July 16, 2009: Wyatt has started sleeping with 5 or 6 pillows on his bed. I wonder if he could feel a pea if I put it under his mattress?
July 17, 2009: If I ask him to pose for some silly photos, I can sometimes get nice portraits of Wyatt. And I also get a lot of silly photos.
July 18, 2009: We took a trip to Angel island with our friends from around the corner. Zach and Randolf sailed over on a sailboat, while Beate and I took the kids over on the ferry. Here, the boys look out the ferry window on the way over. We had a nice afternoon, splashing in the water, eating a picnic lunch and enjoying the spectacular views from the island. We definitely want to go back soon to explore more of the island!
July 19, 2009: Zach and I took the boys to Totland and August took his first spin on a ride-on toy.
July 20, 2009: Zach had to drive the good car to a conference down in San Jose every day this week, so we pulled the kids seats out and put them in the hoopty. While Wyatt’s seat was in the living room waiting to be installed, he put it up on the coffee table and played batcopter.
July 21, 2009: I took another round of portraits of Augie, this time with monkeys behind him.
July 22, 2009: I think this is the most boring daily photo I’ve taken yet. Augie had a doctor appointment today and fell asleep in the car on the way home. There wasn’t enough time to go home before Wyatt needed to be picked up from preschool, so I drove through Starbucks, got an iced tea and parked in their parking lot to play games on my iPhone while Augie slept. This bird was perched on the bush right outside my window, so I took a picture.
July 23, 2009: OK, maybe this is the most boring daily photo I’ve taken — waiting in line at the post office. I was mailing 7 books for Paperback Swap.
July 24, 2009: Yesterday, I washed the hoopty for the first time in well over a year. I came out today and found this bird poop covering almost half of the passenger side window. Gross!
July 25, 2009: I’ve started taking one morning per weekend to leave the house to work on a book proposal. I started out at the library, but then I got really hungry, so I moved on to a French restaurant nearby to read my book proposal book (imagine writing the book proposal for a book about writing book proposals) and eat some lunch. I had an omelette and a big mocha and savored being at a restaurant all alone. Ahhhh….
July 26, 2009: After I got home from my writing morning, Wyatt and I broke out a tie-dye kit I’d picked up at the craft store and decorated some t-shirts. We left them over night and then Sunday morning, we did the big reveal. They came out GREAT! I’ve never seen home made tie-dye that looked this good. All those crappy Rit dye shirts I made in high school and college look completely inferior next to these babies. Wyatt is so proud of his shirt and has wanted to wear it every day since we made it.
July 27, 2009: Monday promised to be fairly warm, so the kids and I went on an adventure to find a new cool playground. We ended up driving all the way out to Danville (45 minutes away) to check out the Osage Station playground which I’d read about online. It’s a nice playground over all, but it’s best known for it’s fancy water features. I gathered up suits and towels for the boys along with a picnic lunch, but when we got there, we were disappointed to find that the water was turned off because of the drought. 🙁 The playground was still nice though, with fancy play structures, a sand pit with “buried dinosaur bones and lots and lots of shade.
July 28, 2009: Tuesday I tried the recipe for the one bowl chocolate cupcakes from Martha’s cupcake book. They came out really well — super moist and yummy.
July 29, 2009: After preschool, I was busy with Augie when I noticed Wyatt milling about in the vicinity of the cupcakes out of the corner of my eye. “Wyatt, you’re not sneaking frosting off the cupcakes are you?” I called from the living room. “Noooooo, Mama! I’m just looking at them,” he told me. I thoughtÂ the veracity of his statement was questionable, but I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt. My bad. When I came back into the kitchen, this is what I found.