Tuesday, September 6, 2011

California Doings

I'm now in CA while the parents are traveling and the two grannies are baby sitting the two children, Lia (10) and Locke (8).  School started today, the day after Labor Day.  We've had a fun-filled several days prior to the start of school.  Grandma Marie and I sat down with the children the first morning for a "board meeting," and the four of us planned fun activities and outings for the days prior to school beginning.

Marie did a paper craft with them, and I had them do some fabric painting with fabric markers on a tote bag and apron for their mother's birthday in October. Locke attended his last soccer day camp, led by a young soccer player just Lia's age!  Lia had a friend over for a sleep-over the first night.   We've gone to the library,the farmers' market, shopping for school clothes,to church,  one movie, out to eat twice, and so we've filled up the days.

Locke at soccer camp with friends--the camp leader is the young man in the middle
Here are a few highlight photos to show our doings:

Dad left Locke responsible for watering the pots front and back

Lia modeling one new school outfit

Locke paper crafting with Grandma Marie

A closer look at the paper craft

Ready to go the the Farmers' market

Choosing flowers at the market

Having fun after church, jumping on the amphitheater seats

painting with fabric markers

Lia decorated an apron

and Locke, a tote bag


  1. I am so impressed that anyone can plan anything so far ahead...and clothes for 2 weeks...Good Heavens! How fine that you and Marie can provide rich times for the children and help their parents in the last days of summer, all the while including the children in the decision making. Special kudos for lasting so long in a game of Monopoly. Can't wait to see if you make that Monopoly quilt. The fabrics are so pretty.

  2. Such great memories you have all been making these past couple of weeks.
    Great photos too!

  3. What can I say, Alice? Your pictures are fabulous. You did so much. You had so much fun. How did you arrange the Farmers' Market flowers? Loved the jumping photos!

  4. Alice, this was an ideal visit - and the pictures show it! ss