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The Time I Went to Google's Campus

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I try to not talk much about work on my blog as to keep the public and private worlds separate, however sometimes I just can't resist.  This week I traveled to the Google campus for a day-long meeting.  Over the course of the day we of course got to stuff our faces on all the food, and we were given a short tour of the area.  The day in Mountain View was amazingly warm, and the sun felt good.  There were lots of people out and about biking, eating, meeting and working in a place that almost has elements of being the happiest place on Earth.  One of my favorite features was a search gallery wall that if you typed in a query it would display lots of images inside numerous frames.  I did a search of my name and the gallery popped up dozens of photos of my sweet little boy.


Botanic Gardens Round #2

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The great thing about having access to a membership is you can go when any and all family comes to town to visit.  Jason's grandma has been in town for a few weeks this month, so we met at the gardens at 10AM last Sunday.  Although summer is starting to fade, the heat was already intense, and crowds were large.  I would recommend getting there early on a weekend.

I've seen the glass twice in the day now, and next time I'm hoping Jason and I can squeeze a date night in to see it in the evening hours when the glass is aglow.


Weekend Adventure: Berry Patch Farms

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Another activity checked off the summer bucket list.

On Saturday we were headed up to Brighton to for our annual salsa canning day, and on the way we stopped at Berry Patch Farms to pick strawberries.  I haven't been to a picking farm since I was very young and spent a day with my dad picking a variety of things.  Only strawberries and cucumbers were ready for harvesting.

One of my favorite parts of the adventure was taking the tractor ride out into the field, and of course the green cardboard berry crates we put our berries in.  Little A picked all the berries and happily put them in our buckets.  It was such a beautiful morning, and I can't wait to go back.  For just about $8 we brought home two pints of berries and one cucumber, which I thought was a steal for a nice family outing.  And, the berries were amazing, so sweet, so perfect.




First Day of School 2014-2015

Wednesday, August 20, 2014



Monday, August 18, 2014 was a big day in our house, the little guy started preschool.

Since he was 11 weeks old he has been going to "school," but this is different.  This is put your backpack on, pack your lunch, get on a bus, school.  This is it.  The real thing.

Since he was 15 months old he has been receiving therapy visits from PT, ECSE, OT and speech, but this is different.  This is aging out of services.  This is joining children of all needs together.  This is it.  The real thing.

We had preschool orientation last week where we met the teachers, encouraged him to engage with his classmates and shared nervous smiles with other parents.  My little boy, my itty bitty, was going to be embarking on big, bold, changes.  An exciting, new part of his journey in learning to spread his wings and fly.  

No matter how much information the school social workers shared, or the how much the educators shared, or how much the new therapists shared, nothing prepares you for that morning of drop off. 


We got to the school about 10 mins early and walked to the meeting area.  I reassured him that I had cut up one of his favorite blankies so he had a comfort square in his backpack.  I told him he had his snack packed.  I excitedly reminded him the bus would pick him up after class.


And then, the door to the school opened, and my little guy slipped right in, running with glee to the staff waiting in the hall, giving high fives to the friends he met seconds ago, and never looking back.  I called to him. I waved at him.

And then, I yelled from the door,  "Mommy loves you, have a good day, I'll miss you, have fun, I'll see you tonight, be good, Mommy loves you, Mommy loves you, Mommy loves you."  He danced around the hall ready for the day.

And then, just like that I had a preschooler who it seems was ready to graduate college.

Jason and I walked the lonely walk back to our cars as my big sunglasses covered my teary eyes.  Jason asked if I needed to go home to cut myself a piece of his favorite blankie so I had a comfort square to get me through the day.  I didn't, my blankie for the day was the memory of my brave, sweet boy, bolding facing the newness of preschool.    


I'm so proud, and and I'm right there helping my little guy learn to soar, while he helps me learn to soar too.

Cataract Loop Hike

Sunday, August 17, 2014

While in the mountains on our childless weekend we spent a large majority of our time hiking.  We did the Cataract Loop hike before heading back to Denver and it was just beautiful.  It isn't a difficult hike, but certainly lets you feel like you are away from it all soaking in the beauty of the mountains.  There were wildflowers, waterfalls, and a few wild animals.  I really enjoyed this trail and would recommend it, so glad we had friends who could share this little charmer with us.



For the Birds (in a Good Way)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A few weekends back we had an amazing weekend up in Silverthorne with our dear friends (which I've been slow to post pictures of, but happily reliving those relaxing moments in my mind).  On their patio they have a hummingbird feeder and a bird seed feeder, so the birds just flock to the area.  The hummingbird's little zipping sounds gives it away before you can really even see it, and the little finches are just as sweet.  It was so fun watching them all, there were about a dozen.  One was the aggressive one, one was the cautious one, and each one looked a little different.  I could have watched them a few hours.