Friday, March 14, 2008

A Few Things

This week flew by, but it did hold a few special moments. We spent an afternoon with Grandpa Jim, Tim's dad, and Grandma Carol. Grandma Carol can sew and she made the boys a few man bags
grandma carol
in honor of Mason and his need to carry stuff with him everywhere. He has yet to figure out that the bags hold things because the clever woman placed buttons all over the bags to entertain their seeking fingers.
loving the buttons
I have to get better pictures of the bags, the details are awesome.

I love this picture because Jim looks so handsome (now I know where my husband gets it from)
grandpa jim
but Mason cracks me up with his current expression. He has a really mobile face that is hard to photograph at times because he changes it so much. I watch him sometimes when he sits alone, I see him practicing faces and then I see him use them in the company of others and I know this child is truly of my blood. I recall doing the same thing when I was little, maybe not as little as him, but I am sure it started that early for me too.

My Mama had a birthday too. We spent the late afternoon in the park with her and her boys.
park play
I love this women, for so many reasons. One is her ability to be a Mom again despite having finished her job of raising her 8 kids. In the past year of her life she had given of her time and energy in such an unselfish way. At times I feel overwhelmed by how much I ask of her,
me and my mama
but she gently reassures me that she wants to be no where else but by our side, having one of her boys in her arms. I know by watching her that Motherhood never ends, never gives one a rest, but I also know that it can be done gracefully and that serves as the best example that I could ever have, the best model of thanks, Mom, I love you immensely.

And the last thing is a meme that Dawn sent my way. I do love doing these things and have only been tagged a few times so here are my answers:

1. Where I was 10 years ago:
Having just completed my degree in Physical Therapy and passing my license here in California, I was embarking on my first job at L.A. County/USC Hospital. It was a crash course in my profession, a crazy upside down world of poverty, courage, drug-addled homeless and every diagnosis you ever read about in your textbooks in class.

2. 5 things on my “to do list” today:
1. Pack for our big hike tomorrow.
2. Finish my sock knitting (just a toe left).
3. Have a Guinness with the husband (check).
4. Sew up a little something waiting in the wings.
5. Fold my laundry (ugh).

3. Things I would do if I were a billionaire: Donate and then buy the Mansion on the hill above our current home.

4. 3 of my bad habits:
1. Clenching my jaw.
2. Not truly listening when speaking with others.
3. Itching

5 places I have lived:

1. New York, NY
2. Portland, OR
3. Claremont, CA
4. Azusa, CA
5. Current home.

6. 5 Jobs that I have had:
1. Subway sandwich crafter.
2. Assistant to Carla Berghout, the best pre-school teacher in all of Brooklyn, quite possibly in all of the world. She taught in a heavily Rasta area of Brooklyn and our little charges had the sweetest dreads and could At three and four. Oh, how I miss that job some days.
3. Dance Teacher.
4. Physical Therapist.
5. Mama.

big boy

teething bites

7. Something most people don’t know about me:
My dream job would be to own a cafe/laundromat that catered to hip knitters that lacked their own laundry facilities and therefore would have to come to my business and knit while they waited for their laundry. Imagine how good your yarn would smell from the exposure to delicious clean laundry scents. Ahhhh...

I won't tag anyone because I am lazy, but feel free to scoop the meme and post your own answers. Let me know if you do because I want to read about you.


gleek said...

what beautiful pictures! your parents (on both sides) sound like such lovely people. my poor mother gets cried at whenever she sees the peanut. for some reason, peanut is still afraid of people she doesn't see everyday! oh well. i'm hoping that'll end soon :)

Sarah-potterknitter said...

Hey... I was a Subway Sandwich Artist too! Not bad for a high school job, but in retrospect, YUCK

Lola and Ava said...

Cute photos . . . you and your mama look a like (same smile anyway). Loved the meme . . .my first job was at a Baskin-Robbins (you do get sick of ice cream after a while).

Anonymous said...

we love alex!!!

Sereknitty said...

As always, wonderful photos of the boys and your family.

Katie said...

Those pictures really are amazing! And this was such a nice posting about family. How was your hike?!

Anonymous said...

Your little men are so delicious!

j said...


I know I'm responding to an old post so I hope you'll receive this comment. Just wanted to thank you for your comments about my mother, Carla Berghout. I lost her in 2005 so it's really comforting to know that her life impacted others in a special and meaningful way!

Thanks again!