We were hanging out inside, when Patch heard his neighborhood friends playing in front of our house. He came racing over with his shoes, desperate for me to put them on as fast as possible, so he didn't miss out on another minute of fantastic playtime. Of course, he was insistent that he wear his converse high tops- not the easiest shoes to get on. As I was struggling to put them on really quickly, he said, in his sweet, excited little voice, "Oh mom, we are really in a panic, aren't we?"
I've been remiss in posting any Halloween shots, mostly because I need to retake some of the boys in their costumes, as the one from the night itself didn't come out very well. We had a great evening, though- dinner with friends and then mad candy acquiring.
Here is Atti, blurry, but aptly capturing the spirit of the evening.
I bought myself some snazzy blue nail polish a while back, and Patch took an interest in it right away. I offered to paint his nails, or he asked me to, I can't really remember at this point. Anyway, he LOVED how it looked, saying, "Oh mom! It's so amazing!! And then after another loving look at his nails (both fingers and toes), he says, "Mom, I really feel like I'm growing up!"
I know things have been very quiet here at the Mosherboys blog. Our camera broke a while ago and I spent a long time in denial about that fact. The camera was relatively new and I felt it broke way too soon. Apparently this is just how it is these days- things are made cheaply and they break very easily, even if they are taken care of. Very frustrating. Especially for those of us with frugal natures, for whom a $200 camera is BIG purchase. Anyway, we are still without a camera. We tried to get our old one fixed, but that is apparently also some kind of racket. So, we are now, begrudgingly, back in the camera market. Any suggestions???
Here are a few cute, but old photos from the beginning of the summer to sustain you until a new camera comes our way.
The boys and I, along with Grannie spent a lovely long summer day at the beach last weekend. It is always so great to be back at the ocean. Even though I haven't lived on the coast in years, having grown up on one, it feels so right to be on the beach, hearing the crash of the waves, smelling the salty air and feeling the warm sand between my toes. And the boys just adore it- being wet, sandy and salty all day feels just right to them too. Hopefully this will be just the first of many beach days we enjoy this summer...especially since we are now a cast free zone!!! We had our last visit with the orthopedic doc a few days ago and they sawed that cast right off Sam's arm and gave him the green light for normal activities. Woo hoo! Let the swimming begin!
Have I mentioned here how much Atti loves to eat? He spends much of his day sitting right here in this chair, happily consuming pretty much anything I present him with. And it seems he spends the rest of the day he walking around asking for food, specifically "Cracks!", his word for crackers, although any snack item will usually do. I hope he always be this agreeable, easy to please, and ready to eat!
Hope you all had a great holiday weekend. Ours was fun and full of music and fireworks, just as it should be!
We started off with the annual Preservation Hall Jazz Band concert at the Mondavi winery. It was a gorgeous day, and the lawn was packed with fellow revelers. Grannie, Grandpa M., and the boys and I got there just as the music was starting. Jeff had staked out a perfect spot for us, where we able to listen to the fabulous music, sip some yummy wine, and watch the boys cavorting around. Once it was dark enough, we enjoyed the firework display, right over the vineyards in front of us. Awesome!! Jeff was busy working for most of the evening, but he did get to watch the fireworks with us.
My, how these boys have all grown since July 4th, 2009!!
At the winery.
We bumped into one of Sam's good friend. Such handsome young men!
Time for the next Yosemite installment. These are from the day we spent in Yosemite Valley, home to Half Dome, El Capitan, and most of the amazing waterfalls the park is so famous for. We started the day with a picnic beside a river. The water was freezing, but the kids managed to get pretty wet anyway (cast and all!).
Atti, getting his toes wet.
Patchie, trying to take it all in.
I want to live here!
This was taken on our hike to bottom of Yosemite Falls, the 5th tallest waterfall in the world. It was a HUGE waterfall, with unbelievable amounts of freezing cold water just pouring down the cliffside. Atti and I have just come across the foot bridge that passes directly in front of the bottom of the falls. It was windy, freezing, loud, and more than a little startling for our youngest camper. He preferred seeing the falls from a distance!
Here is a better shot of the falls, from a warmer, drier distance. These pictures can't really do it all justice. Everything was just too big to truly capture with our little camera. But, you get the idea...
We might not have braved Half Dome on this trip, but we did do a lot of rock climbing.