Sunday, September 30, 2007

apple pickin'!

Caden was out visiting this week, so we got to see how much he has grown in the last month! It was fun spending time with him and his folks. They re-joined us for pizza on Tuesday, Caden showed off his walking and crayon and pea munching skills. We had a great evening! Thursday, James and I went to the library for a special kids reading group. There was lots of songs and books and kids... all of the action kind of stunned me, but towards the end I started getting into the songs. That afternoon we played with Caden at the lab while his folks went to do some field work. Friday was another evening of fun and food. My folks made lasagna and we had great company with James, Randall, David, Caden, Cascade, Matt, Emily and Jarrett! We all played all evening long, I even tried to get Jarrett to read some books to me, but I think he was overwhelmed by the pile of nearly all of my books that I brought to him. Saturday Grandma Terri and Grandpa Tom came out to help Mom and Dad pack a bit. After spending most of the afternoon and my nap time packing like crazy (our laundry room and shelves are looking bare!) we took a break for the beach. Although it was sunny, the wind was blowing and it was pretty chilly. Didn't stop be one bit... while the grown ups were huddled up, I was playing with the sand and kelp. That evening I charmed everyone at the Union and watched football while at dinner with the grandfolks. Mommy and Daddy had a really nice anniversary dinner together at Bistro des Copains in town (they keep gushing about the pots de creme... so it must have been good). Sunday I made pancakes... again, but they were extra special because I was sharing with Grandpa and Grandma. We met up with Randall, David and James in the morning at the Gabriel farm to pick some apples. They had a bunch of varieties, I just liked any I could reach! We all went home with a whole lot of apples, hopefully what they say will be true, and these 'll keep the Doctor away! After heading home and eating tons of leftovers from the Union, I took a good nap. I woke up and had a hankerin' to see some ducks so we went to the park where we ran into Cormac, his grandma and his parents Tessa and Brian. Cormac got to enjoy his first ride down the slide and had tons of fun on the swings! We stopped by Wildflour on the way home... I got to pick more raspberries! It's one of my favorite places ever to visit! After dinner tonight, I have had a splashy bath and spent all evening getting crazy in a packing box. I love boxes!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

yum yum dim sum

After a great Tues. pizza night, where James and I colored (It was James's first time!), and playing in the park and going for a walk with him and his mom on Thursday, the six of us headed to SF on Saturday. I love Dim Sum, especially the cha-siu bao! I think I ate more baos than David did! Then the foo dog tried to eat my hand (emphasized by a high pitched "ow ow ow" from me). It was a busy day in Chinatown... there was a ton of people on the streets for the Harvest Moon festival. I loved the hub-bub and the lion dance! While Daddy and David perused the Scotch shop afterwards, James and I took over Union Square. James crawled all over the place while I copied him... I chased the pigeons and even tried to call them over to me.

After all that, us kids were pretty pooped. James headed home and I napped in the stroller while Mom and Dad grabbed lunch (if you can call the pastry Mom ate "Lunch"), hung around North Beach and cruised the very cool City Lights Bookstore. What a great day in the city. Today was mellower. I played with Mom in the morning while Daddy went fishing with Jim and Sherman. We went to the farmer's market where I danced to the band there. After Daddy got home, we made some browines. I helped pack up some more boxes. Then we took a break to head to the beach for a little bit. I chased Dad and Mom around with kelp monsters... they were sooo scary it made me squeal.
Our beach trip abruptly ended when some water suddenly came up the dry sand about 50' and soaked mommy (who was sitting in the sand) and my pants... I left by bidding the beach "bye bye b!*ch", tsk such language. Tonight, we made pancakes (yep again!) for dinner and Daddy is trying to get a few more boxes taken care of.I'm turning into quite the little boy these days... my vocabulary is ever increasing. Not only do I say "cheese" for the camera all of the time, I know that cows say "moo" and dogs say "woof", but now I can tell you that Kitties say "Miao", sheep say "baaa" and my all time favorite that crabs say "pinch pinch pinch". I have also started with the very sincere "no"accompanied by an emphatic head shake My folks knew it had to come along some time.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Fall in Sonoma

The weather is amazing, we had a nice week with lots of trips out to the lab! Yay... James is back in town! We had a fun Tuesday pizza with his family... the best pizza ever! I sure did miss him. I tried calling him on the phone, but couldn't figure out the the buttons. We played on my truck and had a good time. We spent two evenings at the lab this week... it was pretty sweet! On Wednesday it was Jenna's exit seminar.. congratulations Jenna! I sat quietly through the whole talk!

The party afterwards was worth it, it was fun to snack, play foosball and watch a coyote who came to snack on some mice. Thursday, Mommy and I met up with Randall and James at Salmon creek. We played in the sand for a while and had fun squeezing sand in our fists and eating sandy cheerios (Randall tried to keep them as sand-free as possible). After the beach, we headed to the cottage for a dinner party. They had some great exercise balls and a basket ball hoop (my new most favorite thing ever), so I had a blast. Especially showing off all of my animal signs and pointing to my nose, eyes, etc... I had those folks totally impressed. Friday was pretty mellow, just a lovely evening at home. Daddy and I picked up some flowers from the Occidental Farmer's Market before Mommy got home. Saturday morning I helped make pancakes... I love cooking. The mixing part was awesome. I wouldn't let anyone else help me. I then ate four big'uns all by myself! Mom and Dad were cleaning up the house and the shed in preparation for our big move. Oh I almost didn't mention our big news... We have a home in Portland! My folks put an offer on a house, and after some time and negotiations, we will be moving in at the end of October. It's a nice little ranch in the Woodstock area, walking distance to all sorts of things... Trader Joes, the Library, a park, restaurants, etc... Should be fun!

Anyhow, Saturday evening we went to Graton Day. Now that was cool. I got to meet some real firefighters who gave me a hat and badge to match theirs AND let me drive their truck! There were all sorts of great dogs (including one of my favorites.. corn munching Gage dog!), a big mechanical Gorilla and dragon, food, bands, and the very best thing of all.. a big chalkboard and a big box of sidewalk chalk (I spent a lot of time at the chalkboard... a lot!).
This morning I ran errands with Daddy, and finished off our peach Popsicles. This afternoon we had a great dinner at David, Randall and James's house. I loved the pilaf. We also got to see Emily, Suzanne, Keith and Gage. I need to learn to share a little better, but otherwise had a really fun evening playing with James and hanging out with everyone.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Everybody say CHEESE!!!!

Monday, was labor day, so the folks and I got to hang out all day! Actually, we didn't do too much but put an offer in on another house ... the inspection is on Monday, we'll see how it goes this time! To relax a little we went to Wildflour which was packed with people also on holiday! To avoid the crowd we explored their wonderful garden with amazing sunflowers and I ate my way though the raspberry bushes.
Claire and Karen came up from southern California and we had such fun. Monday, they stopped by our house, we played very nicely together and shared some peach popscicles! Saw them again on Wednesday evening for a play date at Howarth park. We had a great time together, plus Mom and Karen seemed to enjoy catching-up while we played. We followed lots of playing with dinner at the Crepe escape... it was perfect for two wild and hungry kids! We got the place to ourselves so got to run around, watched them make then ate yummy crepes! Claire showed me all sorts of good things, like how to have good manners (pleases and thank yous galore), to share and would say "Everybody say CHEESE!" for the camera. Of course most of our pics now are big grimaces, but by the end of the evening I was saying "bede bede CHEESE!" too. The rest of the week has been pretty mellow, I fell on a paper roll, it got stuck. Grandma Steves sent me some sweet schoolbus jammies... I can point one out now (you can see me pointing to the book and my shirt).