Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas

Yea- What He Said:







BuyNothingChristmas.org is a great link to a frugal and meaningful Christmas. Celebrate the REAL reason for the Season-Hope and the birth of a new world in the midst of a dark one, the blessing of family and the spirit of giving our Time, Talent, and Treasure to those who need it most. May we always remember the hope and expectations of the Holy Family as they witness the miracle of Life. Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Jack's Pond-San Marcos, CA

Well, we all have this Thanksgiving week off! It seems we have been so busy lately we haven't had any good family time or day trips together. So after Jonah's nap, we packed some snacks and drove over to Jack's Pond. I've heard about this little park with a trail system through San Marcos, but have never been out there. It is a cute little park! There is a Nature Center/Barn which is open on Saturdays with activities for the kids. There is a trail that takes you to the pond, about a 1/4 mile away. Jonah brought his Indiana Jones hat, Dante his light saber and Captain Rex Blaster (Star Wars is still big in our house!) and we were on an adventure! Here are some pictures:















Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Day in the Park

Jonah and I had a nice morning while Dante was in school. We met Ana, who used to be our nanny, at the park. (Now that both boys are in school, I don't need her anymore. We sure do miss her, though!) I always forget about Libby Lake Park. It's probably one of Oceanside best parks. It has a very large pond in the middle of it with a fountain and lots and lots of ducks. A nice trail skirts its periphery and there are also many benches around the lake for sitting, relaxing, and enjoying the view. I guess I forget to come here because it is in the middle of a not so great neighborhood. Actually, it's a BAD neighborhood. I would never want to be here at night. NEVER. Yet as I looked around, I didn't see any graffiti, trash or any truant kids posturing on the playground. It was quite peaceful. Maybe the neighborhood is turning itself around. They have build a preschool across the street from the park, and the community center around the corner is recently remodelled. It would be great if this little corner of Oceanside starts cleaning up. It would be good for it's residents, it's children, it's schools, and the city in general. Even though times are unstable for all of us, the winds of change are coming. Even to a poor neighborhood in a small suburb in Southern California. I can feel it. And for the first time in a long time, I am hopeful.







Monday, November 17, 2008

Unending Summer

It's the middle of November for Cripes Sake. And it's hot. Africa Hot. Dry, crunchy, gritty hot. The Santa Ana's blow in from the northeast bleaching the already beige landscape. It billows up dust like dancing petticoats as the trees nod their approval. It fills the air with grit and every part of my body that sees the outdoors feels like sandpaper. My eyes are dry and scratchy. My lips feel bruised and chapped. The boy's skin is ashey and Jonah's lips and nose peeling and cracked and red. And we are crabby. Not just us, but everyone. The whold town is in edge. We watch the horizon for the telltale signs of smoke. It's too damn hot! But the wind doesn't care. It continues to howl through the valley, oblivious to the the fire tail it most often leaves behind. Maybe not here, but soon. And near. We will just continue to scan the sky with worried faces, watch for smoke and pray for rain.

We did manage to take a few hours to go to the beach. It just seems wrong though, to really sunbathe in November. We didn't bring the sand toys or an umbrella. We didn't even bring bathing suites. We thought the water would be too cold for swimming. Apparently we were misinformed. It doesn't matter what the calender says, if it FEELS like July, well then-it's a beach day! The sand was dotted with umbrella and blankets as if it were a summer weekend. They boys were quite disgusted with our lack of knowledge. Okay fine. The clothes will dry. Especially in this windy heat.