Wednesday, June 30, 2010

We're Very Very Busy...

And time is just flying by! In the last few weeks, the boys finished school for the summer, we've been working, we went berry picking and have had all kinds of other fun. The one who's been the busiest, though, is Baby S. She is learning new tricks every day and she is just so ridiculously adorable! We're all in love.

First and last days of school 2009/10:

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

CSA Excitement

Today was the first day of our summer CSA. (Community Agricultural Agreement) I loaded up 2/3 of the kiddos (school's not out for S till next week) and drove out to a local farm where we picked up our share of this week's veggies.
I am so thrilled to be able to eat farm-fresh vegetables, but even more so to see the kids experience where the food comes from and how much better it is when it hasn't been through the grocery store journey. Apparently the lack of pig smell is one point for the grocery store in L's book, but he was so happy to load our bags with our vegetables - even if he had to pass the pig to get there. We will get a farmer out of that one yet...

Now I am off to find out what to do with hakurei turnips!

Friday, June 11, 2010

To Moster with Love

Gratuitous pics of the monkeys for my sister who keeps asking for some....Is it time to come visit again yet?!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Language or the Kiss

I had my Ipod on shuffle the other day and ran into an old friend; a song by Indigo Girls that I used to play over and over again a hundred years ago. It's quaint and slightly haunting, and I still love it. I wanted to post the lyrics because they so perfectly describe how I feel today so I looked for it online - and it turns out I have always interpreted the song opposite of how it was written. To me it was about choosing love over language - i.e. the familiar and known. It was about leaving family for something else, something new and different, loosing your language, leaving behind family...Listening to it made me homesick, I think, but it also made me smile...

I highly recommend seeking it out somewhere to hear the music with the words, but for now, enjoy:

I don't know if it was real or in a dream
Lately waking up I'm not sure where I've been
There was a table set for six and five were there
I stood outside and kept my eyes upon that empty chair
And there was steam on the windows from the kitchen
Laughter like a language I once spoke with ease
But I'm made mute by the virtue of decision
And I choose most of your life goes on without me
Oh the fear I've known
That I might reap the praise of strangers
And end up on my own
All I've sown was a song but maybe I was wrong

I said to you the one gift which I'd adore
The package of the next 10 years unfolding
But you told me if I had my way I'd be bored
Right then I knew I loved you best born of your scolding
When we last talked we were lying on our backs
Looking at the sky through the ceiling
I used to lie like that alone out on the driveway
Trying to read the greek upon the stars
The alphabet of feeling
Oh I knew back then
It was a calling that said if joy then pain
The sound of the voice these years later
Is still the same

I am alone in a hotel room tonight
I squeeze the sky out but there's not a star appears
Begin my studies with this paper and this pencil
And I'm working through the grammar of my fears
Oh mercy what I won't give
To have the things that mean the most
Not to mean the things I miss
Unforgiving the choice still is
The language or the kiss