Beach Day 2017

I am jokingly titling this “Beach Day 2017” like it is the only one because, well, it might be the only one! I don’t know how it happened, but summer has almost completely slipped away.

Luckily, it was a great day.

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Demi is a very tactile babe and spent a bit of time combing her fingers through the sand. I just loved watching her chubby fingers grasp at it.

Cam splashed around and built sandcastles while Demi napped. Then Joe and I played pass the baby while Cam threw the stick for Craig’s girlfriend’s golden lab and Cam and I paddled out. He was such a good boy holding still while I took us around the water. This particular pocket of the bay is usually pretty calm, but next time I’m going to put him in a full life jacket with the understrap so we can do some more exploring.

When we were done, Cam was super sandy, cold and tuckered out. There aren’t many things I like more than a worn out little boy. I get such gratification out of wearing out the unwearable.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… Father’s Day that is

Father’s Day was mostly wonderful. We hung out at the house in the morning enjoying the new hammock chair Cam got for Joe as a Father’s Day gift (isn’t he thoughtful!?).

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Then, we packed up picnic foods and drinks and headed down to Mission Bay to join the Stadlers on their boat. This was such a treat for all of us. The weather was perfect and any day on the Stadler’s boat is a special and memorable day.

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The last time Cam rode on the Stadler’s boat, he fell asleep almost immediately. This time he was obsessed with the cabin and climbing in and out of it while munching on cheese and grapes. I have to say, this kid lives a really tough life.

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Brett’s mom was a SAINT and kept an eye on the kids while the rest of us enjoyed the views.

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Also notable, it was Demi’s first boat ride. I can’t say she loved it. But I can’t say she didn’t like it either. I think she was a little disoriented with all the wind and bobbing around. As always she was a good sport.

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After docking, we took turns paddling around the bay in their kayaks. The fathers and their first-borns…

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Then Shara and I took a jaunt around the bay. Apparently kayaks have cupholders, so I put mine to use.

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After our boating adventures we met Poppy, Inny, Uncoco and Nicole at Modern Times Brewery…

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… this is where things took a turn for the worse. Cam fell asleep in the car and after we woke him up, it was nearly impossible to get him out of his funk. He was an 11 on a 10-point grumpy scale. We pressed on and had a lightning round of BBQ with the folks before heading home and prepping for the work week.

All-in-all, it was a lovely day celebrating fathers.

 

Kid Interviews for Father’s Day 2017

In lieu of a Father’s Day card, I thought it would be neat to interview Cam and Demi and mash it up together into a Father’s Day video. Cam was happy to participate and so was Demi. (Please excuse the apple-eating… I knew Cam would answer more questions if he had a distraction).

Your kids clearly love you very very much! Happy Father’s Day Joe, may it be a styrofoam-smashing good time!

Daddy-O Has a New Mowlawner

I can’t say our backyard is in the greatest shape. We (okay, Joe) dug a trench to get the electrical and whatnot out to the new office (I say “whatnot” because I’m not entirely sure what went in the trench, I just know that it took a lot of sweat and dirt and wires and messiness). Anyway, I think we’re finally at that point we can start patching the yard back together and enjoying it again. So it was the perfect time to upgrade our machinery.

Of course Cam loved opening the box for the new “mowlawner” and putting it together with dad. Then, once they got it assembled they each pushed their mowers around the yard.

Cam rarely mixes up his words, so it was pretty cute to hear him say mowlawner. I just had to ask him again and get it on video.

I’m going to pretend I didn’t freak out about their bare feet and focus on the fact that they handled our unruly yard.

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Mowing. With bare feet. Oy.

Honest Olanoff

Every day Cam says a few things that surprise or impress me because they show his thoughtfulness, his memory, his cleverness, his creativity, his honesty or his humor. Here are today’s highlights.

We’ll start with HONESTY:

Daddy: What did you paint today?
Me: Cam, don’t tell him, it’s a secret.
Cam: We painted you a sign! For your birthday!
Me: SMH

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MEMORY:

While Cam was in the bath, we started talking about all his nicknames. I said I like calling him Cam, CamO, Camden Cruz, CamBone, Bone, Boney, Boney Baloney, Boney Maloney… and then I asked if there were any others he could think of. He said “Olanoff” in a very shy voice, I think because he has never said it before and he wasn’t confident saying it yet. I was so impressed I embarrassed him a little with my squealing and then he said “that’s your name too!”

I love when he demonstrates something we didn’t realize he’d picked up on. I’m proud of him for remembering not only what his last name is, but also that we share a last name.