Friday, October 31, 2014

happy halloween...

i hope it is random.  
ours will be.
we have a crew, day two of three, working in our yard -
mostly to remove the evil-yet-awesomely drought tolerant zoysia grass outside of all the new concrete.  
they will also be hauling off the last of the construction debris.  
i feel a big sigh of relief coming on.

there may also be a bit of pumpkin carving, costume wearing and candy collecting going on.
and i hear a bit of rain is coming our way -
that's a lot of awesomeness for one day.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

with over 600 exhibits, the exploratorium is overwhelming at the least...

we made the most of it,
spending hours and hours going from one thing to the next -
and finally i cried uncle and went to apply our ticket price to an annual membership.
the kids have been begging to return ever since we got home...
and since we are in the bay area so often to visit family (so much family)
we know we use this membership a lot!

and bonus, for those of you who remember going as a kid -
the move to the wharf,
didn't tarnish it one teeny-tiny bit.
if anything, it is cooler.

okay, another trip recap down.
only a couple more to go!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

picture(s) of the day...

keeping busy in the evenings...

so much to do, a bit of progress made.  
this room is the catch all of the house/remodel -
and needs to become the kitchen overflow/laundry room of sorts.  
plus it is the major pass-through to the backyard and next door...even to the garage -
so add mudroom to the list as well.  

and to complicate matters -
the space is very visible from the main part of the house,
so aesthetics are an issue.  
now that the waterfall edge counter is in place,
i am leaning towards staining our rolling cart a dark ebony.  
we'll see.

baby steps.  
(so many dang baby steps)

Friday, October 24, 2014

recapping a long and wonderful day...

the kids and i headed across the golden gate earlier today,
cruising into the obnoxiously touristy town of sausalito.
(we arrived before the tour buses - phew)
we had a breakfast/lunch at the coolest/tiniest/yummiest diner.  
the lighthouse cafe - beat the rush, worth the drive.

with our bellies full and counter intuitively - we headed to the marin headlands for a hike.  
but first we found a beach and played with dead sea creatures and shells.
what is interesting about the headlands 
is that the hills are littered with the detritus of military installments dating back to wwii...
it makes for fun and adventurous diversions throughout the hike.  

we will be heading back soon, so as to finally track down the right trail to the point bonita lighthouse.  
the kids are obsessed with tunnels, 
and they know that trail has a tunnel -
thus our imminent return.  

now we are back and thoroughly ensconced in the condo, with no plans to leave -
mostly because the world series is happening two blocks away and it is crazy out there!

picture of the day...

marin headlands, rocky shores.

because i can...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

homeschooling on the fly...

it is almost impossible to pack up your daily curriculum and take it on the road.
(long distance that is, i have tried)
there is no guarantee that you will get to it and your week can get quickly thrown off.
plus, kids really do enjoy "vacations" from the normal routine.

what i have learned to do over time,
is to pack a goodie bag/basket/crate of new and exciting educational finds.
not only do i dig around at the library before i hit the road,
but i also dig through our home library and see what has been put to the side...
or has been patiently waiting to be played with.  
this trip is mellow and we have a home base that is pretty stable and roomy,
so i packed a soldering/electric kit that the kids have been dying to get their hands on,
a few new history books and games, some flashcards, language cd's and our mission packet.  

so far, we are prepped and ready to solder, read our native american text (loved) 
and will do a follow up art/history mini project on it.
we also hung out and read out loud/worked out some fun math mysteries -
(a total hoot - loved this book and can't wait to do more tomorrow night)
we did our daily handwriting (no matter what),
made animated commercials about health products (don't ask, weird kids)
and now everyone is drawn out, read out and deep asleep.  

we also spent the day exploring the "exploratorium" 
i haven't been there since i was a middle-schooler. 
it has moved locations and is a mile and change from us,
so we headed over there this morning and never looked back.

i love the new wharf location and the building is amazing, the labs inspiring, the variety mind-boggling.  
it became a bit much around lunch time with the forty thousand school groups all in full swing -
so we headed back for lunch and rest,
only to head back a couple of hours later to relish the museum in absolute peace
(there were maybe, MAYBE, 10 other families...perfection)

tomorrow we will probably hit up the mission,
or walk the golden gate bridge and head over the marin headlands,
or even go to the de young and visit the amazing artist in residence...

there are just too many good choices.  
we shall see what tomorrow brings.  
no matter what, a european style alarm bell will be soldered
and a few more math mysteries will be solved.  

we like to stay fluid and easygoing with our schedule,
let the mood of the day strike us.  
though personally, i am hoping it strikes us towards the farmer's market down the way
so i can have another smoked salmon bruschetta for breakfast.  
shivers.  heaven.  simplicity defined.  
(coming to the city reminds me how much i miss good food available in abundance)

alrighty, tell me how you travel and school?
do bring everything?  nothing?  a little bit of random as we do?
lay it on me.
i love homeschooling mamas and papas -
i learn something new everyday from you guys.

go HERE for the math mysteries book
and HERE for an amazing book i discovered at the exploratorium.
you won't be disappointed.