Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Little Fish!

LT has turned a corner in swimming and can now breathe and keep going without holding on to someone or touching the bottom. He's had 2 weeks (8 lessons) this summer and one more in July.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Garden Update

Remember this garden just a little over a month ago?

Look at it now! Wow! The strawberries are a bit overrun by the tomatoes and the zuchinni, but that's okay.

We even have our first zuchinnis!

First zuchinni pancakes for dinner tomorrow!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Fathers Day Hike

This hike was not exactly as expected. Our "Bay Area Hikes with Children" book had said you could go out on the catwalks on either side of the boardwalk over the marsh. I don't know if you could at one point, but now they are shut down. The boardwalk itself is not that long. So instead we did a loop around the "duck pond." This houses Palo Alto's native bird sactuary. It was built in the 1940s, I think, and I guess they built that big cement bird bath at the time?? That part is fenced off and their are all kinds of birds. Anyways, it was still pretty and LT really enjoyed the nature film showing at the Lucy Stern nature center. He could have watched all day.

Monday, June 15, 2009


Yes, we go to the zoo a lot. We were feeling a bit possessive as we went when it was raining the last two time and practically had it to ourselves. One nice day and it's a zoo! Okay, okay, bad pun.

Trying to get 2 kids and a hippo looking at the camera at the same time is not easy...

Spider LT

Butterfly LT

Trying to get a spider DT

We Love being nature rangers!

LT would really like to be one of these volunteers once he is 12. They are the cutest. They show and answer questions about animals on the nature trail. Some are painfully shy ... like LT! Perfect!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Rest of the Day

No trip to Santa Cruz would be complete without a stop at Kelly's Bakery for lunch. Their sandwiches are delicious and so are their desserts!

The real purpose of the trip was Strawberry Pickin'!
The strawberries were up the road at the UPick Kiwi spot rather than at the farm stand this time.

The Taster

The Picker

The Crop

A hike down to a secluded beach ended the afternoon

Just beautiful

And refreshing, too!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

First Boardwalk Rides

It's easy to enjoy the rides when you have a great big brother to show you the ropes!

More pictures of our day to come ...