Santa Barbara

Our mini road trip this spring break.DSC03336We stayed in a yurt at Lake Cachuma.DSC03338One of those last minute vacancies where we benefit because it is difficult to make plans months in advance. I imagine as my kids get older or I become more organized, plans may come together sooner than a week before. But not yet.
DSC03318Admittedly I have wanted to check these out for awhile. I honestly don’t love sleeping in a tent on the ground.DSC03334 A yurt feels like a compromise.
DSC03309I also believe in letting the kids run wild, with little distraction, and learning how to appreciate nature.Joey1978 RulezSo when we woke up and Paul started sketching his point of view I was thrilled. When and where else will he see this? I want those sorts of experiences for my children as much as I want them for myself.DSC03333Joe loves to let them rock throw whenever possible into water. At the lake, Henry was into the really heavy rocks that would make a big splash.
Joey1978 RulezWe squeezed in a trip to the local zoo. As a family, we agreed gorillas are fascinating animals. Olivine and I could watch him eat grass all day, while Henry has a pretty good impression of his face.Joey1978 RulezWe also weren’t going to pass up the giraffe feeding.DSC03342Their tongues are amazing and surely intimidated Olivine, who at the last minute didn’t want to give her lettuce to the giraffe.DSC03345On the way home, we stopped along PCH to check out waves and dolphins and surfers. One of the best ways to stretch your legs. Hello Pacific Ocean.
Joey1978 RulezI am grateful again for a family that completes me. I could really be anywhere (advice I recently overheard Joe giving to friends who are moving to the Coachella Valley) and truly the company is what matters. When we are busy with the day to day I can loose sight of how happy I am to have this team. I can confidently give thanks a year after loosing my grandfather. I still miss him like crazy and wish he was around to see this growing family. Life has a strange tension when it comes to love and loss and grief and healing.

My family and I needed this spring break. Even if it was short.

{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.Joey1978 Rulez


This morning I met the baby of a dear friend. He is handsome and very content.DSC03277I must share a peek of her nursery that has touches of her craftiness (handmade curtains) and her mother (handmade blanket)

DSC03265while Miss Olivine sat on the floor snacking and listening to all our catching up. DSC03267This afternoon we invited over friends and headed to the Farmer’s Market for extended play.DSC03288It was a day gathered with friends and that is one of my hopes for spring break. Time to gather together and just be present.

B is for

beginning our busy week

bunny on the door (thanks Paul)DSC03133baby wearingDSC03211brothers blowing bubbles and swinging at them for random pointsDSC03217biking around the marina, but taking a break to watch fishingDSC03221and one of our favorite places: the bayDSC03229where Olivine wore her new ballerina-ish bathing suitDSC03231basking in the sun, on Grammy’s lapDSC03240boys brought boogies boards
DSC03230baby eventually fell asleepDSC03241and I had to lay her down, she gets heavy, but thankfully she didn’t budge.DSC03247Boys started burying each other in the sand
DSC03239busting open shells, hoping seagulls would come close enough to touch
DSC03235and spending an unbelievable amount of time side by side, playing.
DSC03248Because Joe has a huge project due tonight, he missed most of our day, but he drew us a comicDSC03259and tomorrow he will be able to relax.




Afternoon- Egg Hunt

We went to Grandpa Royce’s where we had lunch and cupcakes.DSC03176There was an egg hunt out backDSC03190with boys dressed like twinsDSC03192shaking the eggs to guess what’s inside.DSC03194This much fun is always followed by a good night’s sleep.

Signal Hill- Egg Hunt

We drive up the hill and Joe jumps out to hide eggs, while I take a quick detour helping to build the suspense.

Not having a yard has forced us to become creative. We love this view and there is the perfect sized garden perched on the corner.

They searched high and lowJoey1978 Rulezfar and wide
DSC03168up and downDSC03173 over and underDSC03153Henry was the big brother who helped Olivine.DSC03166She willingly reached behind flowers, so excited at each colorful egg her eyes could find.
DSC03162I do like to day dream about other places, as they get older, that would be fun for an egg hunt. For now, this is more than we could ask for.Joey1978 Rulez





Two Weeks in a Row

We were lucky enough to spend time with these dear friends.Joey1978 RulezWe went to Pasadena last weekendJoey1978 Rulezand enjoyed perfect weather.Joey1978 RulezThey are the type of friends that feel like family.DSC03112These two are so similar.Joey1978 RulezIndia turned seven
DSC03118so of course we had cakeDSC03120and the kids had a blast.
Joey1978 RulezThen yesterday they swung by our place.Joey1978 RulezAt the end of this month their third is due. These are friends from SF that migrated south before us. Fellow teachers and parents and vegetarians who we can chat all day long with. We had burritos in the park,
Joey1978 Rulezflew kites,
Joey1978 Rulezand looked at the sunset.
Joey1978 RulezThe next time we gather we will be a ten person posse.

Spring Break

has finally arrived. I bought this bottle two weeks ago and it has been sitting in the back of the fridge, waiting for this celebration. A ten day vacation with family. What a treat.DSC03138I picked the little ones up early so we could eat lunch and take a nap together.
DSC03124Paul was on a field trip (a fellow momma took this picture- thank you Mimi) visiting a farm and holding a on they played divers together
DSC03135and I found that all day I was smiling. Good Friday, indeed!

{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.DSC03114


Joe is taking a science course that has mandated field trips as homework. Luckily, they are local and free. This morning it was a trip to our local lagoon.Joey1978 RulezThey had binoculars to borrowJoey1978 Rulezwhich little ones love.Joey1978 RulezA close up look at the animals and plants, plus plenty of mud.Joey1978 RulezA morning under big, puffy clouds. Joey1978 RulezHome in time for lunch and naps.