Because it was Labor Day something around the house had to be fixed, last year it was the downstairs bathroom sink, this year it was the handrails on the stairs — as Oliver pointed out one day, “mommy, dem bo-ken!” So we got Gavin, and put him to work, it is labor day weekend after … More Handrails

Labor Day Weekend

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… And Oliver … More Labor Day Weekend

My Fantasy Playroom

Today one of my not-so-secret fantasies came true: I got a play room!! No, not a “fifty shades red room of pain” room. Instead, I got something more practical: a room where I can stash most of the boys toys so I can have my living room back. The boys can play and at the … More My Fantasy Playroom

Mattress Madness II

Today we set about the ambitious task of visiting three mattress stores all in one day. We started our morning at The Natural Mattress store in San Rafel where we spoke with Will (the owner) of the company. We had visited the Palo Alto showroom the weekend before and had liked their innerspring-latex mattresses. The … More Mattress Madness II

Mattress Madness

For the last three months we have been shopping for a new mattress. We have tried innerspring mattresses, memory foam mattresses, latex mattresses, natural mattresses, organic mattresses, foam mattresses, and mattresses in any number of combinations of layers and configurations. Gavin has spent countless hours on themattressunderground.com and we now know several sales people by name, … More Mattress Madness

Ship Building

About a month ago I discovered a really simple homemade play-dough recipe, and made two batches in Halloween orange. Once it cooled, it was an instant success. O enjoys rolling and cutting the dough, and it keeps him fairly occupied for about 20 minutes twice a day. O also likes to build ships. These ships … More Ship Building

Weird-Tree Fruit Sauce

Once upon a time a Girl from Suburbia, Tx. got married and moved to the Urban outskirts of Boston. After a year of bustling City Life, she and her husband moved to Not-Quite-Rural California for job opportunities in last Slightly Urban outpost before the Pacific ocean. After a year of life in West County they … More Weird-Tree Fruit Sauce