Thursday, October 30, 2014

pumpkin carving

With nary a night to spare, we finally carved our pumpkins this evening.  With so many independent carvers around here, my efforts were largely relegated to helping with clearing out the goopey stuff.  And separating out the pumpkin seeds for toasting for tomorrow night.  No complaints here, just smiling - kind of like those pumpkins :0)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

workshop unveiled

It was down to the wire, but the Park Day School Innovation Workshop was completed just in time for the East Bay Mini Maker Faire.  It was a long haul, with so many people helping out, making and building together.  A community-built workshop without a doubt.  It was amazing to see how everyone collaborated and contributed.  I was a proud mama.  And it was incredible to see the space being so well-used at the Maker Faire.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Since getting my MDS diagnosis two months ago, I have been forming a mini-bucket list of sorts.  It focuses me on positive things for the future, which helps lift my spirits and make me happy.  Near the top of the list was going go-karting with my son Henry - something we have talked about, but which had not happened to date.  Until this past weekend.  And we drove and we raced, and..... he beat me.  And I enjoyed nearly every moment.  He enjoyed it even more.  The need for speed is in us all, I suppose, and it definitely runs in my blood lines.  Happiness!

Monday, September 1, 2014

raising the roof

It was a 21st Century barn raising.  We have been working on creating a maker space at Park Day School (now referred to as the "Innovation Workshop") for several years.  We have crossed hurdles, barriers, and so many obstacles along the way.  And today, we worked together, school staff and parents and students, to raise the roof of our workshop.  What an amazing accomplishment, and how deeply rewarding it was.  I feel lucky and rewarded to have been able to pull together such an incredible group of people, and to have finally succeeded in truly raising the roof.  Next up is the shipping container.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


We are gearing up, literally, for our summer camping trip up to Oregon. Our cat decided he wanted in on the action.

And my daughter was so excited that Playmobil actually makes a camp stove, that she spent some of her hard earned money and got a new camp set.  Lots of fun camping playtime is ensued. 

Can't wait 'til we get to the real outdoor campsite!

Friday, April 11, 2014

early morning ziplining

My daughter Emily was actively planning her monkey birthday party.  She and her friends decided that a zipline was an important part of it, and that they would make one - that afternoon.  They got out rope, found a handle to hang on, made a sketch, and went to work.  I helped out with some of the tying, and then helped them try it out.  They decided the rope didn't slide down the other rope as well as they hoped, so were more open to my pulley suggestion.  By the end of the night, a fun functional zipline was born.  And 7am the next morning, there we were outside in the garden.  Me planting tomatoes, and Emily enjoying her homemade zipline.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

colored eggs

We used natural dyes today in gardening class to make colored eggs from the school eggs.  They turned out beautifully.  The cracked ones turned the eggs inside an amazing web-like pattern. We chopped and boiled cabbage for blue, beets for pink, red onion skins for red, and turmeric (and sour grass flowers) for yellow.  The natural clay bowls were the perfect vessel for the colors.