Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! S wanted to celebrate by bringing the kids to see the new Pixar movie, Inside Out. Highly recommended! Not only because it has a girl as the lead character(s), without it being a princess movie, but also because it handles the subject matter (emotions) with depth, humor, intelligence, and sensitivity. We've already had some interesting family conversations, and I have a feeling that the paradigm of the film will be a useful one to return to in our family journey.
We had a quiet Valentine's Day around here, as usual. Which is fine by me. Hearts were made and exchanged, sweets were eaten.
We celebrated with a little family hike to one of our favorite spots in the hills.
Life is good!
We've had a busy time of it getting ready for Christmas! Cookies to bake, Santa to visit, carols to sing!
Giki and Pop-Pop are in town, and we'll be heading to Mariposa for the holiday, meeting up with my sister's family. Should be a memorable holiday!
One of my favorite holiday traditions: participating in the annual holiday gift fair at the Triton Museum of Art!
We are getting ready for Halloween! Costumes are lined up, and we managed to squeeze in the traditional visit to the pumpkin patch right after a soccer match. We toured the "Haunted Trail," picked out pumpkins, and generally goofed around.
For the second year in a row, we spent the Father's Day weekend camping at the beach. This is definitely becoming a favorite tradition -- it's a trip coordinated with many other families at the kids' school. This year, more than 30 families participated! It was a nice, relaxing weekend, with plenty of time for scootering around, hanging at the beach, and playing games.
For Mother's Day, I made my usual requests: a picture of me with the kids, and a dinner that I don't have to cook!
(From the look in my eyes, I think I should have also asked for a nap!)
I was treated to a delicious dinner at Aqui's, one of our favorite local spots.
So very yummy!
Happy Heart's Day! I was inspired by the holiday to pair one of my favorite poets with a picture of one of my "blue * birds * happiness" quilts. I rather like the result.
A little truth to antidote the typical sappy holiday mush (goodness but I despise shopping for pre-made Valentine's cards).
Another year is coming to a close -- and what a year it has been! Another year, another stage in the sweet, companionable journey that S and I began so long ago. I am so grateful for our family life, full of love and lovely quotidian moments, so grateful that I get to be a mom for these two amazing children, a wife to my best friend. I've returned to the classroom and made big strides in my art, participating in my first gallery show. I taught workshops at the Museum of Craft and Design and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.
What a lovely Christmas and Christmas Eve! On the 24th, we took a nice walk around campus. The weather has been so gorgeous!
Don't forget the traditional viewing of "It's a Wonderful Life!"
And watching the Santa tracker -- look, he's on the east coast!