One of the authors of a blog I love to read does a Ten on Tuesday post every Tuesday. And she lists 10 things: news to share, a funny story, a link to a cool video/recipe/story, an opinion on something, an idea, thoughts, anything really… I feel like I need to start something like that because sometimes I want to post things, but it’s not really enough for it’s own blog post and sometimes I feel like I have a bunch of unrelated things to say in one post, hence this title and my last post title of randomness. So I need a clever name, any ideas?
Now on to my random ramblings…
As I said in my last post, we had a busy week last week and I fully intended to post all about it last weekend or even last Monday. But somehow it became Thursday and Jacob, Justin and Apollo are snoring away, the dishwasher is running, the house is (mostly) picked up, I finally got my shower in and I am determined to get this done before I go to bed.
Last week we had an action packed week planned. Over the weekend we had a Frisco family fun day playing tourist at the Mission in Oceanside and we met Justin’s parents and grandma in Temecula for Mother’s Day brunch (I have stories to tell and pictures to share about those coming soon). On Monday, Jacob and I met up with our good friends at Torrey Pines State Beach for our weekly beach fix.
On Tuesday we started swimming lessons! Jacob loves water in all forms, the bath, ocean waves, pool, and washing his hands in the sink. We love the beach and the pool and go as often as we can so I really want Jacob to have some good swimming foundation down as early as possible. So now we go to swimming class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So far Jacob loves it!
On the way home from swimming lessons that day I noticed a big plume of black smoke when I got off our exit from the freeway.
I knew right away there was a fire and the area behind our neighborhood is full of canyons and wildlife preserves and lots of vegetation to burn. I was not sure if it was a wildfire or some kind of controlled fire. Just a few minutes after getting home I got a text from Justin checking up on us since he heard about the fire. Once I got Jake down for his nap I turned on the news and sure enough a few miles away a wildfire had started. We were not in any immediate danger, but it was a very unsettling feeling since we have had to evacuate before for the 2007 fires and I knew there was a chance we might need to leave again since the winds were blowing west, towards us. That afternoon we went to the library to meet up with a group of our friends for our weekly storytime gathering and playgroup afterwards.
On Wednesday, my Aunt took her second grade class on a field trip to the Safari Park in Escondido. So Jacob and I joined them. It was one of the hottest days of the week with temperatures reaching 102 degrees plus we had the hot Santa Ana winds blowing. The park was pretty empty and I kind of felt like we had the place to ourselves! Jacob had a great time in the petting zoo with my aunt and uncle.
He was having a great time chasing them all over the place. And it looks like the goat is charging him in this picture, but I assure you it is not.
We stopped for lunch in the shade and then saw the elephants, gorillas, and all kinds of birds before heading home. On the way home I kept seeing more plumes of black smoke and knew something was going on. Several wildfires had broken out all over San Diego.
Again we were not in any immediate danger, but man, it was so scary to see all this on the news. My heart went out to all our firefighters who were working around the clock for several days fighting these fires in the heat and with the winds working against them. They totally kicked ass (excuse my language) and put these fires out over the next several days and saved so many homes and buildings from being destroyed. A few homes/buildings were lost, but for the number and scale of these fires if it was not for our amazing firefighters it could have been a lot worse.
On Thursday, we had swimming lessons again, and it was a huge welcome since it was the hottest day of the week and even a 92 degree pool felt glorious! On Friday we didn’t have any big outing planned, so we went to the playground and spent the afternoon in our pool cooling off. Between the beach and the pool we are pretty much going to be living in our bathing suits this summer and Jacob is already rocking a pretty serious farmers tan!
This week has been a stark contrast as far as the weather goes. We went from 100+ degrees to 66 degrees. It has been pretty chilly getting out of the warm pool after lessons this week! But it feels so good, I really prefer the cool beach weather. On Wednesday we had a playgroup date at the park and tomorrow we are meeting some more friends for a picnic lunch and park date. Oh and one last thing, we turned Jacob’s car seat around so now he is a forward facing big boy now! Technically (according to the American Academy of Pediatrics), we are not supposed to do that until he is 2 years old, but I’m saying mom and dad know best in this scenario. He is a much happier boy now that he can see what is going on while we are driving!
It has been a really fun few weeks (except for the fires), I’ve barely had time to keep up with the laundry and grocery shopping and pretty much collapse every night which is why I haven’t been here. But as I said I was determined tonight and it is now 11:41 pm and I better hit the sack.
I’ll be back with more on our trip to the Mission and Mother’s Day and everything else inbetween, and don’t forget I am taking suggestions on a title for my randomness posts!