Saturday, June 13, 2009

N.O.I.

This is my Notice of Intent to resume blogging . . . soon.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Off to the Beach!

We'll be packing all day and then off to Cape Cod for a week of camping by the beach! Here are some pictures for now:



A few weekends ago Pshko's high school friend and his family came to visit. This brought out Pshko's youthful vigor, as you can see below:

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Early to Bed?

Well, I did very well at my new plan to go early to bed and early to rise, for two days and nights that is. I generally feel much better, in control, ready to start the day, etc. (and ready to go to bed that night!) when I get up nice and early, before the kids. But I also happen to be quite a night owl. I generally avoid sleep, especially if I can exchange it for uninterrupted time! I guess 1:00 is still relatively early, but I don't think I'll be getting up at 5:15 tomorrow with Pshko, who finally got a date for his citizenship interview!!!

Here is a baby pumpkin from our garden! I don't know if they're already supposed to be farther along than this, because our sunflowers certainly don't look like the ones I see blooming everywhere, but it's one of the high points of my day to go out and see how much these babies have grown. In my novice gardening, I planted a teeny bed, which the pumpkins and cucumbers outgrew long ago, tendriling all over each other and the grass surrounding them.

We have very nice neighbors who don't seem to mind that our backyard is a meadow, currently with a maze of paths mowed into it, which the kids love to run around in. We recently set up the framework for a little teepee, and planted nasturtium at the base of the bamboo sticks, in the hopes of growing a little flowery (edible) hideaway. We shall see!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Digger Bees?

We have bees in the ground buzzing in and out of a hole under a root in our front yard, right next to the swing:

video

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Summer Lullabies

Maybe there's something about this time of year that makes me learn new lullabies? Last year at the beginning of July, we went blueberry picking, and the same day I stumbled across the Highland Fairy Lullaby, and haven't been able to stop singing it since (much to the children's amusement and much to the husband's dismay...)
http://frechemaeuse.blogspot.com/2007/07/blueberries-and-cotton.html

Then yesterday, I started singing Summertime at bedtime (you know, and the living is easy...), decided the kids should hear Janice sing it, discovered it was a lullaby (I had no idea, but it makes sense, as long as she is not singing it) from Porgy and Bess and that its writing by Gershwin was inspired by a Ukrainian lullaby. I have no idea if this is the same lullaby, but we then found this Ukrainian lullaby, with a video, that is decidedly not Summertimey, snowy rather, but very soothing and pretty:
http://www.flixya.com/video/654973/Ukrainian_lullaby

Sleep tight!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Living in the Moment While Sitting at the Computer (?)

Back from our German playgroup, the kids are in the bathtub chatting, I'm making "carrot pennies" and fried eggs (plus some smoked salmon for Kozhin). Pshko is outside digging a hole for the sandbox.

Now the kids have just had their cod liver oil, Kozhin is showing me which pages he wants to read tonight out of "100 Things You Should Know About Whales and Dolphins", Kazha is trying to use my boob as a spray bottle, now Kozhin is trying to write WALL-E on a piece of paper, Kazha is crying because I don't want to be a spray bottle anymore, Kozhin heard a sound behind the kitchen cabinet that sounded like a mouse, and thinks dormice are the cutest kinds of mice ever, Kozhin is showing Kazha how to cut out an airplane out of paper by cutting half of it out of a folded piece, Kazha is telling me I didn't change out of my tae kwon do shirt today.

Time to brush their teeth--they have been going to bed WAY too late lately!!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

We had a festive Fourth of July, including a parade and picnic in a friend's neighborhood, a ballet class that was surprisingly not cancelled, and a barbeque and fireworks at my parents' house. The fireworks would be hard for me to describe, but oh yes, I can just use Kazha's words:

They look like a huge colony of cute, tiny worms! (Sie sehen aus, wie ein Colony von suessen kleinen Wuermern!)

And they did, actually.

Lots to write about since I last wrote, I'll probably upload a bunch of pictures one of these days to try to catch up...