May/June 2012

June 16, 2012 – 8:57 pm

In late spring/early summer, Annemarie had fun helping us harvest the veggies & fruits from our yard: carrots, zucchini, cantaloupe (I guess we so severely decimated the local rat population that there weren’t any left to get to them!), strawberries, tomatoes, cherries, and peaches.


Annemarie enjoyed riding on her trail-a-bike with daddy (little did we know at the time that this was one of her last few times on trail-a-bike before she learned to ride her own bike and never looked back again).  Winston was introduced to riding in the bakfiets (“canoe bike”).


One of those rare occasions when mommy and daddy can dress up and attend a formal faculty reception together at the Mondavi center.

One of Annemarie’s many (MANY) art works, showcasing her beloved moo-moo-cow (her comfort blanket that she sleeps with every night)


 Both Annemarie and Winston LOVE to ride in the canoe bike!  (Winston often tries to climb into it when he’s passing by it in the garage, and it often takes a bit of convincing to get him back out of it…)

 Annemarie dressing up to see “Alice in Wonderland” (at the Davis Young Performers Theatre) with mommy and Aunt Stacy.




In early June, Aunt Mooi Choo visited from the East Coast and brought new toys!

Winston with his new techno rodent!



 In mid-June, Annemarie went car-camping and canoeing at Sugar Pine Point State Park with daddy, her friend Maya, & Maya’s daddy Jeff.







Luxurious princess accommodations in the wild…



April 2012

April 29, 2012 – 8:40 pm

Spring is here! We welcomed the transition to short sleeves (towards the end of the month) and fun outdoor adventures on bright sunny days!

 Winston enjoying laundry time:


Combined Spiller birthday celebration (this time for the Feb/March adult birthdays) in Lafayette, CA

 Enjoying the sunshine in our backyard.

 Thanks to Opa for the duck call and accessories!


Winston performing his garden inspection duties:

Annemarie had a fun play-date with her friend, Rowan (a.k.a. RoRo) at Funderland!


Winston tagged along and checked out the merry-go-round (rather dubiously!).



Oh my, wait until they get their driver licenses!

 As part of a school project, Annemarie was supposed to record the journey of her ‘Flat Stanley’. Here, Flat Stanley just enjoyed a ride with the girls in the tea cup.

A classic picture of Rowan!

 Flat Stanley got to ride on the train too with everybody!

The girls loved the Dragon Ride so much they went on it three times!



At the end of the day, Winston was overjoyed to be reunited with his cars!

Easter 2012

April 8, 2012 – 8:31 pm

The annual Easter celebration and egg hunt in Petaluma with the Spiller clan.

 Winston doesn’t quite know what to do with these weird colorful things he has found …











 Annemarie showing off her loot:



Fun in the snow at Loon Lake (March 25-26, 2012)

March 25, 2012 – 8:15 pm

Daddy took Annemarie up to the snow with Shirley. Unfortunately Winston got sick, so he and Chen-Nee had to stay home…

Showing off her own snow shoes!

Is that a snowman or a potato head? (actually, it’s a “snow mouse”!)

Better hide behind the fort before the snow ball fight begins!!!


Lets make more snow balls!

The best part is getting a sleigh ride from daddy!


Annemarie the snow angel!

Mark used his snow saw to make a trench/tunnel:





March 2012

March 24, 2012 – 1:51 pm

In general, Annemarie and Winston enjoy each other’s company. Annemarie has been a patient big sister showing Winston how to play with her and ‘his’ toys.

Annemarie introducing Winston to the world of laptops …

 and books.


 But what can be more fun than a plain old box!!!????



Still smiling after the spin session (guess they are ready for real roller-coasters!)

For now, they settle for Aunt’s Shirley’s lap:

Celebrating Uncle Simon and Uncle Steves’ birthdays!

Invasion of a giant Nemo (thanks, Mien & YY!)!



Winston Turns 1!

February 19, 2012 – 7:12 pm

Winston practicing his 007 pose as he turns one!!!

One of Agent W’s secret weapons: a cute wink!

And the innocent look:

Winston enjoying his birthday cake.

Plain wrapping tissue is the best birthday present ever!

The Spiller family got together over the weekend for a big joint birthday celebration for the four kids born in Jan/Feb time frame: Luke, Annemarie, Alexis, and Winston. As part of the extravaganza, Shirley treated us to a western photo shoot in Old Sacramento.

Protecting the womenfolk is serious business!  (or at least the photographers told the men/boys to look serious!)




 Winston’s first princess cake.

 Turning one doesn’t seem to change THIS messy eater’s habits!




Last round of birthday celebration with the Davis gang…

Winston & AM laughing hysterically as it’s getting closer to bedtime!

February 2012

February 15, 2012 – 5:15 pm

Welcoming the Dragon Year (Chinese Lunar New Year):






Annemarie made a cool mask for her favorite moo-moo-cow (security blanket):

Winston’s first introduction to hula hoops.

The little ballerina …


Annemarie’s tea party (with her stuffed friends and Winston’s pirate ship!)

Annemarie the artist (that’s an apple tree, in case you were wondering!)

Mobile with phone!

January 2012

January 28, 2012 – 4:38 pm

Besides working on standing by himself and toddling around, Winston is also busy picking up some cool tricks for his forthcoming comedy show.




By mid-January, Winston reached the important milestone of taking baby steps!

Annemarie enjoys having play-dates, and one of her favorite activities is dressing up …

… including putting little brother in a doggie suit….

(luckily Winston seemed oblivious as long as he has a phone to call someone! :)

or a chef hat (designed and made by Annemarie herself)!

Some serious head-shaking …

Winston’s triumphant walk !

Here comes trouble — a walking toddler!

Annemarie turns 4!

January 8, 2012 – 4:18 pm

Gearing up for multiple rounds of birthday celebrations….

First, Annemarie helped decorate the cupcakes for her friends at pre-school:

A proud 4-year old …


Annemarie’s busy supervising her troop making cupcake cones (thank you, Stacy!) for her next birthday party at a local gym:




 Who doesn’t like a big colorful parachute!!????


Annemarie loves the pit at the end of the trampoline…



Of course the birthday girl needs to be in-costume for the banquet, right?


 Annemarie decorated some of cupcake cones (the ones with smiley faces) …


The hand-picked-by-Annemarie selection of balloons for her friends!





Welcoming 2012

January 1, 2012 – 4:09 pm

Winston burning off the last of 2011’s energy:


We played cards well into the new year, and then some of the Davis Gang spent the night so that we could get an early start playing the next morning again!  Annemarie helped wake up the laggards:

The Davis Gang eating apple pancake on the morning of Jan 1

Pre-celebrating Annmarie’s 4th birthday:


Winston bullying Uncle Simon:

December 2011

December 30, 2011 – 4:02 pm

Enjoying pre-holiday festivities

Getting ready for the annual Candy Cane Lane bash (including the Aggie band!)

Winston was a bit … overwhelmed!


 Mark having fun teaching the kids how to roll (kind of!):

Annemarie showing off some of her (prolific!) holiday artwork:

 Celebrating Christmas Eve in Kensington:


Proud Opa with his gaggle (or giggle?) of grandkids: