Friday, September 18, 2015

Heirloom Expo

Last week we attended the Heirloom Expo in our county.  This is a rather large event that resembles the county fair, in many ways.  We enjoyed the huge exhibits of heirloom vegetable and fruit varieties, wandering through the animal barns, and browsing the commercial building full of vendors.  

The guys enjoyed a small display of vintage farm equipment.

The animals held our interest for quite a while. 

A. was fascinated with all of them, but the turkey, fully fanned out, was the most interesting, probably bordering on frightening, based on the expression on his face!

I didn't take many pictures in the barns, but we had fun watching the antics of some of the animals, and making note of some breeds of pigs and sheep, hopefully for our future family farming interests.

It was a very hot day, above 100 degrees, so we drank lots of water and sought shade whenever possible!

The food was rather unlike a typical county fair!  The kiosks had things available like organic sourdough pizza (our lunch pick), kombucha and other fermented and live-culture drinks, local fresh bread, specialty ice creams, and more.  No cotton candy or corn dogs in sight!

The hall that normally turns into a whole little world of flowers during the fair was completely full of varieties of veggies!  The centerpiece was a massive pyramid of winter squash.

The painted backdrop, left from the summer fair, was a beautiful and fitting pastural scene.

Striped figs!  We've been enjoying eating and learning about figs this season so it was especially fun to see all the varieties on display.

Look at all the colors of farm-fresh produce!

No pictures from the vendor hall, but it was full of many interesting and unusual items available for demo and sale.  Rainwater catchment systems, composting and vermiculture, fermentation supplies, seeds and gardening items, and fresh veggies and artisan vinegars, "up-cycled" clothing, and how-to books, just to name a few.

We wore this little guy out completely!

The people attending this event were incredibly diverse.  Definitely some of the young homestead, DIY type, some leftover hippies into the environmentally conscious lifestyle all along, some middle-age and older folks that looked like upperclass social liberals, some families of various ages, just out for a family-friendly activities, some 4Hers, some rancher type.

Clean-cut western shirt cowboys and dreadlocks and earthy hippies styles looked equally at-home at this expo!

This event was lots more fun and educational than I had anticipated.  We'd definitely go again!  

Sunday, September 13, 2015


A recent family camping trip to Casini Ranch.

Playing in the dirt, every day.  He was happy! 

This one spent the whole camping trip in the stroller, in someone's arms, in the "pen", or zipped into the tent.  That was probably the hardest part, but this momma isn't ready to put crawling babies in the dirt...  I'm sure that will be easier when he's walking!

A little reading with Daddy.

Playing with Aunt Naomi.

Enjoying coffee and pastries while on a little bike ride to the town of Duncans Mills.

With Lucas.

Cousins ready for a ride!

A. enjoyed playing with one of his cousins' little glide bike.

Uncle Jordan and cousins, back from a ride with the cargo bike.

Naomi with her cruiser.


"At least we're in it together!"

Eating snack.

Tasty thumb!

Grandma & Grandpa, holding babies while everyone else was trying to get a few things done around the campsite.

Friday, September 11, 2015

We're Still Here!

It's been 6 1/2  Grandpa, have you given up on this blog?

Rather than playing "catch-up" I'm just going to give you some of what we've been up to lately.

Bandage prominently displayed after pulling a lamp over on to himself!
This little guy is 10 months old now, and crawling all over the place and standing at the furniture.  I feel like I live in the middle of a zoo sometimes.  These boys are noisy and wild already!

Out for one of our frequent evening walks.  New construction is happening near our house, and we often walk through after-hours and see the progress.

Standing so proudly!

This has been our latest family recreation.  We purchased a cargo bike in the spring, from Yuba Bikes, and are just starting to really use it, now that the littlest one is old enough to ride in a bike seat.

Three in a row!  The boys love to go out for rides.

"Can you find me, Mommy?"

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Boys' Room

I have finally "finished" the boys' room!  As finished as anything can be in a home, since decorating and organizing are rather organic as a family grows and changes.

I have tried to incorporate things that are useful and/or have some kind of significance.  One quilt my grandmother made for my mother, before she was born, the other quilt I made for my hope chest.  The pendant flags are left from A.'s first birthday.

The pictures are of the boys as newborn babies, plus a large framed vintage print of a little boy with an airplane (since Daddy flies!) and a "paper tole" girl praying, that my parents made and hung on my nursery wall as a child.

The bed is a reading corner right now and the mat on the floor is a fun play spot.  The curtain is a blackout shade that is supposed to help A. sleep late.  I don't think it's working as well as we hoped!  All the furniture was given to us from family.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Our Week

Wow, I didn't realize that it's been two months since I last posted!  Here's a quick set of photos, illustrating our last week:

A favorite activity these days!  A new shopping center is going in near our house and we frequently walk over to watch the tractors and heavy equipment work.

Haircut time.  "Screen time" is a treat so I put tractor videos on--worked great!

Glued to the screen!

Little brother playing with bugs. :-)

My boys!

This hat was Crandon's when he was a little guy.


This picture is from a few weeks ago.  Giggles as Daddy ruffles up the hair.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Little Brother

2 1/2 weeks old.
Early smiles, about three weeks old.
3 1/2 weeks.

First real bath.