Tuesday, September 12, 2017

First day of Fall Preschool

The little 2 year old munchkin packed her essentials for her first day of pre-school. Pacifiers are an obvious choice. But a change of shoes for a two hour class? That makes me smile. This girl is always prepared!

How fun to see this new beginning. A season of adventures awaits through that door. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Airplane view of the Eclipse

I recognize that the eclipse is yesterdays news, but viewing the eclipse from a airplane is something most of us didn't experience. So, I'm sharing a video that Alaska Airline posted about what the eclipse looked like from up in the air.

Amazing, huh?
A different perspective changes the entire experience.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

facial expressions of the kidlet

"Why yes, I AM having a lovely time out on the lake," reports the Bambina.

"You now want me to do what? Sigh....."

"Hmm. How do I get out of this one?"

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Camping in the Sierra's?

The kids said they were going "camping" in the Sierra's this holiday weekend.
Here is their campsite in the Sierra mountains. - right near the latke!

Here is their tent site, er, I mean, their camping abode.

This is their "outhouse" and it is right in their abode.

To me, this isn't camping at all. It is GLAMPING!

I'll bet they are also eating pizza and having prime rib, rather than hunting and fishing for their dinner. I bet they didn't even bring a can of spam with them as back up should they not find any food.

Geeze. This is SO much better than camping in my era!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Beginning baby steps of a Musical Family

This cracks me up. The little kiddos are singing and fake-playing their musical instruments with a lot of love and encouragement from Koma and Mommie.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


I recently visited Iceland, and I must say, it was one of those life changing moments. The place is dripping with pure life force energy and it can change a person from the inside out. I've never been in an area that seemed so pure and untainted by human activity. The air is so clean and crisp, the water so pure, and so much of the landscape with very few humans, for miles and miles.

Leaving town to places of wonder, like waterfalls, geysers, lava flows, lakes, rivers, etc

There are LOTS of water falls in Iceland and LOTS of places where the land has split and is open, exposing its secrets for all to see.

Volcanos and earthquakes are part of the landscape, creating a wide variety of diverse terrain.

In fact, you can find traces of the North American tectonic plate splitting from the Eurasian plate scattered through Iceland.

For example, this is where we can view the divorce of the North American and European tectonic plates, creating a nice little crevice where the rocks no longer talk to each other. 

I loved the variety in the landscape, the rocks, geysers, rivers, lakes...

as well as the long, mesmerizing sunsets.

Iceland has become my new favorite land of wonder.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Last week

I love these little summary compilations of the kidlets photos.

Monday, July 17, 2017

While I Blinked, the Kidlets Acquired New Skills

I was gone for just a blink of an eye, and when I came back, the kidlets had CHANGED.
GRQ has taken up photography...

ARQ has acquired that well known hand technique needed to scrub up for surgery....

I am amazed at how much they have changed in just a short time. Remarkable!

Monday, June 12, 2017

tongue twisters

The little grandkid is cracking up when she discovers she and her mom both have tongues that wiggle and misbehave.

There is a beautiful train!

I love how the grandkid delights in the discovery of the world around him - including the sudden awareness of a beautiful train. After all, trains are something he totally relates to.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Like Father Like Son

This is the 'almost' 4 year old grandkid's drawing of a tractor.

Here is his father's drawing of a spaceship when he was 9

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Glam Toes and Fingers

The kiddo's discovered a new way to use hair ties. It really does spiff up an outfit, don't ya think?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Kidlets converse and negotiate for trains and carousels

The eyes lighting up in this conversation, and the greater depth of these two kidlets conversing about carousels and trains, cracks me up.

 I'm kind of in awe of their growth and change in just a short period of time.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park is next to Kings Canyon National Park in California. In fact, they share the same Park entrance, but they are two completely different personalities.

Kings Canyon is more closely related to Yosemite National Park, with its massive rocks, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and canyons. But Sequoia National Park is as if they had different fathers. And probably different mothers. In fact, they are more like neighbors that just moved near each other and share the same driveway.

Sequoia National Park is located about a 4-5 hour drive from San Francisco or about a 4 hour drive from Los Angeles.

These massive sequoia's are HUGE!. They are also VERY OLD -  almost 2000 years old. The two largest trees in the whole world are located in THIS National Park.
General Grant Sequoia National Park
These ancient old massive trees have survived fires, droughts, and probably plagues, but some, including the Centennial tree, didn't survive mankind. He was cut down to be taken for show and tell because people, at that time, wouldn't believe anything they didn't see and wanted proof. So, he gave up the ghost so people could say, "Oh yeah, I now see what you mean - it is a big tree!"
These ancient old sequoia trees are now protected in this National Park, and they are a bunch of beauties.
If you sit with them awhile, you may even hear them whisper and share some of their ancient tales. After all, they are some of the most ancient life forms we have on this planet, and have many, many stories to tell.

Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon National Park is in the Sierra Mountain range in California, about 4-5 hours from San Francisco, and near Fresno, CA.

Kings Canyon is the nearby sister of Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is the one that is well known, beautiful, and popular, while Kings Canyon is the one with more personality. She isn't as flashy, but the variety and depth in her is rather astonishing.

Kings Canyon is located in the Sierra mountains. The high point is 10,051 feet and the low point is 2,260 feet. Needless to say, the drive from the high mountain roads toward the canyon floor in Cedar Grove will have your ears popping with such a dramatic descent.
Overlook towards Kings Canyon
The mountains are so high, they touch the clouds.
The floor of Kings Canyon includes the rugged granite rocks, breathtaking rivers, and pristine areas of nature.
Kings Canyon
The ride towards Kings Canyon is filled with natural wonders - a gazillion flowers in bloom...

many waterfalls...
rushing rivers...
and beautiful Hume lake.
Hume Lake Kings Canyon
Spend some time with Yosemite's sister, Kings Canyon. You will not be disappointed. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Searching for Gravel in the Tulip Garden

The grandkid and I have a game we play; we search for rocks and bring one back so we can chat about it. We then save some, and some we throw away. But wouldn't you know, this little blond munchkin is putting those skills to use at a tulip garden - and completely ignoring the gorgeous blooming flowers. He diligently searches and pockets the gravel.

I guess we need a new game of looking at colors and plants, while we also look for rocks.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The El Camino Real

When you take a road trip in California along Highway 1 or 101, you most likely will see these historic markers identifying this area is part of the historic El Camino Real.

The El Camino Real was one of the first state highways in California. It is a historic 600-mile road connecting the 21 Spanish missions in California between San Diego to Sonoma (just above San Francisco Bay).

In 1892 it was decided to place distinctive bell markers along the route in the form of an 11-foot "Franciscan walking stick with a Mission bell". These were then installed in 1906, but by 1950, only 70 of these markers survived. Then, in 2005 Caltrans developed an El Camino Real restoration program which resulted in the installation of 555 new El Camino Real Bell Marker This is what you can occasionally spot on different roads between Sonoma and San Diego.

BUT, if you really want to enhance the mood while you journey along the El Camino Real, add this music from Amos Lee, called, "El Camino".

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

What I enjoyed about the novel, "All the Bright Places" by Jennifer Niven, was the encouragement to explore and discover your own state and find out how the different places and landmarks in your own neighborhood can be filled with wonder, amazement, and even a place to create fond memories.

This novel takes place in Indiana, so the identified highlights are places like the Purina tower, or the largest ball of paint, or teensy hiccup of a hill that is 1257 feet high. It would be challenging for anyone to try and turn these places into areas of wonder and amazement, but the author was able to do just that. It reminded me of the advice, "bloom where you are planted" or "change your attitude and change your life". This was a story about many things, but what I most enjoyed was how it reminded me to that how we see things is often a choice.

We all probably dream of going on exotic places and having adventures of wonder and amazement. But we can do just that, even in our own backyard. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

10 Incredible Geological Formations

For those who are interested in rocks and travel....

Awe-inspiring landmarks can all be found on earth

Carrizo Plain National Monument - a Special Place

I recently visited Carrizo Plain National Monument in California. I had read an article about how the rainfall had been so much this year, that a person could even see the wild flowers from space!

So, I went to see the flowers.

First of all, the place is a preserve and not that easy to get to. There are some paved as well as dirt roads. If it is dry, it is possible to travel on the bumpy 25 mile dirt road in a Prius, but if it rains, you will definitely need a high clearance vehicle if you are planning to exit from the South. Otherwise, you will just need to enter and exit from the North side, on the paved roads.

Also, if you are prone to react to pollen (aka hayfever), you are going to experience a full blown allergy attack, so bring your tissues and meds. Also, there are no services in the area (no gas stations, no stores), so bring water.

Map of Carrizo Plain National Monument Location in CA
So is it worth visiting?

The experience of being immersed in nature when it is in full bloom, is an ENERGETIC type of wonderland. As you probably know, there are places on the earth that have a concentration of life force energy (or Qi) and at different seasons, you can actually FEEL that force of subtle energy and even use it to have some rather amazing experiences. THIS is one of those places. So coming here when the flowers seem to be shouting "look at us! look at us!" - well, it is letting us know there is plenty of Qi around to experience something rather unique and absolutely amazing.

There are even petroglyphs there, which often are the art work of the ancient ones, sharing a spiritual event that happened to them, long, long ago. In other words, this area is considered sacred. And it is. You can actually FEEL and connect with that type of experience, if you allow yourself that opportunity.

In the springtime, this concentration of life force energy in these plains is so robust, it is as if you can reach out and take some of that life force energy and place in directly in your heart and heal any hurt that may be lodged there.

The Carrizo Plain National Monument is special. It is unique. It really is an energetic wonderland.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Keep Going, OK?

This little clip amazed me. I have never seen such a dedicated little spirit do what was requested and push so hard, and at such a young age!  It makes me think the little kiddo must have been born with this drive and urgency, where she will crawl and push until the job is done.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017