24 Hours

We've needed a new furnace for awhile - ours is original to our almost 40-year-old house - and we really wanted to add air conditioning during the replacement.
 JacJac slept on my lap for almost 3 hours during construction. Nothing bothers her!

Camarillo gets nice ocean breezes and, up until 2 or 3 years ago, the overwhelmingly hot days numbered less than 2 weeks a year. Not any more! Maybe I've become a temperature wimp, but it's been way, way too hot lately.
So Wednesday night we had a local rep come give us a bid on a new furnace/ac unit. . . we planned to think about it, maybe get other bids, make a decision in a week or so . . . . 
Yeah, that didn't happened. We signed the papers about 8 that night and at 8 the next morning 5 trucks were out front. By 9, our old furnace was sitting on the front lawn. . .
all the old duct work was out by noon . . . 
and by 5 pm, we were done. 
New furnace, new air conditioning, all trash removed and the minimal damage (for new vents) repaired.
The boss came by this morning to test the AC on our huge compressor and collect a check from us. 
Still can't believe it happened so fast - and so painlessly.
Want to see why we needed a new heating unit?
The oldest ducts (original to the house) had burst seams and were slowly rotting from the inside.
Some weren't even attached anymore - and weren't capped off either. Apparently we've been doing an excellent job of heating the attic. 
Definitely not what we wanted. 
Now we have all shiny, new everything furnace-related and a very nice warranty. I'm almost looking forward to summer.


Mugging Sissy

Leanne is such a good big sister.

She lets JacJac climb all over her when they play together.
Can you tell how much JacJac loves her Sissy?
And the other thing Leanne loves? Working puzzles with Grandma.
It took us a little longer to do this non-traditional puzzle but we finished it!


Jac's First Road Trip

Hubby had a roaring case of cabin fever after being down for a week with a sore back, so Saturday we packed up the available baby grands and headed north.
First stop - Ostrichland.

Leanne was a bit nervous at first
- those are some big dinosaurs birds - 
but she quickly figured out they were only interested in the food pellets
and not in biting/pecking her.
Once the ostrich food ran out - and we'd counted ostrich toes -
we headed for our own lunch
and then into Solvang
for Leanne's special surprise -
a ride on the horse-drawn trolley.
She was one very happy girl.
You know it's been a good day when you end up with green frosting on your nose.

And I was happy too . . .
these silly socks and another cuckoo clock might have followed me home.


Music and Science

Leia's teacher needed volunteers for a musical instrument presentation and I couldn't get my hand up fast enough.
The program is sponsored by the local professional orchestra and introduces third graders to various instrument 'families' while letting them try out some instruments under supervision (hence the need for volunteers).
Kids can sign up for band in 4th and 5th grade and Leia is already asking to play flute (is it in the genes??). 
I have such great memories of orchestra and band - especially marching band - and I want the baby grands to have the chance to experience that also. So yes, Leia, we can get you a flute.
This was also Science Week, with more volunteer opportunities for Grandma. Monday's experiments involved electromagnets which the kids thought were cool. 
Today's lesson was on force, inertia 
and friction, 
with easy experiments -
like a butterfly make-and-take - 
that explained the concepts on the third grade level. Very cool program that will hopefully get these kids excited about science and future careers.


Center Stage

Leanne is another baby grand who loves being on stage. 
She recently starred as a puppy in her kindergarten production of "Mother Goose's Goose is Loose", singing 'Hey Diddle Diddle'.

Super cute play, with lots of (really awful) nursery rhyme puns.  
She was also part of a performance with her after school hip-hop group. Leanne missed 2 of the 6 practices due to illness, so I was afraid she wouldn't know the routine.
No need to worry - 
what she didn't know she faked with attitude and enthusiasm.
Which is actually a great life lesson.