Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween parade

 My little werewolf!

Today was Casey's Halloween parade at school. All the kids parade in and out of all the classrooms, checking out everyone's costumes. It was amazing to see the size of the sixth, they are big kids. After the parade his Kindergarten class had an adorable party with a ton of games and arts & crafts and SUGAR. Erik got to party with everyone at the very end, he loved being a part of Kindergarten!!

 This adorable witch is our goddaughter, Annika!

 Casey's teacher, Mrs. Collins and the other Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. McClain went as Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

 This is Casey's third grade buddy, Andrew.

I just LOVED the Mr. Potato Head costume.

 Mrs. Collins and Mrs. McClain = Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

Me and my little werewolf!!


Erik loves the fish in Casey's classroom.

Erik came to the end of the party. He had a great time with all of the kids.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rainy day = Art time



It rained a lot this past weekend so we had to find things to do to occupy our time inside. This time of year is always a bit hard for me. Never is it more clear that I live in a small house, than when it is raining and we are all inside, sharing space. The kids have our small living room to play and dance and make a mess. Honestly, I want them outside where they can run and play and make a mess.

I also struggle with this time of year because I love to have company over and in the wet and cold months, I always WISH for more space. I want more space to entertain. I want a bigger kitchen so I don't trip over someone when I open a cabinet. I want to be able to sit more people in my house and I want more space to move. Some day, I will have more space.

This past weekend we had a great time playing in the kitchen. We painted and played with play-doh and we danced. While Pedar was cleaning the gutters, I let the kids run up and down the street. They were soaking wet, but they got some wiggles out and a warm bath made the chills all go away.

I love my family. I love the time we spend together being creative and laughing.

Bubbles by Sharon

Sharon is Erik's daycare provider. She has been caring for Erik since he was five-months-old. She has had a home daycare for over 30 years. Currently she has about 6 kids at her daycare, most are under three-years-old. At Sharon's Erik learns a lot about sharing, waiting and making friends. I love Sharon. We are so blessed that she is taking care of Erik. She is so nurturing and patient. The way she disciplines is amazing to watch. She just bends low and talks to them and if they need a time-out, she sits near them and asks them to just calm down. She almost NEVER raises her voice and I find that inspirational.

What Sharon manages to do with six or seven small kids (one of them is only 8-months-old) is astonishing. Every day she does projects with them, like painting, play-doh or like today, it was shaving-cream-art day. All the kids smelled like men after they were done rubbing their hands into the shaving cream and paint. They smelled so handsome. I love to say to Pedar after he shaves, " smell like man!"

I try and hang out in the mornings with Sharon and the kids when I can. Because Erik didn't take a bottle until he was ten-months-old, I visited him everyday at lunch and I really formed a bond with Sharon and the kids. I wish I could stay and play all day and help her.

Erik begs to play with bubbles. Sharon has taught me that you just get a pie-tin and fill it a bit with the bubble solution and the kids don't knock over the bottle or fight over it. Erik has been blowing bubbles all by himself for months. It is adorable to watch. It brings him so much pleasure. It is something fun that both my boys can do together without fighting, and that brings me so much pleasure!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Jury Duty

I had Jury Duty today.  I spent the day in court, listening to jurors be interviewed for a criminal case. Several jurors were dismissed, but I was never called up for questioning. I was relieved, but kind of oddly wanted to be called up.

Glad it is over. Ready to move on with my week!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Neighborhood Watch

Pedar and I hosted our Neighborhood Watch meeting yesterday. We had it all set-up in the backyard, everything was clean and ready and put away and then it started to REALLY rain. So, what do you do when you're tiny 1188 square foot house only allows about 20 people and your youngest child is sleeping peacefully inside and you don't want to wake him? You move it to the garage!! With less than one hour to spare, we quickly moved our bikes and big stuff, used the leaf blower to clean it out  and away we went! We were able to fit about 30 chairs and a few benches in our garage! It was great. Even with the rain, we had over 30 people attend the meeting. 

Every neighborhood needs someone like our Lou. The Lou in our neighborhood is a retired Sheriff's Lieutenant and SWAT commander. We love Lou. He is so giving and loving. We are so lucky to be his neighbor.

While working for the Sheriff's department, Lou used to coordinate Neighborhood Watch meetings and help people understand how to help the Sheriff's department solve crime. Lou spoke at our meeting and did a great job explaining how we can make our houses safer and how we can help solve crime if we see anything suspicious.

Even after living in our neighborhood for over eight years, I met several new neighbors yesterday. We had a terrific time and we look forward to hosting more meetings when the weather warms up again.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Monkey see, monkey do

 Erik likes to do whatever Casey is doing, especially something weird like putting your t-shirt in your mouth and running in circles around a tree. Let's all try it, come on!


 Thankfully, when Casey got to the part where he started jumping off the patio at crazy speeds, Erik decided to just be the audience.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

"I hear texting!"

This week I went with Casey's class on a field trip to The Farm on Putah Creek in between Davis and Wilton.

The farm is a center for Land-Based Learning which aims to inspire and motivate people of all ages, especially youth, to promote a healthy interplay between agriculture, nature, and society through their actions and as leaders in their communities. They do this through engaging elementary- and high-school children about agriculture and cooking in a farm setting.

It looks like a terrific place for a wedding or just a really BIG party!

Casey's class had a great time learning about the wide variety of fruits and vegetables and nuts grown on the farm. They got to feed chickens and we even saw a coyote sprint across the field! Farmer Marianne was funny and engaging and really kept the kids in line. One of my favorite moments of the day was when all the kids went and hugged a walnut tree. Farmer Marianne asked the kids to close their eyes and listen.

 Then she asked the kids, "What did you hear?" The kids answered with similar responses:

"I hear the wind."

"I hear the branches snapping and crunching."

"I hear cars."

What does my son say???

"I hear texting," said Casey, with a smirky grin on his adorable face. Several parents and even Farmer Marianne laughed. My kid is funny.

He was right though! Several parents were busy texting away during our silent assignment.

 Casey loved the pomegranate seeds.

 This was another "silent" exercise. The kids had to close their eyes and listen and breathe deeply. It was very relaxing sitting next to Putah Creek.

Another wonderful field trip. I love Kindergarten. I'm so glad I get to do it all over again. Casey has only been in school three months and this was his third field trip. Life is good people!!