Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy birthday Daddy!

Ah... at last its time to get back to soaking up summer in Portland.
We have enjoyed loads of green beans, though they are slowing down. Too bad because Grace has also discovered how much she loves them. Our carrots are making great snacks and pumpkins are beginning to ripen on the vine, now only if those tomatoes would turn red we'll be set! After a few slow days at home we decided to get out! Headed to the Zoo on Wed to enjoy some sunshine, lots of animals and to sneak a peek at the new ape exhibit, though the animals are still being slowly introduced. Grace and I shared some snacks and smiles. Thursday we headed back to Grossen's peach farm and picked WAY TOO MANY peaches, again... This is me as a peach tree... get it? We canned a few jars and made a bit of Jam before Mom pooped out, so I think we'll be eating loads of fresh'uns and maybe trying some fruit leather again (ours wasn't nearly as good as Li Fong's... too hard, we'll try thicker next time). After the peach farm, grabbed lunch with Dad downtown, then headed home to a quick rest before we made it to another "good luck in Kindergarten" party for my school friends, barely, but at least I got to play some. At the last moment, I had to run in and change out of my "boring" shirt into my "party shirt" that grandma Steves made me. Pretty awesome! Got a little more hula hoop practice in that evening while Mom got to sneak out for a Pink Martini concert at the zoo (super fun and a great evening of music and dancing... sounds like my kind of gig). Friday I finally got to spend some time with some other friends... Alice, Henry Robyn joined us a the Lee Farm...they had all sorts of animals to visit... goats, chickens, bunnies, cow and a big ol' dog that escorted us through the whole place. We even found some cool bugs and ate some blackberries off the vine... lovely!I also have been playing with the camera... good a good pic of Grace and Scooter. Saturday was Dad's birthday... Happy Birthday Dad! We got him a cool new ukulele... he's been practicing a lot and is getting pretty good... maybe one day he'll be as talented as I am (mine is all natural).

Grace is also working on her Kazoo skills.
One day we'll put together a band. We had a nice day Dad went to Hair of the Dog with some pals and we had folks over for a nice grill... white-hots, salt-potatoes, grilled veggies, apple cake, grilled peaches and homemade icecream... perfect for Dad! Alas, Mom misplaced the camera (in plain sight of course) that afternoon, but we had a lovely celebration with Alice, Henry, Dan, Robyn, Leslie, Joe, Cat, Chris and Benjamin. Thanks for helping Dad usher in his next year!
Today was great as well... I finally got to see my dear buddy Joaquin, Val, Ray and Esme. It has been a long while, and it was so good to see them again.
It was good to catch-up, play and play, walk up to the Park, and enjoy lunch together.
We did a little bit of shopping so that I could skip the capri look and successfully button my pants again, since all of my pants have gotton a little short over the summer and headed home to enjoy great left-overs. All in all a great day.
We even opened up a great treat from Grandma Terri...
Beautiful new clothes all handmade for Grace... an amazing cardigan and adorable romper.
She looks so cute in them. I am thrilled with a cool brass sand dollar and some "buzz light (year)" bandaids and was particularly interested in the cardboard and the box that everything came in.... and proclaimed how exited I was that Grandma sent me cardboard so that I could make something cool out of it.
Otherwise... Grace is trying to bust in about four new teeth... HOpefully they will be in soon, Mom and Dad could use their bed back. She now says Mamamamama pretty regularly and means it. It may be difficult starting daycare back up in a week or so. I think they'll try some trial runs next week just to get her used to the idea. She is standing pretty steadily with support and occasionally on her own.
she's a fast crawler, loves her binky, hair bows, electronics, cleaning out drawers, cereal O's, green beans, carrots, crusty bread, avocados, chicken, watermelon. Dislikes: peaches (??), zucchini, not being carried by Mom.

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