Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Country Folk

Before trekking out to "The Pumpkin Festival" at a farm in Moorpark last weekend, I mentioned in passing to Sean how it stated on their website that adults showing up in costume would enter free of charge. Obviously not one to pass on such an opportunity; half an hour later he was in the hallway ready to go and kitted out in cowboy gear. Off we went - tiny Superman, Bobby Ewing and me. Sauntering up to the gate - with slightly more swagger than normal - Sean greeted the friendly woman at the ticket office and prepared to pay the $12.00 fee for my entry. "Welcome sir, that will be $24.00" the woman said, rather unceremoniously. Amused, I said nothing and neither did Sean, feeling at first a little surprised, I think, and then secretly pleased with his own ability to blend that authentically with our temporary surroundings. :)

We had a fantastic time, Noah especially was in seventh heaven as he got to see all his favourite farm animals, as well as a totally hilarious pig race! We also got lost in a corn maze, listened to live bluegrass while stuffing ourselves with tri-tip and corn on the cob, we went on a tractor ride through the most beautiful sunflower field and finally found our perfect pumpkin just as the sun went down... Perhaps Sean and I were a little drunk on all the fresh air and homemade lemonade, but that day we both thought just how great it might be to leave the city behind and go live the good life on a farm.

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Thursday, November 01, 2012


A friend posted this picture on facebook with the caption "The Queen of England still rides".

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Awesome, yes? :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hello Pumpkin

We drove out to a farm on Sunday to pick up this year's Jack o Lantern (pictures from that adventure coming up) and last night, the boys (plus dog) went about creating their masterpiece. No, cheating with manufactured tracing shapes here; this is an Olcott original :)

Not so sure about the slimy seeds :)

 Noah is into kissing everything and everybody right now...
The finished Jack o Lantern was no exception. 

"I see you pumpkin"


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Happy Halloween everybody, hope you've had fun! 

Monday, October 29, 2012


The start of another week, and with October 31st around the corner, I imagine a lot of folks are busy choosing this year's Halloween costume. However, here - at the SuperCowboyBaby (SCB) headquarters - it's just business as usual...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rules need not apply

Last weekend, we spent some time on the gorgeous grounds of an old Beverly Hills mansion aptly named Greystone...

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This week we're at the beach, happily house sitting for Sean's parents while they're out of town. The change of scenery is very nice, as are the fresh ocean breezes and lovely water views. Few activities lend themselves better to inward reflection than staring at the waves, glass [of wine] in hand; My realisation today was that I really ought to stop announcing intentions of future prolific blogging when I'm so clearly challenged in that all important follow-through area (!) 

...About those promised summer pics? Possibly, probably. :) But for now, have a lovely rest of your week!

Until soon, 

Friday, September 21, 2012

What? We've been busy. (Again)

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I know, it's been over three months. Imagining that one has been missed at all makes returning that much nicer. So first off, if your're one of the sweet people who's been checking in regularly in spite of my absence - keeping the visitor count at a respectable level all summer long, I thank you!

By now, I have a lot of [blog] ground to cover, and more than a few summer-y photos to share. Last time I posted I was 33 years old. I still am and not much has changed where I'm concerned. (Except, I did chop most of my hair off on a whim, only to regret it later (of course)...

But Noah, who was 15 months in June, just turned 19 months and that makes a huge difference in toddler world; He used to waddle, now he runs. He used to say about 30 words, now I've lost count and there is even a full sentence or three in his repertoire ("I love you" being the latest addition :) He used to be a little scared of the waves, now he runs straight into the water. He used to be totally fine playing alone, and though still independent, he now often insists we join in, firmly grabbing our hands, taking us to his toy of choice. He can climb the jungle-gym at the park unaided. He can drink from a grown-up cup (though he's still on his beloved bottle, which he calls "fatte" - a hybrid of Swedish "flaska" and bottle). He can sweep the terrace with a broom. He can "put things back" which comes in handy considering the considerable mess he makes everyday. He can chase Moses around the apartment (squealing with delight all the while) and also pet him nicely. He can say "Noah". He can draw with crayons. He can navigate the Ipad better than both his parents (and he can show his frustration when it's taken away). He gets a joke and loves to laugh out loud. He's an excellent mimic - often to hilarious effect - so now we REALLY have to watch what we say... He can tell if a car is white, blue or red (well, most of the time). He can sing and motion most of "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "The Wheels of the Bus" over and over and over and he is quite adamant that others join in the chorus. He lets us know when he needs a fresh diaper by frowning a little, asking "I poo?" He can charm the socks off checkout staff at the grocery store, waiters, strangers in the elevator - beaming up at them from his stroller; He's really into striking up conversation with people in general, pointing out all the stuff he knows or playing an impromptu game of peek-a-boo. Very much the little bookworm, he still likes to read (out loud) by himself for long periods of time, but these days he will also hand us books to read to/with him and he is usually quite specific about his choice. He can tell by sound when someone is playing the guitar, he can dance while clapping his hands and often ask that we put on music, or "siik" as he calls it. He understand Swedish and English equally well, and uses both languages almost evenly.
Best of all, he can run into my open arms with a huge smile on his face and hug me right back and he still likes to give kisses slap on the mouth. :)

...Basically, he's a genius.

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PS. For the sake of posterity, I have several retroactive summer posts in the works... Watch this space.
Oh, and Happy Fall everybody!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Still here

...In case you were wondering whether the move had gotten the better of me.

It all went well, Noah adjusted without trouble and is loving the patio especially. Two weeks in, I feel really happy with the new place - even though there are still boxes in every corner and not a single picture on the walls! ...I am noticing that things take a little longer with kid(s). Then again, it could just be my old age slowing me down; I am 33 now after all.
Tuesday was my birthday and I celebrated it with my main men in Malibu. It was lovely; Sean took the day off and we drove out to a favourite restaurant of mine called Geoffrey's that sits on a cliff top and where they serve mean oysters and perfectly bubbly bubbly. I enjoyed both on Tuesday and finished it all off with some otherworldly cheesecake. (The fact that I then felt slightly sick to my stomach the next day is another story entirely.) After lunch we went to this secluded beach we love - to play in the sand and watch the waves together... I couldn't have wished for more, honestly.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bye Bye Beverly Hills, Hello Hancock Park

Bye dining room...

bye Noah's nursery

bye living room

bye bedroom

and bye lovely view of a magnolia tree ...

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We will miss living here; the charm of this old building and its original 1940s features, like the built in bookcases, the retro bathroom tiles and ornate fire place and creaky floorboards... It has been a special home for us in so many ways, particularly because of Noah of course, as every major milestone in his 15 month existence has taken place within these walls and leaving does feel melancholic. Still, all good things must come to a close and lately we've been longing to be further away from the street noise and fumes, also on the wishlist was to have our own washer/dryer, a bigger kitchen, a lift and perhaps a garden... After some months of searching we finally found "it" fifteen minutes or so northeast of here, and we look forward to moving on to a slightly larger, recently renovated and quiet apartment that also comes with a - much anticipated - southwest facing, wraparound patio! (My grand plans for it include planters filled to the brim with wild strawberries, a couple of comfortable wicker armchairs and a small splash pool for Noah :)  ...

Now, you gain some you lose some as the saying goes; The building is decidedly less charming and our new neighbourhood is definitely not as pristine as Beverly Hills (then again, what is? Besides, we used to live in London you know, so I guess we should be able to handle a little grit) ... But there is a cute park with a playground and a great, boutique-y highstreet with gourmet cafes, a famous yoga studio as well as a good wine and cheese shop all within walking distance. Mostly though, we are excited about exploring a new part of town and making it home. (To my [mild] horror I recently realised that in the 13 years since Sean and I met, we have never lived in any one place longer than two years (!) All this moving around was never out of necessity - just plain wanderlust. Also, I have an unusually short attention span... But fear not (dear grandparents), we are aware that children need stability and we do plan on settling down somewhere very soon. Just not quite yet... ;)

The move is this weekend. Wish us luck.


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