Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Yay Yay Yay, they get here today!

My vegetarian family is coming for Thanksgiving! They are here tonight! Pumpkin Taco's on the menu!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Tomorrow my sister, her husband and their baby Siegi arrive for the holidays. I am excited. That's all :)


Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy birthday Dad

Today my Dad would have been 70, and that is hard for me to picture... I've forgotten his smell, and sometimes I am scared I forget what his voice sounds like. I can always look at a photo to stare at his face but it will never be as it was when I would stare up at it from his chest, my face nuzzled into his neck. Another year passes and he is gone, it will never feel like less of a loss.

I love you and miss you, Dad.


A parents workshop at the kids school

Ak lu'um is hosting a week long workshop for parents of students at the school. Today was the first day and it proved to be really interesting. I also enjoy getting to know the other parents on a closer level. There are a lot of cool people that send their kids to this school, and I am eager to get to know them. Dede and Solomon stayed for nap today after school and Dede slept for an hour, which is great :) Solly is settling in more every day in the new environment and this makes Brad and I very happy. Brad picked them up today and carried Dede out to the car sleeping like an angel.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Third times a charm :)

It seems the third day was the ticket (so to speak).  Solly went in with much less resistance and enjoyed the whole day!  After a whirlwind day of errands and meetings with people here (car insurance, contractor for new cistern etc) We went to the airport to pick up Daddy.  Before the airport I wasn't feeling too hot.  I had to meet "redbeard" our friend that is driving our second car down from the states.  I was waiting for him at the bus station and I started to feel dizzy, but I thought nothing much of it as it was so hot and I had just been at the gym doing an hour of cardio.  On the way to the airport I started feeling really nauseous and achy.  By the time we got there I had to wait in the backseat of the car with the a/c on.  The funny thing is, Brad is sick too, and Paty was just sick.  When we got home Solly had a case of "the runs".  Guess it's going around.  We will see how today is, right now its a 50/50 chance that I will feel ok. I am so happy Brad is home and Solly is dying to ride bikes with him :).  Brad will come with me to pick up the kids from school today and see the classroom and teachers.  I will bring the camera.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day two at school

Today may have been harder at school for me than it was for Solly.  He was holding on to me for dear life, and he whispered in my ear "don't leave me, Mum".  After I pried him off me I called Gam, it was only 7:15 a.m in Gig Harbor but I needed a supportive ear badly.  Sometimes I wonder what the point of it all is, and yet I know deep down that the point IS to teach them how to be independent.  Being needed by my kids is the strongest force I have ever experienced in my life.  My big kids included, nothing can keep me from them if they need me.  Their voice, their faces.  No matter what, I struggle with "no".  However, after experiencing the big ones and their deficits in self supporting, healthy behaviors,  it is even more of a reason to push the little ones out of the nest.  Anyhow, it all starts with baby steps for all of us.  I am confident that Solly will learn to love school and grow more independent and confident.  Dede is taking it all in stride, as she does.  Tomorrow Brad is home and I know the kids will be happy to see him (but they still have to go to school).


P.S When I picked up Solly and Dede they were smiling and said they had a great time... 

Kids and school

So, they made it through the first day at school without any tears.  They stayed from 9-11 at which point I came to watch them in recess.  They will do two hours again today, just to ease them into this new environment. Solly wasn't excited at all yesterday for school, so much that he had a tummy ache from anxiety.  I felt pretty bad as I remember those fears and tummy aches like they are yesterday.  Every year when school would start I would have a massive nauseous, anxiety filled eve before.  Dede loved every minute of it and can't wait to go back.  Go figure...

We have a mouse in the house and I have been trying to catch it for a few days, it's a a smart little one and so far is winning the battle.  Matilda our dog is loving life here and keeping all the coatimundi's out of the yard!  That makes me happy as they ruin my garden with all they snorting for bugs and they stink! Brad comes home tomorrow and Solly wants to go fishing with him. Won't take much coaxing for that.

More soon,


Saturday, November 12, 2011

A day at the movies

While I ran some errands, hit the gym and paid some bills today the kids went to the movies! It was a pretty big deal here, as it looked like half of Playa was there with their whole family! Everyone had a great time and another fun day was accomplished :)

Another morning at Waldorf

The kids joined in on playtime and story telling today at Aklu'um to sort of get their feet wet before next week when they will start (9-1). It went really well, and they had a few adventures. Dede found a snail and showed it to her teacher Gaby, then Gaby explained to all of them where the snail needed to go and why. It was a proud moment for Dede to bring such an interesting topic to everyones attention, and I enjoyed watching her beam with Dede pride. On our way out we had to take a different path because there was a parade of ants! Carmen, one of the staff said she had ony seen it three or four times on all her years there. Usually, it happens before a rain except, there was no rain coming. Ants are amazing little creatures. It looked like a wave moving on the ground. What an adventure for the kids! It was a great day, I am proud of my kids and so excited they will be learning spanish and being a part of this awesome school. On our way out, I saw a few other moms picking up their kids that looked like people I would like to get to know (I am excited too!) Mama wants new friends too!

the snail discovery

mama watches on

talking to Maya

Solly wants to be a horse too

bringing the snail home

time for a snack!

hand washing

beautiful gazebo for the kids

compostable tiolet

no odor

smoothie anyone?

soccer game in progess

organic garden

compost pile just like on raft island :)

outdoor kitchen

ant parade (doesn't do it justice)

sweet paty

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

A morning at Ak Lu'um Waldorf School

OK, so we went to the school. We got the grand tour and saw everything they had to show us... It was tranquil and beautiful. They compost, they recycle, they organic garden, they sew, they tell stories, they do sports and they cook and bake in an outdoor kitchen. I cannot tell you how much I would like to be a part of this program, I am just a tad bit intimidated by all the "evolved and involved" people there. Can I keep up to this standard of schooling and parenting? There was no sign of "Lightning Mc Queen" there anywhere, anywhere...
We are going back tomorrow to have the kids play with the others at recess then a lantern walk in the woods tomorrow night. I'll explain that after we do it.
Love and hugs,

entrance off highway through about a half mile of jungle

the sweetest smile ever

hand wash area

one classroom

art everywhere, a group effort

Solly's classroom

entrance to class

everything handmade

parents built this little house

a fresh pepper from their organic garden

looking at the chickens and rooster


he loved this swing 

Solly picked up a Chechen berry and squished it between his fingers.  Not good