My beautiful daughter has seven teeth now. We noticed the newest addition (bottom, just left of center two teeth) two days ago. She is so smiley. And her cheeks so soft. I love those baby cheeks. I have given her hundreds of baby cheek kisses in the last couple of weeks.
That's the main news for posterity for now.
What else? Well, I am struggling lately to write all that is else. Lately I have been feeling good, peaceful. My days have been filled with enjoying time with my family, getting uncharacteristically good nights of sleep, or efficiently working before coming home to enjoy my family and a good night's sleep. So, full days and no writing. I think on occasion of things I would like to record but never do. Also, I have been lacking that most common motivating quality for my writing that is a little bit of angst that simultaneously keeps me awake a little longer, gives me energy to be alert a little longer into the night, and makes the writing itself therapeutic.
But I have enjoyed some delightful snuggles, kisses, and play with my family. And I have pictures. They will help jog my memory. So, without much in the way of philosophy, poetry or therapy, here is what we have been up to.
Ana was her usual self, fearless and excitedly rushing into everything. It is neat but I look forward to her acquiring a healthy dose of caution. In the last couple of days, she has begun to show some signs. The garage door going down now makes her run for a parent. So, perhaps it won't be too long before we can sit back while she plays in a playground. For now, it is a lot of work as she climbs every structure, especially those built for kids much older and bigger. This particular camp site also had a superb play ground with great slides and climbing structures. Ana made older friends fast and used her fingers to grip small holes in the play structures to pull herself up the levels repeatedly to ride the slide over and over with Shea and another older girl that took a liking to Ana. Every now and again we would be on heightened alert, Tami and I taking turns on Ana-duty at the playground, as she would work her way up climbing bars that were impossibly too big for her. It's amazing how far she gets and how well she does. Then, there was the heart stop moment when she wanted to just walk off an edge on the second level, an edge meant for older kids to use to go down a fireman's pole. Tami stopped that. As I said, one of us always has to be on duty with her in playgrounds, except when she is in a swing. Ana loves to swing. And when it's time for us to take a break, it just works out that Enzo usually wants to be the one to push Ana on the swing. We all win.
Another area that was a big hit with the kids was the basketball court area. Shea and Enzo shot hoops for ever and never seemed to tire of it. The area even had a bunch of hula hoops to play with. It was cool that the grounds provided a large bin of different balls to choose from and had a special lower hoop beside the big hoops. By the way, I saw Shea make her first basket in the full height hoop! Super cool.
So, we were camping a few days, came home Saturday. Had our Sunday brunch. Then, went to work Monday morning and left for "camping" again Monday evening. What a luxurious summer. I say camping in quotation marks because this time we got a cabin at a KOA south of Santa Cruz. A cabin where "camping" comes complete with cable on the flat screen, wireless internet access, a bed with bedding, a shower, bathroom, microwave, fridge, etc. Not exactly roughing it at the cabin. It was very nice and just hit the spot. The KOA was super nice, too. Play ground, sand play area, a little train-car that drove around twice each day that Enzo of course couldn't stop talking about when ever he saw it out again. Until, of course, he was on the little train and then he became completely silent for the whole ride. Interesting kiddo. There was a lot to do at this camp site for kids. I can see us going back and the kids having access to even more of the available entertainment there when they are a little older and can ride the three and four wheel bikes, play miniature golf, swim in the pool, participate in some of the special event games, etc.
It's been a good summer. I made myself start this post because I didn't want to forget to mention Ana's 7th tooth. Maybe I didn't need the therapy of going through my recent days but it sure was fun anyway to remember these great days we have been having. Of course, the trade off is that now it's midnight so tonight will not be a long restful sleepy night. But I do enjoy thinking about the peace of these summer days. And while I am recording these days, I'll say also, after the midnight snack I just enjoyed, that my wife is a very good cook. I came home from a long day at work to home made rice, home made beans, and home made tortillas. All fresh and delicious and excellent from dinner through midnight. Yumm.