Saturday, July 31, 2010

Danish Bites and Coming Home

Our section of town in the U.S. reminds me of a kindergarten community playmat. Here is the fire station and right next to it is the library, then the grocery store and the bakery on the next block. It's heaven to be able to walk most everywhere.

And walk we did, nearly every morning, to the neighborhood bakery in search of the Sojo's favorite treat, the danish bite. Small and yummy, it's the perfect size to be consumed on the walk back home. The last few days, we had to get two a day just because we knew we wouldn't get them for a while.

My favorite part of the danish bite summer obsession was the spontaneous art project on a random piece of wood one afternoon that Sojo named "Danish Bite." See the little red swoop of paint? That's the yumminess.
After a long plane ride, we are home in Bangkok, back among the palm trees and frangiapani. A certain someone was thrilled to be back in her purple dinosaur costume riding her scooter. Her parents were thrilled to be back in the land of amazing and affordable massages and had one less than 12 hours after arrival. Now that's a homecoming.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summer 2010

We are in the midst of our last 24 hours of packing and tying up loose ends, done Port Townsend style with a latte next to me (salted caramel flavor and seriously yummy), typing away in our favorite seaside coffee shop. PT decided to be misty and cool on our last day, perhaps knowing that in 48 hours, the sweat will be rolling off of our bodies again.

As always, we are grateful for the vacation, the sunshine and the family love.

Here are a few picture highlights:

One of my personal summer highlights was making my very first pie. Hard to believe, but I'm 41 and I've never made a pie before. However, if I do say so myself, this apple pie was so good that it was almost worth 41 years of waiting. My grandmother would have been so proud!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Canoe Journey

Each summer, various Native American tribes in the Northwest embark on a lengthy canoe journey, gathering more and more canoes along the way as they head to their final destination of Neah Bay, Washington. Our niece, Teahonna, is from the Tlingit tribe and joined the journey this year, and one of the stops was right here in Port Townsend. We all waited on the bluff for the canoes to come in on the most gorgeous of sunny days. Even as I write this, we are still beaming with pride to know that Teahonna was part of something so special. She is a fabulous woman who is very committed to her heritage.
While waiting for the canoes to arrive, I discovered a basement window covered with lots of dead grass that somehow was incredibly reflective. Had a little photo shoot with Sojo and was fascinated by the results.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Just the Two of Us

We're coming up on our 5 year anniversary, so the two of us stole away one night for a little wine and camping. Our yellow van has been in our family for 4 years, but this was the first time we took it out for camping. As Dale says, we lived on what was basically a campground for many years, so the need wasn't there.

It was so much fun and pretty comfortable. Definitely will become a summer tradition.

The best part was this picture. You know you have chosen a good man as your life partner when a flannel shirt, wind-blown hair and no makeup is the type of beauty that apprehends him enough to get up and snap a photo. My wine glass runneth over.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer Scooter

The summer scooter is a huge hit, especially on the hills. First, she rubs her hands in the mint plant, then smells it as it supposedly gives her 'racing power.' However, she is still missing Bangkok. Only two more weeks left, sweet thing. Then it's swimming pools and sweating and scootering in the dining room. Until then, we are soaking up the sun, ocean air and family.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Kite Flying

Sojo was determined to fly a kite this summer. Watching her little legs run around, sometimes dragging the kite behind her, was adorable. Even without a lot of wind, she had a blast. Still two more weeks of summer vacation, but Sojo is ready to go back to Bangkok. Funny how as an adult, I am loving every minute of the long summer vacation, but for a little one, it's a long time to be away from what is familiar to her. She often says, "I'm ready to go back to Bangkok," but when we ask what she misses, it's always her scooter. To ease the missing a bit, we decided to buy her a summer scooter. Seems to be working, but I know she'll be psyched to see it when we get back at the end of the month.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Luxury of Time

During the year, I utilize every millisecond of Sojo's nap to get things done or simply to sit and recharge my batteries.

In the summer, I love how the days open up for us with lots of time to do everything, even to let this cutie take her nap right on me. I did nothing but sit and soak up her sleepiness for an hour.

Note to self: find time to do this more during the year. Good for the heart.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Off the Grid

We're living off the technology grid whilst* here in Washington, which is slightly welcome after being so hyper-connected all year.

Here are the happenings of late:

A bit of yardwork. Who knew the kid would love to rake and hoe and dig? She keeps asking for more yardwork, that crazy thing.

A bit of family. I absolutely love bringing the table down into the trees and having dinner al fresco.

A bit of sweetness. Oh, this girl is growing up. We went to a concert on the lawn last Friday and I suddenly realized that she actually sat in her chair, ate her lunch and enjoyed the show. No running all around, no parents chasing. Just big girl appreciation of music.

*Smiling because I was able to work the lovely word 'whilst' into this post. I'm game for bringing this word into the US vernacular. It has such a nice sound to it.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Room with a View

We stumbled upon this awesome block of wood in a store the other day and simply had to get it for our house. I placed it on the kitchen window to gaze at while I do dishes. Well, actually, where I do dishes when my mother and mother-in-law aren't here--they tend to spoil us rotten and always do the dishes. Truth be told, I realize that I love doing the dishes when I'm all by myself and it's quiet. Makes me feel very grounded and present.

Sojo and her cousin had a blast goofing around in the van the other day. This has become a yearly event for the two of them. Not sure it will be around long enough for either one of them to drive it, but that would be the coolest picture.