Saturday, May 31, 2014

Beautiful day

Today was Erik's last baseball game. His coaches, teammates and the other parents made this season so great! 
The celebration after the game was as expected-- flipping fantastic!! We had such a good time. I was sad to say goodbye to such a loving group of parents and kids.

Casey spent the day with Mor Mor and Pops! They painted and went out to lunch. When we picked him up late this afternoon, he was buzzing! It was great for Erik to be with his friends without Casey around. There was no fighting for several hours. I felt my shoulders drop down and my step get bouncier!

We came home and mowed lawns and watched a funny movie. Pedar is playing poker tonight with an awesome bunch of Dad's. This week was a hard one for Pedar. It's hard to see your partner struggle, but it's just work. There are plenty of awesome people at his job that he loves working with and always help him keep his spirits up when things are hard!

Thank goodness for kind and compassionate people! Thank goodness for coworkers who make you laugh! Thank goodness for a paycheck! 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Constipated Universe

Some days are just harder than others. Pedar and I have been feeling like the universe is constipated. It just keeps holding back from letting go and letting change happen. My friend Jen said that until we learn what we need to from this current moment in time, change will not happen. OK then. I will take this time to examine my patterns.

I am trying not to be a Debbie Downer. I know I have a beautiful life with so much to be grateful for, but it's OK to stamp your feet from time to time and just ask, "Why do things have to go this way or that way, already??"

I will suck it up and move on. Almost moving on.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Erik's preschool graduation

Erik graduated from Village Montessori tonight. He will be there until June 27 and then he will go to Mission Discovery Club for the rest of the summer. We've been there for over 7 and half years. Wow. We will miss the sweetness of Village Montessori. We will miss the teachers and the students. We are so grateful to Montessori for the beautiful memories.
Erik and his best friend Nathan. Nathan will be going on to Del Dayo. They will miss each other so much.

Ready for Kindergarten at Mission Avenue!
It was a sweet graduation. Thank you Mor Mor and Pops for  helping us celebrate Erik!
We LOVE Krissy and Gina so much!!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Gardening fun

These piles have been in our driveway for about a week. We put a small dent in one this morning. We've got to stop to prepare for a super fun BBQ were hosting tonight. The decomposed granite is to level the ground on the side of the house that our homeowner insurance folks said we have to do or they are revoking our insurance. Yay! The soil is for under the bridge and for a huge garden. Super excited to spread that around as plant some veggies! 
Home of our future garden!
After a bit of cleaning and gardening, this is where we plan to spend our entire weekend.
Look! It's blue!! 
Hope you have a great weekend!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Because I'm happy!!!

This Sunday, two of my very favorite people in the world got engaged! To say I am happy for them is an understatement. I am THRILLED. I am GIDDY.
Congratulations to Chris and Jen! We love you and cannot wait to celebrate your gorgeous love. Keep up the good work!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Erik's dance performance

Last night was Erik's last dance performance at Village Montessori. He graduates next week. Our last day will be at the end of June and then he will move on to Mission. We have been at Village for over seven years. Casey started when he was two-years-old and so did Erik. The boys learned to dance and swim and read and write at Village. We are so grateful to the fantastic teachers for instilling a love of learning into Erik and Casey.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Suit and tie

The boys were measured for their tuxedos this weekend. 
They are going to look so handsome at Dagny and Dean's wedding!
We are so excited for June 21st!!!!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Mama loses it after three days camping with 9-year-old boys

This is a video of me laughing hysterically. This was day three of four and we had one more night of camping and a 5 a.m. wake up call for the tide pools. It had been a long day of hiking with nine-year-old boys. We arrived back at the campsite and I needed to prepare for another COLD evening of little sleep. Jason, the other parent with me, made me start laughing and I couldn't stop. I just couldn't make myself leave the comfort of my truck. We sat inside for ten minutes. I am so grateful for Jason's comic relief and support throughout the trip. He is so awesome. I love that you can hear the boys making fart noises in the background. It was the soundtrack to our trip.

Pt. Reyes camping trip

Jason and his army depot tent that barely fit his cot. Everyday Jason would say, "I love camping!" It was really cold at night and really warm during the day. It was hard to look forward to sleeping.
We arrived to Camp Olema and set up our tents. The four boys in our group did a good job setting up their tent. Jason, Patty and I all had our own tents. The first night we let the boys all sleep together, only having to get our of our tents to make them stop talking a few times. The second night, Jason tried to make the calm down, but it didn't work, so I made one boy come out and sleep in his Grandma's tent. I gave him the option of sleeping in mine, but I think I scared him.
The final night, we separated all the boys into one of the adults tents. I slept in the boys tent with Casey and another kid. Jason and his son slept in my tent and Patty slept with her grandson in hers. We had a 5 a.m. wake up call Friday morning to go to the tide pools. The boys hadn't done super great with a 6:15 a.m. wake up to make breakfast and I was not going to be the last one at the tide pools. The boys were good with me and went to sleep quickly. I was the warmest that night out of all three nights.
Tule Elk Reserve. Absolutely gorgeous! Great hike.
Hearts Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park.
So far, I did not bring home the Oak with me. Still hoping I remain Oak free.
The meal preparation was well organized! Every child helped with at least one meal. They had to prepare and serve and then clean up.  
Every night the kids performed skits and we sang songs. The teachers read from the "kindness" jar. It was a very sweet way to end each day.
We switched our days around so we actually went to the Bird Observatory on Wednesday and Bear Valley on Thursday. 
 Cleaning dishes

 Serving breakfast.

Some of the kids needed a bit more holding and hugging throughout the trip, especially the ones who didn't have their Mom's. I was happy to help out.

Throughout the trip the kids would stop and write in their journals. They could write a poem or draw a picture of what they saw or learned. It was very restful and sweet.

I am so grateful for the time I spent with Casey this week. Being able to see your child around his peers, was brilliant. I got to know who my Casey is even more. He is a beautiful boy and I am honored to be his Mom.

 Casey's class. I wish we had taken a picture of all three third grade classes. Oops!
We got home close to 4 p.m., dropped off Jason and Logan and picked up Erik at Montessori. They were VERY HAPPY to see one another. I think my heart grew bigger. We got home, unpacked, took a LONG shower and Pedar finally arrived home from work with sushi and wine for Mama. Beautiful ending to a magical week.