All good things

October 15, 2009
A lot has happened in the recent weeks. Highlights include:

Care Begins With Me was such a success! We had a great turn out at the Sheraton (we're still waiting for the final numbers, but somewhere between 700--800 women) and overall the event went smoothly. Kelly Corrigan was phenomenal; so inspiring, hilarious, and down to earth. I am so glad to have such a huge event under my belt, and it made my night to have Kathy attend. Here are a few pics of the splendor:

With CBWM now behind us, I feel like we're able to get back to more of our normal routine. We took our first trip up to Apple Hill, and for once it wasn't freezing cold or drizzly. We visited old standbys like Grandpa's Cellar (shout out to my first job!), Boa Vista, and few other small ones of which I can't remember the names. We steered clear of High Hill and the other monster farms, but just driving past brought back memories of all five of us kids with our caramel apples, Jenna on the pony rides, my brothers down at the fishing pond, and my dad buying boxes of apple doughnuts, his favorite.  This year we returned with apples, pumpkins, pomegranates, apple turnovers, and an apple pie.

We also took our first roadtrip in ages down to the bay area to visit the Weber Aunts and Uncles for my cousin Jonah's first birthday. It was great! We met at a park in Sunnyvale and celebrated with classic birthday party food and fun.

Our next stop: this weekend to see RJ and Anna! To quote the Hoskings....WE ARE SO STOKED!

A Saturday Morning Adventure

October 3, 2009
I think the last time I slept in passed 7 a.m. was probably back in college, after a particularly grueling final or night of frenzied studying.  Although I keep pretty busy now, I unfortunately rise at around 6:00 a.m. every morning, without alarm and regardless of what tasks the day holds.

This morning was no different. I woke up from a strange dream about how my father-in-law Terry was to be the next Chuck Norris, complete with website and catchphrases. I proceeded to wake Matthew with this revolutionary idea, which he loved. Or not. I couldn't really tell, as Matthew has trained himself to remain in a state of sleep regardless of noise, but respond to any questions asked. (This is due to my crazy-sleep talk that at first was quite startling for he just responds reassuringly in his sleep.)

Anyway, my second thought was that we should go on a morning adventure! For Matthew's German class there is a list of German businesses/bakeries/etc. to visit for extra credit, and we've been meaning to check out Blaettlers German bakery in Auburn. With this suggestion, Matthew was fully awake and jumped out of bed with the excitement that only the promise of extra credit will bring. A few minutes later we were on the road, navigating our way through the back roads of Auburn in search of this now somewhat mythical German bakery.

However as we got closer, I suddenly realized that we had entered the industrial ghetto of rural Auburn. Everywhere were signs for recycling plants,  the city jail, and a variety of Anarchist churches/clubs, and the buildings looked like broken down eastern European orphanages. Just as I was starting to seriously question Matthew's sense of direction ( and what we were really going to have to do for that extra credit) we came upon our destination--nestled quaintly in a warehouse, complete with barred windows and lovely jail house gray exterior.

Still uneasy, we approached the building, and with dismay read the following sign:

Closed?! After everything we went through to find the place?


Matthew wasn't happy.  You do not take away the opportunity for extra credit from this man.

The rest of the adventure was actually quite lovely! We regrouped and found a great little coffee/bagel place next to the courthouse with really good organic coffee and delicious bagel sandwiches. After breakfast we walked around the farmer's market and bought fingerling potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, strawberries, and a white pumpkin! It was such a fun, unexpected adventure and I didn't once feel stressed about work things or pressure about what I had to accomplish for the day. A morning of strolling hand-in-hand with Matthew, good coffee and conversation, the beauty of the farmer's market--this is what a Saturday morning should look like!



Handsome as ever!

October 1, 2009
This is our nephew Landon--I think he has got to be one of the most beautiful babies in the world. We don't get to see him as much as we'd like...but Anna and RJ post lots of pictures and share their adventures on their blog so we're able to get our long distance Landon fix.

Aren't they the cutest little family? :)
We sure do love them.