ah the weekend

Happy 3 day weekend! Is this a deserved long weekend or what? Although Aaron had to work all afternoon today, me and the kiddies got to lounge in the front yard, read books, bike ride, did a science experiment for Gunnar’s upcoming project, and just got to hang out. I do believe the perfect Saturday afternoon involves these things, give or take the science experiment. Sawyer and I both finished our books, Boxcar Children No. 1 for Sawyer, What the Dog Saw for me. I have a little more gardening I’d like to do tomorrow, visit a nursery in Culver City, and do some laundry. Monday is going to be spent swimming and barbecuing. Happy Weekending


house project- window boxes

This summer it will be 6 years since we moved back into our home, to a finished, remodeled, beautiful home. It’s hard to think that Sawyer was just one years old when we finished. And that is exactly how long it has taken to complete our window boxes.

Honestly, it was way down on the list of things to finish. First we had to actually furnish the house, which just this year has been completed. We slowly took our time with pieces and made sure we love everything that moved into each room. We have one more bed to complete in the boys room, but other than that, we are happy with everything on the inside. Then the backyard took precedence over those window boxes. I mean that’s where our kids were going to spend their time. And then my work studio took precedence 2 years ago, getting it ready for me to quit the spa and go out on my own. THEN, the garden has taken precedence as well. And planting isn’t necessarily the cheapest thing either. The planters themselves were a pretty penny. I checked online before I went to our local garden store just to make sure I knew what the price should be. Our shelf is deceivingly LARGE, like almost FIVE feet long type of large. I couldn’t put your regular skinny window box there. Instead I chose these beautiful wooden planters that were $74 a piece. The lavender was about $7 each plant, times 8. Plus soil, 3 large bags at $9 a piece. Grand total, you do the math. 🙂

So here we are, End of May 2011 and I am thrilled to say our window boxes have been completed.

Here’s an older photo of the front of our house, with those empty sad shelfs below our living room windows. They are just screaming for happy plants.

Here they are after.

I planted two different types of lavender and hopefully by the end of summer they will be a little more filled in. I know the photo below looks a little off center, but they are not, it’s just I was kind of standing to the side.


Me: Sawyer go clean up your legos off the hallway floor, or I’ll vacuum them up.

Sawyer: Oops, this one broke and I can’t remember how it goes back together.

Greta: I’m REALLY good at Legos, I can help you.

Sawyer: Greta, I’m much better than you at Legos, like a higher level. I’m a master Lego builder.

Greta: Well, I’m a JUNIOR Master lego builder.

Sawyer: You know what. End of conversation.

Greta: Guess what what?


disney part I

Boy did we have fun at Disneyland a week ago. I truly enjoy that place. I don’t mind the lines or the kids or the annoying parents. I love the rides, the treats. All of it. Here’s just a few from our day, more to come. I think from the smiles on their face you can tell how much fun they had.

what i’ve been up to

Wow, I’ve been away from this space for 5 days already, goes fast when you have lots of things going on. Shall I share the good or the mucho crappy? Let’s do a little of both how’s that sound?

Had an amazing weekend with friends, unfortunately, forgot my camera. About 30 minutes into the drive I realized this. So iPhone pics are what I had to rely on. I’ll share those soon. Weather was beautiful. Everything we did was basically on my “perfect vacation” to do list. Sleeping in, lattes, thrift stores, books, poolside lounging, outlet shopping, amazing food, laughter, wonderful vacation companions, I can go on if you’d like.

Fast forward to this week. We have endured an overheated car. Broken tooth. Pinkeye. Upside? I spent the wee hours of this morning documenting a mom and dad’s first moments with their baby. Her first attempt at breastfeeding and the first of many tears shed over a new little person. It was amazing. More to come on that as well. See? Good and really crappy all at the same time.

Here’s hoping that the rest of the week is just normal, I’ll even take out the major highs if the major lows go along with them. Tomorrow I am finishing up the newborn photos at the hospital, yeah, I am making a second trip because I am just not sold on the feet shot I got. The photos are beautiful, just not the one of his little toesies. But hey, you are only a day old one time. Fortunately the hospital isn’t too far. Then there is a performance the boys are in, and I hear Sawyer has quite the little speaking part. Along with an evening meeting about a possible charter middle school that’s forming this year. From what I gather I can start volunteering the year before we apply for Gunnar which will put us at the front of the pack for the lottery. Volunteer at a school my kids don’t even go to? Say what? Yeah, I know. 50 hours for the school year too. I think I’m just going to start bringing a sleeping bag with me to their schools from now on.

happy night all. is it friday yet? 🙂

signing off

Just in case you were under the impression that my life is full of freshly baked bread, kite flying, and fresh fruit picking, you are mistaken. And just to clarify I’ll give you a peak into my day yesterday.

All I had planned for this Wednesday was breakfast with a friend, washing my hair, and volunteering in Gunnar’s class where all I had to do was show up and help the parent doing all the major lesson plans. Breakfast did happen. But along with breakfast came an idiot driving a black Audi who sideswiped my parked car and then took off! My friend had just parked and watched this woman hit my car and then panic and then take off! She called me as I was in the cafe waiting to tell me what had just happened. There was no sense me running out there so we had a lovely breakfast and then I went to survey the damage afterwards.

Just paint and side bumper damage, but still. Who takes off! This lovely chain of events basically took over my whole day. I had to spend the entire afternoon at the police station waiting for them to take a hit and run report just in case I decided to go through my car insurance to fix it. Apparently since it happened in Santa Monica and I live in West LA I had to be there in person for the report.

SO. I didn’t show up for volunteering. I didn’t wash my hair. AND I have a scratched up car. I had worked late Monday and Tuesday evening, so it was Aaron’s turn to work late Wednesday which means I finally turned on the shower at 9:30 last night. Oh, and I washed my hair. I washed it twice. Just because I could.

And there you have the sucky parts as well as the good stuff. Just to make sure you know I’m normal and have normal sucky things happen to me.

However, I will be signing off now until next week. Aaron and I have an adult only weekend planned with another couple. Forecast: 90 degrees. Books: Packed. ID: Packed. Bikini: Packed. See you all next week after we enjoy some “us” time!