Monday, October 9, 2017

September Things

Paul gets on my case when I don't post on here.  And yep, it's become something I do way too infrequently once again.  It's been on my list to post for at least a month now, so I had better get to it with what I have.  

Clara signed up for soccer this fall.  She had great coaches and nice teammates and it was a really fun league.  They started off the season with a parade down the main street in downtown Pleasanton.  Each team is assigned a mascot and Clara's team were the T-Birds.  So they dressed up in Pink Ladies jackets (one of the other mom's took care of getting all the costumes and stuff because she was the only one who had done the league before with an older child and knew that everybody dresses up). 

Clara really enjoyed being in the parade but wasn't a bit starstruck by it.  She played the whole thing super cool and waved with both hands, acknowledging the crowd on both sides of the street, like an old pro.

At her first (and as it would turn out, only) soccer game, she had a great time chasing after the ball.  She's a really fast runner and could get ahead of it, but had a hard time remembering to turn back around and actually go kick the ball!  She had fun though.

Paul was gone on a trip one weekend in late August, so I took the girls down to Watsonville to go apple picking at Gizdich Ranch, our favorite apple orchard.  We met up with our friends from San Jose, the Fischlis and the Schaders, who we have apple picked with in the past.  It was fun catching up and the kids still get along so well.  I wish we could meet up more often but at least we are all doing the Christmas train again together in a couple months.

This was my favorite year of apple picking yet, probably, because Rose was big enough to walk all over and pick apples totally on her own, which made it more enjoyable for both of us!

Our friends, the Millers came to visit in September, which was so, so fun.  Except....Clara broke her arm within about 15 minutes of them getting to our house.  She and their boys had gone out back to jump on the trampoline while the adults were talking inside, when after only a few minutes, Ollie came inside to tell us that Clara got hurt and was crying.  

It was immediately obvious that she had a broken arm.  There wasn't anything poking through the skin, but the middle of her left arm had a definite, weird bend to it and you could just tell.  So Paul and I got Clara into the car and left Rose with the Millers (and told them to just eat leftovers since I hadn't had a chance to get dinner started) and drove Clara to the emergency room (a whole other debacle, although in the end, we really had a good experience with the emergency room staff at Kaiser in San Leandro).  

It's been healing well and she was in a splint, and then a cast for 4 weeks, total, and we go in tomorrow for more x-rays and hopefully a shorter cast instead of the one that goes all the way up over her elbow.  Also, it's her left arm, thank goodness, so it hasn't affected her ability to write or draw, which are her two favorite activities ever.  She chose a black cast and I got her paint sharpies so she could decorate her own cast as much as she wanted before going to school the next day and letting all her friends sign it.  She tells me her next cast will be royal blue.

Other than that first day or two, I don't think she has felt any pain at all and has been such a great patient through this experience, even though it meant putting a stop to soccer, swimming and gymnastics.  

Aside from the initial broken arm incident, we had a great time with the Millers visiting.  We took them to Tilden Park where we rode the miniature train through the redwoods then went to the Little Farm to look at the animals.  But one of my other favorite things is just hanging out and playing games or catching up at night.  Our girls just love the Miller kids so much and they all got along so well.  Hopefully we will make it up to their house soon for another visit!

The other big, big thing that has actually been going on for a long time is that we finally have grass in our backyard!  Paul has worked so hard back there tilling and grading and installing sprinklers and plumbing (me too! I hauled dirt! Not as impressive, I know.) and we finally have sod down and growing in the backyard.  Planter beds are in and hopefully we can get some plants planted in the next month or so and I will post before and after pics.  For now, though, here are some process shots.

I have a few pics from Rose at preschool too.  She is loving it and doing so well there, despite some death glares she gives to girls who get to the dress up shoes before she has a chance to.  I have been volunteering there and in Clara's class and between that and my food blog, and all the other normal things, I feel like I have been insanely busy lately.  Sounds crazy, but it's true.  

Annnnd that's it!  Who knows when I'll get an October post up here!  (Hopefully before the end of October.)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

End of Summer Bucket List Fun

This is a mega post with WAY too many pictures, but I'm dying to get caught up on the blog and really, this is kind of how the end of summer felt - we were packing in the fun left and right before school started back up!

At the beginning of the summer, Clara and I put together a bucket list of activities that we wanted to do.  I wish I kept a copy of it or took a picture because Clara wrote the entire thing out in marker on construction paper.  

Drive-In Movie Theater

I mentioned this to Clara when we were making our list and then majorly regretted it because none of the movies started before 9:00 PM!  So we put it off all summer until finally the weekend before school started we made it happen by going to see the Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature.  The girls loved the experience, even if the movie was lame.  It's not really our scene though and I don't think we'll be doing this again next summer because I would way rather just go to the regular movie theater.  

Kirby Cove

I've been wanting to do this hike down to Kirby Cove for ages!  We were lucky to have friends decide to come with us.  It was a really great, little hike and beautiful views once we got down to the cove.  We will definitely do this again!

The rope swing at the beach was the real reason this hike has been on my Bay Area bucket list for ages.  Clara loved it.  Rose did not.

Ice Skating at Iceland

Clara has been begging to go to Iceland for ages and ages.  So on a 100+ degree day, I decided it was time to go.  Clara did a great job skating on her own and Rose had fun as long as I held on to her.  Whenever I let go to take a picture she freaked out and literally yelled at me to "put your phone away!!!"

Mini Golf for FHE

Rose only did 2 holes and then gave up and just climbed around castles.  Clara had fun though and legitimately played the whole time.


I've been really wanting to try Sushiritto in the city.  It's a cross between sushi and a burrito and it was tasty, although I think I will stick with regular sushi.  We got the Geisha's Kiss which is a spicy tuna burrito, but it wasn't spicy at all, which was a little disappointing.  It was fun meeting up with Paul for lunch and the rest of the day the girls and I spent at the Creativity Museum where the girls rode the carousel, made clay figures on wire models, did music videos and dress-up, etc.

Concerts in the Park

We didn't go to as many concerts this summer as we have in the past, mostly just because we weren't around for very many Friday nights, and the earlier concerts we decided not to attend because Clara had early morning swim meets the next morning.  But we sure love the scene and the entertainment at these concerts.  The girls love the music and getting ice cream from the creamery across the street.

Regular Life

Paul has been working so hard all summer on the yards.  He bought a used tiller for a great deal and has been tilling our terrible clay dirt and cleaning everything up.  The other weekend we had a bunch of mulch delivered and Paul and I spent a Saturday hauling 80 wheelbarrowfuls of the stuff to the back yard which he then tilled into the existing dirt.  We are hoping to have grass by the end of September but Paul still has sprinklers to put in first so we will see.

Clara has been keeping up with gymnastics and still loves it.

Clara begged me to get these weird cucumber things at the farmer's market.  I didn't end up doing it but I'm still wondering what they are and how to use them.  

Temple date night for me and Paul.

Ardenwood Historic Farm

This was actually during Clara's first week of school before Rose started preschool but we went to Ardenwood Historic Farm for their Toddler Day.  It was such a fun, pretty place with pigs and chickens and cows.  The kids got to "paint" the barn with water and wash clothes the old-fashioned way.  Rose loved both of those activities and could have stayed all day doing either of them.

Venice Beach

And of course we had a couple of beach days.  These pictures are of my favorite one to Venice Beach.  The girls had a blast and afterwards we went to get dinner at Sam's Chowder House with friends.

And that was the last part of our summer!