Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
She learned a lot, made a new best friend, and we will definitely be going back next year.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Back at home I wrestled some dishes and laundry until it was time to go back for Ella. At some point this afternoon I realized that another Carolina wren is nesting in our yard, this time in the mailbox right next to our almost always open front door.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
John is enjoying dropping his sister off at the park every morning. She jumps in the van with nine other kids, and he gets to roam all of his favorite climbers and slides. This morning we were the only people at the playground. We picked mulberries and ate them until John's mouth was purple. Magical.
Ella is in a biology field camp with some of her best friends.
They are out there listening to birds, hunting for salamanders, talking about watersheds, and writing in their field journals.
Friday, June 12, 2009
We were down at Duke University putting my husband in a tube. Or at least that is now the kids describe it. They saw the tube and yet still didn't wonder too much about why daddy had to go into it for two and half hours. Like every checkup involved a long drive, a night at a nice Hilton (Priceline $50!), a dip in the pool, a little rest inside a giant magnet.
Apparently he was born with a few heart defects, and since having our first child in 2001 he has been investigating the inner workings of his own heart. He has visited cardiologists from west coast to east. One in Portland wanted to crack his chest as soon as possible. Now, a few years later Duke says that some congenital abnormalities have corrected themselves. He has an extra loop, a partial anomalous venal return, that isn't wildly changing the way his heart functions. Come back in a few years for a checkup.
Can you say load off of chest?
You can see how much fun we had at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. We couldn't even do it all in one day. We want to go back to the Children's Museum in Raleigh and the NC Zoo in Asheboro. We pack a lot into a one night trip, but we enjoyed the funky sort of lowbrow strip in Durham, and wish we had a restaurant with a plantain sampler and a coffeshop with a hula hooper. Ditto Taqueria with a walk up window. Ditto Taco Bus. I loved seeing people who don't look like me, backpacked bindi babies, and giant butterflies.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Today was the second day of summer. John is desperate for his own American Girl doll. He was a miffed that there is no American Boy and for a while said, "Oh, I'll just get my own girl." Grumble. Grumble. Grumble. They he decided his girl could get a short haircut and Granny could sew him some boy clothes. Brilliant.
Granny thought he should have some superheroes, some bats, bows and arrows, and a shot of testosterone. I''m thinking he could have one of those knock off dolls from Target. He is three. His only doll is a waldorf baby doll, a snuggly, and these big girls are really playing with their dolls for much of the day. They made swings for them today in the dogwood tree.