Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
I can't believe how fun it is for me to watch them be children, to try to look at things the way only children can and to be so hopeful. I think it must be this time of year when it starts to get a little cooler and we can venture outside a bit more often. It also might have something to do with reading Something Wicked This Way Comes around this time of year about 13 years ago. I don't think I have ever looked at childhood the same way again after reading that book. It makes me feel very wistful about my childhood and hopeful for my children.
*Jane was sobbing as she ran after Hannah crying that she wanted to play. It was so sad, I tired to explain to Hannah that the twins really wanted to play with her but, being ten I am sure she was not super interested in playing with five year olds. To her credit she did end up playing with the kids. Poor Jane, I hope the first few days of Kindergarten go well for her in the friends department.
We went to Discovery Park on Friday with Michele, Andrew and Hannah and had a great time. This park has everything, swings, slides, towering staircases of doom and all kinds of things for the kids to learn and... wait for it, discover. I love this park for so many reasons, mostly because it reminds me of the old Howarth Park back in Santa Rosa before they torn down all the old wood structures, but as parks go, it rocks.
As much as I love this park it really is a special occation park and not to be visited more than a few times a year. It is just too hard to keep track of all of the kids at the same time. All of the wooden structures make for a lot of hiddy holes which are fun for kids but not so much for the paranoid parent. I lost the kids a few times and quickly found them again.
Elliott was in Heaven, he found so much to do, it was so sweet to watch him wander around experiencing all sorts of new adventurers. He particularly liked the slide and all of opportunities to climb.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I kind of can't help myself when it comes to Halloween and Halloween decorations. For the last few years the kids and I have cut out pumpkins and bats from construction paper to decorate the house with. I love making things with the kids and I think we will still be cutting up a significant amount of paper this year but I thought it might be time to start a little Halloween crafting of my own. I know that I have more than two months to go but this is my favorite time of the year and if I start now, maybe it will last longer. Or maybe I will get burned out, ......... moving right along.
Last year I went to a friend’s house and she had a schload of Halloween decorations up and they looked so great. At the time we were right in the middle of moving, selling, building and a whole lot of crazy so I knew that making anything was out of the question. I really wanted to buy some Halloweenie things but buying more stuff before the move would have been super lame. I guess that didn't stop me from buying a number of Halloween wigs at 75% off last year after Halloween, but that is neither here nor there. Anyway, I have been dying to decorate and now I am so glad I didn't buy any decorations last year because it is so much more fun to make it myself.
The point for me is not to have it look amazing, it's the crafting, (the blood, sweat and tears) the experience of making whatever it is that counts. It's not that I don't have high hopes every time I start a project, it’s just that I know it will never be as perfect as it is in my head and I have decided that perfection isn't the goal. Mostly I just love that I made it even if it is really homely.
So for this project I really wanted to make some pumpkins, so I used a Martha Stewart "pattern" for tomato pincushions and just made them much bigger. I love these little pincushions, they are adorable. I made a couple of them a few years ago and I still love using them.
I didn't have any fiber fill so we just used A LOT of grocery bags and a little batting. The really hard part turned out to be getting the needle with the crochet thread through the center of the pumpkin for the veins. After we finished the pumpkins I found these Massive needles that would have saved my fingers a lot of trouble. Anyway, I LOVE them! I think they might be cooler if I made them with an off-white linen or solid Autumn colors but I'm not that cool. Maybe another year.
Josh requested a pumpkin with a blue stem for his room. Jane wanted a stuffed princess, we comprimised with stuffed Christmas trees.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Here they are on the deck playing in the "fort" I made them. They are so cute together.
Friday, August 20, 2010
I've always been a fan of the Sandwich, no, not on facebook, but like in reality. I'm not sure I would be as interested in Nor Cal if there was not a sandwich at the end of that ridiculously long drive through waste lands of blah.
Isabel and I used to skip school and take Safeway sandwiches to the beach and just sit and watch the waves. I once carted a Safeway sandwich to a Weird Al show at Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa. After the show I happily ate my sandwich while my friends grilled up their steaks.
It's always been about the Safeway sandwich when we are California, always. About eight years ago Kgördee and I stumbled upon a Deli in Petaluma that has changed our lives. Two years later we went back to Lombardi's and the experience was equally amazing, Amazing!
This sandwich shop doesn't fool around, it is a New York style deli that also does a substantial amount of BBQ that I will probably never taste because that would mean not ordering a turkey bacon avocado. Until next time Lombardi's, I will miss you.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Driving by the old house is a hard way to end a trip to Santa Rosa, I should have made it our first stop. It's hard to see it and think of the nearly twenty years I spent there and not be able to go inside or walk into the back yard. I miss it, and the time with my family I spent there. I was the first baby brought home from the hospital there, my family moved in the summer before I was born.
Our trip has been a lot of fun and except for the side of crazy every family road trip invites, I am sad it has to end. We will be home tomorrow, and dare I say it, I've missed Utah.