Tuesday, June 30, 2009

summer life

I flat out love summer.

Monday, June 29, 2009

our weekend

a friend's pirate birthday party
dinner outdoors at our favorite neighborhood restaurant
Seattle Sounders soccer game
entertaining friends
evening on the beach

The weather was gorgeous.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

have a lovely weekend

Here we are at the end of our second week of summer vacation. This past week the boys spent their mornings at a nature day camp at Discovery Park. And we've swam, spent time at the beach, ate outside, played games, made banana bread, lego ships, listened to MJ, made our own coloring pages, made a vending machine out of strawberry cartons for use in a future tree house, and watched a movie. (Yes, I'm feeling a bit exhausted this Saturday morning.) Last night I saw the first ripening blackberries in the neighborhood.

Here are a few great links from the past week:

If you haven't already, be sure to visit this lovely blog. I only discovered it a month or so ago, and I feel like I've found a long-lost friend.

Public piano installation

One more rhubarb dessert
- (dessert recipe is at the end of the link).

Friday, June 26, 2009

June 25

at Canopy Blue

Yesterday was filled with sadness for me at the news of the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. I remember admiring Farrah's hair; I remember huddling around a television with friends and being absolutely electrified by the moonwalk. I was in junior high at the time, and we all tried it. Of all the media I looked at yesterday, this piece about the moment that made Michael the King of Pop was the most compelling to me.

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

in my neighborhood

I'm not going to win any blog awards with a title like that, am I? Oh well it's all I could think of. I've been wanting to show you these bits of beauty I've been noticing on my running route this past week. The fireweed always makes me so homesick for Alaska. What's catching your eye at this moment in June? You fill in the blank: late June is tall grass, is fireweed, is....

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

singing is the key

(see the eagle?)

The most profound, life changing thoughts I've encountered about music are found here.

Excerpt from Brian Eno's piece for NPR's This I Believe:

'I believe that singing is the key to long life, a good figure, a stable temperament, increased intelligence, new friends, super self-confidence, heightened sexual attractiveness and a better sense of humor. A recent long-term study conducted in Scandinavia sought to discover which activities related to a healthy and happy later life. Three stood out: camping, dancing and singing.'

Monday, June 22, 2009

father's day

I hope you all had a great Father's day! We made waffles with strawberries and whipped cream for breakfast, then went to the Fremont Street Fair. Came home and made a strawberry pie...in retrospect, I guess you could say our day was pretty sugary.

Jean, our 15 year old houseguest from France arrived safely on Saturday. Cal, true to his nature, has been full of questions for him: "Jean, have you ever been on a locomotive?" "Jean, have you ever been surfing?"

The boys both made Alexi a book for Father's day; great treasures.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

for your weekend

What are you up to this weekend? We've got a 15-year-old houseguest from France arriving today, to stay with us for the next three weeks. He was here last summer; we love having him around. He's the grandson of the family Alexi lived with as an exchange student in high school.

A few great links for your weekend:

rhubarb soda and rhubarb cosmopolitans

the perfect last-minute Father's Day card

I'll be making oven-roasted vegetables along with Copper River salmon on Father's Day.

the world is getting smaller

Happy summer solstice!

Friday, June 19, 2009

this Father

This photo was taken almost seven years ago; it's a scene so familiar from that time. I remember so many nights (resulting in daytime naps like this), hour after hour, Alexi would patiently carry Abbott around on his forearm, facing him, and rock him and sing to him. After I'd nursed him and he still wouldn't sleep, we didn't know what else to do, and this often worked. I remember so well those early days of parenting, when we were trying to figure out what we were supposed to do. (Guess that pretty much describes what we're still doing, doesn't it?)

The boys rely on Alexi to love and calm them now, just as they did as infants. Recently I've watched as the boys have learned to play hockey - a sport Alexi loves and knows so much about. The 'coaching' he does comes in the form of patience, as he takes them skating again and again and again, and reminds them that it's about having fun, not about the competition..and I know he absolutely believes it.
Watching him become a father has been the greatest inspiration to me in being the mother that I want to be.
Happy Father's Day, Alexi! Thank you for all that you do; it means the world to us. And I wish all of you fathers out there a very special Father's Day weekend full of love.

Monday, June 15, 2009

home, now

Alexi and Abbott spent the weekend at Camp Colman with their Y Guides group. Despite fatigue, they both enjoyed the camp and its activities, and their time together and with their group. One on one time can be a real gift. I feel I got to know Cal in a whole new way over the weekend. I learned, for instance, that he really, really wants his own kitty. For his birthday. Or Christmas. Or whenever. At a park yesterday we encountered a fountain; he asked "is this where wishes are made?" and after I gave him a penny, promptly wished for a kitty of his own. (We have one cat, Cinnamon; her brother Piper died last summer.) The kinds of questions he asked continuously throughout the weekend made me remember wondering about those very same kinds of things when I was a kid.

Today, our first Monday of summer vacation, will probably involve multiple loads of laundry, a couple of errands in the neighborhood, and who knows what else? The not knowing is the beautiful thing about summer.

I hope your week's off to a great start, friends. xoxo

Friday, June 12, 2009

what a second grader looks like

As of today, school is out and our summer has officially started. If you ask me, I'll tell you that fall is my favorite season, but in summer, when the pace of life slows down, I feel most like myself, somehow.

After school, Abbott unpacked the bags he came home with and set up a showcase of his work...

This one's my favorite - the self portrait: