Ethan and I had a great Saturday together. We got up and went to swimming. He is finally showing happiness at swim class. He is clapping, splashing, laughing, and having a good time. He has also learned from the past classes. For example, we sing this "Ring around the rosie" song and then dunk the babies under water. Well, now when the song is over, he shuts his eyes because he knows the dunk is coming!
After swimming, we went home and Ethan did not feel like napping. Erik was surfing and after trying to put EGL down for a nap, we went out for a walk. When in doubt, take a walk. Seriously. I cannot stay in the house and try to put him to bed repeatedly. I'd rather take a walk, tire him out, and try again later. Well, that totally worked because we walked to the playground and after an hour, he was ready for bed.
We played at the playground on the swings, the slide, and in the sand. I had a "I'm really a Mom" moment because I was sitting in the sand with Ethan and not one, but two little girls came up to talk to me. They came up to tell me their age, show me their shirt, and ask about Ethan. haha. One thing we definitely need to get Ethan is sand toys! The Nanny takes him to the park every day and she asked if we have any. Then today, he was playing with toys that were left at the playground so now we definitely need to get him some this weekend.
After napping, Ethan got up and had lunch. One thing he ate a lot of strawberries which he loved. After Ethan's lunch, Erik's friend Kevin came over and we made lunch for us. Then, Erik and Kevin played guitar together so Ethan and I went out for a long walk and hit up another playground.
We went over to Cedar Rose Park to check out out to see if it would be a good spot for Ethan's 1st birthday. It reminded me of when Ethan and I went to this park when he was only a few months old. Look how cute he was :-)
Ethan loved playing in the sand!
We also hung out in the grass and had a snack. Look at this little dude!!!
This is him giving me a hug. He leans in and puts his head against mine. It's really adorable.
When we got back, Kevin headed out so then we hung out together.
Look at him riding on his lion. He was STANDING on the seat.
For dinner, we went out with our friends Lisa and Justin for dinner in Berkeley. We have walked past this place called Ippuku a ton of times but have never been. We thought it was a sushi place but turns out it is a Japanese street food spot.
We had this fun dish of scallion pancake. We ordered a bunch of little dishes and shared everything. We had so much stuff from chicken skewers to ramen to corn fritters. The set up and decor was cool. The seating was along the two walls and not set up like a normal restaurant with tables all spread out.
There were some areas with tables on this platform and you sat on pillows at the table. See the shoes lined up? People had to take off their shoes before sitting down.
The food, experience, and company was great. The service was SO SLOW. We were there for about THREE hours. I swear 30 min went by without us seeing our server. I guess that is just how it is there.