Saturday, 25 October 2014

Three Years in America

 Three years! That's how long the girls and I have been in America now. Well, not Mathilde, she's only been here six months ;)

The last year has been a pretty eventful one. The major event of course being the arrival of our little American baby. We've been on fun adventures, celebrated holidays and had quite a few visitors from home. In fact, today my best friend in the whole wide world will be arriving to visit! I can't wait, but more on that later.

Here's a look at some of the highlights from year number three in America. I won't lie, there are a lot of photos, so get yourself a coffee, get comfy on the couch and enjoy...

We started year number three in New York with friends

Hooray for New York!

Hanging out in Brooklyn

Halloween 2013

In November we shared some exciting news!

Visiting the Googleplex

My little sister Kylie visited in November

Ava passed her first karate belt test in November

In December we spent a day at the Christmas Festival in Nevada City

Feeling festive at the Fairmont Hotel

Visiting Santa at Macy's

Our 2013 Christmas card photo

Lola and her snowman at "Snow? In Berkeley?"

Choosing a Christmas Tree

Meeting Santa at the Christmas tree farm

Over the Christmas break we looked after Gecky, Ava's class pet 

Santa brought an American Girl doll for Ava...

...And one for Lola too

On New Year's Eve we visited Winchester Mystery House in San Jose

In January we had a trip to Children's Hospital Oakland when Lola got Lego stuck up her nose!

For her 7th birthday we got Ava her very own pet: Cookie the Leopard Gecko

Ava met some creepy crawly friends at her 7th birthday party...

...And a few slithery friends!

The girls always love finding new hearts in Union Square. This one is their all time favourite!

In February Lola's preschool had a pyjama day

In March Ava's school had a career day. Lola joined in too as a cupcake maker!

In March we spent an afternoon in Crissy Field enjoying the sculptures by Mark di Suvero

We celebrated St Patrick's Day by attending the parade in San Francisco

Not long before Mathilde's arrival I was treated to a baby shower at the Claremont Hotel with friends

In March Ava passed another karate belt test

In April the girls were treated to a day out at the American Girl store

Not long to go before Mathilde's arrival and the girls drew pictures of her on my belly

In April we attended the Cal Open Day

Ava finally lost a tooth!

The girls were excited to see that the Easter Bunny had visited our home

Mathilde decided to stay put for Easter...

...But made her debut a week later on April 24th. Welcome Little One.

Now that Mathilde has grown out of her original baby seat it's amazing to think she ever looked this tiny in it!

In late April we visited Indian Rock here in Berkeley for the first time. 
Sisterly love

In May Ava competed in the Berkeley Kids Triathlon again

In May we attended Maker Faire. 3 week old Mathilde was the littlest maker there!

One month old

Mathilde's first carousel ride in Golden Gate Park in May

The big girls rode the carousel too...

...And the concrete slides!

At the end of May Ava took part in the Berkeley Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival

We all settled in to being a family of five

In June our family wheels got a make over

In mid-June the school year finished and my parents came to visit! 

With Mamma & Papa we toured the city on Ride the Ducks...

...went to the baseball...

...climbed Indian Rock...

...hung out in Dolores Park...

...took a boat cruise on the bay...

(which went under the Golden Gate Bridge!)

...and took a road trip to Big Sur and Monterey.

Two months old

We celebrated Mathilde's first Fourth of July at Berkeley Marina

In July we took in the amazing Tara Donovan exhibition in Menlo Park

In July we visited the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park

In July we attended Pedalfest in Oakland...

...followed by the Berkeley Kite Festival the following day.

Three Months Old

Just after she turned three months Mathilde started sitting on her own

In August Lola had her hair cut short

In August the girls had a lemonade stand at Totland and made a killing!

In August we visited Seattle for the first time

We took in the views from the top of the Space Needle...

...and played in the most amazing fountain ever at the base.

Even Mathilde enjoyed the fountain

We took a harbour cruise in Seattle

After a few days in Seattle we took Amtrak down to Portland

The girls enjoyed the many public gardens in Portland... 

...and the street art

At the end of August our friends Mark & Mart visited

We visited Muir Woods with Mark & Marta - and our best duck face poses!

Having visitors is great for getting out and seeing more of this beautiful area 

Mathilde loves the Golden Gate Bridge

Four months old

At the end of August Ava started Second Grade

In September Lola started back at preschool

In September we attended a Tinkerlab book launch party and got creative

Mathilde has been eager to grow up so fast

Five months old

At five months Mathilde started solids

In October we attended the Hoes Down Harvest Festival

In October we took the girls camping for the first time

Lola started karate too and in October both girls passed another belt test

We celebrated Lola's fourth birthday with an ice cream party

We celebrated the season with pumpkins galore

Our last adventure for year number three 


Another year gone by and a lot of wonderful memories.

You can see our first year in America here and our second year here.

Here's to a great start to year number four!