Archive for April, 2011

30 April 2011 A Day Spent Almost Entirely Outdoors

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

29 April 2011 The Royal Wave

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Sam and I watched highlights of the royal wedding this afternoon. She was, to put it mildly, fascinated. Afterward she disappeared upstairs for a while, then emerged dressed in her own regal garb. “Mommy,” she said, “I am a Duchess too.” Then she waved that tightly controlled, fanning wave she saw Kate and William do […]

28 April 2011 Farm Girl

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Last year on April 28 we found three dead sheep on a hike in the Scottish Highlands. Sam remembers the dead sheep. Is this going to be one of those memories she carries from childhood to adulthood? I wonder. This year on April 28 there were no sheep, dead or otherwise. But Sam did draw […]

27 April 2011 Cave Painting

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

26 April 2011 Storm

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

It’s been a long time since we’ve experienced a proper thunderstorm. They just don’t happen in the Bay Area. I think we had thunder once in Brighton last year, but it was short lived. This storm has been raging all evening now. First there was distant thunder. Then wind. Then a LOT of wind. Then […]

25 April 2011 Good Yum Lettuce

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Whether or not gardening works out, Sam just might have a career as a writer of Chinese restaurant menus.

24 April 2011 Hunting for Easter Eggs

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

23 April 2011 Crabtree Falls

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Our first hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains this year was to Crabtree Falls. Turns out these are the longest falls east of the Mississippi. I can believe it after a Very Vertical (1380 foot elevation gain) 1.7 mile hike to the top. “Holy Cow” as Sam would say (and did). Gorgeous views. Muddy rocks. […]

22 April 2011 What I Received in Exchange for French Class this Week

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

It says it’s cracked corn, but it’s not: it’s compost for our garden plot. One of the families who comes to my weekly French class runs a small farm. They offered to barter some of their produce in exchange for French lessons. So last week I got paid in eggs and honey. This week it […]

21 April 2011 The Maltese Falcon!

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

“Miss Wonderly” finally gets to unwrap the elusive black bird… and I go to an adult party for the first time in many years. Of course it was a book group discussion of The Maltese Falcon, but hey… there was wine AND chocolate chevre. Definitely my kind of party.

20 April 2011 Because I Forgot to Take a Picture at the Park Today

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

19 April 2011 Nomad Crafts

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

After reading about early humans and their tools in Early Humans (Dorling Kindersley), Sam wanted to make some weapons. Later, armed with a spear, she hunted all her plushies and roasted them in the middle of the living room.

18 April 2011 Azalea in Bloom

Monday, April 18th, 2011

17 April 2011 Happy Birthday, AC!

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

AC flies his foil kite at Darden Towe Park in Cville.

16 April 2011 Science Museum of Virginia

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

15 April 2011 Doing the Fin

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Sam leads Aunt Skip and her father in the “fin” move from her swim class.

14 April 2011 From London to Lawnmower

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

13 April 2011 At Washington Dulles Airport

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Look who we picked up!

12 April 2011 Sting Ray Level 3

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

My view from the “Observation deck” of Sam’s new swim class at the city pool.

11 April 2011 What Could We Be Baking

Monday, April 11th, 2011

in mid-April, a few days before a certain someone’s birthday?