Lately, we’ve had some weekends packed full of dinners, commitments,visitors, and adventures…

We tried to take Cleo on a hike in the Santa Monica mountains…but upon arrival, we were told dogs were not allowed…(news to us after lots of research and finding no such information)…so we headed up to the beaches just south of Oxnard.  They were perfect…nearly empty, and Cleo could run wild.

Woody managed to sneak Cleo up onto the couch.  There is no happier place for her than when she gets to snuggle with one or both of us on the ‘human’ furniture.

Wynne came to visit for a night, and we grabbed burgers at this place.

I’ve been volunteer coaching soccer for the community organization in Pasadena – the kids range in age from 4-12.  The kids in green are my team…but each Saturday, everyone practices together for an hour and plays the other color teams during the second hour.

They are all very cute, very squirmy and constantly doing about 8 other things…that aren’t soccer.  It’s hilarious.

I also went for a hike with Cleo in the San Gabriels way up above Pasadena…LA is in the distance and you can almost see the ocean…it looked like it was raining in Santa Monica.

We took a drive up towards Ojai for a short hike…Cleo loves any moment where she can get off the leash and run around following her nose.

She loves jumping right into any water we find…and will usually cross at least 5 times while we are planning on how to cross.

And of course, for Woody, weekends also usually include some work.  I got to play lab partner for him one morning when he had instrument time.  I took some notes, touched only things I was allowed to touch and tried not to break anything…and of course asked a lot of annoying questions, just like an 8 year old would – along the lines of…”What’s this do?”…”what are you looking at?”…”what’s making that noise?”…”How do you know where the laser is pointing?”…”what happens if you push that?”…etc.

Woody was very patient!

Here’s to more weekends filled with adventures and friends and good food all summer long!