So I wrote this blog about 4 weeks ago when we actually just got back from Chicago (I have been crazy since) so I’m posting just a little late!

We just got back from Chicago- visiting the family and my cousins wedding.  Oh, how I love weddings!  It always brings me back to our wedding and the feelings I had that day and how much fun we had.  It’s so beautiful and innocent to see two people standing before their friends and family vowing their love for each other and their commitment to each other.  And seeing that sparkle in their eyes – the sparkle of what’s to come, the unknown of what awaits them, the excitement of the future. 

Ryder was the ring bearer in the wedding- it was so fun to see him all dressed up like a little man. 

We also got to see two brand new babies, one was 4 weeks old and the other was 5 days old.  Those sweet little sounds that newborns make and their facial expressions – oh, I could have more babies for sure!  Doug’s statement was, if we had more money and lived on a farm (meaning more room).  Which, actually, I would be happy living on a farm and having an entourage out in the fields working the land and making CSA boxes!  Oh how romantic!  Of course we would have some chickens, goats, sheep, alpaca and other animals wandering around.  We can dream!

I think there is a difference in men and women – I don’t think we need money or more room in order to have more children.  I always think it will just work out.  For the most part, Men, on the other hand, feel this sense of being the provider and liking everything to be planned.  Now, this is just my theory.  I’m sure since Doug is the one whose job pays the majority of the bills, etc, there is a bit more pressure to feel like “we need more money in order to have more kids”.  Even though I am a Taurus I am a bit in the clouds with some things – I always feel everything will be “sunshiny”  and work itself out.  This is why we are a good team. 

Whatever ends up being, our two beautiful children, or more, we are a happy and healthy family and I couldn’t ask for more.

So, here we are back in Cali and what a great way to welcome us back – a free concert in Golden Gate Park – Power to the Peaceful- put together by Michael Franti (who headlined), this year Ziggy Marley and Warren Haynes also played.  What a lineup!!!!  We entered Speedway Meadows to Warren signing Soul Shine (which I had said to Doug I hope he plays that- love that song).  Michael Franti is so great to see live- what energy!  So it was a great “Welcome Home Calhoun family, welcome home”!

workin with dad

After two days of organizing and building another storage cabinet for the garage we decided we needed a break!  Actually, our son really needed to get out.  He has been so patient during all of this organizing and moving and building.  Those of you who live in Northern California, as we do,  know that houses aren’t very big, they don’t come with basements and if you are one of the lucky few with a garage it’s basically a storage room (nobody parks in their garages).  So anyways, we spend a lot of time moving things and reorganizing to make the space not so cramped. 

muir woodsin the tree

So it was a beautiful day in Northern California on Sunday, after a week of wet weather, so we decided to head to the redwoods.  It’s so beautiful out there, especially after the rain, it’s like everything is taking a big drink.  So we had a wonderful relaxing day with the kids.  Ryder loved all the big trees and really was dissappointed we didn’t see any “animal creatures”  especially an owl.  He really wanted to see an owl.  Saige slept in the moby wrap the entire time.

 Now I’m rejuvinated and ready to tackle the cottage (my sewing space).

sewing table

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul. ”   John Muir