Dad and Jennifer were recently in town for their Spring break vacation and we all decided to go to Joe’s Farm Grill for a yummy meal.

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Joe’s is located in Gilbert, AZ and is a part of Agritopia.  The Agritopia Project is “an effort to design and build a neighborly community around an urban farm.”  It’s a really cool idea and you can read more about it here.

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The restaurant is right next to the actual farm where much of the food the restaurant serves is grown.  Here’s a picture of Gavin patiently waiting for some dinner. [singlepic id=615 w=320 h=240 float=]


After arriving at Joe’s we waited in line for about 20 minutes and then ordered at the window. I ordered the Fontina burger with onion rings.  The burger was sooo good and topped with fontina cheese, pesto (herbs from the garden), roasted red pepper, mushrooms, and arugla.  Oh yeah, and the homemade pickles are the bomb! [singlepic id=613 w=360 h=280 float=]  Gavin is still waiting for dinner.  [singlepic id=616 w=320 h=240 float=]

Chanin ordered the BBQ Bacon Blue burger with chili fries.  Her burger was topped with bleu cheese, bacon, onion rings, and BBQ sauce.  Gavin loved the chili fries!  Dad (Grandpa) ordered the Ribs and BBQ Pork platter and Jennifer got the Ahi sandwich.  The ribs were tasty and the Ahi looked nice and fresh. [singlepic id=619 w=320 h=240 float=]


This was our first visit to Joe’s Farm Grill and we’ll definitely be back!  The weather is just about perfect right now and we love Spring time here in AZ.  At Joe’s there are huge grass areas and lots of trees which makes it a perfect place for the kiddos to run around.  When the weather is this nice, and the food is that good, you just can’t beat it!

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Gavin’s 1st Haircut

April 11th, 2010 | Posted by chanin - the mom in Family - (5 Comments)

At 16 months, we finally decided Gavin was old enough and his hair was long enough for his very 1st haircut!  We researched the local hair salons and decided on Snip-its in Chandler, an entertaining and interactive fun place for kids to get their hair cut by real professionals.  Mommy didn’t want to attempt cutting Gavin’s hair in fear he’d end up looking like he cut his own hair.  We were a little afraid that Gavin wouldn’t cooperate at the salon, and he’d end up being sent home with only half of a new hair-do.  But to our surprise, Gavin was very good and only had a brief 30 second meltdown.

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Gavin’s hair was cut by Juan Carlos, a real perfectionist.  He made sure that Gavin was happy the whole time by enticing him with lollipops, animal crackers, bubbles, computer games and cartoons.

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Mommy and Daddy watched and instructed Juan Carlos, who made great efforts to please us.  We were super happy with the final result.  Gavin was given a toy and sticker for being a good boy, and Mommy and Daddy were given a lock of Gavin’s baby hair.  Gavin looks so adorable in his new hair-do.  Well, he always looks adorable to Mommy and Daddy, but now he looks extra handsome.  We hope you all agree.  Take a look at some of the pictures from Gavin’s very 1st haircut ever!

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Walk for Wishes – 2010

February 17th, 2010 | Posted by james - the dad in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

This year we’re once again participating in the Walk for Wishes for the Make A Wish Foundation! This will be our 3rd year walking, and 2nd year with little Gavin. The mission of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
As some of you know, Chanin was granted a wish in the past (1995), which makes this organization extra close to our hearts. We’ve also been inspired by a little boy named Zack who lived here in our town of Maricopa, AZ. Unfortunately, he lost his battle with cancer but we still think about him and know that the Make A Wish Foundation made a big difference in his life.

To donate please go to:
We appreciate any donations and support you can offer! No amount is too small and it’s tax deductible!
Thanks in advance!!

(Below is a picture of us at the 2008 walk and a picture of little Zack)
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Gavin Laughing Hysterically!!

January 25th, 2010 | Posted by james - the dad in Family - (1 Comments)

Here’s a short video of Gavin having a laughing fit while  he was playing with his Aunti Lori.

He’s such a silly boy!

Gavin’s First Year

January 18th, 2010 | Posted by james - the dad in baby - (3 Comments)

Throughout the year we (mostly Chanin) wrote down Gavin’s “firsts” and other interesting/funny things he did.  Read the list and you’ll feel like you were right there during his messiest poo ever (and other not so grody things).


2-Jan-09 First Trip to the Mall
19-Jan-09 Gavin discovers himself in the mirror
22-Jan-09 2 Months Old
23-Jan-09 Gavin weighs 14 lbs
1-Feb-09 Gavin says “Hi”
9-Feb-09 First time Gavin got very scared.  Windy outside and leaves were blowing around.
11-Feb-09 First time at urgent care. Fever and nurse said to bring him in.
22-Feb-09 3 Months Old
24-Feb-09 Gavin’s Adoption Day
22-Mar-09 4 Months Old
22-Mar-09 Rolled over for the 1st time
23-Feb-09 26.5 inches, 17.95 lbs
24-Mar-09 Gavin starts playing peek-a-boo with Daddy.
24-Mar-09 First night in crib all by himself!  Mommy was sad.
24-Mar-09 First bite of real food, Rice Cereal
5-Apr-09 Gavin finishes his first whole meal
6-Apr-09 Gavin slept 8 a full night (8 hours)!
22-Apr-09 5 Months Old
29-Apr-09 Gavin sounds like he’s saying “mama” this week.
1-May-09 Gavin eats Peas for the first time
10-May-09 Gavin started rolling over a lot this week.
17-May-09 First earthquake.  5.0 in Lenox, CA
22-May-09 Starts Singing
22-May-09 6 Months Old
23-May-09 1st tooth comes through, right lower
28-May-09 Second tooth pops through, lower left
6-Jun-09 Gavin’s 1st word is “Mamma” and he knows what it means!
6-Jun-09 Pulls himself up to stand in his playpen
7-Jun-09 First time a fly landed on Gavin’s head.  Haha!
21-Jun-09 This week Gavin is doing the army crawl all over
22-Jun-09 7 Months Old
29-Jun-09 Gavin gives mommy a real kiss, on her shoulder
1-Jul-09 First cowlick, he has enough hair now.
19-Jul-09 Gavin starts saying “dada”
22-Jul-09 8 Months Old
25-Jul-09 First nightime babysitting
8-Aug-09 Pulls himself up and stands on his own
16-Aug-09 Stands up on his own without assistance
22-Aug-09 9 Months Old
22-Aug-09 First top tooth comes through, left side
31-Aug-09 Shakes head side-to-side
1-Sep-09 First time giving High-Five!
1-Sep-09 First Camping Trip
12-Sep-09 First time eating lime and cilantro
14-Sep-09 Starts Dancing
22-Sep-09 10 Months Old
26-Sep-09 Starts waving “Hi”
27-Sep-09 Right front tooth breaks through
29-Sep-09 Messiest poop EVER, after he ate prunes!  Carpet, clothes, mommy, etc.!
30-Sep-09 First mini step without falling down
2-Oct-09 First trip to Sea World.  Gavin touches a bat ray.
8-Oct-09 Starts running in his walker
14-Oct-09 First time taking multiple steps without falling!
17-Oct-09 Eats first french fry. First trip to In-N-Out
22-Oct-09 11 Months Old
23-Oct-09 Fifth tooth pops through, right top
31-Oct-09 First Halloween, Dressed as Darth Vader
1-Nov-09 This month Gavin starts holding entire conversations with himself, in his own language.  Talking a lot.
6-Nov-09 6th tooth pops through
21-Nov-09 Gavin starts clapping
22-Nov-09 Gavin turns 1!!!  Party at Nana and Papa’s house
5-Dec-09 Gavin starts clicking his tongue
9-Dec-09 Gavin starts blowing kisses
10-Dec-09 22 lbs 7oz, 32 inches
13-Dec-09 Gavin’s first time eating pizza
25-Dec-09 Gavin woke up sick on Christmas morning.  Fever, runny nose, coughing, etc.


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Gavin’s 1 Year Update

December 15th, 2009 | Posted by james - the dad in baby | Family - (4 Comments)

We were in California during Gavin’s first birthday but once we got home we took the little guy in for his 1 year doctor appointment.  It’s so hard to believe how fast he’s grown.  He’s becoming our little man already!! We can still remember those sleepless nights and our little guy sleeping the the bassinet beside us.  And I remember when he would fall asleep on my chest.  We miss some of those moments but luckily we have 8 bajillion photos to remind us!


Now, Gavin is really growing and starting to walk and talk.  He says variations of mommy, daddy, and kitty.  He also says hi and waves, and sometimes claps.  And each day he walks further and further!  We can’t wait to see what he does next!


The baby stats:

  • Weight:  22lbs 7 oz
  • Height: 32 in


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Visit from Grandma!

December 15th, 2009 | Posted by james - the dad in Family - (1 Comments)

OK, so Grandma visited in late October and I’m a little behind with the updates!

Gavin had a lot of fun hanging out with his Grandma! We ate at In-N-Out, relaxed at home, and went to the Arizona State Fair (for the 2nd time during the year). Here are the pictures!

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This year we were really excited to celebrate Gavin’s 1st Halloween!  A couple months ago we started looking for a costume and thought about dressing Gavin as an Ewok, Yoda, or Chewbacca.  But, once we saw the Darth Vader costume we knew it was the one.  The first one we purchased was too small so we ended up getting a size 1-2T for our tall boy.  Isn’t he just the cutest Darth Vader ever?!

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After getting Gavin all dressed up, and after taking a few pictures, we headed out to go trick-or-treating with our neighbors and their little guy.

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Of course, Mommy and Daddy had to dress up as well.

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As a part of the Halloween festivities we also carved a few pumpkins.  We wanted to do the Yo Gabba Gabba theme since it’s Gavin’s favorite show!

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And, Chanin made some roasted pumpkin seeds.  Yuuummmmm…

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Grandma was in town (from Idaho) to celebrate Halloween with us this year.  We’ll post some more pictures later of Gavin with Grandma!

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