April 27, 2008

Babies and the beach

If you live in California, there's no doubt that you spent yesterday outside basking in the sun! Marie, Cadence and I took advantage of the hot, sunny weather and headed west to Stinson Beach. I couldn't believe how many people were there, and how hot it was! We met up with some of Marie's friends (I was the only one sans baby) and played in the ocean, drank beers, and soaked up the sun. Yes, I do admit that I may have soaked up too much sun (nothing aloe vera gel can't make better!) Of course I was the resident photographer and was able to capture the many times Cadence ate sand (much to Marie's dismay)

April 23, 2008

Spring Camping

What a weekend we had! For the 2nd annual spring camping trip (this year held at Samuel P. Taylor State Park north of Marin) there were 16 adults, 1 baby girl, and lots of good times. We lucked out and moved to our very own group camping site, where we could be as loud and silly as we wanted to be! Friday night was a Mexican theme - tacos, cervesas, and LOTS of tequila. Saturday we basked in the sun on a random hill, played cards, attempted 2 different crossword puzzles, and hiked (almost to the top) of Mt. Barnabe. The wind was howling the whole weekend, which made it a little difficult to hike (and to keep warm...we spent most of the nights huddled around the fire!) There was only 1 serious raccoon accident (he came in the middle of the night, ate 6 eggs, a loaf of bread, and a whole bag of marshmellows!) Check out the slide show for some great pics!

April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day!

Hope you all do something for the earth today! And check out Google's earth day image - I kinda like it!

April 21, 2008

Why I love cats...


April 17, 2008

What I made...

My first apron - didn't follow any pattern, but did have a little help from an old ARTA apron I found around the house.

April 16, 2008

Hoot hoot! (round 2)

These little guys are on their way to Portland, OR (arriving a little late for Malcolm's birthday, but that's okay!)

update: Malcolm loves his little owls :)

you can see the ones I made Cadence here

April 15, 2008

Hangin' with Cadence

This weekend I had the chance to hang out with Cadence while Marie did some studying. It's great being an "almost auntie"...we took advantage of the beautiful day and went on a walk to downtown Alameda and did a little bit of my favorite activity - shopping! I just have the best memories of being with my favorite aunts and having so much fun with them (probably because they spoiled me!) Anyway she's growing up so fast and her uncle Paul can't wait to come home and watch her grow...

Finger puppets

Go to this website and download your very own Obama, Hillary or McCain finger puppet. I found this link from one of my favorite blogs. They have been a hit at the NWP office!

April 10, 2008

Washington DC trip

I've finally been able to post a few pics from my recent trip to DC. I had a FABULOUS time! The cherry blossoms were out everywhere, and were just a gorgeous addition to the beautiful old buildings. I was there for NWP's Spring Meeting, and it was a great event. Teachers from across the country came to talk with their legislators. It was amazing to hear their stories and to see how excited they were to have told their story to their representatives. Democracy is great!

Anyway, you know that I don't go anywhere without having a great time. I was able to go to many of the museums around town - from the National Portrait Gallery to the Museum of Art, to a few of the Smithsonians and the National Botanical Garden.

Highlights of the trip include:
- Seeing Stephen Colbert's portrait on exhibit (the one above his mantle on the show!)
- An Obata Yosemite exhibit (A Japanese artist that did beautiful watercolors of Yosemite)
- The Budweiser Clydesdale horses on display for the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition
- Going to Anthony Bourdain's restaurant "Les Halles"
- Orchids at the botanical garden
- Having dinner and catching up with a friend from grad school

All in all, it was a great time meeting new teachers, hanging out with cool co-workers, and enjoying the nation's capital. I never realized how cool of a city DC is!

April 8, 2008

Any thoughts....

...on the protests going on around the world against China and their hosting the Olympics?

This is a pic from a protest today in San Francisco. There was a mini-protest in Berkeley last week. I think it's great that people all over the world are protesting this. I mean, really, killing Monks? They are the most peaceful, nonviolent people in the world. It's interesting though, to see how people in other countries protest. In France, this guy full on grabbed the torch out of a runners hand. In SF, protesters took a different approach and hung signs off of the Golden Gate.

I'm back!

Just a short note to tell the blogging world that I'm back in Alameda (well, the NWP Berkeley office) after a WONDERFUL work/vacation trip to DC. Pics and stories will be up soon!

April 1, 2008

DC here I come!

So by this time tomorrow I'll be on a plane to DC! This Thursday and Friday is NWP's Spring Meeting, where teachers from all across the country visit their legislators and senators in the nations capital. I get to go just to experience the whole event and help out in whatever way I can. I have a meeting on Saturday, but other than that, I plan on touring around the city and checking out the cherry blossoms that are in bloom!(This isn't my first trip to DC - I went with my grandparents in 6th grade, but I'm sure I'll be having a different experience now that I'm 27). I'm also meeting up with an old friend from grad school, so that should be fun too. If you'd like a postcard, let me know!