Despite the fog-shrouded winters and blazing hot summers, anyone that lives in California's Central Valley will tell you the same reason about why it's a great place to live: We are within a two hour drive from anywhere we could want to go and anything that we could want to do. On a given morning, we can decide to go to Yosemite, San Francisco, or Lake Tahoe. If we feel like snow skiing, beach combing, water skiing, hiking, or going to the theater, we can!
This weekend we took advantage of our location. On Saturday, we drove west to San Francisco so we could eat pizza at a sidewalk cafe in North Beach and explore Crissy Field. On Monday, we drove east and spent the day in the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains.
Is there anything better than being a three year old in the sunshine, playing on the sand, with a cool new stick?
Sorry, no pictures of the snow. I left my camera on in my pocket after taking a couple of videos of the snow and didn't bother charging it when I realized that it was dead.
Oh, and we did school this week, too. This week the kids' electives started up again. My oldest is taking band, Spanish, and a World War II/Number the Starts class. My daughter is taking art and a one month science class. I post a few photos each week on Instagram @freelylearned.
We also went to see Sing! during the week at noon and we were the only ones in the theater. It was a sweet family movie that was better than I had thought it would be. If you have younger kids who like movies with no scary parts, Sing has no scary parts.
I just finished One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, which is a beautifully written book about how intentionally giving thanks to God in all situations is a profound source of joy. A few of the chapters felt like a bit of a stretch, but overall, I'm glad I read it. Next, I am planning to read Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers along with the Close Reads podcast. But I am dragging my feet. Mysteries have never been my favorite.
My husband is reading a James Patterson mystery. Outside of school reading, Mr. Twelve Years Old just started Alice in Wonderland, Miss Five Years Old is reading these sweet, adorable Penny books and various Garfield comic books, and Mr. Three Years Old curls up with various Little People lift the flap books and The Animal Book. He has been bringing me a lot of ABC books to read to him lately.