Friday, June 15, 2007


Like a balloon that has been cut lose, free floating, flowing with the current, caught up in the gusto of the first week of summer vacation. All four of us home, tired today from staying up too late all week for birthday parties, outdoor music and street festivals - our beds full of sand from the beach, a house full of spy gear traps and alarms set by Juj and friends, big kids and little kids in and out of the house, the yard, the sandbox, eating strawberries out of the garden and drippy Popsicles from the freezer, hatching plans for sleepovers, lemonade stands, movie nights and camping trips.

Juj’s campaign for Mexican food every day of the week has finally come to fruition: so this week we have had black bean burritos, cheese enchiladas with pineapple, nachos with salsa, peppers and sour cream, and refried bean tostados topped with guacamole. The Pet is becoming the picky eater she should be at this age and still favors her bottle of whole milk, blueberries, watermelon and cheese. "Ba," she request first thing in the morning. "Hunry," she will say when she wants food. She is more than labeling these days, moving on to descriptive words like "itchy (when referring to the wooded area around the soccer field), sticky (after eating pancakes), stuck (when trying to pull a picture of a kitty out of a book), uphigh (one word), hot, dark, pretty (when seeing or smelling flowers). "Honey" is her newest one when referring to sweets, candy that is, lolly pops and licorice, taffy and gum, she knows far too much about these things already.

JB has his final graduation tonight, as a neurophysiology fellow, and what a Fellow he is. Although he is resistant to multitasking (taking two kids to the store, bringing the baby along to do drop offs and pickups, bring the kids to work when I just can't do it anymore :)...), he has been a stellar at home dad this last week. But, no martyrs here, there have been plenty of fussing and fighting about who is doing what with what little free time there is. Next week we start with the structure of summer classes, programs and camps and the introduction of daycare for the little Pet. So, as chaotic as this week has been, it was a good immersion into summer living, the free flowing non-stop motion of long summer days.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

" Honey, honey, honey, honey starts with 'C' yeah!"

what a fella, fella