Thursday, August 31, 2006
We arrived at 9:30 and it was much too cold to go on the beach, so we warmed up with hot chocolate and coffee.
By 10 the sun had come out and we hit the sand.
We had a lovely time and it did a lot to lift me out of my bad mood.
There are several other Kindergartners on the bus, but they didnt go on Tuesday so Adam asked Olivia if he could sit with her. She took good care of him getting him a seat at the front.
He says that the bus driver shouts a lot but she gives out stickers for good children!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Finlay and I dropped him off at school - he was very disappointed that he didnt get to go on the bus, and even more disappointed when I picked him up too.
To celebrate his first day of school he got to chose his favourite meal for dinner, we ate pancakes.
I have heard other people talk about how emotional it was seeing their child off to school for the first time. I think that because he has been in daycare since he was 5 months, there is less emotion about leaving him with someone, or him going off alone. The only think that has really struck me is how quickly this has come around.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
We dont still have the label from the tree - so are thinking that maybe the fruit is not edible - but we will probably try it anyway.
When we planted this it was less than 4 feet tall - the fence behind is about 5 feet high which gives some scale.
Friday, August 25, 2006
The boys ordered some costume accessories from a catalog (after about 3 months deliberation). The stuff arrived on Tuesday. Adam, of course is a Knight.
Finlay, equally naturally, is a pirate. Personally, I think he gives Johnny Depp a run for his ducats.
On Wednesday we had a tea party. A&F had been asking about drinking tea - so we decided to have a special party with cakes from Icing on the Cake.
On Thursday we went to Bonfante Gardens. Adam took this picture of Finlay and I on the Ferris Wheel (!!!).
They also had fun in the waterfalls. Adam went around three times and got soaked, but since it was sunny we all dried out quickly.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
The wool is Elann Sock-it-to-me in Crayola colour. I used a generic plain sock scaled down. They fit him perfectly and he is (somewhat mystifyingly) really pleased.
The only problem with the socks is that Finlay has made an immediate request for some and is demanding them at once! He keeps asking me a) why Im not knitting, and b) are they finished yet. Watch this space...
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Beaches - here is Finlay on Sugar Pine point state beach on the west side of the lake close to where we stayed. Despite wearing the life jacket he refused to go in our tiny boat saying that he prefers bigger boats, preferably with a roof (!).
Adam spent hours in our inflatable boat at Sand Harbour State Beach. Sand Harbour is in Nevada on the east side of the lake.
Adam got to go 'proper offroad mountain biking' with Nigel along the Pacific Rim Trail near our cabin. He was thrilled.
We all did several bike rides - here we are on the trail from Tahoe City along the Truckee river to Alpine Meadows. That day we did a 7 mile ride.
It was a lovely trip. We were all sorry to leave - but its also nice to be home again.
There was some knitting but that will have to wait for another post (sorry Duncan, I know how much you wanted to see the knitting content!).
Friday, August 11, 2006
They have had a good summer with lots of fun and plenty of outings and I think they are really going to miss her. I am quite used to being called Meredith now ;-)
In 2 weeks Adam starts school in Kindergarten which hardly seems possible. Finlay also starts at a new pre-school.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Finlay is the equally proud owner of a red razor scooter with 2 wheels - not 3 wheels like babies have - as he pointed out to Esme in the park as she rode her 3-wheeled Barbie scooter.
ps these photos were actually taken on different days - Adam is in exactly the same position 24 hours later!
Saturday, August 05, 2006
At least she will be wearing the right sort of cardigan...although I think the colour might be too lurid even for Nancy - this photo is rather more toned-down than the bubblegum original.
The pattern is of my own devising and I'm pretty pleased with it. Its a top-down raglan and I continued to increase on the neck edge until it was the size I wanted. The cords are i-cord and I did an applied i-cord edging. Its knitted in Tatamy Tweed 100% cotton.
I did get Finlay to try it on for size while I was knitting the cardi but he has flat refused to model the completed garment for a photograph.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
The scarf is intended as a gift for Meredith - since she is not a knitted I hope she does not notice the mistake...I added a row in the center of the scarf which makes each side of the scarf a mirror image. I blocked it into points along each side because I dont have blocking wires. The blocking seems to have disguised the scarf's tendency to 'bend' at the point of the mistake...oops.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
It was 106 degrees all day, every day, cooling to 90 degrees at night. The conference pretty well took up all my time, but I did make some time to enjoy the hotel.
After my final presentation I retired to the pool with a margarita!