Thursday, December 27, 2012

Then it was Christmas

 
 
 
 And one day it was Christmas.  We had a real tree and everything. That was fun.
 
 
Posted by Picasa

mad skills

 The kids have been excelling in every category.  (including tween drama.)
 
Yeah, I can break boards...pretty much any time I want to. 
 
Posted by Picasa

Seven!!?!

One day Sloane turned seven.  I have no idea how that happened.
 
 Suddenly she was seven.  She put on frilly clothing, make up and jewelry with cute pandas.
 
 And there was dancing throughout the house.
 
 
Posted by Picasa

Sunday, November 18, 2012

kids: happy and cranky-faced

 We are still here.  Hitting up museums all the time now.  the other day we walked by the back of the white house on the way to the coolest exhibit ever at the Renwich gallery. 

And we went for a hike at Great Falls with friends so dear the kids call them cousins.

And Cort designed this pumpkin.  And I didn't take ONE photo on halloween at all which makes it official that I've been slacking in the mom-duty catagory.  Still having lots of fun while the kids play outside for hours and hours every day with the entire population of Oakwood under-12s.
Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 22, 2012

DC for kids


It's great to be back in DC- planned to visit a museum exhibit on Thursday but the weather was so intoxicating we just parked the van and wandered the mall: Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall, Korean Memorial, climbing on Einstien, and a visit to a teensy art exhibit all in one parking meter session.  I am in love with how easy it is to find incredible in DC with kids.
 
Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 06, 2012

monster run DC

 This morning a few of us dressed up like zombie monsters to run a race on the Potomac River.  Awesomeness.


Sunday, August 12, 2012

extraordinary in the midwest

 Some folks think it's strange to go off and live in Japan & Bulgaria.  I love the discovery of it all.  Each time I'm somewhere new I see things with a fresh eye; the common becoms uncommen when you're coming from a different place.  This is a neighborhood house that is COVERED in cats, cats in the yard, in the trees, on the sidewalk, on the trashcans.  There is no sign of humans living here- though I hear tell of an owner...I've only seen cats.  It's fascinating!

Also, it's fun to watch the Olympics and to buy lemonade from a girl wearing a Justin Bieber shirt!  How cool is that?! It's so Americanne!

Expectations increase for Cort

 Cort turned FIVE.  Which is a big and dignified age.  And I'm a bit embarrassed to say it aloud.  Because when people know that you're five they sort of expect you to behave...at least a little.  Cort behaves...at least a little...once in while.

 He's old enough to be trusted with a baby in a stroller...though Sameson seems a little unsure how they're going to get down the front steps.

 And he's reached the legal age for candy cigs in North Carolina.  Cort, you're a wild man with painted nails and I'm just crazy about you.  ...also crazy because of you.
Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hooping as a family

 Hooping in the front yard...a typical morning on the farm.

Cort gets a ride the 'rasberry ball'.














Sloane is good on a two wheeler now.




















Cousins teach cousins how to fish!
Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 28, 2012

And there's littles

 Are the littles even in this picture?!  My kids are in a show and this is what you've got?  This?!  Seriously.


It's kinda lonely with the bigs at camp.  But I keep myself entertained...turmeric and all.  Today we made banana bread and Bill face times us.  He is making tacos in the kitchen with his shirt off, while the kids talk to him and make banana bread.  That's how we roll. 
 
 Sloane lost ANOTHER tooth, on Cort's bday.  Which was fun, but then she really LOST it...so we couldn't put it under her pillow, until Cort found it the next day.
 
Posted by Picasa

life in Minonk

 Today we needed Onion powder, which is pretty much common.  Right?  So, you just rotate the rotating-double-layer-spice-rack-thingy with your handy backscratcher.  While I take pictures and convulse into giggles on the floor watching you struggle with rotation using a BACKSCRATCHER.

Then we can complain about Bob and his excessive spice collection while he yells out "If you would look closely they are in alphabetical order!" from the cushy chair in the cow themed living room.  Then we can't hear what else he's saying because I start crying I'm laughing so hard.  And that's when Mom pulls a container of Turmeric down, it seems the back scratcher is not really all that good at gripping and lifting. 

Then she tries to clean it up with a  spoon.  A SPOON I tell you!!!  I help out by continuing to guffaw and take photos.  And then we're down to one possible spice can...is it onion powder?  Alas, no...it's Mace, from 1977.  Such is life in Minonk.
 
Posted by Picasa