Nate’s Notes: “I Hee a Twain!”

DSC_0235We went on a field adventure a couple days ago.  It was Momma, Daddy, me and Lyla- yes, she seems to come everywhere with us…still.  <sigh>.   Anyway, it rained that morning so I didn’t think we were going on our adventure, but Daddy says rain won’t stop us!  After lunch we climbed in the car, cameras and all, and were off.   Some songs, a nap and hours later, we arrived to bright sun and wind.  I don’t mind the wind- it tickles my face and blows Momma’s hair all over!  Silly wind.

We started hiking.  I wore Daddy on my front and Lyla wore Momma on her back.  We hiked.  And we hiked some more until we saw big big water!   It went as far as I could see, was really blue and made me smile.  Momma call it the ocean where fishies, whales, and sharks live with lots of other creatures.  “Baaaby shark- do do-do do do do. Baby shark!”  Oh- sorry, not song time.

Anyway, right by the big water, we saw a house all by itself on the edge of rocks!  Why did someone live right there?  Because Momma freaks me out and can tell what I’m thinking before I talk, she started telling me that this was a lighthouse.  After I asked her to get out of my head, she said it was to help boats in the water when they can’t see, so they don’t get lost. Boats have eyes?    A bright light shines and a loud horn sounds so the boats know where the rocks are and don’t get hurt.   Driving here, we actually saw a boat that looked hurt.  It was old and not in water.  It looked broken and sad.  Guess it didn’t hear the horn or see the light.

Just then, the horn sounded!  That wasn’t a horn, it was a train, I swear!   “I hee a twain!  I hee a twain!!  Pretty soon a twain coming!” I yelled into the wind.   Momma and Daddy both smiled and shook their heads at me.  They kept telling me there was no train, that it was from the lighthouse.  Ummm….no.   I’m pretty sure I know what a train sounds like.  Pfff.   Big people think they know everything.   Won’t they be surprised when the train comes!  I didn’t see any tracks, but maybe after we climb down the hill on all those steps there will be tracks.

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Point Reyes Lighthouse

No tracks.  Just many eleventeen steps, cool rocks, the house, the light, lots of wind, lots of water and the train horn.   It was kind of amazing and lovely out on that point.  It had a name- I think Momma called it “rays”.  We stayed for awhile, enough to make me sleepy as we watched the big water, flying birds and boats.  Someday, when I don’t have to carry Daddy around on my front, I’ll go back and walk all those steps to see the lighthouse again.   The train never came, but it was one of my favorite adventures so far!

On the ride home, Momma and Daddy told me that their light will always be on and I’ll always know where they are so I won’t ever get lost.   What. Are. They. Talking. About????  So cryptic sometimes…like they think they are a lighthouse now and I’m a boat???  It’s just exhausting sometimes trying to figure them out.

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Nate’s Notes: The Drawing Game

I know, I thought we were going to be using color crayons too.  What do you expect (wink wink- even though both my eyes still close when I try to wink) when you hear “draw”?  Well, Momma and Daddy said they were going to need my help with a game.   They called it “The Drawing Game”.   Naturally, I went to find my color crayons and tried to sneak in some highlighters and markers.  Momma quickly took the highlighters and markers away.  Not cool.  After being ignored when I threw myself on the floor thrashing in an attempt to get the markers back, I picked myself up, forgot about the markers, and decided to see what they meant.   I joined them at the table where they were writing on small pieces of paper.

I made a mad swipe at all the papers and ran, eager to see what they were about.  Daddy grabbed my overalls and hauled me back to the table.  Man.  Did I mention they are soooo serious sometimes??!!!  After resigning myself to standing there, marker-less and confused, they told me what they were doing.   Momma decided our list of field adventures for pictures was long and taking up too much room on the whiteboard in our kitchen.  She also said she wanted to add some fun to the family decision-making process and asked me what I thought about that.  I blinked at her (not winked) and thought to myself, “she DOES realize I am not even two right?  Family decision-making process?  What does that even MEAN????” .    She clearly took my blinking as a cooperative gesture because she responded, “Good!  I’m glad you like it Nate, because you get to draw the first adventure.”   Well, who doesn’t like a good game of Pictionary???!!!  THIS boy does!   So I ran to get my color crayons.  Daddy grabbed my overalls and hauled me back to the table once again.  They are SO confusing.  Do they want my help or not??

Momma said we could crumple the pieces of paper and put them in the old coffee tin.  She told me what some of them said as we crumpled.  Golden Gate Bridge;  Rodeo;  SF Zoo; Armstrong Woods; Point Reyes Lighthouse;  SF Japanese Tea Gardens;  Pier 39;  Giants Ballpark; Healdsburg Playground; Monterey; Mendocino;  Fort Ross;  Downtown Napa;  Santa Rosa Air Museum; Angel Island; Alcatraz; China Camp State Park; Yosemite;  Camping; Fort Point; Aquarium; Howarth Park; and Spring Lake.   Then she explained that “draw” is a complicated verb with many meanings.  Yes, I can draw with my color crayons.   I could even draw with highlighters and markers if she’d put on her fun-Momma cap and let me.  Well, this time, draw meant to pull out one of the pieces of paper from the tin.   Whatever- your language is so bizarre sometimes.  I’m just trying to learn it.

So, here goes…my turn to draw the first field adventure!   Got it!  And we’re going to…

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