Friday, July 31, 2009


Back in Bangkok but still thinking about the summer. One of our favorite books from the library was No, David! about quite a cheeky little boy and his antics. Another cheeky little girl loved the book, especially the page where David runs naked down the street with his mother shouting, "Get back here, David!"

And so we acted out our own David story one night after the bath. So much laughter watching her run around outside with us chasing her.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Summer 2009

Washington has generously given us many, many days of sunshine this vacation, which has enhanced how smitten we are with our new town. Flip flop tans abound in the house, which is a sign of being outside tons and walking around all summer long. We are Bangkok bound tomorrow, memories of the summer of 2009 packed in our suitcases and hearts. It was the summer Sojo learned how to ride a bike with training wheels, ate about a million Tofutti Cuties (soy ice cream sandwiches that rock!) and had a great time running away from everyone.

Until Bangkok...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Summer Lovin'

These are the days when I wish I had it all: my peripatetic (isn't that a delightful-sounding word?) life that I love so much, but with family right across the street instead of an ocean away.So much watermelon
Awesome kayaking
Open mic night at the local pub
Perfect sitting on the beach weather (wouldn't dream of swimming in it!)
Ribbon kites and lots of room to run

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fading Fast

Where did summer go? My whole family is here right now, which is fantastic. Filled to the brim with people, pots after pot of coffee, bbqs and good times with both our families. One week left before we head back to our land of eternal summer. Thankfully, every day is a watermelon day in Thailand.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ocean Cutie

Took the perfect picture to capture Sojo's personality today. Just perfect. This is at our favorite beach playground. Check out the log--someone carved seals into it.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Lovin' It

A few stolen moments, thanks to my mom, at the local coffee shop and wifi spot. Suffice it to say we are looking out at the water right now and getting some serious vitamin D. Ah, summer. How I love thee!

A few highlights of the week....

Sojo outside for her 'art class.'
An amazing farmer's market run. Both my mom and I got more and more excited about how the fresh veggies looked as we put them in the fab new tote. Think Martha Stewart photo shoot-esque. Does that make us shallow? Maybe buying organic balances out our shallowness of the perfect placement of the carrots?

The guitar guy finding a little space of his own to set up a studio. We have a tiny sunroom that has great light. Now it has great music.

Oh, the hours this child likes to spend "driving crazy."

Cousin love

I'm a sucker for late afternoon lightSo much to make us smile, and Washington just keeps on having fab weather. Happy weekend!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

A Huge Crush

It takes everything in me not to just write blog posts about our new town. More than a bit intoxicating, and so much like a new crush, I just can't get enough of its whimsy and soulfulness, and we all just feel so good everyday. Somehow this little community gets it right, from random waving on the street to the bookshop that allowed me to rent a book and take ten days to decide if I want to buy it. Like, I walked out of the shop with the book and they trust that I am coming back to either return it or buy it. Huh? Who does that? I am going back, of course. (title is Boy Writers by Ralph Fletcher, for anyone wondering) :)

Our days are pretty mellow. Walks, farmer's markets, the library, reading like mad, and lots of hanging out. I feel like a plant soaking up water--more, more, more!

My other crush (I have one on him and his hat)
The requisite summer van picture
At this point, this only thing that really rocks her boat is Asian food. Thankfully, there is a Thai place nearby.
A wee but under the weather this week. Ok, an understatement. 104 fever and another emergency room trip, but she is on the mend. Enough emergencies, please!
Mom on her way to the library with the perfect umbrella

Monday, July 06, 2009

Chillaxing at the Clock House

We are living without internet but luckily found a funky cafe with free wifi and a view of the bay. Much better than the free wifi at Safeway we've been using. Suffice it to say that we are relaxed and chilled and loving the sunny weather up here at what Sojo has named "the clock house." We live just two blocks behind the county courthouse, which is a gorgeous old building with a clocktower on top. Sounds quaint, right? Well, it is, except for the hourly chiming of the clocktower. During the daylight hours, it's lovely. But Sojo's room is right by the clock, and almost every morning we hear the patter of sweet feet and an announcement-- "You hear the clock? The clock just wake me up!" We're thankful when the clock chimes 6 times instead of 5 times.

We are thankful for blueberries, yummy bakeries and birdseed! Already wishing this summer would last forever.

You know you are living in a hippie town when this is your front gate. I love it!