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i am a stay-at-home mom living, learning and loving by the bay!I love to take pictures. I love to crochet cozy things for my family and friends.

August 31, 2011


Autumn Greeting

"Come," said the wind to the leaves one day.
"Come over the meadow and we will play.
Put on your dresses of red and gold.
For summer is gone and the days grow cold."

I see little glimpses of autumn on my morning walks with the kids.
I am looking forward to autumn and all its beauty.
I know we still have a a few weeks before the equinox, but I
am ready for it now!  Sweaters and scarves, cups of tea, a fire here and there in the
fireplace, pumpkin bread and apple pie.
What are you looking forward to in the coming season?



August 19, 2011

days of summer


Playing with paint,



baking with Goose,



having fun with a KLUTZ telescope and
learning about the seasons with Binky,



making friends with the neighbors,



Goose's bounty from Grandma's garden,





and the very grey days of summer here by the bay.

We spent the afternoon at the pool even though there was no sun to be seen.
Only fog.
There is more fog in store for this weekend.
We are having a very belated birthday slumber party for Binky
tomorrow night.  There will be pizza, rootbeer floats, popcorn, wii, and movies.
Hopefully sleep somewhere in there.
We are the house where all the kids like to sleep over because
we let them stay up waaaaay too late!
Most of their parents have them in bed and asleep by 10pm.
I guess when the kids have to get up for school on Monday they don't want to
change the sleep schedule too much.
Makes sense.
Goose is packing for our camping trip already.
And we are not leaving for two weeks!
She always does this.
I tell her to wait, but does she listen?
Of course not.
And then she has nothing to wear for the next two weeks because
she doesn't want to unpack anything!
I have no idea where she gets this...
We are going to Big Sur for our yearly camping trip.
I am so looking forward to it.
Not quite as much as Goose is, though!



August 8, 2011

I know it's been a while since my last post.
Life is happening.
We have been at home a lot lately because Daddy needs the car to get to work.
He is working an hour away right now.
We did get a motorcycle for him to take to work, but we are waiting for the registration paperwork.
Hopefully this will be the week!
Goose spent last week with her coop camp. 
Each day is spent with a different family.
Tuesday didn't go so well.
Most of the day was great!  The girls spent the afternoon at the park running and playing with
Kaia, the dog.  It wasn't until the drive home that things took a turn for the worst!
While sitting at a complete stop on the freeway in stop and go traffic,
their minivan was rear-ended!  And not just bumped into, but full on, no brakes used at all!
I spoke with Goose the moment after it happened and from
the sound of her voice I knew she was not okay.
She said her head and neck hurt and she felt dizzy! 
To make a long story short, Goose went to the ER and came home with
whiplash and a concussion.
It was quite scary for all of us!
She was in so much pain that night!
But she is feeling pretty good now and seems to be over the shock of it all.
I am sooooo grateful everyone in the car is okay. A little sore, but okay.
Let's see... what else have we been up to?
Well, neighborhood walks and library visits.
Did I tell you Goose volunteered at the library this summer?
Binky has been working on a spy kit for himself complete with a gadget watch and other spy devices that I am not supposed to know about!
I have been working on a business idea for awhile now.
I love paper and want to focus on up-cycled gift wrapping accessories.
More to come on that!
We are going to hit the books today and make some decisions
about this next year of learning.  Not that we will stick to all of it.  But just as a starting off point for the year.
Did you read this article on CNN?
It really hit home with me. 
Well, I am off for another cup of coffee.
Have a great week!




August 1, 2011

Birthdays and Brown Belts


Goose celebrated her birthday with a Spa-tacular Sleepover.
Daddy made the cake.



Goose and I made vanilla scented bath salts for each girl.
I made fabric drawstring bags to hold the salts.



And each girl went home with this spa-tacular goodie bag!



 There were honey and yogurt facials with cooling cucumber for the eyes.
And I gave them each a pedicure!



I turned 39 on Friday!
I celebrated with a scrumptuous seafood dinner with my husband.
And my sweet mother-in-law surprised me with these gorgeous flowers from her garden.
Aren't they so beautiful?
They smell as good as they look!



Goose and Binky passed their brown stripe test on Thursday.
They were very prepared for this test.
Binky was a little nervous at first.



But they did an amazing job!



We are so proud of them and all of their hard work!
This is the beginning of their fourth year practicing Cuong Nhu.
They have come so far and  learned so much.
Have I told you how proud of them I am?