I finally made good on my promise to buy a whitewater raft. I picked up this sweet ride in late August (on sale of course). Unfortunately this is the most action it's seen so far, but now that kids are getting to be decent swimmers, we'll head out for a few class II trips once the weather warms up a bit.
The kids were also excited for a visit with their talented Uncle Armin. They were particularly impressed that -- unlike their dad -- he played more than just the first four bars of "Stairway to Heaven" and "Crazy Train."
Another big development, Maddy can swim now. Milo seems to believe that he can also swim, and if you try to help him in the pool, he'll scream in protest. Unfortunately, the moment you let him go, he plummets to the bottom of the pool. At least he did back in September - he's gotten better of late. Both kids continue with weekly swim lessons and are making good progress. Milo hasn't advanced as quickly as Maddy, but that's mostly because he still has a tube in his left ear and he hates putting his head underwater. Not surprisingly, a willingness to submerge your head is fairly imperative to success in swimming.
In September, M&M attended their 4th NICU reunion picnic at Alta Bates in Berkeley. As a NICU Family Advisory Council member, I put in a plug for Cowboy Jared to play the gig. Everything was going great until the old man who lived a block away showed up and yelled at us for being too loud. The old codger then called the police on us. So much for Berkeley's hippie lineage. Luckily, the police were very nice and were not about to shut down a show for a bunch of NICU graduates. I'll make sure we get a sound permit this year when we book the AC/DC cover band.
Cowboy Jared made another appearance a week later at a birthday party for another set of twins M&M are buddies with at preschool. Given the chance, the kids would gladly buy an old VW micro bus and follow him around to all his gigs. As you saw above, Maddy is definitely a spinner.
A visit from the big guy on the Niles Canyon Rail Road Christmas Train.
M&M playing in the great meadow at the base of Yosemite Falls. The snow was actually pretty dry and not so good for making snowmen. Nevertheless, the kids found this guy already made and decided they needed to rescue him.