Monday, June 28, 2010

The Wheels on the Bike Go Round and Round

On Thursday I bit the bullet. I went and purchased the bike I wanted from a bike shop in downtown Sacramento. After I got over the sticker shock, picking out the bike was pretty fun. I had the twins there to give their input. Tom wanted me to get red, Abby wanted me to get purple. I ended up narrowing down to the choice of green or pink in the style I wanted. I got the pink hawaiian themed beach cruiser with fenders and three speeds. It's a dream to ride!

We had our first family bike ride last night. I had promised when I got my bike we'd all go to the yogurt shop about 1.5 miles up the road. Even though it was 100 degrees out at 7pm we saddled up and took off. Abby was till on training wheels so she was slow. She was so slow I had trouble keeping up with her. I almost fell over riding that slow! Tom on the other hand "zoomed" ahead with Dad.

On the way home I rode with Tom. He asked me if he could "zoom" and I thought for sure I could keep up. There must be something wrong with my pedals though. They don't seem to go as fast as his. It's most likely operator error, as I was huffing and puffing and my thighs were burning so hot I almost thought they would burst into flame. Next time he wants to "zoom" we'll make sure to pack my oxygen.

One of these days when it's not a bazillion degrees outside I'll get a photo of me on my new bike.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Learning to Swim

Tom and Abby took swim lessons in early May. I think it may have paid off. Though I wouldn't sign them up for Olympic training just yet, it's a simple accomplishment that they enjoy getting their faces wet this year. I'm no fortune teller, but I see many summer afternoons spent swimming in this little backyard pool!

In case you're interested in the details, we got the 48"x18' Intex Easy Set Pool. I assumed that was going to mean a 4' deep pool, but in reality, it is only 3' deep. I think because of the outward contour of the pool as it fills, it loses a whole foot in water depth. It suits our little fish just fine though!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Day Before Summer!

Today is Father's Day. As if making breakfast in bed for dad and showering him with gifts wasn't exciting enough, Tom is beaming with excitement for one reason today.

Tomorrow is the first day of SUMMER!

I have no idea why he is so excited about this. I think he thinks all of the sudden mother nature will heat up the temps and he'll be relaxing in the backyard pool for weeks on end. Ok, well, he's probably right, but how that is going to be a change from the last month, I don't know.

So Happy Day Before the First Day of Summer to all you Dad's out there! Enjoy your special day before the special day!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Kindergarten Promotion

In case you missed it, and most of you did, fear not! I have captured the entirety of the Kindergarten promotion celebration on my flip video. Not only that, but I have shared all the short video clips with you below.

My favorite is "Each of us is a Flower, Growing in Life's Garden." However it's a bit hard to understand with all 19 voices singing at the same time. I'll have to capture Tom and Abby singing it at home for me so you can hear the lyrics better.


Water Travels in a Cycle

I Live in California

Slippery Fish

Each of Us is a Flower, Growing in Life's Garden!

The World is a Rainbow

Start Spreading the News, 1st Grade, 1st Grade!

Abby's Diploma

Tom's Diploma

Monday, June 14, 2010

PG Movies and Bad Habits

Tom and Abby have been thrilled this year that we have let them watch some PG movies instead of just G rated cartoons. They started off with the "Superman" series and moved onto the "Ghostbusters" movies.

Yesterday Tom was heard screaming down the hall confidently, "What the hell is going on here? What the HELL?"

Seriously, if you know me and Paul, you KNOW he did not learn that word from us. I'm pretty sure it came from Ghostbusters but when we called Tom into the room to tell him that was a bad word and it wasn't appropriate he wouldn't tell us where he heard it. He was either too afraid to tattle on the kid that told him, or he honestly heard it too many times (too much Ghostbusters?) that he has no idea where he learned it.

I thought it was kinda funny because he was so confident when he said it. He never hears us use foul language at home so he has no idea what is appropriate and what is not. I mean this is the kid that said, "Mom, there's a bad word in this movie." When I asked him what it was, he said, "stupid."

Thursday, June 10, 2010

95 Years From Now


"When I am 100 years old, I think I will look the same. It is just a guess (like an estimation jar.) I will live at home because I want to stay with those guys. I will be married and have only two kids, like Abby. I will have two grandchildren. During the day, I will play football if it is football season. If it is not football season I will just be a dad."


"When I am 100 years old, I will have my same color skin of course, but I will have a purple dress. I will live in San Francisco. Oh yes, I will be married and have two kids and one grandchild. During the day I will go to work. "

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Messy Wednesday

The twins had some fun this morning, leaving me presents all over the house.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Bath Time

Doesn't get much cuter than this.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

The Vreta Twins Have Arrived!

See for yourselves.

Aren't they lovely? They are comfortable too. Come over and enjoy them with us!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

England Till I Die!

On our third sight seeing day in London we did something a little different. We spent most of the day searching for elephants in the great london elephant parade! We only found about 40 of the 255 or so, but it was fun hunting!

We bought a Thames Clipper hop on/off pass to jet up and down the Thames river all day long as well. Traveling by boat was quite nice. A nice change from the tube.

We made our way to Greenwich and slowly but surely climbed the steepest hill in the world to get to the Greenwich Observatory. Seriously, this hill was so steep and with 105 year old lungs I had to stop... a lot. We even took the handicap route, which we hoped would lead us to a lift, but no luck. It was just paved instead of gravel. The funniest part was at the end of the handicap route there is a ridiculous two door gate to zig zag through, which was hard to do for a walker, I can't imagine in a wheelchair, and then it led to stairs. So much for equal access!

On the way back to central London on the Clipper I met a lovely gal that knew the city a bit. I asked her for recommendations on a good Thai place. Siam Central on Charlotte Street was awesome! Dare I say the Pad Kra Pow was better than Thai Basil? It was really really good.

On Thursday before we left the city we had to stop by Abbey Road studios for the big Beatles fan of our party. All the tourists were signing the cement wall with Sharpies that looked as if it had been painted over just about every month with fresh white paint. We didn't take part in the graffiti, but we did of course do the walk across the famous crosswalk outside the Beatles studio. The locals must be so tired of fans walking and taking pictures of one another, holding up traffic. Most didn't seem to mind, as there was no angry honking. We did see a delivery van cheering the tourists on as they walked and snapped photos though. It was great fun.

We made the long 2 hour trek to Grantham on Thursday afternoon. With a bazillion people inside Kings Cross station we were able to meet up with Paul's dad with enough time to catch an earlier than planned train up north. We stayed up late in the pub at Stoke Rochford Hall. Those crazy Brits sure do like to drink! Actually I think they were a bit intrigued by us "exotic" crazy North Americans that traveled 6000 miles for a wedding.

The wedding was Friday and it was an absolutely gorgeous day! I was a bit chilly in my strapless dress, as it was only about 60 degrees, so it's a good thing I had my fancy trench coat. But it was nothing but clear blue skies with the occasional cloud blocking the sun and a slight breeze during the champagne hour. Or should I say two! Like I mentioned before, they sure do like to drink!

Ah, but first the church. So the wedding ceremony was actually in the bride's home, home village of Syston. It's a tiny farm village and the whole village came together to beautify the church. There hadn't been a wedding there for 7 years! It's a tiny church with a parish registry dating back to 1562. There is a small wrought iron gate to the entrance which had peeling paint before the wedding. Some residents of the village came together to re-paint the gate, cut the grass and wash the street signs, all in honor of Sarah's wedding.

As we packed into the tiny church we squished 4 people per pew to watch the ceremony. We were under strict instructions not to photograph during the ceremony. I never heard "Now you may kiss the bride." and I'm not sure if it was because the bride and groom just kissed immediately after they were officially husband and wife or if it's not a British tradition to say so.

We joked that the "Wedding Breakfast" (dinner), was made fresh from lamb at the Stoke Rochford mansion farm as there were plenty of farm animals wandering the grounds. The food was most excellent and ended with a creme brulee dessert.

The night before the wedding we had met the groom and the best man at the Stoke pub for some late night drinks. Somehow the idea came about to put a sweepstake on the best man's speech. For £1 in you could bet how long the speech would take. He promised it to be 8 minutes and it ended up being 20! The highest bid was 24 minutes. The winner was sitting at the bookie's table, which I found highly suspect! Half the money went to charity and the other half went to the winner, which I'm sure ended up at the Stoke bar later that night.

After the cake cutting I kept waiting for the servers to appear with cake plates in the ballroom, but that never happened. About an hour later there was fruit, bread and cheese served, with cake as the dessert in the library. Ah! Cake! Finally! One difference with English weddings is the cake. There were 3 layers. 2 layers of traditional wedding cake, or Christmas cake, aka fruit cake and one sponge cake layer, thank goodness for me. I love me some sponge cake! It was served in teeny tiny pieces you were meant to eat with your hands.

Considering the ceremony started at 2:30PM and the partying continued until 2AM it was quite a day! We had loads of fun and I'm totally glad we got to make the trip! I'll leave you with these few pictures, as I'm sure Paul will upload a ton of them to Flickr soon. hint... hint...

Congratulations to the bride and groom, Mark and Sarah!