Saige and her new big girl bike (big 3 year old!)

soccer practice and soccer games – Doug is coaching this year too 🙂

painting the bean bag toss game for the birthday party

Snuck away from the party planning to go to Power to the Peaceful to see our boyfriend Michael Franti 😉  Yes, Saige and I are quite infatuated (as well as Doug and Ryder ).  What’s not to like about the man!  Saige was bummed we were so far back we couldn’t see him – too cute!

Figs are coming in

and so are the tomatoes!  Yippee!  I am thrilled.  Not sure if you remember my previous post about my tomatoes not being so big or great, well we got a nice little heat wave and BAM  they all turned red and were decent sized and I’ve been hauling in 8lb + baskets of tomatoes weekly – I’m loving it!

So with that said I’ve been doing a lot of sauce making and storing.

something else we’ve been making a lot of …. hula hoops – 30 to be exact.  These were the “reward” for solving the mystery at the kids party (Scooby Mystery party).

our big 6 year old (yes that’s right 6!) got his first skateboard for his birthday.  He got to go to the local skateshop and had his board built and got to tour the shop and learned the “skater” hand shake – the red carpet treatment.  He was so stoked!

Shaggy and Daphne before the party.  Mama had a late night – I had some costume adjustments to make.  It was going to be 95+ degrees that day and I had to make a new dress for Saige (or I should say Daphne) one that was sleeveless.  Doug was Fred (unfortunately we did not get a picture of him) and I was Velma (yes, the smart one 😉  ).

picked some berries in the morning for a raspberry/strawberry curd for the filing of the cake.  I tried my hand at a red velvet cake and was thrilled with the outcome. I usually try out new cakes on my friends and they don’t usually turn out good (I am not the best baker) but this one turned out good 🙂

In the haste of frosting the cake (15 minutes) before the party I forgot to cross the “T” in birthday.  And no that isn’t a spelling mistake – it is supposed to say Rappy Rithday (in the words of Scooby).

The hoops were a success and Velma really liked them too 😉  yes that is me under the wig and glasses – it was way too hot to rock the turtleneck!

So after this all this, I woke up and it suddenly was October!  Ugh!

And during this time Ryder started kindergarten, I (and a few others) are trying to get the schools garden built, I started doing a daycare co-op with a friend and her two kids and Saige is back in tap and Ryder is taking hip hop – phew! 

September always seems to sneak up and fly by.  The good thing is the “gang” has their costumes ready for Halloween – no costume sewing for Mama.  Now back to my quilt (and the other 50 projects I have half finished).

I can catch my breath now

What happened to the month of September?  And now October?  The last time I wrote was the beginning of September and we had just gotten back from Tahoe.  Thank goodness we went to Tahoe then, because craziness ensued shortly after.  We had Doug’s parents coming out for 2 weeks, during their visit we were celebrating Saige’s 2nd birthday and Ryder’s 5th birthday and to boot, we decided to gut our 1, I repeat 1 and only bathroom and try to remodel it on our own.  After all of that we then decided to invite 27 kids and their parents over for Ryder’s birthday party!  Phew!  Again, craziness!!!


Doug found 1/2″ – 1″ thick concrete all on the walls and floor under the tile he removed.  Apparently before they made cement board that is what they did!  Poor guy had to chisel all of that out – what a mess!



so we actually do have a working shower, toilet and vanity.  We have plastic sheeting inside the shower, though, we have a little more tile and grouting to do but we are getting there.  Let’s just say this is my last remodel job for a long while!

And now as of today this is where we are…..


Still some things left – but we are at a stand still – Doug just had his gallbladder removed last week – ugh!

The kids birthdays were fun.  I pulled out the decorations a week before Saige’s birthday and kept them up till Ryder’s birthday.  Nothing like celebrating the whole month 🙂  That’s how it should be.  Ryder and I worked on a cake for Saige’s birthday.  I don’t think I will be working with Marzipan in the near future!  A bit more difficult than I had thought.  But the filling, too die for, lemon curd from my Alice Waters cookbook.  So yummy and so easy.  Also great on toast or scones.  In the end it looked cute – definitely homemade.


We got Saige her first dollhouse – so cute


Milo ate a few of the dolls within the first hour ( I guess that’s what happens when you have a lab puppy!).  Went out and got her some new ones and he has only eaten 1 so far.  Maybe he’s over them finally.

I finally made her birthday crown for her to wear year after year and would you believe – I totally forgot about putting it on her!  It wasn’t until we were almost done with the entire day that I realized it – so for posterity I had to get it and put it on her for some pictures – she was pretty much done at this point.


Had to get a shot of her in it 🙂

After Saige’s birthday we tackled the bathroom, everyday…… tiling, grouting, tiling, grouting – I still have grout on me!  The last day of Doug’s parents visit was Ryder’s birthday.  We had a little celebration with Ryder’s favorite meal, veggie tacos and then ice cream cake (he totally wanted it and normally I wouldn’t do that – b/c I love making my own – but I knew I was going to make one for his birthday party, I went the easy way).  It was a perfect evening.


Then we had a bit of a breather and started preparing for his birthday with his friends.  Of course I can’t do anything easy.  We were having a Star Wars themed party – he’s TOTALLY into Star Wars.  So I had an idea for the invites, I wanted to redo the scrolling text in the beginning of star wars but make it appropriate to his birthday.  So I started to google the text.  I wanted to see exactly what it said so I could redo it for us.  Well, luckily someone else thought the same thing and already did  it and I just had to plug in his info.  But then how to print it.  I wanted to print on black paper – of course no one can do it – but I don’t believe them so I continue to search and search.  But after brainstorming with my friend at work we figure out a way to do it and they turned out cute.  Then it was making the death star pinata.  Nope can’t buy one, gotta make my own and then stay up until 11:30 the night before the party adding the detail – yes I’m a bit crazy when it comes to the kids parties.  Anyways, Ryder came up with the ideas for his party, he wanted a death star pinata, bobbing for “death stars”/apples, and pin the light saber on darth.  So I had to get a big image of darth and make a light saber out of cardboard.  It was fab!  That night as he was going to bed he said “Thank you for the best birthday ever!”  That makes the late evenings and all the work – soooooo worth it!




Now that it’s almost November – I’m wondering what happened to October!  Lots of visits to pumpkin patches, scarecrow building at Ryder’s school, plugging away at the bathroom and getting ready for Halloween.  Oh how I love this time of year – I just wish it wasn’t soooo hot out!  I love the cool crisp mornings, though.





This was for the Halloween party at Ryder and Saige (yes she is now going to preschool with Ryder) school.

What have you been doing during this wonderful time of year?  Where is your favorite pumpkin patch?