It's February and Munch and I are on Mid-Winter Break, or as I grew up calling it, "Ski Week". So she and I grabbed the opportunity to get to one of our "must-visit" destinations: Crown and Crumpet Tea Salon in Ghirardelli Square. Snow White joined us for the day. We saved ourselves a drive by taking the ferry into San Francisco.
It was a tiny ferry- very new (not even 2… Continue
Added by Janice on February 24, 2011 at 12:51pm —
A few days into our visit to Wisconsin, my uncle mentioned that he might like to check out a tractor pull. I jumped at the chance to take Munch- when would we ever do something like THAT again? It was a fairly wet day, so the fields were a giant mud pit. After purchasing some hot dogs and nachos, we were able to find a dry spot in the bleachers under some trees and I could… Continue
Added by Janice on February 22, 2011 at 8:28pm —
AudioDad's sisters are celebrating birthdays this week, so we thought it might be fun to have a family day with them in Napa. We decided to meet up at Oxbow Public Market and I was glad to see how popular it has become. I remember taking Munch there when it first opened and was so concerned that it would quickly close due to lack of foot traffic. My last couple of visits though, Oxbow has been as crowded as the SF Ferry Building Marketplace, and it looks like a sit-down restaurant is now in the… Continue
Added by Janice on February 21, 2011 at 2:46pm —
For Munch, one of the most anticipated things of our farm stay was getting to be with the animals. For weeks leading up to our trip, she would ask whether there would be chickens or pigs or cows and so on. I remember having my own week-long farm stay when I was a fifth grader attending school in San Francisco- some sort of agriculture/outdoor education for city kids. Students were hosted by farming families- I recall ours had vineyards and several pigs. Other students stayed at dairy farms and… Continue
Added by Janice on February 19, 2011 at 5:32pm —
After spending a week exploring northern California, Munch and I were ready for a change of scenery. So we headed to Wisconsin, where my aunt and uncle have an old family farm. We arrived in Green Bay, which has the quietest airport I have ever seen-
A half hour drive takes you further and further into the beautiful countryside and I got my first view of the farm-… Continue
Added by Janice on February 19, 2011 at 4:04pm —
So today, we're doing a little more blog remodeling. I figured it would be fun to have a blog button to share, but I didn't want to fidget too much with creating one from scratch. Thank goodness for all the online button generators! I used Cool Text Graphics Generator
for this one. And there was ready to go code over at A Heart for Home
. It was quick and easy… Continue
Added by Janice on January 16, 2011 at 2:54pm —
My sister gave us a gift certificate to the new Tyler Florence
restaurant in Napa, Rotisserie and Wine
. We got to the Napa Riverfront early enough to walk around.
Munch loves the pathways that go around the park and under the bridge.… Continue
Added by Janice on January 16, 2011 at 12:58pm —
I'm fortunate to live in an area where good food is accessible and appreciated. There's nothing I enjoy more than a great dining experience and it's always been my goal to make sure Munch knows the good from the bad. Continue
Step one was exposing her to a variety of cuisines and flavor profiles. When she was barely a year old, I was delighted to discover Munch's favorite food from my aunt and uncle's house was sinigang- Filipino "sour soup." When I went back to work, I was glad to know Munch…
Added by Janice on January 16, 2011 at 12:55pm —
As crazy as the holidays get, one thing I really enjoy doing over the winter break is collaborating with Munch to make art for the family. This year I was inspired by the "subway art" I've seen in many DIY blogs.
I began with this- one of several paintings Munch did a couple of summers ago when she was just beginning to explore with paint. I never cared for the muddiness that came from the brown and was just waiting to paint over it.… Continue
Added by Janice on January 16, 2011 at 12:52pm —
Last summer we started our "letter of the day" study. It's taken us a while, but we finally got through the remaining letters of the alphabet so that I could assemble the collage pages into a book. Munch has gotten fairly proficient at writing her upper case letters, so I added some practice with lower case letters.
Letter S,s- We used rubber stamps and stapled on straws to decorate the collage page.… Continue
Added by Janice on July 30, 2010 at 8:05pm —
It's been ages since I've visited the Bay Area Discovery Museum
in Fort Baker/Sausalito, at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.
I actually volunteered at the children's museum back in high school. At the time, they were located in a shopping center and maybe took up one or two storefronts. I'd organize crafts in the art room, pick up all… Continue
Added by Janice on July 30, 2010 at 3:18pm —
I love Ubuntu
in downtown Napa. My first visit was with AudioDad in late winter. I had heard so much about Ubuntu's seasonal menu. AudioDad didn't quite know what to expect when I told him it was a vegetarian… Continue
Added by Janice on July 30, 2010 at 2:30pm —
Lately, I've been giving Munch more and more responsibility in the kitchen. She measures out ingredients for me, mixes things up, and (most exciting to her) she's gotten a chance to cut up celery using a "real" knife (one of my paring knives). Munch's cousin recently passed a cookbook
on to her and we finally got around to trying one of the… Continue
Added by Janice on July 10, 2010 at 3:26pm —
Munch has discovered Barbie. I was unaware that she had them at her new daycare (which she started this past fall). So I was surprised when, at Christmas, she told Santa that a Barbie doll was at the top of her wish list. (And, from all accounts-because I wasn't with her- Santa assured her there would be one under the tree on Christmas morning- we won't be visiting THAT mall Santa again!) I loved Barbies when I was a kid- I had a bunch AND a dreamhouse- no Corvette though! But I just felt that… Continue
Added by Janice on February 7, 2010 at 12:16pm —
Munch got a birthday check from her very generous grandparents recently. Rather than just depositing it for her, I wanted her to understand and experience the process of saving it. So off we went to our bank where Munch told the teller that she had a "posit". The teller asked if she'd like to endorse the check, so Munch carefully wrote her name on the back. I decided that she could have $15 dollars of it to go shopping with, so the teller gathered up fifteen dollar bills and counted them out… Continue
Added by Janice on February 7, 2010 at 11:19am —
It's amazing the way the birthday celebrations go on and on. We had already had a family party
for all our January birthday people. Then, Munch got her favorite dinner (mac and cheese) on her birthday along with a cake on her ACTUAL birthday.
And after all that, of course we had the friends… Continue
Added by Janice on February 1, 2010 at 11:22pm —
Happy 4th birthday to my little peanut- I love you Munchkin!
a few days old- she was just swallowed up by those preemie diapers!
on Munch's first birthday
2 years old!… Continue
Added by Janice on January 27, 2010 at 8:21pm —
I've had this recipe tucked away for a while now. I came across it again during my recent reorganization of my recipe notebook
. As good as it sounded when I first clipped it, inspiration took some time to strike again. A couple of weeks ago, I happened to record an interesting-looking 2-hour… Continue
Added by Janice on January 27, 2010 at 12:00am —
A friend from work popped into my classroom the other day bearing a humongous tissue paper pompom. "Could you use this?" she asked. She also had a large garbage bag filled with more where this first pompom came from. My initial thought was no way do I want more STUFF in my classroom, until she suggested that Munch might like them. Well, then there was no hesitation-"I'll take them!"
Up they went in Munch's room in shades of light pink, magenta, and coral. I figured they'd go well with the… Continue
Added by Janice on January 17, 2010 at 8:13pm —
That's Munch standing in front of the California Academy of Sciences
in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park
. Containing the Steinhart Aquarium, the Morrison Planetarium, and the Kimball Natural History Museum, the Academy of Sciences reopened almost a year ago after a… Continue
Added by Janice on January 9, 2010 at 2:00pm —