Thursday, July 26, 2012

Oregon Trip

Late in July we went to Bend, Oregon, to attend my cousin Kim's wedding. Our family got to see the lovely landscapes of Northern California and Oregon during our travels to and from Bend.

We stayed at a fine resort and enjoyed Bend and its surrounds to the fullest. Lucy and Sammy were in rare form because of the long travels and lack of routine, but that's life with us. We cannot always count on the best behavior no matter the occasion, and we cannot always perform as expected under the scrutiny of the familial microscope. Life goes on.

Still, I try to look on the bright side of the trip. We swam in the fun resort pool multiple times, we went to a delicious pre-wedding, wood-fired pizza party where I am sure the kind hosts' garden suffered following the trampling of the elephant-like kids (led by yours truly's kids, of course), and my girls wore darling dresses my grandma (their great grandma Nona) made by hand. Quite a lot of bright, really.

It was a beautiful wedding in a spectacular setting. We were happy to share in the joy and to see family from afar whom we do not often see. Kim and Brent are a wonderful couple and we wish them all the best in their life together.











  



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Monday, July 16, 2012

Lucy Is 8!



Oh, this dear sweet girl of ours is 8 years old now! Such a bright, loving child. We are so proud of Lucy's intellect and innovations, her creativity and caring nature. All she wants in life is to learn and grow, and have a dog. Alas, we are not getting a dog (we are just not ready for one), but she still is pleased as punch to have a happy birthday with presents, including new skates from Granny, and a few other special things like sharing birthday treats with her swim team, taking a splash lap (everyone splashes you as you swim a lap) and having a meal out at Chili's to celebrate being 8!









  





Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Day at the Fair

For the first time ever, I took the kids to the Alameda County Fair. We went on no ride. I wanted them to see the animals, exhibits, clown shows, balloon animal makers, horse races, and dog shows, and most of all I just plain wanted them to enjoy the fair. Without rides. (And without the $120 price tag of rides.) We saw so many entertaining things! I am not a fair person. I have purposely avoided it because of this. However, I recently saw Charlotte's Web (long ago I read the book) and thought, well, maybe it's not just about the rides. Maybe there is more to the fair than just rides. And, I am happy to report, there was much more to the county fair than just rides.