Friday, June 20, 2008

Our kids love trains

One of the things we discovered on our Spring Break trip was that our kids love trains. Actually, they don't love trains, they LOVE trains. Obsess over trains. Wanted to spend every minute of our trip riding trains. Point taken for future vacations.

Brent's parents live right next to a Caltrain station, which is a commuter train for San Jose to San Francisco. They went on that train twice.

Later, it was time to ride BART. My dad used to ride BART into work in San Francisco from our home in Walnut Creek. I rode it often as a kid. Brent used to take it into the city. I guess I'm kinda a train-geek, too.

A few days later in Sacramento, we visited the California State Railroad Museum which, according to their website, is regarded as North America's most popular railroad museum. Not Northern California's, NORTH AMERICA'S most popular railroad museum! It was amazing, and if your kids love trains, this is the place for them.

It was pretty dark in there, so you might not be able to see just how enormous these trains were. It was intimidating. The kids are showing how big the wheels are.

San Francisco

In March, we went up to the Bay Area. Brent had to work in Sacramento for a day or two, so we decided to extend that into a few days visiting Grandpa & Grandma Bousfield in Menlo Park. We had a great time doing some of the San Francisco tourist things (be sure to buy Alcatraz tickets in advance, especially during spring break), learned some things about our kids (they are FREAKS about trains) and visited some of the places that were special to me as a kid.

Overlooking the city

We went down to Fisherman's Wharf for lunch and to look at some of the tall ships

Sarah was ready to take us full speed ahead...

With Allison at the wheel. Yeah, that's a good plan...

Nate would probably be a better captain.

This looks like a better job for Allison.

I RARELY get any pictures of Brent. It was good to see him having fun with his mom. She's always lots of fun!

From Fisherman's Wharf, we headed to the Cable Car line for a ride up to Lombard Street.

Grandpa was a good sport and waited in the long line of cars to drive down with Allison and Nate.

On the way out of town, we saw "Anonymous" protesting the Church of Scientology.

And that was the end of a very busy day.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Summer to do

Ok, so I know I have a lot to catch up on. So here is my list of things I promise to blog about before the end of the summer:
  • Our Spring Break trip to San Francisco, Walnut Creek & Sacramento
  • Pan Am Fiesta (aka kid's dream come true and parent's nightmare)
  • Grandma Livingstone's 90th birthday party
  • Troop 600 Disneyland Trip
  • Allison's end of preschool experience
  • Nate's 5th grade promotion and activities

I will also TRY to blog about the fun things we do this summer, provided I remember to bring my camera. The nice thing about the new camera I got in January is I can take 300+ pictures without having to upload them to my computer. That's also the bad news, as I go months without doing anything with them. I will try to do better.

And I'll post this picture, although I'm sure I will pay $$$ in therapy bills a few years from now. I have tried my best as a parent to teach my kids the basics, but apparently I haven't even done that right. This is how Brent found Allison the other night...

Monday, June 9, 2008


Just saw a link on my sister's blog for this website, which brought to my attention some very disturbing news...
LogoThere are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

From the website:
"There are 0 people in the U.S. with the last name Bousfield."

I'll notify my husband, 3 children, mother & father-in-law, and other Bousfield relatives of their non-existance.

p.s. Just found this quote on the website, which makes me feel better about myself...
Q: Why isn't my name on the list?
"I think it's important not to take it as a rejection of you personally." Gabriel Caine -- Diggstown.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

What's in a name?

Yesterday, I was at the library with the kids. We have been going there after school for a distraction free (ha!) zone for Nate and Sarah to do their homework. While there, I noticed a display from a kindergarten class at the kid's school. They had made cute paper mache animals with facts about farm animals. I was so impressed. Then I noticed the names of some of the students. What is with people (sorry if you're one of them) who have to spell their child's name different? Or are these people "hooked on phonics?" Here are some examples:

Jaxon Is this Jackson?
Brittnee yeah, great role model. I guess she was named before the head shaving, umbrella swinging days.
Jahdon I don't have a clue who this kid's parents are, but I suspect they really like science fiction.
Kameron I'm sure all the kids names in this family start with a "K".
And finally, my favorite...
Trezur How precious...

My sister-in-law teaches school in Utah and has seen some CRAZY names. It's like people made up words. I promise to post them if she sends me a list.

Monday, June 2, 2008


Today at school, Allison got a balloon. It was causing all kinds of trouble in the car on the way wasn't tied to her wrist right, it was moving around in a way that was unpleasing to her very picky 5 year old mind, etc. I tried to distract her by asking questions about non-balloon related topics in my most cheerful, patient mom voice. This is what she said: "Mom, will you stop talking to me like that? It's making me disturbed."

The feeling is more than mutual, babe.