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[Feb. 10th, 2008|01:25 pm]
Monica
when steve got his truck last year i was a bit put off. i mean...a 4x4 truck? it just didn't seem to fit in w/ our lifestyle. it seemed superfluous and unnecessary. i kinda felt embarrassed. here i am, actively teaching my boys about recycling, reducing, compositing, re-using...and their papa purchased a huge gass guzzler.

but after a year of using his truck almost every weekend going up to the mountains, the snow, the river...and other remote places we wouldn't be able to see w/o a 4x4 truck it's probably the best buy he's ever made. :) sure it still guzzles gas and admittedly isn't as clean for the environment as we'd like, but to be able to enjoy nature at it's finest...teach the boys about the importance of all living things...it kinda evens out any bad implications of a truck like that.

yesterday we left the house at 9:30 and were up at the kings river in the sequoias in 45 minutes. of course it took another 45 minutes of pretty muddy and scary "roads" to get to where we were going, but when we got there it was all worth it. it was beautiful. gorgeous greenery abound, wildlife, streams, amphibians...it was heaven for this little family of ours.


looking for amphibian lifeforms. :)


found a coast range newt. found lots of them in fact. it's always amazing seeing creatures in their own habitat.




steve showing ben how to make a spear.



we went from warm spring conditions to snowy terrain in less than 20 minutes.

we saw black bear tracks!


on the way back down...when you gotta go, you gotta go. :) i adore this photo...my little huck finn writing his name in the snow.


still on the way back down. really...he did that to himself. hahah oooh the irony.




i love that we live so close to all these beautiful places.

On that same line of thought, I highly recommend this book to all parents, aunts, uncles, teachers etc...Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Chidlren from Nature-Deficit Disorder.


the boys started the day with a nice cup of tea and ventured out in the backyard to enjoy the spring-like weather. gathering old planks, old blankets, unused lattices and some of their toys & play tents and making their own "city". complete with petting zoo, conversation area (hahah really...no kidding), ranger exploration, and resting area.



morning tea


building their "city"



awww...they just brought me "smelling containers." they rumaged through the recyling bin and each got a container. ben picked all of my flowers that have bloomed (i had to get over that one) and smashed them up. joaquin took fruit from our trees (oranges, lemons & cumquats) and chopped them up with rocks. they really are amazing little contraptions. they smell wonderful. ben said "mama...whenever you think we stink up the house and make it smell like dirty puppies, you can just open up one of the smelling containers. they're like natural candles!" haha

i've been thrifting as of late. have found some great gems including some games with all the pieces which would have cost me well over $75 new for less than $3.

also completed the boys' dress-up corner in their bedroom. i've been trying to find a better solution than just having all their clothes, hats, belts & capes in a big trunk. that always just ended up being a huge mess digging through trying to find the right spy accessory! steve and i came up with this. it does the job very well.



my sewing machine has been in use almost constantly as well. i'm gearing up for spring with some skirts made from thrifted fabrics as well.

steve's making stew for dinner and i'm about to make some sugar cookies.

what a lovely weekend it's been. too bad steve has to work tomorrow. it's just me and the boys. :)
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[User Picture]From: summercamp
2008-02-11 02:43 am (UTC)
How fun! If I had a 4 WD, well we do, so let me say if I lived where you guys lived, I'd be up in the mountains every weekend too!
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[User Picture]From: nikkis
2008-02-11 11:49 am (UTC)
Man, why can't you post more often??? I adore your entries, esp when you show parts of your house, pictures of you and mention the words "thrifted fabric" and "sewing". Skirt, eh? I wanna seeeee!! :)
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[User Picture]From: violetdaisies
2008-02-12 10:51 pm (UTC)
Awww. Thanks lovely. I feel exactly the same about you. :)

I don't have photos of the skirts (yet), but this is the pattern I've been enjoying.

http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/products/patterns_display.php?id=27

I LOVE the apron skirt over the jeans look. :)

**Me
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[User Picture]From: nikkis
2008-02-13 12:13 am (UTC)
Awww...her stuff is always so lovely, as is her fabric. Can't wait to see :)

xx
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