By Aliciana:


Myself and my family spent a wonderful spring afternoon enjoying the company of the animals at CALM. The new mountain lion and bobcat habitats are open and turned out great. The bobcats are much more active, and I would imagine happier, now that they have a large open space to roam instead of their former small enclosure.


Gavin saw my camera on the desk this morning and asked me to take his picture.


We met my brother Nick, his wife Jessie, our aunt Susie, and our cousin Sara in LA for the 3rd game of the new Dodgers season. I’m not sure how much of the game Gavin understood but he seemed to have fun. He really enjoyed all the clapping to try to break the Dodgers out of their funk. Unfortunately, it didn’t work, and they got creamed 10 to 0.


All Gavin needs is a rainbow colored afro and a red ball nose.


I can’t believe my little boy is already 3 years old! It seems like yesterday that my little wiggle worm was squirming around on my lap. But, seemingly while I wasn’t looking, he grew from a helpless little baby into a vibrant, rambunctious, independent toddler. He reassures us that he is still our “baby big boy”. I’m saddened to think that he won’t be little for much longer.

Gavin got to do lots of his favorite things on his birthday. We went to see the animals at CALM in the early afternoon. Later on in the evening, we went to BJ’s to have one of his favorite meals, chicken strips and french fries. He loves to eat the skinny fries they serve with lots of ketchup while coloring and watching the TV’s all over the restaurant.

Two of his favorite people in the world joined us for dinner, his Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Ladd. We went back to their house after dinner and had cupcakes and ice cream. Aunt Susie, Sara, and Maddie joined us for the celebration. Gavin doesn’t care for either type of sweets, but he enjoyed blowing out candles and eating lots of M&M’s. He also had a blast playing with Maddie and Grandpa.



Birth Date: May 8, 2011
Birth Time: 12:06 pm
Weight: 6 lbs 6 oz
Length: 19 3/4 in
Health: Perfect




Before climbing into his highchair for lunch, Gavin decided Connor needed to cuddle with his kangaroo rat.