|Novato's City Hall. The town was named for a Miwok leader.|
In 1988, we counted our pennies and plunged into the real estate market, buying our first home in northern Marin County. The story is kind of funny: We knew what we could afford, but not exactly what we wanted. However, one pass through the pretty yellow house with the swimming pool was all it took.
"Let's live here," I said to Ken.
And so we did.
|Mulberry trees hide the view of our little yellow house in Novato.|
Novato, Calif., was where we raised our children, where I became an energetic school volunteer, where we immersed our sons (and us) into the world of Boy Scouts.
|Our son Jake poses in front of Olive School, in my opinion, the best school |
in Novato at the time he and his brother went there, thanks to
legendary principal Mr. Melendy and his amazing successor Ms. Ericson.
My sister-in-law Karen lived nearby and together we learned to be mommies taking frequent field trips to playgrounds, movies, the library and amusement parks.
|"Aunt" Karen feeds her horse on our recent trip to Novato. She and I tried to |
keep each other sane while raising our kids here in the 1990s.
Our years in Novato were a happy baker's dozen.
|The hills behind our house were a favorite hiking spot when |
grandpa Beck visited.
On our recent trip to the states, Ken and I spent the day in Novato, taking pictures as we remembered those blurry years of raising young children. A few weeks later, our older son and his girlfriend also visited the old neighborhood.
|Something catches Jake's eye as he shows his girlfriend his old |
stomping ground in Novato.
As we enjoy lunch at an outdoor table along Grant Ave., Ken and I both remark how healthy downtown seems to be: a nice mix of venerable old businesses and new shops and restaurants.
|We would see $2 movies at the Novato movie theater when we first moved|
to town ... about all our budget could afford. It seems the building has
been under renovation for decades.
|Dr. Insomniac's coffee house in downtown Novato|
|I bet Buck's Saw Service has been here for a hundred years.|
|Watt's Music is another iconic Grant Ave. store.|
|Hmmm ... This is new! A modern sculpture/bench in downtown Novato|
My next blog post will take one more walk down memory lane in California. Then it's back to France.