March 31, 2014

Filoli Gardens, 2014

The gardens are in full bloom at Filoli Estate, a nice mid-day retreat for the family. The only issue with this place is the need to immediately visit a garden center and try to recreate it!

March 29, 2014

Spring Beach Day

We got back to the beach last Sunday afternoon. It's become routine, when weather permits, to head west with a van full of beach gear and a hot thermos of apple cider. It costs barely anything, and everyone comes back sandy and relaxed. 

March 18, 2014

Spring Ski Day

We drove to Auburn for an overnight and dined at our favorite "Bootleggers" restaurant in Old Town, then made our way up to Sugarbowl for a day of spring skiing. I am now officially the slowest one down the mountain. Pretty soon the girls will be both faster and taller than me. 

March 10, 2014

Noelle Turns Nine

Noelle participated in a winter basketball league this year. She is a trooper, handling every ball sport we throw at her with a good attitude. But the day she got knocked around on the court a little more than usual, I finally gave in and drove down to the ballet studio. She had been wanting to take dance for awhile, but finding the right time and place was a challenge. But not anymore. She's found her niche and has been dancing ever since.

Her actual 9th birthday was small but special. We had good family friends over for playtime, made doll crowns, and ate a double-decker home made birthday cake. Noelle you amaze me. Happy Nine Years!

March 3, 2014

School Soccer Team (Asst. Coaching)

I'm inserting this bookmark in the blog to remind myself about assistant coaching with Colette's school soccer team. This photo was taken during practice in the rain. Contributing as a more active participant on the team has been an exceptional experience, helping me learn more about the game (and more about my daughter) at the same time. Win-win!