Happenings – 2 1/2 – The Animal Picnic

as stated in many posts since this site started, we’ve been meaning to post for quite some time now but just haven’t been able to do so. so many happenings have happened to Corbalfamily since the last post months ago, and we have found ourselves too busy with living each happening, that we haven’t made time to record and share those happenings. luckily, many of you who frequent the site are the very people who we have shared these happenings with.

all the same, this site does keep our dearest friends and family up to date on what we are doing, and so i will mention a few things:
1. we moved! L.A. to Santa Cruz and we are very happy with the decision. we painfully miss our family and friends in southern california, and still think of them all the time. we do not miss the 30+ degree temperature difference. Fog in the morning, what a beautiful thing.
2. Parker Jane took her first plane ride(s) as we visited friends in Kansas City, and Chicago; so many fun times, so much gracious hospitality, and the oh so lovely Maeve Gaspar (who you can see on our Flickr page) took her first step while we visiting.
3. Erin got a job at Hidden Gardens Nursery and is quickly learning the ways of Northern California climates. the nursery boasts chicken keeping, worm composting and sustainable gardening – all aspects of gardening Erin is very passionate about. future plans to start up her business again are unknown, but certainly possible as she is awesome and her work is beautiful.
4. despite covering the town with my resume, i am sadly still unemployed (or as the great Jonathan calls it “funemployed”). and it has been fun; I spend most of my time with Parker Jane. but i do need and want a job all the same. a few Waldorf teaching possibilities have surfaced and i am pursuing them feverishly, so please send your best thoughts.

5. Parker Jane is blossoming at an unfathomable rate.

- her vocabulary increases everyday and we are now having involved conversations about anything and everything.
- she is fully potty trained (except a diaper at night) and took on the task with such responsibility that Erin and I are still amazed at how quickly and fully she adapted.
- she of course still loves books and devours many a day.
- Parker Jane is now the owner of two pet fish (one of the fish is named Tug, and the other is yet to be named; although she has considered Adeer and Sleepoke.
- Parker Jane’s favorite food is no longer sushi, but instead PB & J.
- today, Parker Jane is 2 1/2 years old. it has been mentioned that children at half ages are much more of a handful. i will agree, as recently Parker Jane has become much more challenging in many aspects. at the same time, she is still so incredibly agreeable, even-tempered, loving, generous, compassionate, helpful and on and on and on that the extra challenge she has brought recently is peacefully welcomed by Erin and i.

now, for a little bit of media.
first: visit our Flickr page for a recent upload of about 80 pictures.
second: a video. what tickles me the most about this video is that some of you have experienced it’s content, randomly, in public, with Erin and i also joining in.

corbalfamily films presents: The Animal Picnic

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Written by Rick on August 24, 2009.

Categories: Erin, Family, Friends, General, Parker Jane, Rick, Video.

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Children under 3 years old receive free entrance into Disneyland. Score!
Admission is also free if it’s your birthday. Double Score!

As you may have guessed, the Corbal Family went to good ol’ Disneyland for Rick’s birthday. What can we say? It was awesome, even better than my own experience as a child. It sounds totally corny, but it really is a magical place.

Now there’s a two-for-one admission promotion going on. Dare we go again before the move?!?

Witness the mind-blowing effects of Mickey Mouse on a two year old:
corbalfamily films presents: Mickey Koala Bear?

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Written by Rick on May 6, 2009.

Categories: Erin, General, Parker Jane, Rick, Video.

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we made bread



2 cups water
1 tablespoon yeast
1 spoonful honey

beat. when everything begins to bubble, add 5 cups of flour. knead. break into smaller portions and knead more. let dough rise for 15-20 minutes. roll into smooth balls of desired size. bake until done on desired temperature. eat up.

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Written by Rick on March 17, 2009.

Categories: General, Parker Jane, Rick.

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Today, Parker Jane turns two. It is to be celebrated with cupcakes and her best friend Shara. Who could ask for more?

post cupcake

Last weekend, we all threw a birthday party for PJ and Shara at Griffith Park. It was a perfect day for a picnic lunch and a ride on the merry-go-round. Family and friends came from miles around to celebrate among the balloons and bubbles. A gigantic post to our Flickr page has pictures from the party, and then some.

And then some… I guess that would contain pictures of our life since November. And boy, hasn’t the world changed since then? The world of Corbal Family certainly has. Rick and I made a decision late last year that we had been meaning to make ever since we moved to Los Angeles: to move back to Santa Cruz. We were overjoyed at the official decision and all the excitement that goes along with pursuing a dream. The giddiness wore off though, as we told our friends and family here in the south-land (that will be the only time I ever say that) of our plans to move away, and to take Parker Jane with us.

Our reasons to move are still compelling us. Over the past 6.5 years, Los Angeles has gotten to be too big for us. We want quiet, trees, countryside, and a small community for Parker Jane to grow up in. Call it back to the land, or whatever, it is a pull that has become so much stronger since PJ was born. It’s been a tough road at times here, living in Los Angeles. But I refuse to talk negatively of it. I will honestly miss our life here, and most of all our wonderful friends and family. Without them, we probably would have high-tailed it back to Santa Cruz in a few months. It is with tremendous sadness and inexplicable excitement that we are making this move. The dream is this: we find a little house up (up, up) in the Santa Cruz mountains with a little bit of land. We have chickens and a dog and a fireplace. The rest will come together in time.

Needless to say, we’ll be busy with the move until we relocate in June. Updates are likely to be scarce, but that’s par for the course for this blog. So, in an attempt to appease those who are about to give up on us, and in honor of our beautiful birthday girl, Rick has compiled a video of PJ’s best moments over the last several months. Enjoy!

But first, these things
- Parker Jane constantly asks: “what is that?” and “what’s that say?”
- Parker Jane consistently leaves out the number 4 when counting to 10.
- Parker Jane enjoys kale. she also likes spinach, beets, ruttabaga, and kolrabi. seriously.
- Parker Jane is known to say – at the appropriate time even – “that’s okay baby”.
- Parker Jane often says “running”, while running.
- Parker Jane shares her birthday with her amazing Great Grandmother Zoccoli; 80 years apart.
- Parker Jane loves books. LOVES books. the Altadena library is her home away from home.
- Parker Jane loves dogs.
- Parker Jane loves horses.
- Parker Jane loves her mommy.
- Parker Jane loves her daddy.
- Parker Jane is a truly special little girl; her mommy and daddy love her dearly.

this morning, on a walk with daddy

corbalfamily Films presents: the Parker Jane collection volume1

cff 2009

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Written by Rick on February 26, 2009.

Categories: Erin, Family, Friends, General, Parker Jane, Rick, Video.

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at the lighting of Christmas Tree Lane, in Altadena

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Written by Rick on December 15, 2008.

Categories: General, Parker Jane.

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this one is for the kids

no matter your politics, please exercise your right, please use your voice, please vote

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Written by Rick on October 30, 2008.

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