Grandma Irene came to visit last week so we took her to the San Francisco Zoo. Grandma Dulce drove up and met us there. We endured heavy fog, light rain (although my weather app staunchly denies rain actually happened), and tired little children. Oliver and Patrick both loved going on the carousel. Oliver also liked … More In which we take the Grandmas to the SF Zoo
On the first day of Spring Break I cleaned out the kitchen hutch and found over 400 coffee filters that we’re never going to use because we have an Aero Press. I did a bit of searching on Pintrest and came across two tutorials to make coffee filter flowers (linked below) that looked uncomplicated enough … More and what do you do with 400 coffee filters?
At Doran Beach, picnicking with friends.
A friend recently tagged me on facebook asking if I’d ever heard of the Christmas Spider. The short version of the story is about a spider that came down after the Christmas housecleaning was done, and made an elaborate web all over the tree, Father Christmas took pity on both the spider and the housewife, … More Our Christmas Spider
The beautiful (and often infuriating) thing about our Winter Village is that it is not a static display, it is regularly taken down and played with. It also grows and changes daily with new additions from the Lego Advent Calendar. The boys enjoy playing with it, and on occasion, the Advent Gnomes get ambitious and … More Lego Winter Village in action & transformation
A weather system nicknamed the Pineapple Express hit the west coast Wednesday night. School was canceled Thursday, and my cell phone pinged about a dozen times with flash flood, high wind, and pouring rain warnings. Sometime Wednesday night the power went out and stayed out for about 10 hours (?) possibly longer, coming back around … More the Pineapple Express & Peanut Butter Play dough
The boys have two advent calendars this year, one from Lego, and one from the local fabric/craft store (on sale, plus a coupon) with pockets that can be filled. The Lego one, without fail, has so far something exciting each and every morning, the one that needs to be filled has had the occasional let-down. … More The Advent Gnomes
No Christmas Village would be complete with out Santa, as we didn’t have an “official” Santa, I put one together, I’ve nicknamed him “Mall Santa.” Mall Santa wears a pirate hat, a wizard beard, a costume borrowed from knights, and white “gloves” from a waiter. Mall Santa needs elves, so I found some mid-90s forest … More our Lego Winter Village – Mall Santa & Renaissance Carousel
Here are a few more of my homemade Lego Winter Village buildings. Every winter village needs a post office, complete with Lego flag. I also built a bus and bus stop so people could get around the village, and see the lights.
Sunday we went to the pumpkin patch with the boys, Dana and Rich. Oliver was very excited to pull the wagon, and Patrick was thrilled to ride along. They each picked a pumpkin, and today we carved them. Oliver was very helpful at scooping out the goop, and had very specific ideas about what he … More 2014 pumpkin picking