Tuesday, August 18, 2009

a family outing day

Tuesdays have been our family outing days this summer and it has been so fun to have a specific day set aside. This was from a couple weeks ago, but I didn't get to share it because of my computer issues. We decided on a little Santa Barbara trip with no hospital, no clinic and no chemo. Hooray! And Dieter got to join us as well.
Do you see how awesome this play structure is? One of my frustrations with parks around here generally is that they are all based upon the same plastic and metal components and they lack any kind of originality or imagination. Not this one though. This is all wood and I'm pretty sure is one of a kind.
There are lots of narrow passageways and switchbacks inside the main structure.
And challenging stuff for them to climb on.

Across the street is this fantastic demonstration garden. Love the lily pads.

There were lots of turtles out that day and we had so much fun watching them.
And of course our little Santa Barbara trip would not be complete without a visit to Crushcakes. Dieter had not ever been before so it would be so unfair not to take him, right??? (In truth it is the mama who loves her Crushcakes fix).

Today we are off the Santa Barbara once again, just me and Rainer, and this time it is for chemo. Happy about that though--it's all good ("keeping the baby alive" as we say).

And I'm so sorry I forgot to link to Hanna's blog yesterday! But that gives me a chance to tell you about it today. I just found Craftykin recently but it is already one of my favorite blogs. I love Hanna's beautiful home, her vintage finds and her projects with her children. She lives in beautiful New Zealand. Check it out!


Ellie said...

We have a couple of parks like that -- they're wonderful. I tend not to be inspired to take my kids to the plastic-metal parks, but they certainly enjoy the other ones.

Wishing you and Rainer a good day :-)

Julie said...

What a beautiful play area! We had a great wooden playground at our school a few years ago- sadly, they replaced it with plastic and metal!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful place. I love the playground and the garden. I wish I lived around such beautiful things (walking distance).

I wish you and your family all the best with the chemo treatments.

Jennie said...

I love that picture of the boys holding hands. So sweet!

Jessica said...

There used to be a play structure like that in our village and it was just hours of fun--except they tore it down claiming it was 'dangerous' such a bummer!

Inoureyes said...

very sweet pictures of a lovely family outing. Wishing you all the best, Melissa

Maya said...

Don't you love those parks? We have a great one in our town up North, the whole town worked on it. THe boys call it the gnomie park, as they're sure gnomes helped make it & live there when we aren't looking. Thank you for the link, what wonderful readers you have. It makes sense that I like your folk, as we have so many of the same loves. How do you like the Waldorf KG Snack Book?

Rachael @Mogantosh said...

Ooh, those cakes. It's 8am here. But I want cupcakes! And what a sweet little boy.

Looks like a lovely day out. And I do dig the set family Tuesdays. It's so easy to get caught up in the everyday stuff if you don't set aside specific time.

Good luck with this weeks treatment.


Pumpkin Cupcake Queen said...

I've been to that park...it is awesome! Combine it with Crushcakes and you've got the makings for a perfect day!

heather said...

you inspire me always. i hope today went well for rainer and for you as well. i think another trip back to that amazing playground is in order very soon! i have seriously never seen one so beautiful!

thinking of you tonight... xo

hanna said...

You are too sweet!
I just noticed I had 500 visits to my blog today! My little old blog that never has anywhere near this kind of traffic.
I think this might just be the reason huh :)
Of course you know I love your blog too.

hanna said...

Oh and wishing your sweet little guy all the best for his visit.

Joy said...

What a fun little outing! I love the playground and that Rainer had a chance to play there and get Crushcakes with no chemo/hospital involved. I'll bet that was a wonderful treat.