The Summeriest

To continue with the theme of days tumbling by:

We celebrated summer solstice all last weekend. The days were long and full of the summeriest of activity. On Saturday after making fruit salad and tabbouleh for the night's upcoming festivities, I took the girls and my mom and we met my oldest best friend Kimmy at the El Dorado County Fair. The theme was "Hog Days of Summer" and it was my first time going since i had kids. I didn't even know there was a toddler-ride area, nor did I know that they bumped up the price of a small cup of beer to six bucks. On a hot hot day, that's worth it, even if it is just for a Shock Top.

Speaking of shock...the girls could barely believe their eyes.

Taking Polly on the ferris wheel was one of my more freaky moments. She could so easily slip right under that bar, and when we were felt very very UP. And when we came down, we came so much faster than I remembered! She gripped that bar, and I gripped her, while also nervously watching my mom and Lucy a few seats below us.

Ordering beer with's just not the same as the late-90s ruckus we used to make at the Beer Tree.

But really, some things never change.

Yikes! Thanks Nana! I guess if I get beer, they get a sugar high.

To my surprise, Polly was frightened of the pigs, goats, turkeys. She'd get this terrified cry of real fear. I had to get her out and hold her, bring her closer and tell her how nice these animals all are. When she was in the stroller, at their level, with their curious noses or beaks coming toward her, she absolutely panicked. 

But now she is sort of obsessed with "goats" and says it all the time, very nicely enunciated. DOATttt.

It was about three hundred degrees inside the whirling strawberry. We squeezed in with Addie, Utah, and two other random little girls.

Cuzzie greetings.

Big kids!

We got home to a rager in progress! Solstice party in full swing. I swiped the girls' fair-dirty hands and faces and feet with washcloths, put them in quick jammies (Tootie has to always pick her own, and the shirt has to be tucked in "to my undies AND pants") and we joined the fun.

Such a fun night, all our friends stayed late, with our whole caravan of bedraggled kids. Darin made a bonfire once it got dark. There were only six marshmallows left which the kids shared remarkably well.  Songs were sung, beautiful music filled the night as Sean got out his stand-up bass. Stories were told, kids jumped on the trampoline by moonlight, and later grew sleepy on our laps by the fire. After a brief adjournment as we snuck away to put our girls to bed, Darin and I stayed up later than we ever do. Joey and Em and Scout and our friend Jacob from Baltimore all spent the night in our living room.

Next year I plan to introduce some real solstice rituals and maybe even stay up all night, dancing up the sun.

Next day, Father's Day, dawned with headaches, smoky hair, strong coffee brewed by Em, and dragging around tidying up. Darin and I made the tough decision not to join Joey and Em at Fallen Leaf Lake, and instead to go the opposite direction and hit up a few fun spots in Sacramento. 

A bookish father deserves a good bookstore on Father's Day.  Beers Books is a treasure that has been in Sacramento since the 1930s. I remember it best for its heyday on L Street, but this newer location serves it well for spaciousness. You can't not find something desirable inside.

And a bookish father (and mother) begets bookish daughters.

A day of Sacramento staples. We had a late lunch at a favorite cheap Mexican food joint, Los Jarritos on Broadway. For some reason I just have a good feeling eating there; I like that nothing really changes, I like the chips and salsa, the big map of Mexico, the tray of sweetbreads, and I like that it's clean. And it doesn't hurt that they offer every flavor of paleta for a buck. 

Bubble gum and pina colada. I think the flavors match our girls' personalities.

Finally, we ended the afternoon at another old Sacramento stand-by. I had heard about Funderland, that the rides are old fashioned and there's no entrance fee and it's been there next to Fairytale Town in William Land Park, since 1946. So we basically gave the girls their dreamday to celebrate their dad. Hey, it's fun to have fun with your kids. What can I say?

That's her "in heaven" face. One of her favorite things to chant is UP, DOWN and ALL AROUND! It sounds like this: Up, dowwww nallowwww!

Lucy always wants the "bench" on carousels. It's so strange, because she will ride any ride! But for some reason she doesn't want to go up and down on the horseys. This swan was a gorgeous place for a little queenie to ride.


She was the only one on this whole ride!

Glued, fascinated, agape. 

They both rode on Daddy's shoulders back to the car. It was a perfect day.
 And thus ended the official start to the officially busiest and most fun season of the year.


Jessica said…
The perfect way to begin summer! Your gatherings always look so lovely and full of life! I've thought so much lately about really bringing in each season properly with festivities and friends...somehow I never seem to remember until the actual day :)
Heidi Ann said…
Oh, it all looks like such fun!! What a lovely way to celebrate both summer and Father's Day!
Amy Beatty said…
Oh my gosh. I love those girls so much. Tucked in jammies and sweet beaming faces at the fair. Polly being afraid is the saddest cutest thing in the world. She has the cutest cry face in all the world. So much magic in the air with little kids. It's too fun.
Tera said…
I love those lil girls! Always leave me smiling. Polly has expressions that remind me of August at that age. Even now.
Tera said…
Oh! Yeah, the ferris wheel, made my palms sweat a bit just thinking about it. But what an experience for them!
Anonymous said…
I love your blog - every single thing about it.


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