Uncle Roger's Notebooks of Daily Life

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Labor Day

A lot of people get the day off for Labor day. If you are one of them, how did you spend it? We went shopping.

We started off with a trip to Ikea in Emeryville. We picked up a hearty wooden stool for the bathroom, a couple of glass serving bowls, and a stacking toy for Sara. We also got a gift for a friend, but I won't go into that here (in case they read this). We had lunch at Ikea too. Rachel had chicken marsala and a salad, I had the meatball plate, and Jared had a chicken nugget special along with four or five of my meatballs. Sara had some of Rachel's rice and Jared's french fries. At one point, Jared actually broke up one of his fries and gave the pieces to Sara. That was pretty nice.

On the way home, the kids both fell asleep, so we made a stop at Old Navy for some more school clothes. After that, we picked up some gas and went home to meet up with Rachel's mom. We had to readjust the car seat in her car for Jared so she could pick him up from school. We all hung out together for a while -- so she could get her fix -- and then she headed home and we headed out again. We didn't know where we were going, but we knew we had to get the kids out somewhere.

We ended up at Ocean Beach at the foot of Sloat Boulevard, near the Zoo, the Doggie Diner head, and the former location of Leon's. It was a beautiful day so it was crowded, but we found a parking place and made our way down onto the beach.

Once on the sand, the kids and I took off our shoes and socks and headed for the water. Rachel suggested rolling up the kids' pant legs, which I hadn't thought to do. Unfortunately, it didn't matter much because Sara fell over almost instantly and was soaked. Jared was jumping up and down so excitedly that his pants unrolled and he ended up pretty soaked. Sara loved wandering around on the sand, in and out of the water. Jared splashed in the waves, running back and forth. Jared found an almost intact sand dollar and a couple of neat rocks. Both kids had a blast.

Of course, they ended up filthy -- covered in sand and soaking wet. We changed Sara's clothes when we got to the Rover, but we let Jared just ride home in his underwear -- which he seemed to enjoy. We promised the kids that we would come back again -- I'm thinking next weekend. (Maybe that would be a good opportunity to take a ride with Uncle Daniel!)

Journal Description

My life is, to me, ripe with frequent challenges, occasional successes, spontaneous laughter, adequate tears, and enough *life* to last me a lifetime. To you, however, it surely seems most pedestrian. And therefore, I recycle the name I used previously and call this my Notebooks of Daily Life. Daily, because it's everyday in nature, ordinary. These conglomeration of events that are my life are of interest to me because I live it, perhaps mildly so to those who are touched by it, and could only be of perverse, morbid curiosity to anyone else. Yet, I offer them here nonetheless. Make of them what you will, and perhaps you can learn from my mistakes.