Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Things Ollie Says...

I overheard Oliver playing the other day.  He jumped on his blanket and said "The American flag is buried in possibility."
He is a weird one.  
I don't know if he is going to be a politician or a poet someday, but I have no idea where he comes up with things like this.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Things Ollie Says...

Oliver has recently been calling yawns "Wake Up Burps."
I love it.

Oliver joined us while we subbed for the CTR 7 class in church the other week.  He sat with the older children and participated.  We asked the kids to take turns telling us something their parents taught them to do.  When it was Oliver's turn, he very seriously said "My parents taught me to fart."

The other evening we were relaxing, watching Star Wars as a family.  Oliver says, like a completely adorable dork, "Congratulations for this fine evening."  I adore him.

Friday, September 25, 2015


Papa reading to Ollie on his big boy potty chair

Ollie trying on glasses with Sariah

Fentons with Dave, Elizabeth & Mary

Monday, September 21, 2015

August: Pinecrest

In August I snuck out of quarantine from my awful, month-long adenovirus, and went on a day trip to Pinecrest.  We were supposed to camp with my parents but since I was so sick we decided against it.  It was gorgeous!  I haven't been here since I was barely a teen, so I forgot how peaceful and beautiful it was!  It felt so great to swim in the beautiful lake and just be outside for the first time in a long time!  Hallelujah I love nature and am so sick of being locked up in my house, half blind!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Things Ollie Says...

"Can we move to SacraMexico?"
(He gets Sacramento & Mexico confused for some reason)

"Liesl taught me how to toot"
(Something he says every time he farts)

"Thank you my fair lady.  It's nice to hang out together."
(What he told me when I gave him fishy crackers)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

July: Murphy's

Back in July we met our friends the Kagels in Murphy's at Calaveras Big Trees.  It probably wasn't the smartest trip as Oliver was sick with the flu and threw up and was miserable on the way, but after a blessing Ollie was begging us to go on a hike.  So we did.  And it was beautiful hiking in all those massive Sequoia trees!  Thank you Mary, Dave & Elizabeth for inviting us!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

June: Mendocino

Oliver at the Apple Farm in Philo.  I am so in love with this place.  Could live there if not for the mangy dogs.

Jason eating candy cap caramels.  Yes, that is a caramel made with mushrooms.  And it was delicious!

And now candy cap ice cream at Frankie's Pizza in Mendocino.  Can you sense a theme?

Lovely Mendocino
Back in June we went with our friends Liesl, Ian, Jon & Sariah to Mendocino for a weekend.  We went swimming at Lake Mendocino, which was so cool because you could drive your car out on the beach right next to the water.  And there was a hippie van parked near us, with people sunbathing on the roof.  Then we walked around and enjoyed the apple cider at the Apple Farm in Philo.  Then headed thru the redwoods into Little River where we stayed at the gorgeous Heritage House, complete with a family sized bath tub and shower, fireplace, and ocean views right off our private deck.  Holy crap I love this place!  Hands down the fanciest hotel I have ever stayed in.  Oh and did I mention the complimentary robes and slippers.  I felt quite posh, which is a rarity for me.  We did a yummy dinner at Frankies Pizzeria in Mendocino, and a walk along the cliffs covered in wildflowers.  I love it here.
The next day we walked around Russian Gulch State Park, the beach area and the blow hole.  It was chilly and beautiful.  Then we went to Fort Bragg to check out Glass Beach.  On our way back to the hotel we stopped in at a glass blowing shop, and met the stoned son of the owners, who was extremely  friendly, and opened the studio to show us around although it was closed and gave us free, beautiful hand-blown glass-works he had made.  Awesome.  Then we walked around the pygmy forest at Van Damme, hiked down to the oceanfront at our hotel, and watched the sunset while freezing our butts off.  The best part of the day though was watching Ian play with the selfie stick.
On our last day we walked to the top of the Point Arena lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on the west coast that you can actually climb.  It was so dang windy though.  Then we walked around Fort Ross for a little bit, although it was closed, as it always seems to be for us.  We ended the trip in Petaluma, eating amazing Apricot Curry Wraps at Zazzle (sounds gross, but was one of the best things I have ever eaten), and Rhubarb pie at the Petaluma Pie Company. 
What an incredible trip!  I do apologize for the drawn out description, this is my version of journaling for myself!  More pictures to come once Liesl Weasel sends them to me!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Things Ollie Says...

Oliver helping me make cookies.  I think more of the batter got on his face than on the cookie sheet.

"If I ever get a little brother his name will be poo poo pants.  If I get a sister her name will be pee pee pants."

(PS: This is by no means an announcement!)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

July: Sacramento Zoo

Kaitie, Emily, Izzy, me, Oliver, Mikayla & Michelle

Back in July my awesome friends met up in Sacramento for a Zoo day with the kiddos.  Kimmie took off work and drove all the way from Reno!  My hero!  I wish we could get together all the time, if we didn't live so dang far away from each other!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

take me camping

i have been craving camping recently.  maybe it is because summer is almost over and i fear i have missed my chance.  maybe it is because my dad just informed me we are camping over thanksgiving this year (awesome).  all i know is i need a good camping fix asap, and these goods are making me even more ready to hit the woods.

utility box: i don't know what this has to do with camping, but it is friggen cool
planisphere: so i'll actually know which stars i'm looking at
audubon field guides:  i have been geeking out on these awesome books for a decade now.  my favorite field guides ever.
camping plates: because they look cool
camping pot: because i want to be like bear grylls and cook my food right over the fire.  he's a family hero of ours.
dutch oven cookbook:  mmm, peach cobbler
hatchet: to cut the wood for my pyro husband bonfire
survival kit:  just in case...
cowboy lore:  to read around the campfire
camping blanket: because it is beautiful, and i am always freezing


Picnics during Jason's meetings While the boys are at the Father & Son campout