Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mark, Davey and his New Scooter

Boxing day with Grandma Bonbon, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Watching Curious George on a cold and foggy morning

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Peters pumpkin patch

Peters pumpkin patch, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Peters pumpkin patch

Peters pumpkin patch, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

This is such a GREAT pumpkin patch! We were going elsewhere, but that patch was closed because it was "too wet." So we followed the signs we'd seen along the way for Peter's Pumpkin Patch and, WOW, JACKPOT! It's located at the Spring Hill Dairy, which is a huge bonus, as they make fantastic dairy products and, of course, have their cheese, butter and ice cream for sale. They've got thousands of pumpkins, both picked and still on the vines in the patches. They've got a patch where you can dig up potatoes (yum), hay rides, carriage rides, old tractors, an opportunity to milk a cow and, on weekends, live music. This place is fantastic! Check it out on Spring Hill Road in Petaluma.

If you've ever gone to a Farmer's Market in Marin or Sonoma (or elsewhere in the Bay Area, I'd think), you'll have had a chance to taste Spring Hill Cheese's fantastic cheeses and small-batch butter. Oh my goodness... if you haven't, you'd best do it. Yum!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Toy Story II was great in 3D!

Toy story II was great in 3D!, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

I picked up Davey from school yesterday afternoon and we headed to the Cinema theater in Corte Madera for the 5:15 showing of the Toy Story in 3D double feature. Fun! We cheated and picked up some food at the nearby Safeway before (slices of ham, fresh snap peas, animal crackers and red vines) with thoughts of popcorn and lemonade from the theater. Unfortunately, the Cinema puts BUTTER SALT on their popcorn, so Davey couldn't have any. Nor did I, out of solidarity. We did, however, share a medium lemonade.

The 5:15 show was apparently Toy Story II, which lent itself VERY WELL to 3D. Especially the beginning, the Buzz Lightyear video game. Yeah! After the movie was over, there was a 15 minute or so intermission before Toy Story I. We both had a great time. Davey loved it!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Happy 3rd birthday David!!

Happy 3rd birthday David!!, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

3 years ago today, we were at Marin General Hospital in the pre-dawn hours, ready to become a family of 3. I remember looking out the window at the gibbous harvest moon hanging low over Mount Tamalpais and humming Neil Young to myself. Later, prone on the bed, hooked up a fetal heart rate monitor and a drip of pitocin, the Blue Angles roared nearby, doing their Fleet Week performance. Then, at 4 o'clock on the dot, Davey was plucked from my belly and Mark cut the umbilical cord. Life hasn't been the same ever since and I can't imagine it any other way.

Happy birthday my little love!

Monday, October 5, 2009

The 3rd birthday week begins!

Originally uploaded by freemntn
Sunday, October 4, we had the first of 3 3rd birthday celebrations for Davey with a bbq of family and a few close friends at our home. What a fun time we had! Poor Sponge Bob...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I want chickenfoot!

I want chickenfoot!, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Sandy and happy

Sandy and happy, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

We escaped the heat of Novato for a late afternoon at Dillon Beach. Davey had a wonderful time romping up and down the beach, chasing waves and cautiously eying the stranded jellyfish.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

On the water

On the water, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Out for an anniversary drive in the Speedster

Drummer boy!

Drummer boy!
Originally uploaded by jessicafm

Monday, August 31, 2009

Mark, Davey and Halfdome

Mark, Davey and Halfdome, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Happy birthday to me!

Jessica & Davey, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

True Blood

True Blood, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

At Jason Wong's birthday party

At Jason's birthday party
Originally uploaded by jessicafm
Alright, San Rafael Gymnastics Center is an excellent place for a kid's birthday party! Jason Wong, one of Davey's classmates at Marin Day School, had his birthday party there today. Jason's dad, Steve, and I used to work together at Autodesk and he's someone I have always liked. In addition to Steve, there were numerous other former 'deskers who I always liked so that just made it a really enjoyable time, catching up with all those great folks. On top of that, all the kids had a great time together, tumbling around in the foam pit, jumping on the trampoline, running down the trampoline runway, etc.

I think, unless too many others have parties there beforehand, Davey's 3rd birthday party will have to be there too.

Davey loves the Speedster!

Davey loves the Speedster!, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Davey spins some spaghetti

Davey spins some spaghetti, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

He sure is growing up... he spins spaghetti quite well! Thanks for the photo, Dad.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Growing up

Clay fun
Originally uploaded by jessicafm
Oh David, what a fun boy he is. He's headstrong, intelligent, energetic and fun. We are so lucky to have him as our son! And you know I tell him that, right?

Yesterday Mom was sick so I took care of him for the afternoon. We went to Old McDonalds at his request. He wanted french fries and to play on their structure. Okay, what the heck? Mom would have taken him there had she been well, so fine. Afterwards we walked to Studio 4 Art, another place that David enjoys going with Mom. I'd never had a chance to go there. What a fun time! Kevin, one of the instructors there, recognized Davey immediately and greeted him with a high 5 and a big welcome. He brought over some things Davey had made on previous visits which were fired and ready to take home. Then he set us up with some clay, a rolling pin and lots of interesting things to make textures. Fun, fun, fun! He got to make things, paint and them with glaze.

Fun with clay

When there was still a little time left, he let Davey play with the potter's wheel. He was thrilled!

Clay fun

Last night, as we were settling down for him to go to bed, we had read some stories and were listening to music. Davey shushed me while listening to Christopher Parkening's guitar rendition of Ravel: Ma Mère L'Oye - Empress Of The Pagaodas. He sat on my lap, quietly listening to it to the end. I was fascinated watching his face as he took it in and was obviously just enjoying it. I wondered what he was thinking. At the end he simply said, "Aw, that was nice."

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I win!

I win!
Originally uploaded by jessicafm
Here Davey enjoys his standard post-dinner El Encanto run-around.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Check out that shiner!

Check out that shiner!, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

On Sunday evening, Davey was running around the back yard, enjoying the cooler temperatures and a visit from Papa Freiberg, Grandma Linda and Uncle Gregg. He got so excited he ran, face first, in to the end of the handle of the wheel barrow. OW!!

Thus... his first shiner.

He wouldn't let me keep a cold pack on his eye so I gave him a dose of Motrin and a dose of Tylenol in hopes of keeping down the swelling and the pain.

He bounced back quickly though. What a boy.

Blackberry cobbler!

Blackberry cobbler!, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

The blackberries are in, ripe and plentiful at Bonnie's house! Bonnie, Davey and I picked a quart or so of blackberries very quickly yesterday morning, which I quickly turned in to a cobber. Delish!

Here's the recipe.

Picking blackberries

Live music summer on the river style

Having a GREAT time

Friday, July 3, 2009

Peaches are ripe in our tree!!

Peaches are ripe in our tree!!, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

And another season of Davey's favorite fruit is upon us. Joy of joys! Planting this frost peach tree was one of the best things we did to this house.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Congratulations Anne and Jason!

220, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

On June 13, 2009 we were blessed to attend my beautiful cousin, Anne, marry her wonderful husband, Jason. Congratulations to you beautiful, gorgeous humans. Welcome to the family, Jay!

David the carrot farmer

David the carrot farmer, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

You know who is enjoying our gardening the most? Yes, Davey. He loves, loves, loves, snacking on carrots and peas fresh from the planters. Thankfully he's sensible enough to wash the carrots before eating them.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Fun at the Novato farmers market

Monday, June 8, 2009

The flushed "mixing truck" gets disinfected

We love Greg the Drain Man. He is honest, charges reasonable rates and is a nice guy. Seriously, if you need your drains cleared (or toys removed from your toilet), he's the guy to call.

415-897-8244 (phone)
415-451-3797 (pager)

He got here a little before 8am, used a flexible camera to see where the blockage was and tried getting it out with a snake. Nope, that didn't work. Out came the wet-vac and out went all the water from the toilet bowl and reservoir. Then the toilet came off the floor and exploration inside resumed. Yep, there it was, at the bottom of the toilet... the "missing truck," is what I thought Davey was saying yesterday. Of course he was saying, "MIXING truck." Yes.

David watched the whole process gleefully and waved goodbye heartily to Greg.

I'm putting this on Davey's bill that we will present to him on his 18th birthday.


Zoofest 2009

Zoofest 2009, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


Strawberry, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

It was all going so well

Stylin' sunglasses from Zoofest, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Davey and I had such a lovely morning. We started off a bit too early for my taste, but it was tempered by coffee and another viewing of Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Then we played in the back and front gardens, shot photos and movies, cleaned the fish pond. Ahh, such a nice morning.

And then.

I went outside to finish cleaning the fish pond and replace the filter. When I came back inside a few minutes later, Davey said he needed to pee. Okay, let's go to the toilet honey. Once in the bathroom, Davey points to the toilet and says, "I put missing truck in it." Huh? Right, sure honey. Go pee. He does. We flush.

Judging by the poor quality of the flushing now, yes, I believe him.

An impish look of amusement on his face and he repeats from down the hall, "I flushed missing truck! Call the plumber, mommy."

Ohhhhhhh, total toddler rebellion!!

I calmly told him that he is in very, very big trouble and that he did a very, very naughty thing. I told him that, while I love him very much, I am so angry with him that I can't be with him and that he needs to stay in his room. No more treats, TV, books or fun today, he's being punished. I didn't yell, he listened and obeyed calmly. He knows he's in trouble.

We'll see how this goes. I have never punished him more than a 2 minute time-out before. But augh. What else to do when he does something so naughty that he knows he shouldn't do?


And now, a minute of Davey joy:

Friday, April 17, 2009

Morning Merz Men

Morning Merz Men, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Davey wins yet another contest!

Oh, our beautiful boy. A while back Whole Foods accepted entries of babies eating their favorite photos. I submitted a photo taken a little after his first birthday, where he'd absolutely gone nuts over some fresh peaches. Wait, where did I get fresh peaches in October? Hm. Well, anyway...

He didn't win first, second or third place in the contest. However, they had a bonus prize: Messiest Baby. Take a look at the results -- so cute!

As a prize, we're to expect a $25 gift card for Whole Foods in the mail. I'll make sure to buy his favorite foods with that card.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Kid of the Month

Aww!  When we were in Hawaii, Davey was chowing down on freeze dried fruit made by Just Tomatoes.  There was a sticker on the containers encouring entrance in to the Kid of the Month contest so, for the heck of it, I entered Davey.  Lo and behold, Davey is the kid of the month!

Update 4/14/09: We just received his prize!

Davey's prize for being Just Tomatoes' Kid of the Month

Saturday, April 4, 2009

David is stellar

Can I just say right now: Davey is such a joy!

Today was day 3 in a row of no potty accidents, including even taking his nap in big-boy underwear and no wetness. He routinely goes to the toilet on his own and, if we're out and about, letting me (or whoever he's with) know when he needs to be taken to a bathroom. Way to go!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Raised beds beginning of week 2

Raised beds beginning of week 2, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Davey sings and works in the garden

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Progressive Rocker

Progressive Rocker, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Davey couldn't wait

Davey couldn't wait, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

He insisted on eating NOW NOW NOW! The smell of German lentil soup is intoxicating.

Monday, March 16, 2009

I want to do to you what spring does to the cherry tree

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dance party!

Dance party!
Originally uploaded by jessicafm
One evening on Hawaii the Suttons came over for dinner. Before we'd eaten, David and their daughter, Jemma, had a great time dancing and "playing piano." This was just so cute!

The sweetest thing!

Filling up is 1/2 the fun, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Tonight, after we'd read a couple Beatrix Potter stories, Davey and I were snuggling in the dark in the cozy rocking chair. I said, "You know what David? You make me so happy!"

At that he smiled and then started babbling something. It took me a moment to realize he was singing... he sang, "You are my sunshine," to me. Three times.

Sweet boy!

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Fwd:, originally uploaded by jessicafm.


LAVA!!, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Whale breach

Whale breach
Originally uploaded by jessicafm
During the full-moon concert on the shore by the fish ponds on Hawaii, we watched whales swim by and breach while listening to beautiful Hawaiian music. What a magical evening!

Monday, March 2, 2009

"Jemma is FUN!"

"Jemma is FUN!", originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Okay, Hawaii is fun, too! Davey is making friends with Jemma Sutton while on vacation. Jemma and her parents, Jessica and Mike, are on vacation at the same time and staying nearby. Today they played together a bit in the morning and then they all came over for dinner and Toy Story tonight. After she left in the morning Davey said, "Jemma is FUN," while raising his hands high in the air and with great excitement! Jemma is six months older, is very verbal and straightforward with her wishes. What a cutie!

Tomorrow we'll all go swimming together and, if all goes well, they will stay in with her baby sitter for a few hours in the evening while we adults go out to a nice dinner.

Today Mark, Davey and I went for a drive up the East Coast to the northern town of Hawi, then over a volcanic ridgeline to Waimea and then back down to Kona via a highway with a higher vantage point of the East Coast. At Hawi we grabbed an ice cream for Mark and I to share from Tropical Dreams. It was Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Macadamia Nut and surely one of the best ice creams either Mark or I had ever had in our lives. If you're on the Big Island and like ice cream, do NOT MISS this treat!

On the drive to Waimea we had some gorgeous views:
Views along the road from Hawi to Weilea

In Waimea we went to a local food court and had a Korean lunch (bi bim bap) that was tasty and artery clogging. I'd eat it again though!
Bi bim bap

On the way back to Kona we stopped to take a photo of Mauna Kea and noted, "Jesus, it is so windy we can't believe it." It has been HOWLING wind since we arrived nearly everywhere we've been! There was a respite in Waimea today (where it was drizzling) and yesterday a little at the beach in downtown Kona. Other than that: howling. Here's a video of what we mean, taken at the spot where we wanted a photo of Mauna Kea:

Tomorrow we move from the condo to a house a few miles away. Mom says it's gorgeous and we're looking forward to it (and the secluded beach it provides).

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Successful Plane Ride !

FW: Successful Plane Ride !, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Check out DJ Davey on the flight from SFO to Honolulu! All in all, Davey traveled pretty darned well. Especially granted that he was puking most of the previous night, much to our horror.

Now we're on Hawaii, enjoying the change of locale with Mom and Michael.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Getting ready for some fun

With a little help from dad, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

We've been having a rough few weeks with Davey getting sick twice and then, of course, passing the illnesses along to Mark and I. We're just powering through our work now and gritting out being sick at the same time. Because.


We fly to Hawaii!!

Off to Kona to stay with Mom and Mick for a 10 day vacation.

Can. Not. Wait.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Davey's pooped out. Nap time!

Davey's pooped out. Nap time!, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Wow, look how much he's changed and how cute he was (still is)! I just ran across this photo from Prescott's 14th birthday (1-1/2 years ago).

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Francisco Mancebo

Francisco Mancebo, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Davey and I visited with Mom and Mick today. We all went to the beginning of their road to watch the Tour de California riders whiz by as they neared the Davis -> Santa Rosa leg of the race. Go Mancebo, go!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Foodie day

Olives are ready to eat!, originally uploaded by jessicafm.

Well yes, I did also get some work done today. In addition to work, however, there was quite a bit of fooding going on.

First, my olives were finally ready to eat after 45 days of sitting in their final brine. They're really quite tasty, though a little mushy. Next year I'll make sure to get really firm olives first and see if that makes a difference. I'll also get more than a quart's worth of them.

Next, before I started up with work I made up the cookie batter for some sugar/cinnamon cookies so they'd be ready later in the day for rolling out and cooking up. Tomorrow is the Valentine's celebration at Davey's preschool and I signed up to bring Davey-safe cookies for everyone, so that he can eat the same cookies as everyone else.

Later, while I had a lunch break, I rolled out, cut and baked the cookies. Mom and Davey decorated them with frosting and sprinkles once they had cooled.

Mom and Davey decorate cookies

After work I coated two boxes of long-stemmed strawberries in dark chocolate.

Lucky preschoolers, hm?

Think the preschool kids will like these?

On a side note, boy it's been a tough week around here! Starting a week ago, Davey started not feeling very well. We've had only one night where he didn't wake up in all that time. Runny nose, recurring fever, awful cough and such crankiness and whining. And then there's Davey! Ha ha. No, but really. On Monday I took him to the doctor to see if he had anything serious as he was exposed to RSV at school last week. The doctor said there was no wheezing, so that's good but he had a very, very red ear drum on one side. He's been on amoxicillin since that evening and eating very poorly. He doesn't want to eat even his favorite foods. This has been rough. We're looking forward to him going back to preschool tomorrow and seeing how he does (he hasn't been there all week).

Oh, and Mark and I got the same sickness, minus the ear infection.

Is Winter over yet?