The mornings may feel cool and fall-like, but the day screams summertime. We kept the summer fun going this weekend with lots of grilling, dining al fresco and pool time.
However, we started the weekend with a very autumn-in-California activity: grape harvest.
My dad has a backyard vineyard, so every year I bring Reece over to “help” pick a few grapes. Mostly it’s to get cute pictures.
Emme has yet to participate since we were in France last year and this year she was spending the night at my in laws’ . There weren’t a lot of grapes because of the drought, so by the time we got over there in the morning, they were done picking. I still got a couple of cute pictures, though.
Saturday it was back to summer again with a pool day and grilled dinner with friends. Might as well take advantage of the weather instead of being sad it doesn’t feel like fall yet. It only took me a little more than a decade to accept that California fall isn’t in full swing until November.
We also spent lots of time with Reece on the bike. He’s been riding his pedal bike for awhile, but always nervous of falling and only comfortable with lots of space, just riding down the block in the middle of the street.
This week something clicked. One day we were at a park and he was not comfortable riding on the narrow trail there, but the very next day he was riding all over the place, on the narrow sidewalk, starting on his own and everything. It was so fun to watch him take off like that. Now we can’t stop him and he can go for miles.
Good timing too, since he’ll be ready for a bigger bike by the time Christmas is here.
His legs were tired after the Starbucks run, but we pushed on to the further away park at his request and had some more fun over there.
What was risky about this venture was that I had no snacks with me. My kids are hungry all the freaking time, so I was a bit nervous about not having any provisions for the ride home once they were done playing at the park.
I expected both to be screaming all the way home, carrying the bike and maybe even Reece while pushing the stroller. It actually worked out surprisingly well and there were no tempter tantrums or complaints about having to ride the bike home. It’s always amazing to me when things actually work out as I hoped.
Family friends were in town, so we ended with a delicious-as-always dinner at our friends’ Italian restaurant Terún, which recently featured in the New York Times (the eggplant polpette and house-made cavatelli were winners with the kids). Perfect way to end the weekend!
How did you enjoy your weekend?
What’s the weather been like where you live?
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