Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lookout Hike

While at the cabin, we did a hike to a lookout tower.  It was an amazing clear day!  We got to the top checked out the weather stations, ate some snackies and hoisted Jim's Sharks hat on the flag pole!

Even Pepper went

Daisy hunting around

Jack on the tower

Easter 2014 at the Cabin

Afro egg
We spent Easter at the cabin with Uncle B, Auntie D and the cousins.  My folks were in AZ for a family wedding and Jim's folks were home because Roy was recovering from surgery. 

It was a very mellow Easter with some traditional activities mixed in with non-traditional activities.  For example, there was some egg coloring and egg hunting....but there was also shooting of egg cartons with bb guns!  Really - there was a little but of something for everyone.

We had morning crepes followed by a brunch of quiche and a dinner of bbq chicken.
Wildflower cetnerpiece

Crepes for breakfast on Easter morning

Hidden egg


Easter morning legos

A little shooting

Admins Day

Today is admins day and I got Kari, my admin, this beautiful hanging pot of flowers....but then I remembered I had to get it to work on the bus!  They really make the center of the aisle of the bus way to narrow.  But I managed to haul it down the aisle and sit in the back of the bus where there was some room to put it on the ground without anyone tripping over it.

Salmon Season

The Golden Girl is going to do some commercial salmon fishing and the season opens on May 1.  Jim is getting reasy by shining up the hoochies.

If I were a salmon, I would think they looked yummy!

Friday, April 18, 2014


Me in the car with a mask on.

All the cleaning supplies
Daisy got sprayed by a skunk today while we were waiting for the boat shop to open so we could pick up the pontoon boat and bring it to the cabin.  Jim had to go get a bucket, peroxide, baking soda and rubber gloves and we washed her 3 times in the delta.  

And then we had to drive THREE hours with her in the truck!  It was horrible - we had to go the whole way with the windows down and her all the way in the back of the truck.  We washed her again when we got to the cabin and it is still terrible.  Poor thing barfed and had the runs from the spray.  

In the back of the bus!

It was windy with all the windows down

Monday, April 14, 2014


My bro and my nephew!  They were playing in a charity event for the leukemia society where they  play a golf game with a soccer ball!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Succulent Nursery

Here is my succulent nursery filled up with new cuttings!  Hope they all make it.


I feel so fortunate to be able to send the kids to the school we send them to.  There are such amazing opportunities and wonderful support.  Drew has had the same counselor for 4 years and Grace has had the same one for 2 years (and she also supported Drew when he was in Jr High School).  They are the nicest gals who work tirelessly for the kids and seem so genuinely pleased to be doing so.  Without a doubt, the kids would not be as successful without them.

I have been wanting to do something to recognize them but wanted it to be personal.  Today I came up with an idea.  I made them lemon bars and put them together with fancy tea bags.  And I wrote them the following note:

"Thank you for all the support this year!  
Take a well deserved break and have a lemon bar and a cup of tea!"

I hope they enjoy the little treat!

DONE Doggies

This is what the dogs look like after a long morning hike.  I am sitting out back and they are sound asleep sitting by me.

Poor Daisy is such an old girlie that a long hike like that really does her in.

Senior Ball 2014

Senior Ball was on a boat in the SF Bay.

The pictures are so beautiful that they look fake.  Love the ones with the city and bridge in the background.

Crazy Weekend

Will - one month old
I went into this weekend thinking it was not going to be too bad - a couple sporting events and the prom - easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Boy was I wrong.  This is what the weekend actually held:

  • Dinner Friday nite and the sushi place where Amanda works (in Gilroy)
  • 2 soccer games for Drew in Morgan Hill
  • 2 lacrosse games for Grace in San Jose
  • 1 soccer game for Grace in SF
  • Senior Prom
  • A visit to see Will
  • Tyler's 21st birthday party
  • A hike in Uvas Canyon
  • A visit with a friend who brought over her homemade tear drop trailer
  • Making lemon bars

Plus all the normal weekend stuff - laundry, groceries, make a couple meals and put in the fridge for the week, dog walks, etc.

And I wonder why I am so tired and my feet hurt!  And why we spend so much money on gas!

LAX - not much action in goal

Soccer in SF

Uvas hike

Will's bike

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Doggy Day Care

The dogs went to Tina and Marty's during the day yesterday --- just like old time day care!  They sunned themselves on Tina's new outdoor rug while Murray panted inside on the cold tile!

Succulent time

It was time to spruce up the succulents.  So I did a little binge buy and did some replanting this weekend.

I am waiting for some cuttings from Cindy and have a cacti nursery ready.

Also on the to do list this weekend was to get a fire pit.  Love it!

Cacti nursery

Monday, April 07, 2014


I just got this from Drew's school counselor who has worked with him for 4 years:

"I don’t know if Drew told you, probably not, but the other day I had a ninth grader ask me who my favorite student to work with is, and it took about two seconds of thinking before Drew’s name came out. It has been my pleasure to work with both of you over the last four years. I am going to miss him. He is so easy going and always honest, and that makes my job so much easier."

WOW - that sure is validation that we raised a great kid!

Friday, April 04, 2014

A mother's love for her son....

The last few days have been very emotionally taxing and I was not expecting it.

The journey from kindergarten thru high school has been a long road - for me and for Drew.  My job was to support and push and advocate for him and I did the very best I could every minute of everyday.  His job was to learn and grow and mature.  And although I was always hard on him, he did his best and in the end did a tremendous job.

I liken this journey to running a marathon.  It has been a 13 year education marathon and we have crossed the finish line together.  Next up is the 5k called college. And that race will be his alone to run.  I will be there on the sidelines cheering for him but it won't be my 24 hour/7 day a week job anymore.

I have spent a lot of the the last 3 weeks reflecting on a mother's love for her son and that reflection was so timely given this last two days of college selection.

My reflection started with the birth of baby William and watching Mari's commitment to him.  I felt that it was so ironic that Mari was ushering her baby boy into this world and I was ushering mine out onto his own.

I think about the hopes that Mari has for William and reflect back to my hopes for Drew when he was a baby.  And I realize those hopes and dreams have and are materializing before my very eyes.  My baby boy has grown into the kind, happy, respectful young man I had so hoped he would be.

Senior Prom

In the middle of everything else we have going on, it's prom season.  Drew spent time in AZ planning out how he would ask Amanda to the prom.  In true TNDC spirit, we all pitched in to help out.  We sent Drew and Amanda out to get some ice cream and went to work:

Will you go to the Senior Prom with me?