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Real Life: While You Were Out.

Or rather, while WE were out….

Even though Modern Kiddo was dark, life was still busy, busy around Camp Kiddo! Here’s a little bit of what was going on:

Oh yeah, we won the World Series!!! GO GIANTS! Aw yeeeeeeah! Greg and Wolfie are big Giant’s fans and the World Series spirit hit us big time. I’m not a sporty gal, but I *totally* got into it. It was so fun to see our goofy cool team (Fear the Beard!!) doing so well…but also so great to see how excited they got every game and what positive spirits they had. Characters with character. And let it be known that Buster Posey (Rookie of the Year, thank you very much) officially has the best name EVER.

We also dog-sat Henry, my friend Bryan’s dog. Henry comes to work every day and I’m his unofficial auntie. If I’m having a stressful day, I scoot down the hall and give Henry a visit. He is a big loveable chocolate lab and such a sweetie. He’s very elegant looking but he’s a total goofball.

WE LOVE HENRY! We are huge animal lovers in our family and a think a doggie might be on the horizon for us sooooooon.

Our weather has been so up and down. A little over a week ago it was POURING rain. And freezing. The only upside I was able to try out my new little vintage umbrella I scored at a super fab estate sale. Of course the last few days it’s been in the 70s. Go figure!

Wolfie is in first grade now and lemme tell ya, it’s a WORLD of difference from kindergarten. So much more homework and much more structure, but Wolfie’s teacher is pretty great and he is really thriving! This past week we had a totally fun project. The theme was “Things That Go” and Wolfie had to make something that moved, using all recycled materials. He and Greg decided to make a skateboard. It turned out so cute I wanted to show it off!


He started with a recycled piece of foam core that was left over from my work. He traced a real skateboard to get the shape just right. Wolfie decorated the top of the board with pictures he cut out from the Target circular and from an old coloring book.

When it came time for the underside, they used smaller pieced of the foam core and the tops of plastic soda bottles to make the trucks—held together with masking tape. The wheels were the tricky part….but then they remembered we had a set of bum Halloween lights that had these jack-o-lanterns hanging off them. They guys took the lights off and used the pumpkins as wheels. It was hilarious and awesome!

Wolfie was so proud of his board, he was kind of bustin’! It was very popular with his classmates too—Greg and I were cracking up, a 5th grader walked past him and said, “Yo Wolfie, that board is tight!” hahaha.

Wolfie does this “flying W” which is so cute  (inspired by the Van Halen logo) I always wonder if his teacher has any idea what it’s supposed to be!

OH! And this is fun. Miss Dottie and I were part of a krazy kool Devil-Ette photo shoot! Being busy working gals and mamas we don’t have as much time for dancing with the girls—but my sweet friend Doe (our fearless leader!) invited us to be part of a photoshoot held by rad photographer Mitch Tobias. Mitch’s work is vivid and bold (lots of saturated color) so it’s perfect for us. It was held at this really great place in the East Bay called Bake Sale Betty’s, a quirky fun bakery (diners eat on old ironing boards!). Um, these are my silly iPhone photos. Mitch’s will be 10x cooler!

It was soooooo great seeing the girls. Such a fun and bad ass group of ladies. I love ’em all.

Yup, I’m just a wholesome, All-American, pie-bakin’ mama. Hee.

And finally….some really fun and exciting news. Dotty and I are *both* speaking at ALT….the Altitude Design Summit. Whooo hoo! This is an AMAZING blogger conference held during Sundance in Utah in January. We went last year and had an incredible time. The keynote panel included Dooce, Maxwell, Founder of Apartment Therapy, Grace Bonney of design*sponge and Jean Aw of notcot…..and the panels were all a total “Who’s Who” of design blogging. The best part, however, was chatting with all the amazing bloggers who attended. We made some fabulous friends and it’s SUCH a thrill to be returning as speakers.

If you have the time, I highly recommend attending!!! You know you want to meet us kooky gals in person…we sure would love to meet YOU!


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  1. Kellie MiniMustHave says

    Yay, glad to see you two back again! Love Wolfie’s little project – the teacher in me resisted the urge to grade it.
    Damn it.
    A++!!!
    Now, if only I could organise a ticket and fly half way around the world for that blogger conference…

    • Alix says

      Thanks Kelly!! Oooh I wish you could come out here….or maybe we should try and come to YOU someday!!! (sigh…if only….)

  2. pilgrim says

    aaaahhhh!! so glad you laydeez are back!
    wolfie’s board (and W) are definitely tight. miss alex you look BEAUTIFUL under you umbrella, and miss dottie – i dunno whats hotter: the fresh baked cookies or you! i’m SO proud of you guys and SUPER excited to see you talk at alt! zomg, i’m going to alt yaaaay!

    • Alix says

      Can I tell you that I got all excited about you and danielle coming to visit the other day? I mean, i’m always excited about it, but I was all giddy like “YAY! They are coming to seeeee meeee!” (ok, and I guess our fair City. But i like to pretend it’s alllll about meeee! hahaaha” And SO GLAD you are coming to ALT!!!! We’ll have a blast!! Bring dem business cards!

      I’m going to call all your drawings “tight” from now on.

      • Dottie says

        Alt Summit = SLUMBER PARTEE!!!!

        I can’t wait to hug and kiss you in person Pilgrim!

        • pilgrim says

          i’m priming my lips already miss dottie 😛
          and yeah, my drawings are pretty tight haha

  3. danielle thompson says

    OH.MY.GOSH. Miss Dottie and Miss Alex, you look GORGEOUS!!! 😀 You’ve been busy gals! And Alex, your first outfit is to die for. I want the details. The dress. The BAG. my gosh lady you have the most incredible style. And your HAIR! it’s straight!! looks fabulous! Can’t wait to see the bakery photos 😀 And for some reason, i had no idea Wolfie was a first grader! So is Coop! Wish we could get those two together. : )

    • Alix says

      Coop and Wolfie would have so much fun together! Seriously maybe we can have an east coast/southern meet up! Thank you for all your sweet comments about my style….it’s so silly but it just makes a gal feel good when her best girlies think she’s lookin’ cute, no??? (I have to race to Woflie’s school and to work now but I’ll update with zee outfit!)

    • Dottie says

      You are too kind, but I’m so superdedupery excited for you to come up to the Bay Area for a fun shindig of vintage goodness. Alix and I are already planning festivities for you ladies!

  4. lishyloo says

    so many things i want to say!

    1. wolfie is such a handsome devil and he just lights me up hearing about his adventures! love that kid.

    2. the devilettes shoot is increds.

    3. that skateboard IS tight!

    • Alix says

      Your comment made me laugh!!! hahaha. Thanks Lishy! The skateboard ruled. Greg gets all the crafty credit!

  5. betsy says

    you girls are too cute! Love those devil pictures.

    • Alix says

      Thank you Betsy! I can’t wait to see the final pix. Dottie and I are members of a “60s style synchronized Go Go Dance Group”! We’re called the DEvil-Ettes and its good campy fuN!

  6. kodie says

    awww…love Wolfie’s skateboard! last week, Miss Haven had to make a car out of a cardboard box for drive in movie day at preschool. a lot of work, but she had a great time and it turned out soooo cool!!

    • Alix says

      OMG drive-in movie day??? How cute!! Did you post pictures? I wanna see! I love cardboard box cars!

  7. RocketGirl says

    CONGRATULATIONS! That’s fantastic about the conference. And jack-o-lantern wheels? Brilliant!

    (And I must share: that’s me in the front far left of the middle Devil-Ettes picture!)

    • Alix says

      Jody! It was s great to see you at the shoot….and yup. Pumpkin wheels are alllllllll the rage.

      😉

  8. Jenny (VintageSugarcube) says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! You ladies are beyond gorgeous!!

    • Alix says

      Sugar Cube!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hey cutie. OMG, did I ever post that amazingly cute drink recipe you sent me?? I seriously can’t remember!!!!!!!!! We need to remedy that if I messed up!

      • Dottie says

        Right back at you Miz Cube!

        Yes! We were planning to feature it the week we went down. Phooey! And things have been nutso since, but don’t never fear! MK plans to feature your drinkie goodness tout suite sweetie!

  9. Ellen Marie "Mama" Pike says

    Love the photos of you two and your friends in the bakery. Looks like you have a lot of fun along the way!

  10. gabrielle says

    Billy is well impressed with that skateboard…however now he wants to make one too.
    Looks like you have all been having a fab time

    • Alix says

      Tell the awesome Billy hello! You know he’s one of our fave kiddos around here!

  11. tracy says

    I always love your REAL LIFE posts!!! Congrats on Alt Summit, you two!! So proud of how far you both have come in this past year!! xoxoxoxoxox Tracy

    p.s. that board IS TIGHT!!! 😉

  12. miss james says

    LADY!!! you look incredibly GORGEOUS in these photos. i luuuufff the ones with the umbrella. your hair looks devine and them red lips. wowie! you’re a beauty. xo.

    • Alix says

      Aw shucks, thank you sweet girlie! I was pretty happy to score that thar umbrelly!

      xo

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