Black Chasm Cavern

I am the cave,
So cool and dark,
Where time, unending, leaves its mark
As natural forces build and hone
A crystal world from weeping stone.

I am the cave,
And at my core
A sea once was that is no more-
A sea alive and sunlight-warmed
Where limestone, born of death, was formed
As sediment of shell and bone,
Compressed, became a floor of stone.
But shifting continents brought change;
This floor, upthrust, became a range
Of mountains that displace the sea
And held the limestone heart of me.

My ceilings cry their endless tears
That fall throughout the endless years,
Each droplet leaving just a trace
Of sparkling crystal in its place.

--Excerpts from Cave by Diane Siebert


Winchester Mystery House

Yesterday we zipped out to San Jose to visit the Winchester Mystery House.  I say "zipped" because it only took us about 2 hours to get there, but unfortunately about 5 hours to get back.  Since we arrived earlier than anticipated, the ticket folks let us hop on an earlier tour of the house.  This was my second visit, and the first for Doug and the kids.


Conversations with the Peanut Gallery

Any time Jacob is outside wreaking havoc with the water hose and you attempt to open the sliding glass door to turn the water off, this is what you're met with.
The latest and greatest from our small crew...

Me:  Did you have sweet dreams?
Jacob:  Yes.
Me:  What did you dream about?
Jacob:  Monkeys.

Anna:  Lauren, will you play restaurant with me?
Lauren:  No.
Anna:  Please play restaurant with me!!
Lauren:  Okay, but I want to be a police officer.
Anna:  Fine, I'll have a doughnut shop.

Speaking of doughnuts, the kids have discovered the wonder that is Krispy Kreme.  I know they're bad for us and we try not to go too often but boy, are they ever delicious.  When we go, Jacob always tell us he wants a "sprinkler" doughnut.

On the 4th of July, when we sat down to eat I asked the kids if they knew why we celebrated the 4th.  They yelled out "freedom" and "independence".  I then asked them, "Freedom and independence from what?"  The answers ranged from "George Washington to Thomas Edison to Thomas Jefferson to Abraham Lincoln".  Obviously, we had to have a talk.

Driving to San Luis Obispo last weekend Jacob kept saying, "Are we going on a trip?"  Everytime we said "yes", he would say, "Yeah!  I see the trip!"  Anna kept asking how much longer before we were there.  Doug said, "You knew it was going to be a long drive, right?  We're almost in southern California."  Anna said, "Wait, what??!!  Did we drive through Mexico?"  Doug just looked at her and said, "Oh, boy!"

Jacob has been listening to my heart lately.  When I ask him what my heart is saying, he says (with a funky beat to his words) it goes "Boom, Boom-boom, Boom-boom-da-boom".  I told him my heart is really saying, "Ja-cob, Ja-cob."  He responded, "Here you listen to mine now.  It's saying 'Mo-mmy, Mo-mmy.'"

We were at the movie theater recently and a little girl in the row in front of us kept looking at Jacob.  He turned to me and said, "That little girl keeps looking at me.  She thinks me so handsome."

San Luis Obispo, Mini-vacation, Day 2

We began the day on Saturday by visiting Hearst's "Casa Grande" on the Enchanted Hill.  We were so excited because Doug and Jacob decided to come along with us.  We weren't sure how our busy three year old would fare around priceless pieces of art but he actually did very well.  He told us on the bus ride down, "I be good."  As a matter of fact, his favorite part of the day turned out to be the bus ride.  He thought it was a-may-sing!

San Luis Obispo Mini-vacation, Day 1

I was really hoping for a few days away this summer. After the 4th of July, Doug had a 3-day weekend and opted to take the following Monday off and so away we went. He had never spent any time in the San Luis Obispo area and I was interested in showing Hearst Castle to the kids. It had been almost 20 years since my last visit to the castle. So, we decided to give the area a go. It took us about 6 hours to get there and as our lodging wasn't ready when we arrived, we decided to have lunch at the Apple Farm. It had been recommended for breakfast but we enjoyed our lunch there as well.  Afterwards we walked around the Inn and the Old Mill.

The flowers were beautiful.

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