Here in Oakland we are nearly 9 miles from the nearest Whole Foods and 3 miles from the nearest Costco. Oakland has major city attributes but functions like it wants to be a town with nothing but a freeway to connect San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
We used to make multiple trips to Whole Foods and because Whole Foods and Erewhon were within walking distance of Mr. A's work, we would always have our stuff fresh from the store. We could buy the breakfast sausage that had to be cooked in 2 days, every two days because it was convenient to do so.
Now we buy our hormone free milk and cage free eggs from Costco because it's closer to home and we need those items frequently.
Quick runs to Whole Foods or random stops browsing in Trader Joe's have ended.
But we made the choice where to live. We chose a priority. We gave up warm sunny days and proximity to the good stuff, to be near family. I wish my mother would have moved to L.A. That would have been fun. Her grandfather Hardy and his brother started his California life in Pasadena and some of her favorite cousins (the grandchildren of Hardy's brother) are in L.A.
Anyway we are here. Time to adapt.
We've finally got grass in the yard!
We have a full home office downstairs that makes me feel like the Cosby's. Business is run down here. Mr A and TR were having a meeting in this photo. I plan to put her on the payroll in 2013. She is a dedicated worker. The office is my current project. Consider this the before photo. It has to be
an office space for our two child workers and the adults.
TR seems to enjoy preschool. It's playbased and lots of hands on activities.
How to identify a high quality play based Preschool
We don't go to school everyday but we do, do something everyday. I think I would be great at
homeschool. I have lots of ideas and not enough time for the activities.