Yvette has a new name

It’s “Bebe’s mom”. I remember the first time someone called me Leo’s mom. Leo was a couple weeks old and our neighbor Oliver (then 4 or 5ish) said something about Leo’s mom and I realized he was talking about me. Well today we were really lucky because Bebe and Yvette came over. At someone Lucy wanted to talk to Yvette and she leaned over and said “Bebe’s mom …”.

The girls had a grand old time and Leo too. We are excited for our camping trip together next weekend.

Thanks for coming over Bebe!

Now let’s wind back to yesterday. Each kid had some time to show off. It was Leo’s last day of drama camp and he did a show with the other campers where he was a duck. Here he is showing off his plumes.

Lucy also wanted to show off. Look at what she can do!

Fun in the summer

Caleb recently received his diploma in the mail. He is officially done with school.

Caleb is really excited about a mysterious sentence in his diploma which states he is a master of science “with all the rights and privileges thereto pertaining.” We are waiting to see what rights and privileges these are.

It is really cool that Caleb is out of school and even this past year we have spent much more time together on the weekends. And we are having a grand old time. This weekend we have been out on a few adventures. On long drives the kids like to read comic books just like their daddy.

Yesterday we went to pick olallieberries. I bet you never heard of an olallieberry but they are for real – kind of like blackberries only a little worse tasting and with a way cooler name. Check out our score.

Here is the daddy walking around with our berry bucket he claims to be showing off the modeling training he got in his youth.

After we went berry picking we went to butano redwoods park and I got to see my first ever banana slug! I was so excited b/c I have never seen one before. You can tell by the kids hands how big the sucker is.

And if yesterday’s adventures were not enough we headed out to the wilderness again today. This time uncle David came with us. Today we spent the day playing in a creek in Alum Rock park.

We romped around for a couple hours. Leo climbed to dangerous heights.

Lucy caught tadpoles.

Leo got stung by a stinging nettle.

We saw fishies swimming in the still parts of the stream.

We saw water walkers.

We got our shoes wet by mistake.

We found a blue jay feather.

We threw rocks and made big splashes.

We saw a huge red dragon fly.

Then we sat down to rest and a forest ranger came by and told us we were not supposed to be playing by the stream and to get away. We were pretty relieved that we had already had so much fun. He didn’t give us a ticket or anything … but his parting words to Caleb were, “and you are sitting in a poison oak bush.”

We’ve come home and washed up with soap and water but I’ve just read that it takes 8 or more hours for the poison oak rash to show up so now we are just sitting around watching Bambi and hoping the itching wont start!

Leo Creativo

Leo just graduated from Kindergarten. His teacher made up nick names for everyone in the class. Leo’s nick name was creativo. That is because Leo is always making some thing or other. You can refer back to Caleb’s post on his bug parks. It is pretty cool. The thing about Leo is that he hates to do anything he is supposed to do. He can write if he wants to but he can’t stand to do his homework. One cool thing he made recently was a palm tree. It was an old paper towel roll with leaves stuck in it taped to a piece of paper with duct tape and supported by twigs. I love hoayi is what he wrote on it. That is kindergarten for hawaii.

Here is Leo’s post it on our way out of New York.

New York was so fun and I keep meaning to write a post, but in case I don’t do that. Here is the photo album.