Stay-at-Home Mom Update
Truth be told, the weirdest part of being a SAHM is being expected to feed my husband. We've never done that before and I'm like (a) Uh, can't you just get Taco Bell or something, and (b) Wait, you want me to serve you? Now, don't get me wrong, I'm doing it (sort of), and it's fun, but it's weird. (I'm a terrible cook, a passable baker and a loving wife, so I said it's fun, I didn't say it was good...food.)
The other weird thing is that that the world is deserted after Labor Day. We did two nature walks this week, for our Fall theme, and it was just us and the birds both times. Today we went to the Ocean View Farms Community Garden off Centinela. Most of the garden is gated, but there's one section that's not, so we walked around there and had a grand old time. We saw what I believe was a peregrine falcon, Jackson had fun moving dirt from one location to the other, and I collected fallen fruit from the edge plantings for a autumn-themed centerpiece. (Pomegranate, prickly pear cactus fruit and rose hips, in case you care. No photos since my camera's SIM card is dead.) Anyway, it'll be interesting to see if the fall emptiness extends to places like the zoo or museums.
Meanwhile, here are some pictures of Jackson and some macaws, courtesy of Grandpa Jack. Grandpa and Grandma took us to this parrot sanctuary (ParrotCare.org) located in a eucalyptus grove on the VA grounds next to the UCLA baseball diamond. We never would have found it ourselves, but since macaws are apparently a thing in Jackson's life, we made it an outing and it was fabulous. The birds seemed to have more joie de vivre than the ones at the Eco Station, and the hyacinth macaws were particularly lovely. I collected some feathers off the ground and discovered that macaws can have feathers that are blue on one side and red on the other. BEAUTIFUL.