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We’ve resumed our Monday morning playdates.  It’s a great way to start the week and see friends.  An added bonus is that it gives Annika the continuity of seeing “old” friends as she adjusts to a part-time preschool schedule with her “new” friends.

This past week, we were at Casa Young.  Elizabeth suggested some late-morning cookie making for the girls and I’m not sure who was more excited!  I also offered to document the morning’s events knowing full well that Elizabeth takes great joy in giving me a hard time about the zillion images I have of our children that I can’t seem to upload in a timely fashion (I keep telling her that I’m saving the good ones for their high school graduations).  So here I am, within the week! [Elizabeth is a far better and more prolific blogger, and don’t forget, you will likely learn more about Annika’s world there than you will here.]

A batch of dough, a TON of cookie cutters, some brightly colored frosting and a handful of food safety violations later we had happy girls all hopped up on sugar. And, with all the cookie cutters flying, with Annika and Emily earnestly trying to work the dough, I didn’t notice that Elizabeth and thoughtfully punched out the letters to make the girls’ names.   It was perfect.

Think any cookies made it home?  Not a chance.


Must be Summah’ (part 3)

So, it’s a well known fact that weather in Maine can turn on a dime. Moving here, I was told that if I didn’t like the weather, I should just wait 5 minutes. Especially here on the coast. It can be a gorgeous day with a hint, a suggestion of grey…and then suddenly the clouds gather and you realize that your raincoat is conveniently still hanging in the mudroom. Likewise, what appears nasty and foreboding can suddenly break and grant you blue skies and rainbows.

Such was the case last weekend. Mountain Day is an annual event celebrating the awesomeness of our very own Blue Hill Mountain (it’s true classification as a mountain still perplexes me). There’s yoga at the summit, a fun run, plus an assortment of food and entertainment on the meadow. What wasn’t to look forward to on this Sunday in early-August.

Chris had Sealight duties so I planned a late-morning adventure (read: let’s go play and run around on the mountain so that Annika has a giant nap, grant me some time to work). Blue went grey, a light mist began falling, and I still asked Annika if she wanted to go for a walk. The mere suggestion had her out the door. We suited up. It was warm and a rain layer would be needed. By the time we parked, the rain was falling a bit more.

“It’s raining Annika. Do you still want to go for a walk?”
“Yes, Mama.”

Also consider that summer in Maine arrives with an obligation to enjoy every little bit that you can. The season is short and so many things ONLY happen this time of year so one best get crackin’. This also leaves little room for suggesting, “Oh let’s do that next weekend.” Why? Because next weekend will likely present itself with another amazing array of events.

And why not, right?

And then it rained a bit harder.

It’s not long around here that you find yourself in the company and friends. A short walk to the meadow and we were greeted with “AHHHHHHHHNNIKAAAAAAAAAA” by a very wet and very happy Emily. The rest of the Young Posse was there, Elizabeth beaming as usual, the boys cozily tucked inside the stroller bubble and Chris wondering why all us crazy people are Just Standing Around in the Rain Chatting. Sure we ducked under pop-up tents that the food folks had set up…but really. It’s Maine…and it’s raining…and dry clothes are but a few minutes away….whatever. It’s also difficult to explain to an almost 3-year-old the logical benefits of staying dry.

And then it rained a bit harder.

So we decided to go for a walk.

Annika and Emily were terribly impressed with StoryWalk. We were delighted to find one of Annika’s favorite books, Down to the Sea with Mr. McGee as the book we could enjoy on our walk. The Young Posse had the good sense to head home. As for Annika and I, well, we made it to the end of the book and turned ourselves around at the start of the trailhead that takes you up the mountain. If it had been a sunny day, we would’ve had quite a view from even that point.

Hearty girls they are.

While it was great to see friends and pick up some food to enjoy later at home, the rain finally came down hard enough that it pretty much shut down the event. By the time we made it back to the car, we were soaked.

An hour later it was hot and sunny.


In the last two weeks we have enjoyed…

  • A visit with Nana2Too (my nana/Annika’s great-nana)
  • Visiting my mom’s local library.  Annika squealed with delight upon seeing their copy of Jamberry.  It was promptly checked out and has been read about a zillion times.
  • Annika’s lessons in running Bill’s N scale (?) train.  We’ll wait a while until she can run the controls for the helicopter.
  • Meeting Baby Tristan
  • My “grown-up” dinner with Lisa.  Grown-up = no kiddo and the rare opportunity to have a conversation that includes complete sentences!
  • Joining my childhood friend Aimee and her son Josh at their weekly playdate.  Their group met that week at a brand-spanking-new park in San Ramon.  Annika’s eyes almost busted out of her skull when she saw all the equipment she could climb, slide and swing from. 
  • Enjoying Genova Delicatessen not once, but twice…so far.
  • Visiting our friend’s Michael and Amy and their daughter Ava in Petaluma on a gorgeous Saturday morning, complete with bubbles, tea sets, building blocks AND homemade pizza.  I can’t wait to try Michael’s crust recipe!
  • Installing the swing at mom and Bill’s house.  And then indulging Annika in her first-thing-in-the-morning requests for some swinging…still in her pj’s and sometime with her princess shoes on.
  • Enjoying mexican food….
  • Enjoying Sunday Brunch with MariAnn, Ed, Aimee, Ken, Josh, Annika and my mom.  Great food, great company and a wonderfully short (good thing for the kiddos) walk over to Blackhawk Plaza to feed the ducks and the geese. Oh and playing on the climbing structure.
  • Our morning with Trish and Baby Molly.  Our walk to lunch and cupcakes.  Not sure what Annika loved more; the cupcakes or the play area at the cupcake store!  Annika was so enamored with Molly that she shared her beloved Douglas with her new little friend.  Annika also made sure that she had a chance to show us that she could climb into Molly’s crib a few times.
  • Our evening with Bethannee, Ray, Ian and Baby Zoe (two new babies in one day!…Annika was very impressed). Between their climbing structure, swings and trampoline…I think Annika would’ve been happy to stay behind.  I’m not sure how B and Ray would’ve felt though! 🙂
  • Annika’s exploration of the rickshaw at Rickshaw Bagworks.
  • Our afternoon at Yerba Buena Gardens. We had a bit of time to kill before picking Chris up at the airport. Since we were in the SF (and have I mentioned the sunshine?) we made our way to YBG.  Was it the huge expanse of grass? The foot bridge over Harrison, complete with a fire engine sighting?  Two rides on the famous and beautifully restored Playland Carousel? Or the Zeum Playground and the GIANT slide that impressed Annika so?  It’s anyone’s guess…but all I know is that this was the one and only time that Annika wasn’t exactly thrilled at hearing it was time to go to the airport and “pick up daddy”. 
  • Ah, the airport.  Chris’ arrival was met with a “Daddy” squeal that brought tears to our eyes and a maybe a bit of envy to a few solo travelers at baggage claim.
  • Enjoying more mexican food…
  • Our stop at The Crucible;  our visit with my friend Kristy and Chris enjoying running into old friends.
  • A reunion with my college friend Julie, husband Gus and their family in Pacifica. Though 10 years have passed, it’s like we had just seen each other yesterday.  Annika made herself at home at the beach, quickly communing with the sand and water.  Some snacks and clandestine beers later, we made our way back to our friend’s house so that kids could bathe and we would enjoy dinner.  Annika was quite fond of Jack and really enjoyed Simone’s dolls…not to mention the robe she got to borrow after her bath!
  • A quick trip to Telegraph Ave. to sell some cd’s at Amoeba. My how times change.  Not that many years ago we were there, spending hours flipping through music, without a care in the world…and now we are their with our daughter…spending more time in the Children’s section…who even knew that Amoeba had a children’s section!
  • More mexican food. 
  • A visit with Nancy and her girls.  Annika again was enamored with the big girls and their toys. 

One could say that our dance card has been a bit full. It has, and we are doing our best to finish getting over our colds AND make the most of our visit our here in the 415/510/650/925.

Tomorrow is a visit with my dad and a trip to the zoo.  Annika’s never been.  This should be interesting.