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Monday, April 26, 2010

Dressing Up

Dear Lola, sure likes to dress up! This week I’m going to do a photo montage of all her recent outfits, because it really is quite impressive.

There was a time I thought I could influence what she wore, and every day would start with a battle - I was just so frustrated that there were so many clothes, not cheap clothes at that, that she just wouldn’t wear!

Now I’ve given up. Every day she gets to pick what she wears, my only input is if I think she’ll be too cold. Fair enough right? She’s in control and I have to say, she does a great job, putting together ensembles that in their rainbow craziness actually kind of work. Even the multiple changes of outfits per day I’ve learned to accept. Deep breath!

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Trip to Maine

In mid-April I took Oliver back to Maine for the first of what I hope will be the start of an annual tradition – a “boys weekend” at the Farm. Sal and Lola stayed back in LA and had a ball of heir own, but this was the first time they “boys” and “girls” had a weekend apart. The good news – much fun was had by all.

While the stated goal of the trip was to renovate one of the outbuildings into a “bunkhouse” for the younger generation to sleep, that project wasn’t meant to be for a variety of reasons. However, as they say, when one door closes another opens. And open it did.

Immediately upon arrival, Oliver wanted to greet the cattle, Snowball and Woodstock. He was much more confident around them than last summer – no fear in sight. 5 times per day we’d wander out to check on the cattle – our version of call to prayer.

We also had some digging to do with the backhoe. Oliver seemed to like the idea of digging a gigantic hole with machinery (like father like son). We also loved jumping DOWN in the hole after removing boulders, soil, etc. It took some coaxing to get him OUT of the holes.

Another favorite from the trip was frequent visits to the tree house build by Grampa. Despite the chilly weather, the tree house was all toasty inside – so much so that the flies started waking up for the Spring. Oliver had great fun seeing so many flies in one place

Ever since Grampa bought the new Deere, Oliver wanted to know all the details. How big is it? What kind of horsepower does it have? All these questions were answered in his first ride. I must say I’m not sure who was more excited – me or Oliver.

And speaking of excited, the highlight of the trip was the baby lambs born at the Douglass’ next door. We were all awaiting the birth sometime during the weekend ….and when it happened Oliver was on the scene. It was very cool to see our son surrounded by so much nature – he was in heaven.

Spending time at the Farm is always comforting. And what could be more comforting than the smell of brownies coming out of the oven while you’re out and about using a power drill? Until you have witness this powerful cocktail…..don’t even try to answer this question!

While the trip to Maine was only 4 days, it was fun and memorable to be there off-season. As August approaches, the Farm seems that much closer. And thanks to this trip – my son and I seem that much closer too.

Papa

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