Monday, October 20, 2014
The weekend was full of origami and castle blocks. We did some preparations for Halloween. Unity had a gymnastics meet and Brixton and I stayed home and took pictures of each other. Unity's team came in first, so she was excited about that.
Chris and I had one of those talks on Friday night that started out about one thing and ended up all over the place. When it was done, I said I felt like we just had a staff meeting about our family. Which is true sometimes you just need to get on the same page with things. I think we have figured out some things, about schedules and snacks and the house, at least for now.
Friday, October 17, 2014
We grew those beauties in the garden this summer. They are sweet meat squash, a type of hubbard. Two plants only produced those three squash but they are big. I'm roasting one right now and it took my a while to cut it up and scrape it out. I'm really looking forward to squash soup though, it's one of my favorite fall dinners.
It's the season of curling up with cookbooks and trying to figure out which sock pattern to knit. It's the season of spelling lists in the morning and math problems at night. It's putting on sweaters in the foggy morning and t-shirts in the sunny afternoons.
I've been realizing that our family has firmly moved into the elementary school stage of life. It's confusing because Brixton is still in preschool. But we really are pretty much done with the preschool stage of potty training and learning to hold a pencil, and have moved into the carpool shuffling to activities stage, which is so fun and fulfilling for parents. I mean, I am glad and grateful that they have passions to pursue, that we have the means to support them in that. I am.
It's just the constant driving around that starts to get to me.
I'm trying to find a balance with our calendar, that leaves room for family time and down time and also has space for all four of us to pursue at least one thing that's important to us. For Unity, it's gymnastics. For Brixton, it's drums. For Chris, it's his volunteer work for the local radio station. For me, it's my exercise classes at the Y, and my committee work at our Quaker Meeting. Sometimes it seems insane to think that we can all do our individual projects and still have time to be together. And some weeks are better than others, but we really try to say no to some things to create those pockets of down time. And we are still able to eat dinner together nearly every night, which is a priority to me.
And I want to leave room in our lives for big picture stuff. For remembering and making room for things outside our privileged busy family. Whether it's bringing a meal to a family who just adopted a child, or going to a community meeting, or donating to an organization doing good work. At the end of the day, it all matters. The big stuff and the little stuff, the routines and the unusual. The pages in my planner that add up to our week, our season right now, the shape of our lives in the world.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
While on our East Coast trip, I was able to finish a project I've been working on since February. Yes, really. Of course I haven't been consistently working on it that long, there were a few points where I made mistakes and had to rip them out and then take a break for a while. But, here it is, blocked and complete. It was a challenge for me, for sure, but I learned a lot about lace knitting so that's a win. The pattern is Follow Your Arrow by Ysolda and it had a choose your own adventure aspect to it that was really fun.
Hmm...what to knit next?
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Brixton had a Wild Things themed birthday party. My mom made tons of amazing decorations, including the front door sign and the Max cut-out. Unity helped a lot with the art and made each kid a decorated name tag.
The highlight of the party for me was Brixton reading the book to all his friends- he was really proud and it was sweet how they all settled down to listen. We had a good collection of people from many areas of our life-it was fun to get them all together for a rumpus.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
My parents just left and we already miss them so much. We had such a great visit with lots of reading and drawing and just hanging out with the grandparents.
Brixton was able to share his new reading skills and we continued the family tradition of marking his height on the wall. Chris forgot what year it was so it's a little messy but it's still there- man, they grow!
We stumbled across a collection of antique fire engines in Ballard and the owner was nice enough to give us a tour of his warehouse. It was pretty amazing to see the old engines and all in pristine condition.
We are so thankful that they got to help us celebrate Brixton's birthday and we are looking forward to the next time when we can be together again.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
|Photo taken by the 11 year old.|
On our long journey home, we made a couple of stops. In New Hampshire we were able to see Chris's cousin Marcia and her family. (No pictures, sorry, I was sadly negligent during our visit.) We were also able to see my college friend Emily and her kids who live in the same town as Marcia. Emily and her family took us to a beautiful lake where the kids were able to play in the sand despite the chilly Atlantic Northeast temperatures.
The next day we drove to Boston where we were able to have dinner with a bunch of Chris's college friends. It's fun to see that connections made over small things many years ago can endure, despite age and change and distance.
There were lots more people we wanted to see but the timing and distances didn't work out so sadly we'll have to save those visits for the next trip.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
While in Vermont, we were able to visit the Billings Farm Museum. The kids enjoyed seeing some of the farm animals up close, although Brixton walked into the milking barn, took one look at the rows of cow backsides, and promptly ran out. I don't blame him, it was rather pungent. They liked the horse though, and the sheep and chickens. It was also interesting to see the displays of old tools and read about what life was like for Vermont farmers of days gone by.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Greetings from Woodstock, which is charming as ever. The town is like a little storybook village that has barely changed since the 1960s at the latest. We have been enjoying our strolls through town and exploring the area, as well as hanging out with Grandma Ann.
Vermont is the color of Chris's childhood and he loves telling the kids his stories of this place, of dropping off the rope swing into the river, of the route he took when delivering the local paper. It's very different from how we live now, but it's nice for them to get a sense of another kind of life.