Hot Dog!

July 9, 2013

I just had a leftover hotdog for lunch.  It was soooo good.  We discovered these hotdogs at Whole Foods.  We originally got them for Joshua since it’s the only meat he’ll eat (aside from sausage on pizza).  I tried them and they are Margaret approved.  I’m actually not a fan of hotdogs at home.  They never live up to ballpark hotdogs.  Except for these.  The one I had was left over from our 4th of July cookout.

headed to parade


Speaking of which, our 4th of July weekend was great.  We took Joshua to his first parade.  He was so precious.  The parade started with firetrucks and their sirens.  Joshua was unsure about this.  He liked the trucks but not the noise.  He enjoyed all of the rest of it though.  He loved waving at the people, and he’d occasionally look at his hand to make sure it was doing the right thing.  Too stinkin’ cute.  He was pretty tired after all the excitement.  He took a long nap and then we took a quick trip to the pool.  Bill and I watched a movie while Joshua slept.  No fireworks for us.  He’s still too young.

The next day we took a trip out to Pigeon Point lighthouse.  Crazy drive through the mountains but a gorgeous view of the coast once we were on the other side.  The lighthouse was pretty, and Joshua walked with us.  He’d point at a path and that’s where went.  It is such a fun age.  We took the “long way” home via Santa Cruz.  A less hair drive over the mountains.  We were on CA-1 and we rounded a curve and voila, tons of kite surfers.  It was really cool.


pigeon point lighthouse

all smiles

Saturday we relaxed and did some stuff around the house, then went to Vasona Park to explore.  Joshua finally went down a slide.  When my mom was here, he went down a hot slide and didn’t like it.  Weeks later, he still remembered it.  He pointed at it and said “hot” but we showed him it wasn’t and down he went.  We had to do it over again for his second trip down the slide but he did it.

Sunday was a typical Sunday.  Getting ready for a new week.  It’ll be a good one.

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A Break From The Heat

July 3, 2013

It is currently a gorgeous 81 degrees out now, on its way up to 91.  It feels delightful out and for the first time in about a week, we have the windows open during the day.  We’ve been running the a/c during the day and were able to turn it off at night except for 2 nights.  It did cool off but there was no breeze whatsoever so we kept the air on overnight.  We are fortunate to have a/c as not all the houses here do.

Things are slowly returning to normal.  We are something of empty-nesters these days.  We’ve had houseguests since mid-May and now everyone has returned home.  A mixed blessing.  We got a lot accomplished with the extra help and of course we enjoyed the company.  My mom was in town for about a month and she overlapped a weekend with my inlaws who stayed on for a week.  We kept busy.  Park, pool, reading, playing, building, watering, sleeping, playing, reading, building, etc.  Really delightful visits.

reading time

not so sure about this

it is fun after all

jumping in

bubbles in the air

how do i look?

Now I’m getting back into the swing of things.  We got off our routine of walking every morning and it feels good to be doing that again.  We started swim lessons this week, every day this week although we are off until Monday.  It’s not exactly fun yet.  Joshua is…resisting?  He likes the pool and will jump in off the side (into your arms) as shown in a photo above.  But he doesn’t really want to work in the pool.  He’d rather just hang on and watch everyone else.  Take things in.  He can kick and he does it for a second as if to say “see, I can do it” but then he tucks his legs in and pulls back up into my arm to observe.

I’m ready to veg.  There’s so many things to do, but I’m still recovering from all my hostess responsibilities (ha ha), and all the activity from this morning…  If I do the kitchen, I can let myself relax guilt free.  One, two, three…  here I go…


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