Saturday, January 27, 2007

La, la, la...!!! Weekend of delight

Theron spent the weekend with Grandma Mary and Grandpa Richard. It all started Friday evening at Marie Callendar's in Valencia - our meeting point - where Theron ordered a cheeseburger, but more or less had nothing but a strawberry shake for dinner. Then he was off to Bakersfield for a weekend of video games and some Spiderman research with Grandpa.

Saturday Ash and I drove all the way to Torrance to hit the Japanese dollar store and Penzey's Spices. I am embarrassed to say how much we spent at the dollar store, and I almost couldn't even tell you what we bought - lots of spoons, tea, ummm..., crackers, Hello Kitty soda... I don't know. Penzey's is a great place. We've ordered from the catalog so we already love them, but in person you can smell everything and buy small amounts for amazingly reasonable prices.

On the way home I got another Christmas present from Ashley - a Huskavarna Husky Star with one-step button holer. It is sooo beautiful. I get to go to a class week after next to learn how to use it.

It was nice to have some time alone together but we actually spent a lot of it talking about Theron and how much we missed him.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

We had a fun weekend just hanging around Echo Park. We drove around and imagined our dream home, up on a hill with a beautiful view and our own parking - we can fantasize, I guess. We stopped at the dollar store which is fun for everyone. Theron got some great stickers and he made us the picture above. On the back he wrote, "To my parents. Be happy". He actually didn't get in trouble for anything all day Sunday.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

This last week has been pretty good all around, except for colds and sore throats (me and Ashley - Theron just keeps going full speed ahead). After a lot of talk about what to do about Theron's first grade year, since he will be done at his current school after kindergarden, Ashley looked into it and paid a visit to our public school only 4 blocks away. It turns out it is a science and math magnet, though the rest of the school has a very strong arts program. They have an artist in residence program, they work closely with LACMA, they teach performing arts, and the woman in the office told us that orchestra is part of the 1st grade curriculum, as well as computer science. Anyway, it was a good thing we checked when we did because the deadline for the magnet lottery is Friday. If he doesn't get in this time we'll just keep trying, but at least we know he'll be in a good place in the meantime. Theron's teacher says he loves science and she thinks this would be perfect for him. Well, just the other day Theron said to me, "Is it true that fire needs air to burn?" and I said yes, and he said, "So...Batman was right".

Saturday we spent 2 LONG hours at Chuck E Cheese. We hope maybe next time he goes Grandpa Flip can take him. Grandpa Flip? Don't eat the pizza, just play the games. I'll say one thing, that kid can not drive. But who knew that if you drive through someone's garage in Malibu all you have to do is flip off the balcony and you're back on the PCH? He's not a bad shot, though.

Tonight my sweet husband went out with a flashlight to find the cabbage that fell out of my grocery bag and rolled under someone's car. He let himself look like a crazy person on his hands and knees trying to find cabbage in the street.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Off to an okay start in the New Year

While Theron is still found in the time-out chair upon pickup at least one day a week, he is making some improvements. Twice last week he resisted the naughty temptation of his partner in crime and he was praised by the teacher. He feels good and very proud of himself. He said, "Maybe I'm a superhero who keeps learning".

Well, we know where all the people are now - they were all at The Grove, just like us, Saturday. We took Theron to see Charlotte's Web which was good, but too long. Dakota Fanning makes the cutest Fern.

Here's Theron with his new haircut, courtesy of Daddy.

Here's a picture Theron took with his camera, - that he loves so much.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

New Years Traditions

Here's Theron taking a picture of the new year's mochis he made at school. They all got to take turns pounding the dough with what sounds like a large pestle. He got the camera for Christmas and he loves it, it seems he doesn't quite believe it is his.

Since we don't really go out anymore we do have a little tradition of a new year's eve seafood pig-out. Mussels and crab legs and shrimp and champagne. Yummy.
And finally, here's Theron and Sam, taken before Christmas the day Grandma took us to see Santa.

New Year