Happy New Year and many blessings! All the best for a healthy, peaceful, and prosperous year ahead.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
This was the best part of the day. Otherwise it just happened to be one of those days. In trying to be a good parent, it is easy to put high expectations on yourself (and sometimes your kids). And it can be very difficult when you don't quite meet them. Just need to remember to let go and focus on the present. This in itself seems like such a challenge because as a mom, I am faced with constant parenting decisions throughout the day. And sometimes I feel woefully inadequate to meet them. Sigh.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
M had a "play date" with Mommy and Daddy which consisted of going to the park across the street, lunch out at her favorite restaurant (which right now is McDonald's--it used to be Baja Fresh), a trip to our favorite used book store, and a hot cocoa from Peet's (where we read "Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy"). This outing was fun for everyone.
Friday we headed out to Half Moon Bay to eat lunch at Ketch Joanne. The weather was gorgeous (why didn't I think to snap a picture?). We walked around Pillar Point and were excited by the possibility of lots of yummy cioppino this winter. Crab nets were stacked in piles by the hundreds because commercial crab season opened yesterday.
Add to the weekend some Girl Scout booth sales, choir practice, teaching church school, homemade pumpkin pancakes, and a Fred Astaire movie. We were busy, but got to spend lots of family time together. These weekends are rare, and I cherish them.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Girls have both started Girl Scouts this year and love it. M is a Daisy, and K started as a Junior. Both girls have been making new friends at their new school, enjoying their teachers, and generally having a great year (which I am so thankful for). I am learning huge amounts about the Montessori curriculum and appreciate it the more I learn.
M has actually begun reading. Several weeks ago she stated to me "I just really want to know how to read." Bit by bit she has begun sounding out words. It is very exciting to watch.
The girls' school does historical Halloween which is incredible to see. Lots of George Washingtons and Queen Elizabeths, but also John Lennon, Mother Theresa, and Frieda Kahlo. The most amazing part is watching the entire school get into a giant timeline. And there was also a living Mount Rushmore!
This year's Halloween costumes included a witch and Lucille Ball (courtesy of Grandpa of course--I contributed the wig and the hat). K won third place for Cutest Costume at our local Halloween Festival. She was thrilled and received more candy than she could possibly eat and tons of other goodies. Great to see her so happy.
J had his birthday last week. The best part was going to an early morning breakfast after dropping off the kids. We were also treated to a yummy Thai dinner by his father.
Crazy schedule this semester, but everyone is doing well and enjoying their activities. Can't complain....
Thursday, September 9, 2010
M started Girl Scouts tonight. She is a Daisy Troop, and she had a great time. Hoping that she will form bonds with this group of girls and have another resource available to her as she grows up. Want to get K into an eqaully positive Juniors Troop. Mostly, I want my girls to be happy, well-rounded individuals who get to do activities that they enjoy.
Slowly all the house stuff is coming together. I am impatient, though. Maybe an office pic tomorrow? It is the room that is the most put together right now.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Yes, that is an actual tomato. And basil, peas, mint, oregano, parsley, corn, and a gerbera daisy. Lots of stuff in pots because of our space problem. Still it's gratifying to look out the kitchen window and see everything growing, or grab some fresh basil to go in the evening's dinner.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
K and I hung around the house, gardened, tidied up, and had a chance to talk. Did unexciting house stuff.
We did have a yummy dinner, though:
I actually made marinara sauce for the first time ever from scratch. And it turned out pretty well. I used an 11-year-old recipe that I had saved from the San Francisco Chronicle (why did it take so long to get around to making it?). It's a big recipe, so there is plenty to save in the freezer for pizzas, more pasta, bread....
The basil is homegrown in the backyard. More on this to come...we actually have things growing this year!!
Monday, July 12, 2010
We also spent some time outside today going for a walk in a sculpture park. Being by the water, the park is really windy and most of the sculptures interact with the wind in some way. Kids liked it, and we all really liked seeing someplace different. We came here in pursuit of one of our favorite family hobbies which you can read about more here. We didn't have any luck this time, though. :(
Hope that your weekend was just as fun!
Friday, July 9, 2010
Summertime is good for riding bikes (although it is not so easy for mama to keep up with the riders, especially on her camera phone!):
Summertime is good for swimming lessons (pic by M):
Summertime is good for going to the park and eating messy popsicles:
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
When we returned to pick up M, I found someone else in her place!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Today I spent the day with hubby and extended family/friends at the DeYoung. We had the opportunity to see this exhibit, and it was spectacular! I don't think I could ever get tired of looking at these works. The experience of seeing them in person is vastly different to looking at a print or copy in a book.