|Point Reyes, North Beach|
|Reading with Grandpa Brian|
|Rainbow across from my parents'|
|Swimming at Connie's|
While we had the minivan, we also went to Fairytale Town. It is such a cute place and Margaret had a blast.
When we were at Point Reyes, Margaret kept asking to pet the cows we saw, so when she got a chance to pet this yearling, she was thrilled! She also spent a good amount of time petting a sheep.
One of the wonderful things about Fairytale Town is that everything is kid-powered. There are no rides, just things for kids to climb on and play on and slide down. To enjoy it, you have to be active. Also, adults aren't allowed in without children, unless they are attending a birthday party and are on the guest list, so you don't just have random people there... it's just for the kids.
|@ de Young Sculpture Garden|
One of the days, Margaret went to the Sacramento Zoo with my dad while my mom and I took Alice and went with one of my mom's friends into San Francisco. There we went to the de Young Museum to see their exhibit "Balenciaga and Spain" and to the Legion of Honor to see "Pulp Fashion". Nothing I say can really do justice to either exhibit. Amazing.
I also really enjoyed seeing some friends and their kids. I just wish I could have spent more time with them, too! Andrea and Jodi, bring the families out here!
We were in CA for 2.5 weeks, which was not enough time with friends and family, but a little too long to be out of our normal routine. Margaret was a little hesitant to return to school, especially since during the summer she has a new teacher in a new room. She got over her tears quickly, though and has been thoroughly enjoying herself.
|Polwarth wool, color Hoarfrost.|
|Jen and Alice|
As I was standing in line waiting to get into the fair to class, I saw Carol Sulcoski of Go Knit in Your Hat and Black Bunny Fibers walking into the building. When I happened to see her after class, I took the opportunity to say hi (even though I felt like an uberdork) and she was so friendly. My darling friend Nan was there, and since I hadn't seen her in far too long, that was wonderful. I also met up with a friend I only knew online, Diane, and had a blast hanging out with her. Diane and I introduced ourselves to Abby Franquemont. Now, I have wanted to take a spinning class with her for quite some time, but with Margaret and then Alice around, I thought it wasn't the best idea. Well, she basically double-dog dared me to take a class with her that weekend, so when I got home, I signed up for her Blended Fibers class that Sunday morning. Boy am I glad I did, I learned so much, including that I needed a new wheel. My Louet S-10 is wonderful, but it is not great for spinning fine yarns.
I will conclude with a few more California pictures. I haven't even hit July, that will be coming soon.
|Blowing bubbles with Grandpa Brian, Grandma Lynn and Alice in the background.|
|At the Tempo Park playground|
|At the "chicken park" in Fair Oaks.|
|Checking out the horses at Orangevale Park|
|First ice cream cone. Strawberry.|
|One of the first few days when it was cold and rainy.|