Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Our China Doll

We brought home this dress from San Francisco's Chinatown. I put her hair in a bun with chopsticks. Kate looked darling. She got so many comments at church. It is so fun to have a girl to dress up.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Children's Artwork Makes Me Happy

I just love all of Kate's artwork from preschool. It just makes me happy! Maybe it is refreshing to have a child who actually spends more than 30 seconds on an art project.
Artist: Kate
Location: Preschool

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I can't wait until school is out!!!

I am so tired of school. Josh's last term has been a killer for both of us. I don't know why a busy kid translates into a busy and stressed mom. The biggest stress has been Josh's Honor's English 50 hour project. He has actually exceeded his 50 hours but you can't turn in an incomplete project. By the time it is all done it will be more like 65-70 hours. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for soccer, scouts, marching band, and various other things that pop up for him this time of year. I am really happy about his project though. The have to do a writing project that will take 50 hours. They could chose just about anything. Originally Josh wanted to write short stories. But that would have been torture for the both of us. Josh does not like to do creative writing. His next and best idea was to interview his grandma and write a personal history for both his Grandma Judy and Grandpa Tim (who passed away 2 1/2 years ago). I am just thrilled with the results. After video taping Grandma, Josh transcribed the tapes into a book form. Over the weekend we sent the transcript to Grandma to verify accuracy and fill in some blanks. I have really enjoyed learning more about my in-laws. I loved this story:
"When I was 4 or 5, a friend and I were watching TV and had it on really loud. My brother knocked on the door but the TV was too loud and we didn’t hear him. They looked all over for me. They worried that I might have gone to the dam. My parents called the police, the fire department, and the Boy Scout troop. When we were done with the show we were watching I went outside to my mom and said, “What’s happening Mom?”. She didn’t know whether to spank me or hug me. "

Isn't she darling?! How could anyone get mad at her?

I feel fortunate that I really like my in-laws. I have been blessed to have had 12 years with my father-in-law. It was by the grace of God that he lived 6 more years after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was in those last 6 years of his life I really got to know and admire him.

We were fortunate enough to get this sweet picture just a few month's before dad's death. Thanks to my sister Lindsay who took it.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

San Francisco

Bruce had a convention in San Francisco, one of my all time favorite cities. I decided it was time for me to escort him on one of his trips. We talked my kind parents into babysitting our four kids. This was the first time in nearly 15 years of marriage that we have taken a trip without kids or being pregnant. Bruce is on a National Young Architects committee and they paid for his flight, hotel, food and convention fees. All I had to cover was my flight and food. Since we went early, Bruce and I were able to spend the whole day together. We were total tourists (a luxury we have never had). We began at Yorba Buena Gardens. This waterfall was so mesmerizing. Behind the water were quotes from speeches from Martin Luther King, Jr. Very inspiring! Next we caught the cable car down to Fisherman's Warf. With a stop on the way on Lombard Street (the curviest road in the world). We also walked to Pier 39 for lunch at Boudin's with to-die-for sourdough bread. (A blessed memory from childhood with my grandparents)
While we were eating lunch and planning our next adventure for the day we found out that Wicked was playing in town at the Orpheum and they had a 2pm matinee. We absolutely love the music but have never had the opportunity to see the show, so we decided to try to get tickets. If we were lucky we might be able to get $30 seats in the the balcony. While standing in line a man approached us. He had a group of about 50 people and 2 people couldn't make it. He was selling us $75 center orchestra seats for $50 each. We only had $70 cash on us and he took it. We had fantastic seats for a mere $35 a seat. Woohoo! The show was amazing! The highlight of our trip. If you get a chance to go and see Wicked, I would highly recommend it!
The next day Bruce was in meetings all day so my Aunt Cheryl came up from Los Gatos for the day. We drove all over San Francisco and had lunch at Scoma's in Salsaulito. Then we spent the rest of the day in Chinatown buying loot for the kids. And, of course I HAD to buy a Kimono for Kate. She wore it last Sunday with her hair in a bun with chopsticks. She was too cute. I will post a pic sometime.

Later that evening we went to a Jazz Bistro for dinner. It was fun to have a live Jazz band playing while we ate. We wished Josh was with us to hear it too. The rest of the trip wasn't too remarkable but very enjoyable. However one of our favorite meals was lunch on Saturday at The Irish Bank. We just happened on this Irish Pub in a very small alley. The outdoor seating was so quaint and the food was yummy. Bruce had fish n' chips and I had an Irish stew. Yum!
I am so glad I went on this trip with Bruce. We had a fantastic time. It was so great for me to have quiet time away from kids. I loved spending time with my dear husband without all the distractions at home. I hope we can do it more often than once every 15 years.