Saturday, October 30, 2010
This last weekend we went up to Occidental for a little work and pleasure. Nate was taking some of his staff to a Tree Climbing workshop for 3 days so the girls and I decided to tag a long and add a day or two on and make a mini vacation out of it. The first two days it rained and rained! The rivers and streams were swollen and water rushed over most of the roads. It was pretty fun since it was the first real rain we have had since last spring. Hard to imagine, but yes it has not stormed since last spring. We spent some time exploring the cute little towns in the area and driving through wine country and the rolling hills. It was so beautiful up there!
We watched Nate and his 'crew' learn about tree climbing. It was pretty impressive to watch them 'swarm' the tree like a spider hanging its web.
Sydney was loving it. She was not expecting the ropes to climb the trees. She said that she wanted to climb with her hands and feet on the tree not just with ropes. She did get to taste a little of what it was like to climb with the ropes. She got the hang of it pretty quick!
We also checked out Bodega bay. Beautiful coast line with grainy sand and big waves.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
We were so lucky to find this great little apple orchard just north of Santa Cruz. It was our own private little orchard. There were about 15 or 16 rows of different apple variations. Each girl took a paper bag and went picking! They did such a great job looking for just the right apple. We munch on a few and took a few.
On the way home we stopped at a little winery. They happened to be having a wine and food pairing. We ran into some friends and they were able to get us in on the food and wine. It was great. We sipped wine and the girls played in the field and small creek. It was a great day!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Even though it is 90 degrees outside, the date on the calender tells us that it is fall and fall means pumpkins! We went to Half moon bay to get pumpkins with a family from camp. Sydney and Khenya are best buds. And Stella and Brady love each other too. We have been really lucky to be able to connect so quickly to this family. I love their kids and so enjoy the friendships of Suzy and Todd.The weather was a little bit like fall. It was foggy for part of the time but then beautiful and sunny! The kids loved running through the pumpkins and feeding the goats.Afterwards, our family went into the town of half moon bay and had a picnic by the harbor and did a little tourist browsing through the shops.
We stopped at Waddel beach on the way home and watched the kite surfers. It was absolutely beautiful.
Have I mentioned how much I love living here! I can't express how thankful I am for this place that really brings so much joy to my soul and the time we spend as a family is truly priceless. Sometimes I feel like standing at the oceans edge with my arms out wide shouting THANK YOU GOD!!!!!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
When you Dad is the Director over all of the Recreation and Adventure at a very large summer camp, He has a lot of very important keys. Keys that make it possible for you to do a lot of really cool things. One of them being climb on the indoor wall after dinner.
Syd made it to the top. She worked really hard and was sweating when she came down. Nate and I both were able to get a climb or two in. As I was climbing, I realised how hard this wall was and that my 4 year old daughter just climbed to the top.
Stella put a harness on and walked around a lot with a helmet on, but didn't quite make it on the wall. The haul cord kept her attention for most of the time.
You know your kids are totally spoiled and used to the lifestyle of getting to do a lot of really cool things just because your Dad has the right keys when, you are driving by the beach boardwalk and your 2 year old is wanting to go on the rides and you tell her you can't because it is closed and her response is; " daddy has keys?".