Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dog Fest 2013

Every year McKinley Elementary -- our neighborhood elementary school and one we hope Coco might attend someday - holds its fundraiser in Duboce Park.  The event - Dog Fest - is pure genius:  hold a neighborhood festival for kids and dogs at a dog park in the middle of the Duboce Triangle.  It's packed every year.  There are dozens of booths for dog food - from gourmet to all organic - and booths for doggie accessories and of course doggie adoption booths.  And there are booths for little kid games like the ring toss and others I didn't get close enough to figure out.  There are hot dog booths too, of course.  In the middle of it all is a dog show with dogs in myriad costumes (that goes on and on and on . . . ).

For Coco, however, the piece de resistance (say that with a French accent), was the bouncy house obstacle course.  Coco, we are learning, is quite fearless and quite physical.  She may end up being quite sporty.  She has recently become quite good at climbing.  For example, she now climbs a ladder - rather than taking the stairs - to slide down the big slide at the play ground.  Well, she loved her some Dog Fest bouncy house obstacle course.  She went through half a dozen times and probably would have kept going all day if we hadn't had to stop because we used up all our tickets.

Check out this video.   

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Easter Weekend 2013

We had a really wonderful Easter weekend in the country this year.  Cornelia – at nearly two years old – was old enough to really enjoy the holiday, and we had our friend Josh and his sons Adam and Noah with us for the entire weekend.

Ken and Coco were already in the country when I arrived on Friday night after a week of traveling for work.  I rode up with Josh and the boys.  As I stepped out of the car Coco came dashing across the yard, “Daddy! Daddy” she yelled happily.  Ah, what’s better than that?  But the joy of our reunion was short-lived because from behind me bounding out of the car came Adam and Noah’s golden lab Chewper (a name that’s a combination if his given name Trooper and an unfortunate habit . . . ).  Coco’s shrieked with delight and she was lost to me for the evening.  She followed that dog around for the rest of the night, calling “Chuupa! Chuupa!” again and again, which was quite exhausting for her since the dog was thrilled to be in the country and constantly on the move exploring a world of new and interesting smells.

The boys had a great time as well -- doing what boys do.  On Friday night after dark they were in the backyard with headlamps hunting tree frogs.  Saturday, after a blueberry pancake brunch, they took a trip to the secret pond where Chewper enjoyed swimming after sticks and the boys explored the woods and took to climbing trees.  Two boys, a dog, a muddy pond and the woods?  Does it get any better than that?  In the afternoon we colored our Easter eggs around the dining room table.  (I think it’s been, what, nearly 40 years since I last colored Easter eggs?)  Saturday night was a barbeque at Rielly’s place with the usual Anderson Valley suspects. 

Sunday morning Coco and the boys had their Easter baskets from the Easter Bunny and Coco had another one from Grandma and Grandpa.  Then we went down to Boonville for the Easter egg hunt at the county fairgrounds.  Coco found four eggs.   Then it was back up to the house so the boys go hiking for a bit before everyone headed back to the city.

"Coco do it!" (a regular refrain these days)

Waiting, waiting, waiting . . .

Well, it ain't an Easter Egg.

A rice krispy treat covered in white chocolate.  "Tank yu!" to uncle Mike

Noah, Josh and Adam

Basket No. 1

Consider this basket ransacked.

Coco and the boys