linking up my weekly cell phone pics with jeannett again! btw, jeannett just had her 4th baby on wednesday – yay! and he’s a looker, i tell ya!
last friday we met some friends early in the morning and got the first tractor ride at avila valley barn! if you ever take a trip here to the central coast and you have kids, i highly recommend this place! you can get all sorts of fresh produce, there’s a cute gift shop, fresh cooked corn on the cob, a bunch of animals to feed (goats, cows, mini horses, sheep…), an ice cream shop, tractor rides to pick your own produce, and now even pony rides!
we stuck to olallieberry (kinda like blackberries) picking and feeding the animals. and getting a fresh baked loaf of sour dough bread and eating half of it on the way home.
i felt all kinds of fancy on sunday wearing the rhinestone bracelet i wore for my wedding along with some newer freshwater pearls.
gracie is in a summer book club and we finished their first book, anne of green gables. i can’t believe i had never read it before! i totally cried at the end! the kids were not nearly as moved as i was, as you can see in the picture.
helping old friends move to town and showing them just how close the ice cream shop was to their house – fun!
getting ready for our daytime date with our good friends. why is it that wedges make everything fancier?
we went for a private wine tasting and lunch at a winery – it was wonderful! we couldn’t decide if it was the view or the wine, but everything seemed so magical and perfect!
we had freshly baked bread, incredible buttery olive oil, yummy olives…
a great carrot soup and salmon with a salad.
i don’t drink wine but i ended up liking almost everything we sampled – very rare for me! maybe my palette is maturing…?
after a long day in the heat at the winery, we didn’t feel like cooking dinner, so we went for a walk to the creek downtown and had a picnic (on the summer list).
we enjoyed lots of snuggle time with the kiddos and then threw rocks in the creek, learning how to skip them (also on the summer list!).
woke up at almost 9 (!!!) to this little monkey face. i adore his freckles!
some days are long. and sometimes they are long even before lunch time hits. and some days an ice cream is a perfectly reasonable solution to kick the grumps. chocolate malted crunch for the win.
silas and lily, on the other hand, enjoyed the nastiest looking cotton candy dye-filled ice cream.
silas rode home nudie in the car.
we baked our olallieberry pie!
the kids started swim lessons at a friend’s pool. no complaining at all, due to the 92* water temp!
and when long days don’t quit, sometimes its ok to just throw in the towel and admit defeat. after making dinner, sean took over kid duty and let me enjoy dinner and the rest of my evening alone.
and i thoroughly enjoyed my pie!
reality is, i have to work. its really hard to do with it being summer and all, and a summer list that is bigger than my brain thought it would be at the time of making it (hindsight…), but at least when i get to do the creative side of my job its pretty to look at!
flowers from the garden to celebrate baby owen!
i can’t complain too much to spending my afternoons poolside like this!
happy weekend friends!