Sunday, October 25, 2020

the air is getting cooler


and the view is getting better.

For some reason you can't see our beloved islands during a good portion of the summer/when it gets warmer.  

In winter, the views around town get even that much more spectacular. 

Those peeks of blue that we have -- hands down the best part of this house for me.

Sunday, October 18, 2020


Kids are still not tired of surfing.  Seriously, 4+ times a week, they sneak in a session whenever they can.  Last Friday night they were in the water until dark.

I do very much enjoy watching them surf though.  

KT ... 


Mo ... 

Friday, October 16, 2020

it begins...

We've started our backyard remodel.

Here is the day before we started...

On Day One this happened ... 

And, by the end of Day Two:

Here's Fitz trying to figure out what happened ...

More to come.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

8 days of the week

Well maybe not eight days, but it sure feels like it.  Surfing is the "it" pastime right now.  

The girls go at least 4+ times a week.  Mo joined the middle school surf league.  My new car is regularly covered in sand.  We literally watched Endless Summer last night as a family.  

They are ALL. IN.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

(mini) ollie

 with cameo by Fitz.

Monday, August 3, 2020

skills honed in a pandemic

Not that there was any doubt, but Mo can officially do better hair than me.

Friday, May 22, 2020

this girl ...

...just got voted "most musical," by her 8th grade class.

The beginning of quarantine was tough for her.  Everyday she'd come into my office:
"We should be performing in Simi today..."
"What are we doing today?"
"We would be having our dance today."
"We'd be on Spring Tour today."
"Can we go to the beach tomorrow?"
She was pretty mad about her social life being put on indefinite hold.

Two months later it's down to:
"What are we doing today"
"Can we go to the beach tomorrow?"
She's definitely less angry which is nice.

I get it, no music trip, no Washington D.C. trip, no 8th grade dance, no 8th grade promotion event (which has been rescheduled as a "drive through" event -- that will be interesting) and probably 6+ music performances cancelled.  It really isn't fair.  I keep telling her, at least she's not a high school senior.

She has been doing a lot of solo music.  She has started composing using software which I for one think is pretty impressive (yes, I'm her mom, but still).

All in all we've settled into quarantine life pretty nicely.  The girls and I have found our weekday rhythm and I have to admit -- it's not terrible.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

skate or die

I've been telling my kids this is not an ideal time to go to the hospital because of COVID-19 and to please be careful ... 

Mo took a turn on her skateboard and there were rocks and... well, fractured and dislocated elbow.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

The Sounds of a Pandemic

Oddly enough the COVID-19 pandemic has not changed my schedule exceedingly.  If anything I have more time as I no longer have to drive people to school and then pick up and drive around to various practices after school.  No joke, this probably gives me anywhere between 2-3 hours more a day.

But, the tradeoff is I am no longer alone in my office (house).  The number of interruptions in my work day is countless.  Questions about their school work, how to email an image to a group when they have email accounts that are limiting, how to crop an image for an assignment, how to change a document into a .pdf, questions about how to get answers from a counselor, etc.  

I guess I should be happy they are cute little faces popping in ...  

But, clearly as the image shows those regular interruptions are also accompanied by quite a bit of noise.  

And, yes that is a saxophone.  Katie convinced her music teacher to loan it to her before school let out.  

The sounds of guitar, ukulele, clarinet and now saxophone fill the air at all hours of the day and night in house of the Little Wickies.

Katie has started composing, which can be frustrating for her as in her words "I can't get what's in my head into this program!"  And, she really has no one to help her as this is way out of my league.  A snippet of the intro she has been working on:

Mo has been teaching her "sisters" Lani and Keera to play uke. They made "The Coronavirus Song."  If you listen, make sure to have the Closed Captions (CC) on so you can see the lyrics.

I am so happy they have music in their lives ... but, man it's loud around here these days!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

maui 2019

My Little Wickies are not so little anymore.

Thursday, November 14, 2019


When you think of Mo, you think of a gigantic African animal, no?

Well her best friends have name her Rhino.  The other two are Termite and Cucumber.  There are others in the group called Rice, Lady and Fishy.

This Halloween she embraced her inner nickname and dressed up as a ...

Thursday, August 22, 2019

new digs

Someone told me moving is the 3rd most stressful thing after the death of a loved one, and a divorce.  

I believe it.

There are still quite a few boxes, but we're in and living here.

We have more room, we have another bathroom, and I have an office (whoop whoop).  We are really excited.  A little overwhelmed, but excited.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Volume Up

After Mo has a "big" glass of water.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Rolling Who?

Katie:  Kaleo is going to play in LA can we go?
Me:  When, where?
Katie:  They are opening for the Rolling Stones

Right, we are going to buy tickets to see the Rolling Stones ... so we can see their opener.

Good band, but we'll have to wait to see them when they come back on their own tour.

In the meantime here is Katie singing "No Good" by Kaleo at Rockshop Academy.

See other videos of her playing here.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

This picture is

... misleading.

They are NOT best friends.  They tolerate each other.  Yes, sometimes they play fight, and that's actually pretty funny.  It's slow motion fighting.   I'll need to post that someday.

In the last few months Tobey has been peeing on Fitz's bed.  What a jerk.

We've purchased 5+ beds in recent months for Fitz.

I finally bought a waterproof bed and slipped it inside a Costco outside lining (he prefers the soft outside), and it's like Tobey knows.  He hasn't peed on the bed since.  Like I said ... what a jerk.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

weekends are pretty much full of this...

And this ... 

Love watching them play sports.  It's easy to get swept up in the excitement of watching your kid play.  We try hard to keep it all in perspective.  I want KT and Mo to have sport in their lives.  I think it's important, and fun -- but, there is way more pressure on kids and families to play competitive sports then when we were young.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Fitz's first 5K

I just ran the fastest 5K I've ever run -- and I have my dog and my 10-year old to thank.

We ran in a benefit race for my good friend's sister's family.  

Mo was a rockstar.  She placed 4th overall for ALL female runners in the 5K.

Seriously impressed by Little last weekend.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

for posterity's sake

Mo's answers from end of 4th grade

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Thursday, August 9, 2018

hot dog

Working from home has its perks. 

Except for when it's hot and you have no air conditioning.  It has been uncomfortably warm for almost 3 weeks now. When it's hot consecutive days like this, the house never gets an opportunity to cool down.  

Today I wrote a press release about a mushroom knife while a fan blew hot air at me.  

I'll be honest, it was probably not the best work I have ever produced.

But then, at least I'm not wearing a fur coat.  

Poor puppy has been laying on the floor next to me all day -- switching sides every so often (presumably when the floor gets too warm underneath him.)

On the right side of me...

And, later on the left...

The only place he is really happy when it's this hot is here:

But, unfortunately it's a less conducive place to write and work.

As Songer said: It's hard being big and hairy.

Friday, July 13, 2018

the state of things

Summer can be hard when you work from home and kids have to stay busy (and quiet) while mom writes and conducts phone calls.  This is especially difficult for my non-homebody KT who itches to get out and "do something."  The days she is not in a camp/clinic during the day is seemingly torture for her.  She is always sure to let me know about her agonizing state -- repeatedly.

But, she sure is cute.

Mo on the other hand is fairly content playing with slime and watching YouTube slime videos in between doing her mom-mandated-stop-your-brain-from-going-to-mush curriculum.

Part of this "curriculum" is doing music daily.  For KT, I never had to employ any type of requirement so I was a little worried about doing so for Mo this summer.  To my relief she has taken to it beautifully -- and, has progressed immensely as a result.  I can't tell you how much I love hearing  both of them play and sing...

Dog, and dog-cat have been well, lazy as usual, mostly in part because it has been hot!

If not sleeping, this guy just looks at me with sad eyes throughout the day. 

Dog-cat sleeps in his perch in Mo's room through most of the morning, and then sneaks onto dog's bed in the afternoon for some rays.

Have to say though, would way rather be with these characters than in an office any day.

Friday, May 4, 2018

the calm before the storm

This weekend is going to be a bear.

8 a.m. soccer match for Mo
10 a.m. Relay for Life event for Mo's teacher
1 p.m. soccer match for Mo (in Goleta)
3:30 p.m. soccer match for KT
6:30 p.m. soccer match for KT
8 p.m. Cyrus de Mayo party

And, that's just Saturday.  There are more games on tap for Sunday!

Maybe someday I'll look back, my life a little slower and think -- wow, we were busy then.  But, for now, I'm going to grab a gulp of air and head into the weekend!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

dreaming of bread

Simply put, we need to find time to make bread at home soon.

Katie and I took a cooking class when we were in Paris last October.  We made amazingly delicious bread.

No, seriously ... really. good. bread.

We walked back to our apartment and bought two rotisserie cornish hens, an Orangina for KT, red wine for me and ... well, this might have been the best meal we had that trip.

Friday, April 13, 2018

she just looks grown up

I know it's such a motherly thing to say, but Katie is getting so grown up.

No, she doesn't wear makeup.  Her, D and Lia were just messing around at a mom's makeup event.

Love their "gentle" technique of palming each other's head when applying makeup.

We watched The Bourne Identity with her recently, and I feel like we have more and more "adult" conversations with Katie.  Often I feel like I'm talking with a friend rather than a kid.

Then something like this happens:

Song:  Fitz's tongue just went into my mouth.  He Frenched me!
Katie:  That's not how French people kiss.

... and then, I remember she's still a little girl.

Friday, March 2, 2018

because she's boss like that

I still contend she's the one we are going to have to look out for. 

One word:  Trouble. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Twenty-two years ago today...

Songer and I went on our first date.  We were in college and we ate at Tony Romas, and watched the movie Waterworld.  Five years later we got engaged in Paris at the restaurant pictured above. 

Now, every year we eat ribs on March 1st.  Tonight we were eating ribs ...

Me:  Hey Katie, 22 years ago today your dad and I kissed for the first time.
KT: You kissed on the first date!?  Ewwww....

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Vintage Rugs and Yellow Labs

I keep thinking I'm going to "catch up" with my blogging.  I haven't chronicled my adventures in Paris with Katie, the holidays, Mo on a rip-stick, Katie playing the bass, and now clarinet, Mo joining a club soccer team ... none of it.  It's just so daunting when I think about it.

So, I'm just going to post when I can and it will probably be more simple things -- you, know how I wish things were.

Today my new kitchen rug arrived.  I had to lock the dog and cat up in another room while I was trying to get the rug situated on top of the rug pad because they kept laying on it.

I like it.  Fitz seems to like it.  I hope everyone else does too, although, it's from Turkey so more than likely I will not be returning it even if they have objections...

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Dog Cat

Yes, we have a dog and a cat.  But, that isn't a typo in the heading.  Toby is a "Dog-Cat."  

What I mean by this, is he comes to the door to greet people, like a dog.  

He likes his belly rubbed...

He lays on the bed and chews on Fitz's bone...

And, he's a rascal...

We did go on an amazing vacation, which I will post about later when I have more time!