Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Our favorite bedtime story came to life at the Bay Area Children’s Theater this weekend. We’ve seen other great live performances by the BACT including Fancy Nancy, The Day the Crayons Quit and more. 

The actors, singing and sets are really great and the theater is so small that kids are really engaged. It was a blast!




Next stop, Berkeley for some beer supplies and to enter some of Matt’s beer in a contest. 




Our favorite haircut place closed, so we tried a new place where a bunch of buddies go. Julia almost got a trim, but nah. 


Preschool ice cream social time to catch up with friends. Nothing like ice cream before dinner!



Julia is in love with the ukulele that Brad received from his grandparents. She could take ukulele lessons at school, come to think about it. 

Chris Seidensticker shared some fun photos from the other weekend at Dillon Beach and they’re pretty precious. That’s sea kelp that the kids used to tie up Matt – super strong stuff. 


Beach Weekend with Besties

Originally we planned to camp, but when we realized all the decent camping spots had been booked months in advance, Megan, Chris, Matt and I quickly switched to plan B: renting a house by the beach. 

We could have been in a trailer park – we were all just so happy to be together, laugh, and catch up. 

On our way north to the tiny town of Dillon Beach, of course we stopped to enjoy life along the way. 




I’m sure five days of the year this house has a million dollar view overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The other 360 days are cool and foggy, which is actually pretty nice. 


Chris and I have the same birthday!



We took a detour to Sonoma Train Town on our way home Sunday afternoon. Nicholas was in heaven, of course. 



This is Julia’s fourth and final week of summer camp. Six Hamlin girls plus her buds Guy and Bobby and at a nature camp in the presidio. It might be our dirtiest week yet, we’re washing backpacks, cleaning inside ears and under fingernails nearly every night! I can barely keep things washed and dried in time for the next day. 


Nicholas and I are hanging out this week. I’m dragging him to all my meetings and errands. 

We bought three 50-lb bags of San for $4 each and made Nicholas the happiest little guy in town. 



Dentist appointments before school – check. Both have teeth in excellent shape, phew!

I’m back at the dog park! I’m back at the dog park! I’m back at the dog park!

We’re all measured and scheduled. Now we just need to make a final decision. I’m 99% sure we’ll go with the charcoal stripes because they just look so good going up the steps. Both are 100% wool, super durable and very easy to clean. Either will be great to have, yay. 


Happy Birthday to Me

It was the first of many 39th birthdays. Last night Matt took me out to an amazing spot called The Progress. Just the two of us. 




Holy yum. We finished at 7:45pm, which was waaaaay too early to go home on a night when Gabbi is sitting. The kids would have killed us. 

So, we grocery shopped. For real, this man is my dreamboat because I love grocery shopping without kids. And we needed to shop for this coming weekend’s quick trip to a beach house with the Seidenstickers. Long story but we all meant to camp, but ended up with a VRBO house instead. 

This morning the kids insisted on putting a candle in my yogurt. 

Then we were off to the East Bay to pick up Laiyah and head to Fairyland. The girls are just about to outgrow it, so it was fun to do one more time. 



They thought it was soooooo funny to put me in jail in the Old West Town. Happy birthday to me! πŸ˜‰



We calmed down in the afternoon at the movies. The Secret Life of Pets was just ok, but we liked the popcorn and the sitting down part. 

Tonight we celebrated at home with a simple meal, meaningful gifts, and lots of love. My whole heart was in that dining room, I love Matt and these guys so much. Thank you for a wonderful birthday, everyone. 


It will be fun turning 39 again next year. πŸ˜‰

Family Photo Fun

We had a photographer come to Grammy and Ed’s bday dinner and I’m so glad we did. It was such a happy night.

Here are some of the fun shots!.I’m saving some of our family of four photos for possible holiday cards, whoo hoo. You hear that, sweetie, we don’t need to get dressed up again! If only Simba could have been with us, we’d be 100% set for the holidays.

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Taco Tuesday

It’s what’s for dinner at home tonight. 

We got to have Laiyah over today and will have two more days with her while her mom works this week. I’m happy we are part of her village. 



Nicholas and I got to have some quality time together, so that he wasn’t bothering the girls too much. 


Julia’s staying up late tonight to watch gymnastics and swimming at the Olympics. She had a little extra umph in her swimming lesson today. 

West Point, Lemonade, Wine – it’s what we’re up to

Last week, Matt was at a leadership offsite with his company, which took place at West Point. He was inspired, learned a lot, and enjoyed the atmosphere. 



This weekend there is a huge 3-day concert in Golden Gate Park called Outside Lands. Julia has wanted to do a lemonade stand and so we seized this opportunity. Matt and Julia did all the planning (what would appeal to concert goers? How much should she charge? What ingredients were needed?)


Julia spent $14 on supplies and earned… $126. In Matt’s words,”Julia generated a 750% return (not annualized) in 90 minutes selling hot chocolate, water and lemonade to Outside Lands attendees. Need to figure out how to scale that…. Any ideas?”

Julia felt no need to repeat an hour in the cold summer wind, she said “$126 is enough.”  Love her. She’s putting half of it in a savings account we are about to create for her, some is going to buy a gift for Nicholas, and the rest goes to Toys r Us. 

Tonight we dragged the kids to my friend’s wine release party. This was for Ryan’s 2014’s (we bottled his 2015’s last week). We ran into a few old friends, too. 


We went to a small Italian restaurant for dinner. Rose and fungi pizza = Sunday evening perfection. 

We are enjoying the Olympics, especially women’s gymnastics. 

We’ve had one too many friends slip on our stairs, so we’re looking at some carpet runner options. Decisions, decisions! 



Camp Mommy starts again on Monday. We’re soaking up the last month of summer before Julia starts 1st grade August 31 and Nicholas starts preschool September 7. 

Wine, Camp, and More

Friday morning while the kids were at camp, I helped an old friend bottling his 2015 Pinots and Chardonnay. Ryan Cochrane and I worked together almost 10 years ago, but our friendship has continued. 

You can learn more about Ryan and his award-winning wines here




Ack! The truck is here!


It’s fun getting paid in wine. 

Next, I raced across town to get Nicholas at his last day of preschool camp and we headed across the bridge to Marin for Julia’s camp showcase. She has loved this week at Nature Bridge Coastal Camp. Every day she said, “it was the best day of my life!” I’m noticing a theme. 

Nature Bridge also has a camp in Yosemite, and I can already see her love of this special place developing for years to come.  



We are renovating at our preschool, so I spent most of this week managing our contractor, choosing fixtures (the commercial market for school items is so different and interesting to me), and measuring things. 

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Fingers crossed that I actually know what I’m doingπŸ˜‰. Our goal is to improve the flow and usability of all three classrooms, update some leaky pipes,  increase square footage and add a hand washing station in the outdoor playground. We’re changing a closet into a new bathroom, too. 

Simba is doing really well. We’re almost ready to head to the dog park for more rambunctious running. His leg is a lot stronger, finally!