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September 9, 2008

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Last weekend my Mom and Bob came to town to see us for a few days. They flew down on Friday morning to start a week or so long adventure. They left our house Monday morning and were heading to Disneyland and possibly Catalina, then to a B&B up the coast, to Bob’s sisters, and then back home again. While they were visiting with us we were treated to some good food, and we also got the opportunity to have them watch Hayden a couple of times so Nickey and I could go out and do a few things.

One of the things we were able to do while they were watching Hayden was to go out for a date night. It didn’t end up how we had planned – dinner at the Stinking Rose (garlic) restaurant – but we still had a great time. The plans were changed because we went out to Irwindale to buy a scooter for Nickey which ended up taking a lot longer than we expected it would. She looks really cute on the scooter. We then had dinner at the Claim Jumper, which we hadn’t been to since probably back when we lived in Seattle. I’ll get my hands on a picture of the scooter and put it up here, hopefully a picture of her riding it to show how good she looks on it.

Hayden successfully completed the first week of first grade without too much of a problem. It’s hard to know for sure how he is going to accept a change in his schedule but he has adapted quite quickly. If I remember correctly, last year it took him a few weeks to get into the swing of things before he got used to the routine. I’ve been walking with Nickey and Hayden to school in the morning to see him off. He’s so cute – he’s so little and he hasn’t grown into his clothes yet which makes him look even littler! Hopefully he’ll be able to stay focused and do well on his schoolwork, I know that was a tough one for me at that age.

I passed my motorcycle class last weekend which means I’ll be getting a certificate in the mail that I can take to the DMV and get my motorcycle endorsement. Whew! I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it since the riding classes were soooo early in the morning, but I was able to get up for them okay and wasn’t even late. I was fortunate that I had been riding my motorcycle before the class so it made the lessons easier than it was for those who hadn’t been riding yet. I’m just glad it’s over with. I’m still nervous to go on the freeway, but at least I now have the option. I really want to take the advanced class but I will have to see when and where it is.

There’s probably more stuff to blog about, but I’m at work so I should probably make it look like I am actually working 🙂

September 3, 2008

Labor Day weekend

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It was a pretty laid back holiday weekend for the most part. We went out to a few places to eat, ran a few errands, and I did half of a small home improvement project. The highlight of the weekend was on Monday when we took a drive out to Ojai, which is about 30 minutes south east of Santa Barbara. It’s a small town that seems to attract a lot of local tourists, and a lot of motorcycles. We saw at least as many motorcycles as cars, maybe even more, and most of them were cruisers. Nickey suggested that we might consider taking a ride there on the Harley when I get my motorcycle certification.

Ojai is a very interesting town. Unfortunately most of the shops were closed due to the holiday, but it seemed to have many unique and eclectic retailers selling clothes, art, furniture, toys, and many other things. My personal favorite was an eco-friendly store that had a lot of great stuff in it, and I had a great conversation with the owner. I’m sure we’ll be at least semi-annual tourists of the town, although I don’t think Hayden will be as excited to return as Nickey and I will be. It’s almost all boring adult stuff there.

Hayden starts school in the morning, first grade to be specific. I think it will be good for him to get back to a regular school schedule, he has turned into quite a home body this summer and hasn’t even wanted to get dressed unless he has to. It’s quite a change from last summer where he’d almost get agitated if we didn’t leave to go somewhere by early afternoon on the weekends. Hopefully he’ll remember most of what he learned in kindergarten, but we’ll find out soon enough. I’m sure we’ll have lots to update in the weeks to come 🙂

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