About Us

There are four of Them: three girls and one boy, little stair-steps all. There are two of Us: best friends, co-parents and truly in love. The Six of us have epic adventures full of laughter and love, occasionally containing tears, but always together.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Run Away With Me, To The Sea


Stressed from the impending move, Adam took a personal day and we ran away to the sea. It wasn't gorgeous out, but the rain was intermittent and never more than a drizzle. The beach was quiet and rocky, with an amazing variety of sea glass like we had never seen before. The children climbed and dug, explored, splashed and were free. We picked and searched and chatted, shared our finds and held hands. In the end the children stripped to their knickers and shorts and got in the water with their jumpers and winter hats still on.  After they were finished we went to the car, sandy, soaked and salty, where we changed to warm, dry clothes and headed home.   

And life was beautiful.

 

We are the Children of the Empty House

The children are finding the empty/boxed up house endlessly fascinating. I pretend like I don't know why, but I really do. It's so exciting to see a space that you know so well, turned upside down and into a landscape that is all at once familiar and strange. Spaces open up to worlds that couldn't be explored when they were full of stuff. Hiding is infinitely more interesting. And there are rooms and rooms in which to do whatever ones heart desires without the concern of bumping into things or knocking them over.

We officially began the packing up process on Monday, when the movers arrived and began putting the household goods into boxes. But we had spent a good few weeks prior organizing and cleaning and preparing.

Last weekend I had the kids helping as much as possible to organize and separate. Though for everything they did, they managed to undo twice as much. I would ask them to put a toy into a pile and later I would discover the pile had been undone and the toy was back in circulation. We persevered through and managed to be fairly organized when Monday arrived.

I did want them to be at school while the packers were here. It makes life so much easier for the adults doing work, but I was unsure as to how they would deal with only seeing glimpses of the massive changes going on.

They dealt with it magnificently. When we arrived home on Monday, squeals of delight rung through the house and they ran from room to room to inspect the boxes. They were so excited! Everyday, as soon as they come out of school, they begin peppering me with questions about how many rooms are packed/empty/how much of the truck got packed/what is happening now!?!? We've had extensive dinner conversations about the whole moving process to include crates, trucks, boats and how all our stuff will see us again in California. It is clear that knowledge is power.

They are enjoying the whole experience and embracing it with enthusiasm. And that is comforting and reassuring for me. As far as they are concerned this experience is A) completely normal and B) massive amounts of fun. There's much to be thankful in that.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Diamond Jubilee! (or "We Are Royalists")

It is Queen Elizabeth's 60th year as reigning monarch this year. If you haven't guessed already, it's kind of a big deal. British patriotism is not something that usually goes in a sentence together, but for the last couple of months I have seen more of it than I have the whole time we've lived here. There are banners and pillows, street parties and radio programs; all celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It's really been a whole lot of fun.

This whole week the kids have been hardly having any lessons and they have mostly been preparing for a school wide street party. When I expressed a bit of disgust that they were getting to skip out their lessons just because of the jubilee, I received this lecture from PrincessE. "This diamond jubilee is Very Important, Mum. There is only one other monarch, in the history of the monarchy, who has been monarch for 60 years! That was Victoria. If Elizabeth lives for only five more years, then she will set a new record! And she will be the longest reigning monarch!!"

All the kids are very excited to be taking part in an "actual street party". They went to school decked out in red, white and blue and wearing their very special home-made jubilee hats. I even cobbled together a kippah for Isaac that vaguely resembles a British Flag.   Personally, I'm excited to watch the flotilla that will be going through London on Sunday.  It's a grandly historic time to be here!

Long Live the Queen! Hip, Hip, Hooray!


PS.  The kiddos created and implemented these hats/crowns all by themselves.   Dadam and I only helped with the taping to fit on heads.