We’re skipping out on trick-or-treating this year, so I’m sharing photos of our pumpkin picking adventures from this past weekend. We went to our usual pumpkin picking place with Dana and Rich. The boys had a lot of fun, and we plan to do it again next year.
When I picked him up I got to hear all about his day:
They played in mud/with the water pump, had two circles, come-back & bye (welcome back and good bye). They had yogurt & pears from our yard (we brought some to share) for snack and rice with seeds for lunch.
O’s friend A really liked the pears. O’s other friend K helped make a muddy river. O’s friends O & T are in the classroom next door. Everyone got hosed off before going back inside.
This Labor Day weekend has been busy and exciting. Patrick learned to climb out of his crib with dangerous consistency so he was upgraded to a “big boy” (toddler) bed.
As Oliver put it, “baby no stay in his bed” so Oliver has taken to sleeping in the playroom/guest room until further notice…
When the big boy bed make-over was done, we decided to go to HomeDepot to “price out” a new sink for the downstairs bathroom – it was rusted and generally nasty.
And by “price out a new sink” I mean make replacing the sink our new project. We will hookup the water to the sink at/after 3pm (we have to let the caulk set for 24-hours).
The new sink looks a lot like the old sink, only with less enamel damage, no rust and a nicer faucet (we replaced it too). New problem, the nice new sink, and cleaner-than-ever-before counter top make it painfully obvious how awful the (not pictured for a reason) light fixture is.
I also made rosemary focaccia.
Oliver and Patrick have started bringing home Roly Poly bugs. For a while, O was trying to keep them locked in a tin in the play kitchen, but then P let them free and several lost their way (or lives) and haven’t seen seen since.
On one hand, I’m glad the boys are taking an interest in bugs, bugs are cool, but the drama (and search and wailing) that ensues when “baby let dem go!” is a bit much.
We started with a bug-jar, a mason jar with a bit of dirt and yard debris with some screen mesh across the top for ventilation, then I did some reading up on roly poly habitats and decided we could splurge and make a roly poly terrarium.
The other morning, after we ran a bunch of errands, we went to our local pet store and looked at fish – we got distracted. I promised the boys in “a few years” they could “graduate” to having fish. The helpful person behind the counter looked confused, don’t kids usually start with fish? Yes, but right now we have Dwayne, our pet rock, and we’re moving on to a roly poly bug paradise.
Apparently I’m the coolest mom he’s met all week.
After the pet store (we didn’t get any fish, just a medium-sized “kritter keeper” in pink – it was $2 less than the “herp heaven” and the boys didn’t really care about colors), we went to the local nursery and asked an expert (who was very helpful, and slightly horrified at what we were doing because the bugs “are going to eat the plants!”) for some small, low maintenance plants for our enclosure. I’m not totally sure what we ended up with (the boys took the plant tags the moment after we paid for them), but they’re small and fit nicely.
When all this was done we went for a walk around Ives Park and appropriated P’s snack cup as transportation for a few more roly poly bugs.
Assuming they all survived we have somewhere between three and five roly poly bugs in our enclosure. I’ve seen one moving around, but O is convinced he’s seen more, and I’m sure more will be joining the RP Colony soon.
Some Fun & Helpful Resources for the Care & Keeping Roly Poly Bugs
After two-plus years of daily use and affection the little play kitchen was pushed beyond the limitations of press-board and the bottom fell out of the cabinets. Gavin and I tried to reattach the bottom but only ended up making a further mess of the press-board.
I detached all the knobs, faucet, sink, and burners in the hopes we could reuse them somewhere else and Gavin set to work building another Waldorf-inspired playstand.
Oliver and Patrick helped oversee the process.
If I find the right knobs and other accessories we might add some burners, although we may leave it this way for a while, they seem cool with just having a sink.
Patrick had half of a kolache, and then demanded another whole one so he wouldn’t have to share a second time.
I also made some mini-quiches, but somehow they’re just not as comforting.
My father passed away this morning, he was 83. His passing was not sudden, or unexpected as he had been experiencing a decline in his health for the last several years.
Dad had a long, full and adventurous life. We are grateful for the time we had with him.
As dad was fond of reminding us: “You gotta do what you gotta do, god damn it!”
Go forth, live your lives to the fullest, and remind the people in your life that you care about them.
The family at the San Diego Wildlife Park in February 2013
Thanks to everyone for your support during this difficult time.
Kindli will be in Houston the last week of July, e-mail for details.
Every now and then I get ambitious and search for things to do with the kids. Then I promptly forget about them or the bookmark gets lost, so I’m putting it all in a post that I can refer back to later (in theory) and maybe even update from time to time.
I probably missed a few places, and I’m open to suggestions.
In West County
- Armstrong Woods http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=450
- Bodega Marine Laboratory http://bml.ucdavis.edu/
- Luther Burbank Farm http://www.wschsgrf.org/luther-burbank-gold-ridge-experiment-farm
- Schulz Museum http://schulzmuseum.org/
- Sonoma Horticultural Nursery http://www.sonomahort.com/
- Train Town http://www.traintown.com/
- *coming soon* Children’s Museum of Sonoma County http://cmosc.org/home.html
South of us & in San Fransisco (day trip distance)
- Bay Area Discovery Museum http://www.baykidsmuseum.org/
- Exploratorium http://www.exploratorium.edu/
- SF Zoo http://www.sfzoo.org/
- Sonoma County Gazette listings http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/categories-rtn-sonoma-res-arg1-Resources-arg2-Monthly%20CALENDAR%20by%20Category-article-196.html
- Sonoma County Libraries Kid’s programs http://sonomalibrary.org/chilprograms/
- Sonoma Family Life Calendar http://www.sonomafamilylife.com/mod/calendar/view/1/Sonoma-County-Family-Calendar.htm
- Petaluma – Rohnert Park – Cotati ideas/things to do blog/newsletter http://petaluma.macaronikid.com/
Articles with ideas:
We finally caved and got more dining room chairs. We were down to four, two with booster seats for the boys, and two vintage molded fiberglass in awesome orange, so it was getting challenging to seat everyone if we had guests over for dinner. My MIL graciously loaned us some folding chairs, but we’re really rather done dealing with them.
After months of looking (and budget-considering) we ended up with the Ronan Dining Chair in Rubbed Black from Pier1. They are “they’ll do for now” chairs, and hopefully they’ll last us five years (the ones they are replacing lasted about 5 so we’re not getting our hopes up).
They are not upholstered, so my job was find cushions. With two small boys my ONLY requirement was that the cushions were MACHINE WASHABLE (or at the very least had a machine washable removable slip-cover). I’m willing to over look a lot for the ability to toss something in the washing machine without a second thought (I’ll even hang-dry it!). Pier one turned up nothing, Cost Plus/World Market turned up nothing. Everything was “spot clean” or “dry clean” or “wipe with damp cloth.” Nothing had a removable slip-cover. I could probably have looked further, but the trend at my price-point (as little as possible) seemed to favor no-slipcovers/no realistic washing options.
After lunch I took matters into my own hands and decided to make my own.
I used dishtowels left over from my big-boy-aprons, old beach towels from my MIL, and some fabulous pink ribbon. I folded the dishtowels in half and sewed up the sides, attaching the ribbon at the top as I went. This formed a pouch for the carefully folded beach towel to slide in.
100% machine washable, and I can put them in the dryer.
I may eventually replace the towels with foam (or replace the entire system), but for now these will work nicely and could also work outside.
Oliver: “Mommy, you birf-day today?”
Oliver: “How old you turning?”
Oliver: “Ferty?” (sounds like “forty”)
Oliver: “Ferty?” (still sounds like “forty”)
Me: “Close enough.”
Photos from Easter, P’s first haircut and our trip to Armstrong woods coming eventually.