Covered in glitter and crumbs. Waking up to maracas and fairy wings. Pockets full of rubber bands and dandelions. Buried under book piles. Dirty hands with homemade kombucha. Coffee in the rain. Waiting for that sacred scrap of silence.
This weekend we got to hang with our pals Reuben and Cooper. Chris showed them the scooter he is working on, and then he showed them a completed scooter in the yard. After all the hustle and rush of new school and new people, it was nice to spend some time with folks we've known for so long. Because what is more relaxing then just being able to be yourself with old friends?
The new song is starting. It sounds like bells ringing at exactly 8:50am. It has four part harmony.
Huge batch of granola- lasts about a week
It's a more complicated piece than this group has performed before. They have enthusiasm, but it's a little shakey. There are a few notes that go sharp, or flat. At time the piece drags and misses the beat.
Big kid rails on the bed
But it's pulling together. You can start to hear the motif winding through, holding it all together. Each performer is doing their part, adding to the noise that is starting to become something.
Solar mechanics project with Papa
Almost at that moment when it blends together to become something bigger, to become the music.
This weekend I got to hang out with my friend Eve who was visiting from New York. We had a great time but took no pictures of ourselves. We did however, visit Andrew and Clarice and get to meet the four week old twins. Ada and Leia were sleeping when we got there, but they both woke up and were able to greet us. So sweet, to meet these lovely little babes.
Yesterday Brixton had his first day of preschool. He was excited and totally ready.
He has the little brother advantage in that he already knows the school and the teachers and has been hanging around the place for the past two years.
He did have to learn that there is a difference between being the little brother who comes at the end of the day and runs around and being a student. He was very surprised when a teacher told him to sit down during circle time.
When it was time to lie down for nap time, he got very upset and told his teachers that he was never coming back to school again. Ten minutes later he was asleep.
He is so excited to go back. "You're going to miss me." he says. "and when you get me, I'll tell you all my things."
It was just a few days ago but it already seems so far away, now that we are packing lunches and catching buses and trying not to lose our backpacks. (Brixton tried to go to bed with his backpack last night. I don't recommend it.)
But you know, there was this. and it was all amazing.
The book is 90s rocker Kristin Hersch's memoir Rat Girl. The pattern is Meghan McFarlane's Shalom cardigan. The yarn is Noro Karuta from Japan and it's divine. (silk, wool, cotton blend.) The landscape is the Oregon coast and it is even more beautiful than it looks.