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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

El Capitano

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, you really need to check out the wonderful El Capitano. It’s located just 2 hours north of LA, just outside Santa Barbara. A canyon of small cabins and yurts and tents, all comfortable but with oodles of rustic charm. We bunked down in one of the cabins (our first trip we were playing it somewhat safe) with the two kids. They were beyond excited. Ordering the BBQ kit completed our adventure with delicious burgers and smores.

Great easy getaway - perfect to do with friends and great for kids. Magic.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Happy Days

Yesterday was my birthday. Another year older and really not another year wiser. all I can say is there is one thing I am improving on and that is learning to trust hubby. All day it seemed as though some of my dearest friends were neglecting to comment on my special day. Of course the Facebook entries and congratulations from folks I barely know (thank you David Tweed BF from 20 years ago!) but it pales if those closest to you don’t mention anything.

I shouldn’t have worried. A surprise dinner had been arranged and I was justifiably put in my place. Thank you peeps for attending. It really made my day!

Oh and week two of being home - still pretty mellow. I did have a crise of sorts - am I doing the right thing? Where is my brain going? But it passed. For now, it’s all good.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Week One

Well this was the first week of going solo with the kids. It’s hard to believe but up to this point I had actually spent very little one-one time with them. I was terrified and excited.
Day One saw Lola truly testing my mettle. She tried every which way to figure out which one of Mum’s buttons to push and I fell for every one! Lunch time was the biggest challenge - I tried to make her sit and eat her dinner and NOT take all her clothes off for the eleventh time. It just seemed she was intent on winding me up. The she took a huge dump and everything became a lot calmer. I had totally missed all her signals.
Taking off all her clothes and running around saying “Naked! Naked!” proved to be an enduring theme for the week. She is frequently joined by her brother too and the excitement reaches fever pitch. The first day I fought it, before realizing, that resistance, as they say, is futile. I also realized it is all tied in to her potty training. She has been using the potty all this week and is really getting the hang of it - she knows when she needs to go - but there are a lot of false trips and in the beginning I just didn’t get it was part of the learning process. By the end of the week though we were both doing a lot better in reading each others cues and getting into a rhythm. Change and transitions are always hard, especially for the little ones.
Oliver too found it all a bit jarring at first. The first couple of days there were some tears and tantrums - he was missing Bianca I think and wondering what all this change meant, he was certainly unsettled. But by day three we had our rhythm. I had them both going down for a nap - which Oliver I do think still needs. He could manage without it, but it doesn’t seem to impact his bedtime, so I guess he needs the amount of sleep he’s getting.
So all in all a wonderful first week. A lot more mellow than I could have imagined. I cooked a bunch, trying out new recipes and felt a lot less stressed, but a lot more physically exhausted. I don’t pretend to myself that I’ll keep this going forever, but so far so good. These years are going to go by so quickly I want to make the most of them - and to boot I am truly blessed with some wonderful friends in similar situations that are always just a text of phone call away. Rachel and Cerentha - you guys completely rock.


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Nanny’s Last Day

What a week. We have all been laid up with terrible coughs and fevers. No fun. Add to that it’s been raining like a bastard! Makes me appreciate living on the West Coast and the lovely weather we have most of the time even more.

Today was a sad day as it was our last day with the children’s nanny Bianca. She has been with us since just after Oliver was born and will be sorely missed. Bianca always came to our home with an optimistic energy and enthusiasm, the kids owe much to her as do I. But I feel ready now to take on looking after the kids myself. We’ll see how it goes, I may be tearing my hair out after 6 months but at least I will have tried - wish me luck! I have some very close friends in the same boat so won’t be lacking for support and I’m sure I’ll need it.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lolie’s Party

Despite my refusal to buy in to the madness that is the children’s party scene in LA, I did succumb to a couple of treats. There was hired furniture, balloons en masse and yes, I’ll admit it, puppies. Well at least I didn’t go the bouncy castle, although I will proudly say I am not above it!

Lola had a fun time. There were just the right amount of folks, the cupcakes were a hit, and the puppies, well the puppies. What can I say - I don’t think Oliver will ever recover. The look of bliss on his face was unforgettable. As for Lola, I think she was somewhat overwhelmed by the whole thing - but for days afterwards she will pause , look at me and completely out of the blue affirm “MY party”.

Yes Lola my love, It was your party. You looked wonderful, behaved like a true hostess, before having a meltdown after stubbing your toe right at the end. Sounds like a perfect party to me!
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