.

Actually, I brought Parker with me to my writing partner, Thommy's, house where he has way too many Plutos. (They just about cover the couch in his office.) That said, I couldn't resist the urge to surround Parker with pups.