Another project for Etsy...
The blue one I came up with in the middle of night.
After making the blue one, I thought I should try another color. So the yellow one got created.
|I took this in the late afternoon, but the next morning when warm light flooded the porch, |
I found it is an excellent spot to take pictures!
Babysat Bodi one afternoon for a few hours.
Hopefully the video plays, he's singing about the Big Bad Wolf, so he claims!
|Some of Aunt Polly's flowers.|
So one evening we went to Brad and Vanessa's so I could give Matthew a haircut. He decided to do selfies with everyone, so here are a few.... I love my in-laws by the way :)
|Pretty day on Camp San Luis|
|Layout of a quilt I made for Cassidey, Kevin and Addie's baby.|
And here's what I did to myself later on....
Gaviota Wind Caves!
|Here you can see 101 heading south. It goes through rough mountains and then you come out to the ocean and drive along the shore.|
|Train going over the bridge.|
|The last gently rolling hill for awhile!|
|A rugged land!|
Once again we wished to have Sean Hulburt with us!
|We climbed up into a few of those caves.|
|The black area is hollowed out into the sandstone.|
|We ate lunch perched upon this boulder. After clambering down,|
I walked a few steps and looked back. Kind of surprising to realize that
there was a tunnel right underneath us!
|Matthew poking his head out of a tunnel.|
|In the middle upper half of this picture you may see a dot of grey.|
That's Matthew, he decided to go rock climbing and got into a
little more than he was expecting.
I followed the trail and met him at the top.
|One of the caves.|
|View from one of the tunnels up near the very top of where we climbed. |
What a view!
There were lots of them.
|Looking up the hill I thought the different shades of dry grass was neat.|
|This is looking back to where we were climbing.|
|Going out to Brophy Brothers for dinner.|
not exactly anniversary atmosphere, but an adventure for sure :)
|Coffee and peppermint tea at Starbucks on our way back to the hotel.|
Sunday Matthew hadn't made any plans beyond researching a place I could get breakfast, he knows the important things :) It was called Backyard Bowls. You can get cold bowls of granolas, fruit and stuff, or hot bowls of steel cut oats with different toppings. Also smoothies. It was very yummy! We drove to a parking lot on the beach and watched the people walking, running, biking, skateboarding, etc on the trail. Quite interesting :) A young family comes along, the 6ish year old boy on a bike. He stops right in front of our parked vehicle and sits there looking at our car, oblivious to us inside. He hollers back to his parents, "SHINY! I LIKE this car!" and just sat there looking at it. That totally made our day, especially since 'shiny' is one of Matthew's descriptive words for anything new, techy, cool, whatever.
Then Matthew researched where we could hike on the way back home. We found a short hike that looked neat, but first we found a Ross Dress for Less! store so I could get a t-shirt to wear since I forgot to pack one! Then we headed up San Marcos Pass, branching off after a bit to go to Lizard's Mouth.
|We hoped there wouldn't be an earthquake while we were parked right here!|
|In the middle of this picture is the top of the lizard's snout. |
We climbed around on the other rocks a bit first.
|This is looking out over the city to the Pacific Ocean.|
|Interesting holes and hollows all over the place.|
|Narrow passage between two rocks.|
So much fun wandering around exploring.
|Another one looking out over the city. You can barely see the tops of the Channel Islands on the horizon.|
|All I wanted was some nice warm water to take a bath!|
|So I got this far and had to lay down. Something about the slant with the height was just doing weird things to me! My palms were sweaty, I was nauseous, the world was tilting.... and Matthew was laughing at me.|
|He went on further...|
|I'm guessing this one is for Mom!|
|I went below and took pictures looking up at him standing on the lizard's snout.|
|When he joined me, some other people came to look over the edge up there, and he was kinda like,|
"Oh, that's what it feels like to watch someone do that!"
Yeah, kinda heart-in-mouth-ish
|I saw this little pinnacle and climbed it to prove I'm not afraid of all heights!|
Later I showed Matthew that it was a bit further down on the other side than I had expected!
Only 25 feet or so :)
|This is me trying out my anniversary gift! |
Nice new chopping knives.
Wow, what a difference!
The next Sunday
was the Harvest Festival race which the run club at Grizzly was competing in. Matthew has trained with the kids.
It was a really neat new experience for me.
We pulled in right behind the bus from Grizzly. As the kids piled out, they were like, "Hey, is that Mr. Pauls?" "It is!" "It's Mr.Pauls!" "Hey, you did get out of bed early!" (5:30)They were so excited to see him. We walked with them to the area where they got ready. I helped one of the girls pin her bib number on. She asked if I was going to run. I told her no, I wasn't. "Why not?!" "well, aaa, I don't really run." She told me that she didn't used to run either, but now she loves it and that if she can do it, I can do it. Wow, I was inspired and pretty much committed right then and there to run some sort of race next time! The kids have this energy of commitment, meeting a challenge, changing their lives, supporting each other, and it was inspiring to experience and be a small part of.
|There were over 300 people entered in the full and half marathons.|
|Cadet Kohler and Matthew (Mr.Pauls)|
The cadets had their picture taken. I counted almost 60 kids, and with them ran Mrs.Weathersby(counselor), Chief Miller, Matthew, and a previous employee (the adults aren't in the picture).
We left right before they did. They were marching back to the bus yelling cadences at the top of their lungs, still full of energy!
Addie's baby showerin Paige's backyard.
|Sweet saying/poem about when you get to see the sonogram.|
|The little girls playing. |
See that little doll right in the middle with a pink headband? :)
|Lots of delicious food...|
|Lots of gifts...|
Cassidey Caroline is the baby's name.
|This is a sketch of a fawn, drawn by Annie.|
It is precious!
|No, this is not a chocolate smoothie!|
I borrowed Vanessa's new vacuum cleaner... :O
Need to do that a little more often!
|Cleaned with Aunt Linda at a vacation house in Cambria so that I can|
do it while she is gone to Virginia in a few weeks to visit her daughters.
|Hailey crawling around one morning while Cherisa and I exercised.|
Love her jammies!
Well, that's all for October! On the 31st, last night, we had Brad, Vanessa, Austin and Sarah Beth over for waffles and bacon, but I didn't get any pictures. Now it is November and we got our first rain of the season last night. Every once in awhile we'd stop talking and open the door or window a bit just to listen to it! Thank You, Lord!