Year’s End

1 01 2011

I’m not sure anyone looks at this thing anymore. It was (and is) solely intended to keep our family and friends up-to-date on Hugo’s comings and goings. But I’d like to think we do a decent job of keeping you all in the loop on major happenings in our family. Just in case, however, here’s a very quick recap:

–We moved to Sacramento from San Francisco in February. No regrets whatsoever.

–Sacha quit her job in the summer. Again, no regrets.

–I enjoyed reasonable success this year as a political consultant working for myself and thus have been able to put off getting a real job.

–Hugo will welcome a little sister (Beatriz) in about 11 days, if all goes as planned (will we have to rename this blog?)

Hugo turned three in Kauai this year. He is brilliant and exhausting. Current obsessions include sharks and other sea creatures and the gods, heroes, and (especially) monsters of the Greek and Egyptian myths.

Happy New Year! (and if you’re really getting your information about us from this blog you should just give me a call sometime…).



Wag the Dog

27 06 2010

Here Hugo tries to walk Tamarindo, his Tio Lalo’s dog. At this point, Hugo lacks a bit of natural leadership.

Tamarindo and Hugo are actually good buddies and love to chase each other around the backyard (hmmm… well, Hugo loves to chase Tamarindo anyways)


27 06 2010

Juan, a sucker for indulging Hugo’s love of water, purchased a crazy contraption called a Waterpillar the other day to help us through the hot Sacramento summers.

Summer, here we come!

7 06 2010


As of the end of this month, Hugo and I are full time playmates. No work, no school.

We discovered a fantastic pool this weekend, which we plan to make a habit of.


1 05 2010


We met Alexandra and Mina for a trip to Train Town in Sonoma on our way to Ukiah. The perfect recipe for a car nap!

Boy Gone Wild

5 12 2009

Here’s a little video of our boy being crazy this fall.

Hugo is talking like a little man these days.  Current obsessions include Hot Wheels, crayons, and “siwee” [silly] books.  He’s excited about Christmas and thinks there’s a jaguar in our bedroom. (If there seems to be neither rhyme nor reason to his current interests, there isn’t).

Toddler Obsessions

21 11 2009

Hugo has many obsessions of late. Sometimes they last a day, sometimes much, much longer, but they all seem pretty random to Juan and I. All of a sudden, he’ll look at an something and declare “I love [insert random object or idea]!” and that is the kiss that seals the deal.

Lately, Hugo has fixated on:

  • His toy cars. His box of cars, a medley of Hot Wheels, Lego cars, and some other Things That Go, brings him more comfort and joy than any other thing right now. It’s the first thing he wants to do when he wakes up in the morning.
  • Necklaces. Usually mine, but he also has some fetching mardi gras beads that he digs.
  • London. I think this came from his Paddington Bear book, along with fragments of conversations between Juan and I discussing a possible vacation in the Spring.
  • His pet snake Rick. He loved this snake hard and fast, and after a week of needing it with him at all times, it is dead to him now.
  • Tea. He loves to drink fruit tea, after which he always smacks his lips and say “How refreshing!”

 I can see that these things offer him comfort, even if  I don’t understand the genesis of the passion. Last night we were at a party where he didn’t know many people, the music was loud, and his attempts at socializing with the other kids his age were tragically unsuccesful. I was walking around with him for a bit, and he looked up at me forlornly and said, “I want my cars.” (Actually, he said, “I want my tars,” but I don’t want to mock his speech afflictions. Whoops, I just did.)