Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Party at Farrells

A slideshow for the kids belated birthday at party favorite, Farrells.

And yes, that ice cream concoction is as big as it looks.  They call it the Zoo, as it has every kind of flavor underneath all the whipped cream.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

First day of preschool

One of the girls planned her outfit the night before, so that everything would be "just so".
The other....not so much.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Air Museum Day

We took the kids to the airplane museum today, and they had a blast.

If you click on the link, you can see a slide show, but you have to look for it on the upper left.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Kirkwood Lessons

Trying again, if the link didn't work  This was at Kirkwood a couple of weeks ago.

Girls at Boreal Ridge Yesterday

They are the two little kids on the lower right -- who aren't turning.  I have not been to Boreal in 30+ years and was pleasantly surprised by how easy of a drive it was, and how well laid out everything was.  Afterwards we all came home and sat in the hot tub, while a lasagna bubbled away in the oven. 
It was so warm yesterday that the kids were skiing without their jackets!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Kirkwood sledding

From a trip to Kirkwood last weekend.

Click on this link, to see the slideshow.

I can't get the picture link type to work right now.

They had a great time and are ready for more lessons!

Monday, January 06, 2014

Kirkwood ski lessons

Here's the girls going down the forested paths of Kirkwood, with an excellent South American instructor. The clip is 53 megs (!) so it took a lot of machinations getting it out of one phone, and onto here. 4 or 5 data transfers!

Wealthy Argentineans come up to US ski resorts to work the idyllic life as ski instructors (since its summer time down there) practicing their English, and trying to meet girls. Although I guess they're usually looking for 24 year olds, rather than "almost" 4 year olds.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Faster, Farther, Higher

Here's our report cards from ski school!
Although they took our pictures with someone else's skis (apparently Zoe's)!
They got an A for attitude too.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Reindeer on the Loose

The kids went over to grandpa's to help deck out his tree and run around with silly reindeer horns.

Plus they made ginger bread houses too.  Click on the link to see the rest...

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Tree decorations

The kids also helped decorate the tree, while spilling many cups of warm apple cider.

Click on the above to see more.

A few more pictures

Today was a busy day - we packed up all the fall ornaments and set up the holiday ones, while baking a turkey pot pie and cleaning up the house.  I went for a bike ride along the American River as well.  It was a bit chilly and I should have dressed warmer.

While setting up the tree, we broke a few ornaments, but that's pretty normal each year.

Click on the photo above to see a few more.

Thursday, November 28, 2013


A few pictures from Thanksgiving at our place.  Lots of family and friends over, and great to see everyone.

Click on the above to see a short slideshow.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Diwali Outfits

The kids put on all their bangles and fancy clothes and went to temple with their Nonni....

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Visiting the Pumpkin Patch

The kids had a great day at the pumpkin patch yesterday with their granddad and then came home for some warm stew.  Today they baked biscuits for breakfast, and then we all went to the ski swap, where they got kids ski boots, in the same brand that their mom uses.

Busy weekend, and they're still not feeling 100% -- there was some vomiting this morning -- so we figured out how to use the steam vacuum cleaner too.

Click on the picture for the full slideshow.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mmm snail sauce

Who says kids don't like escargot, at least playing with the shells, covered with parsley & butter!

Sunday, October 06, 2013

The Blessing of the Animals

Today was St. Francis's day, when the traditional blessing of the animals is given.  We corralled all the felines, into three hissing bags, along with the more placid containers of dogs who are no longer with us, and brought them to the church courtyard for prayers.  All of them, the hissing and the calm, were thanked for their love and companionship over the years, and we prayed that we will always keep them in our hearts.

Afterwards was the Airing of Grievances when Ru Ru let us know that she didn't care for the whole adventure, so she peed in the pet carryall in retaliation.  So I had give her a bath when we got home, and she is scheduled to be groomed tomorrow, so she's going to go through all this again tomorrow.

If you click on the picture above, you can see a slideshow.

Sunday, September 08, 2013


After 14 years, the family dachshund passed away last week.  He had been struggling in the last month or so, but he enjoyed life greatly -- sunning himself, getting pet, filching the occasional treat.  The girls really loved seeing him and are saddened, even if they don't understand completely, why they can't see him anymore.  At least everyone got to see him on his last weekend, as somewhat fortuitously the whole family was in town for his last few days.  

The girls ask about him at night, when they recite their prayers, when among the list of petitioners, are all the pets names.  Good pets are companions that live on in our hearts.  Pablo was one of those.