Today when I picked Henry up, I just happened to have my camera in my bag. DSC01176After a morning at t/k he gets to spend three afternoons with friends at the child development center. He was engaged in an activity making shapes with tape and then paint. Some were painting inside and others were painting around the tape. Then they would peel the tape off to reveal different designs. Henry was going for a rainbow effect. I loved that when he finished, his four year old spirit had to put both hands and rub the paint everywhere.


I woke up to little ones crafting up a storm.


They were putting the finishing touches on gifts for Grammy. These little ones are full of love and generosity.


We created a small stash of treats for her birthday.


She came over to go to the pumpkin patch down the street


and there had been mounting excitement about this adventure


with train rides


and a little bit of waiting.


Pony rides under a circus tent

(yes, I mentally fight back thoughts of depression and animal cruelty).


old metal cars, but my kids opt for motorcycles


and pink elephants that fly over the ground.


I thought maybe they would freak on the spinny ride.


Their expressions looked intense.. a mixture of fear and fun.

They were all smiles, maybe a little dizzy, but happy.

Ramen & Pie

Big bowls with tofu and veggies

DSC_6218and Miss Olivine wanted to hold baby Layla


A stop off to watch the karate class had all kids staring

DSC_6230and a little fountain play


in the dark with all the colors changing.

DSC_6235But the highlight was pie

DSC_6242It was trendy, and busy, and delicious. We will be back here for sure.

Pumpkin Party

This was a Thursday night treat. Dinner with friends, followed by pumpkin carving.


First they drew out their designs


and made the size just right with pencils followed by sharpies.

DSC_6151Then we carved off the tops


and opened them to clean them out.


Messy fun with friends to chat and laugh with.


Henry was a carving machine.

DSC_6178George’s look almost like a self-portrait:DSC_6181The whole gang turned out super fun:


The carving ended right as the ninth inning of the Giants game was going on. Somehow, we caught the very last inning and cheered at the home run hit.

DSC_6176Looks like we will be cheering for the Giants in the World Series.

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.


Local Art

Months ago we started noticing these random animals in our neighborhood


made from pieces of trees and plants. Sometimes a little paint is added.


We have slowly been able to gather more information about this local art being made just for fun,


to make people smile.


This one is an angel:

DSC_6086We like to debate about our favorites and see where they pop up around here.


It’s like a scavenger hunt. We are fans!


Paul’s homework tonight (perfect for First Grade) was to bring home an “Arthur backpack” that had toys, books, and a cd inside.
DSC_6125He was supposed to play (they played baseball together) with Arthur, who is a character from the author study they just wrapped up. This included propping him up on the table to have him watch him do his homework. One little sister was doing a lot of following around and imitating of her big brother.

Then he writes in a journal that is also in the backpack, of what they did together.DSC_6121

Someone fell in love with “arfur” and didn’t want him to send him back to school.

Spa Treatment

A little lavender scented bubble bath
DSC_6109 and then some nail polish
DSC_6116 for a Sunday night treat. Everyone needs to be pampered once in awhile.

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.



for my mind: seeing little ones read together. Or mostly listen as Paul reads.
DSC_5745The writing out of tickets to see a baseball game in the bedroom.

DSC01173At school they have such a healthy balance of learning and fun.


for my heart: a sneak away breakfast at the Starling Diner with homemade scones and butter


with my favorite guy. He is my best friend.
DSC01165for my soul: a letter from Portland that I needed to read after such a long hard week at work. A friend (even far away) is uplifting and encouraging.

DSC01170These are the tiny moments making a huge difference in my days.


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