a really good surprise

I am a difficult person to surprise. It has to do with the control thing and scheduling aspect of my life. But Aaron managed to pull it off despite the obstacles in front of him. Apparently he had been planning a surprise getaway for the two of us for about a month. I was told to pack my overnight bag, and nothing more. I wasn’t even allowed to know which freeway we were getting on until he instructed me which lane to get in. It was wonderful and man did he put a lot of thought into these two days. He had the kids already worked out to stay at my mom’s. He gave me a list of what I needed to pack. He even took charge and packed my book and Holga camera and film. We stopped for lunch in Santa Barbara on the way up and he had the restaurant all picked out. Then we ended up at an amazing inn in Paso Robles. We had never been to this town before so it was great to discover some place new together. They served an amazing breakfast with all local and organic ingredients, even the eggs were from the next door neighbor. The rooms were perfect, and the bedding and textiles blew me away. Everything was by John Robshaw, and Aaron knows he is my all time favorite textile designer. I chose his bedding when we redid Greta’s room. I took very few photos because well, when you are in the moment it kind of ruins it to pull out my big camera and start snapping away. I did take a couple, and some iPhone photos, and I made a very (very) short little video of our adventure with my phone. But we ate like kings(Aaron had dinner reservations here and I highly recommend their grass fed flat iron steak), we slept, we read, we napped, we drank coffee as we walked around town, it was glorious. A very short 30 hours, but just what we needed. He is oh so good to me.

song: White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes

Camping 2011

Over Labor Day we enjoyed our third annual camping trip up to Palomar Mountains in Northern San Diego. It’s just beautiful there and this trip was no exception. We had 25 total, 13 kids and 12 adults, our largest group yet. The kids had a blast. We relaxed, we ate, we cooked, we chopped wood, we played, we hiked, we read. It rained our last night and that was glorious. Sleeping in a tent listening to the rain, pretty hard to beat that. It stopped raining so we could enjoy breakfast and pack up and then as we headed out it started to pour. I couldn’t help but wish we were still at camp and had no choice but to retreat to our tents for naps and reading time. Can’t wait until next time.

One of our favorite things is a little hike/walk to a small watering hole/creek. It’s a shady walk a little over a mile each way, and when you get to the creek the cold water is refreshing. We pack snacks and then eat at the creek before we head back. I love our little camping traditions and I hope the kids look forward to this camping trip each and every year for many years to come. At night we cook smores and the kids sing camp songs. We played with glow sticks and then it’s off to bed. The adults played with a little contraband of their own. But you’ll have to wait for the photos for that. For now enjoy a little video I put together of our weekend to remind us of the good times. Last year’s video you can watch here. I can’t get over how much bigger ours kids are in one year. However I believe all of Greta’s clothes still fit her, so maybe she’s not getting so much bigger.nFor this video, I used a combination of my Zumi and the Super 8 app.

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beach in del mar, california

Jane finally sent me some beach photos from her camera from when we were in Del Mar. They met us for the day and the kids had such a blast. They brought the life saving beach umbrella for poor Aaron, my white husband. And Gunnar boogie boarded for the first time. The beach in Del Mar is awesome because it’s only about 30 yards from the street to the shore. There is no long trek from your car to the water. Jane also brought a kite and the kids absolutely loved it. Perfect kite flying weather.

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babysitting

Remember little Elijah? Well, he’s not so little anymore. We got to babysit him one afternoon. Greta was in her glory, and if it was up to her he would be morbidly obese because she wanted to stick his bottle in his mouth every single second. She loved holding and feeding him. She sang to him. She most definitely would be a good big sister.

This will be my last post for awhile. We are heading here on Saturday, and will be there for a whole week. We are all pretty excited. It will be our last summer getaway before the kids head off to school. I really loved this summer, how instead of heading to Hawaii(although I love it there) we were able to go somewhere closeby every month starting in May when we went to Palm Springs. The kids are all about vacations right now, and of course vacations that involve swimming and beaches, and you can throw in a golf course for Gunnar too. They all understand the concept of hotels and they actually count down the days and nights once we arrive. Usually Sawyer ends up crying on the last night because he knows we’ll be heading home the next day.

So this is our last splurge before one goes off to preschool, one starts Kindergarten, and the other starts SECOND grade! So I hope everyone has a great weekend and a wonderful week next week. I will be bringing my new lens on the trip!!!!!! So, I will hopefully get some dope photos. Did I just write dope? Is that really uncool of me, a 29 year old to use the word dope?

And now, for the little mister.

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