Sunday, June 22, 2014

three weeks of 52 project pictures

We're back home for about a week and a half before taking off again. With spotty internet access in hotels across the west coast -- and a phone that fell into the Pacific -- I haven't been nearly as connected as I usually am.

So, this week, we are playing catch up a little bit.

This was before we left Monterey. I wish teachers were payed enough that we could pick up and live next to the ocean. You better believe that I would be there in a second if I could. And if I wasn't concerned for Sage's well-being, I would probably just pick up and move there anyway, figuring it out as I went. The sunsets over the ocean were fantastic. The nights were chilly, so we put sweatshirts on over our shorts and t-shirts before we went to watch the sun disappear on the edge of the water. This baby (who heartbreakingly isn't a baby anymore after this week) has a deep and obvious love for the ocean. Running to the edge of the water, letting the waves kiss his toes, before running back up the shore. He repeated this routine nightly until either I called it a night or a wave caught him and took him under, soaking him and leaving him shivering. This didn't stop him, though. If I would have let him, he would have stayed out on the ocean with his clothes soaked and his teeth chattering, watching the waves come in.

This place is where we belong.

This picture might be one of my favorites. We were on a walk next to the ocean in Pacific Grove, CA and Sage was attempting to lure a bird off of a rock with a cracker from his lunch. When it was clear the bird was not willing to do the footwork (wingwork?) to move to the cracker, I walked over, picked Sage up, took the cracker from him, and reached up to offer the cracker to the (seemingly) innocent bird. As the bird violently snatched the cracker from my hand, three more appeared from behind him and swooped down toward us, much like a scene from The Birds. We covered our heads and ducked as we ran to the car. After that I refused to give any more crackers to the terrorist dive-bombing birds. All the while an older couple was sitting in their car enjoying the ocean view, and hysterically laughing at our encounter.

PS - The view along these cliffs was the most fantastic thing I have experienced in a long time.

The hot air balloon ride was one of Sage's favorites at Knott's Berry Farm. There was never a line for the ride (huge plus with a two-year-old with zero patience), and it was a nice and long "balloon" ride. Relaxing, even. Which is something we both needed in the middle of a busy amusement park. His apparent love for hot air balloons makes me so excited to take Sage to the balloon races this year. Our trip to the balloon races last year here.

a portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014

More information on the 52 project here.

Thursday, June 12, 2014


It's been so quiet around here.

We're on vacation.
Enjoying being away from home and exploring the world and soaking up the sunshine.

This summer is going to be one for the books.
mark my words.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

that one time we went to chicago

Over Spring Break we wend to Chicago with my sister Haydn. If you don't know her personally, Haydn is the coolest. And whaddayaknow, Chicago was the coolest too.

So no wonder I'm having a little bit of a missing-Chicago-moment right now. But what luck! We are going to see Haydn in less than a week. Unfortunately she is not able to bring Chicago with her this time.

Other Chicago posts here (my favorite) and here and here.

Some photo evidence of Chicago's awesome-ness:


Monday, June 2, 2014

memorial day parade

Memorial Day weekend!
It was definitely the first real lick of summer this year.

We went to Virginia City for some real honkey-tonk wild west action. Virginia City makes me soo happy. Have I mentioned that once or twice or ten times? I'm pretty sure I have.
Another trip to Virginia City here.

But we got up to Virginia City on Saturday late-afternoon-ish and were surprised to be greeted by a parade! How fantastic! In Virginia City they just have parades whenever the H they want to because all it takes is everyone in town starting up their cars and deciding to drive in a line. I'm convinced the people in town were all just drinking that morning and decided today was a fine day for a parade. The announcer was more than just buzzed and the parade had 2 minute gaps throughout, but isn't that just the beauty of Virginia City?

Someday I'll tell you about the time we got up there and they were having an outhouse race. That's right, people were racing decorated outhouses down main street. And there was a drunk announcer for that too! Do you see why I love this place so much? I mean, seriously. Every visit is some sort of ridiculousness that I couldn't even make up if I wanted to.

But we were on a mission for a raccoon hat for Mr. Sage, and we decided unanimously that Virginia City was the place for that. We also decided unanimously that Sage needed a 'coon hat because what fits the personality of a wild, mischievous, almost two-year-old ruffian more than a 'coon skin hat? Exactly. Nothing, I say.

We ate lunch at the most fantastic Mexican food place in the universe (so we've decided) and contemplated the age old question "to caramel apple or not to caramel apple". Which just ended in the argument of how to pronounce the word "caramel". And that apparently I sound like a hick when I say "car-mull" and Colin's just ohsoeducated because he says "care-uh-mel" and don't we all wish we could be fancy Candians and hold our pinkies up while we drink tea and crumpets? wha-wha-whaaaaa

But Virginia City isn't exactly the kind of place where people know if there's gluten in the food or not, so we opted against the car-mull apples this time. Actually Colin opted against the car-mull apples for me, because he wasn't in the mood to deal with me getting glutened and then having to hear about it (my thesis).

Oh, and I was also told not to post the picture of Colin looking noble that I snuck-took while he was watching the parade but I figure if Virginia City-ans can do whatever the H they want, then I'm going to do whatever the H I want, too.

So here they are...

Now I want a car-mull apple, doesn't that sound fantastic!?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

june book club

HAPPY JUNE and happy first week of summer vacation and happy beach going to all.

This month's book club book is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.

Get lots of sand between the pages, why dontcha.

We'll meet up back here on the last day of the month to discuss.
Hands in the middle...

exit -- moonwalking -- stage left
Image found here.