What does the fox say?

January 5, 2016

This weekend I took Charlotte and her cousin to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum to get out of the house on a cold day. I love this place because it is close to our house, small, perfect for the 3-7 set, and can be a nice quick outing if need be. When going out on kid-centric outings, I always find it easier to manage kids on an outing if you bring a friend or cousin around the same age. They play together and generally have better behavior than on a solo outing or with a baby/toddler in tow.

Charlotte loves being the oldest in any group and she seized the opportunity to “teach” her young protegee a thing or two. As, they were checking out a taxidermy sculpture of a fox, Charlotte told Josie “that’s a coyote.” I gently corrected her and said it was actually a fox, but they were very similar. Charlotte went silent for a minute (a loooong time for Charlotte to be quiet) and then quietly started singing “ding ding ding da ding da ding ding.

I had to turn away and giggle. Ease-dropping on kid conversations is the best.


Halloween Activities in Lamorinda

October 28, 2015

Trying to take photos of toddlers is like herding cats.

Trying to take photos of toddlers is like herding cats.

Thursday, October 29th

  • Halloween Monster Mash – 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Moraga Library. Play games and make gooey slime and other Halloween crafts while you listen to haunting music. The playhouse fort will be transformed into a haunted house – peek in if you dare! Children are encouraged to come in costume. No registration required for this free event. For children ages 3-12.
  • Halloween Parade for Tots – 1 p.m. at the Orinda Community Center Park. Come join the fun in costume and follow Glenda the Good Witch in a stroll around the park and then participate in Halloween themed activities.
  • Friday, October 30th

  • Trick or Treat Street – 4 to 6 p.m. in Downtown Lafayette. A fun, safe Halloween event, where children and their parents are invited to trick-or-treat on Mt. Diablo Boulevard from Oak Hill Road to Dewing Avenue and in La Fiesta Square. All participating businesses will display a “Trick-or-Treat Poster” and balloons. Please come in costume to receive a special treat. Don’t forget to bring a trick-or-treat bag.
  • HALLOWEEN! Saturday, October 31st

  • Trick-or-Treat! – 3 to 5 p.m. at Rheem Valley Shopping Center. Costumed children are invited to trick-or-treat at participating businesses.
  • Barkus Parade – Noon at Orchard Nursery, Lafayette. A parade dedicated to “Man’s Best Friend”. Bring your pooch dressed in a Halloween costume and join the parade.
  • Live Children’s Music and Face Painting – Also at Orchard Nursery, face painting is from noon to 3 p.m. and a sing-a-long with children’s musical duo Sandi and Stevie is from 1 to 3 p.m. Live farm animals are also on display all day.
  • Tuesday, November 3rd

  • Day of the Dead Crafts – 4 to 5 p.m. at the Moraga Library from 4 to 5 p.m. Color a skull on foil or make a skull mask to celebrate (a bit late) el Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead. The craft will have simpler and more complex versions to accommodate all ages of crafters. Free program, no reservations necessary.
  • Wagon Riders

    August 12, 2015

    We loved the walking trail that wrapped around our old neighborhood and used to break out the stroller at least 4 times a week. The new neighborhood is still close enough to walk to our downtown area, but there is a large hill and little bit without sidewalks… and we also have twice as many kids now. Excuses, excuses. We walked to pick up pizza last week and took both kids in the wagon. They thought it was the best ride ever (the bag of Pirate’s Booty I gave them definitely helped). The wagon was so much more exciting than the stroller and they shared and played with each other the entire way. Seeing the blossoming friendship between the sisters is amazing. Garret and I were able to catch up and actually finish our sentences. And even though we weren’t constantly interrupted, we paused every once in awhile to ease-drop on their conversation and smile.

    It was wonderful and Garret didn’t mind pulling that wagon full of kids and dinner with one slightly wonky wheel up the hill to our house at all. Nope, not at all.