Last week was Jaley's 11th Birthday. With plenty of rainbows and a bit of magic, we made sure our Jaley-corn, had a special, unicorn birthday. She kicked it off a few days early with a drive-in movie & slumber party with her a few friends. Then, she was off to a week of Camp for her actual birthday. Don't worry the US Postal Service delivered a few surprises right to her cabin. Finally, it was a family fiesta complete with friends (who are as close as family) visiting from NC.
It wasn't just Jaley at camp, all three of the kiddos were at overnight camp last week. A glorious coming of age event for children and parents alike. It has been a very long time since Scott and I enjoyed a week without kiddos. While we weren't able to play the whole week, we did sneak away for a few two nights. We explored north of San Francisco in Marin County. We slept in late and ate at the types of restaurants that don't readily welcome children. We hiked Angel Island and enjoyed 360 degree views of the Bay, climbed Mt. Tam and enjoyed 360 degree views of fog, and biked through the Marin Headlands down to quiet beach cove. We came home with our bellies full and our bodies tired.
After a couple of days of play, it was back to our very quiet, kid-free house. I was a bit lost on the 27th with Jaley away for her birthday. Lucky for me, the next day I was off to pick her and Mick up from camp. The first thing I did was deliver Jaley a giant, birthday hug.
Even with her birthday and camp over, the fun continued. The Fiedlers came to visit all the way from NC. We hiked in the redwoods and hung out in Santa Cruz. Best of all, we shared the weekend together. That is the thing about lifetime friends, it doesn't matter how many miles separate you or time that spans between visits. When you have the chance to connect again, you pick up right where you left off, with tons of great stories and endless laughs.
With August begun, the days of summer are coming to a close. All this sun has led to taller kids this fall. We hit the mall for some new shoes yesterday and will need to return again soon to grab some new clothes.
That is life in MomZania.