Showing posts with label wine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wine. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mouse soup and Farmer's Markets

Nat waiting on our fire hydrant
We went to the farmer's market yesterday morning. I'm still getting a feel for this year's tensions and freedoms, having the kids out in a public space. It's a relief to know that Thomas and Nat won't completely disappear, and that I only have to worry about the girls heading for the wild blue yonder, but that still means two disappearing toddlers. I do a head count about every minute after I've let the girls out of the stroller.

Miriam, ready to go

It was fun. Hot, but fun. On the way, Nat and Thomas were playing with some election signs on people's lawns, and Nat asked about them, so I tried to give him a basic breakdown of democracy, and finished saying that that was one system people used for governance. I think he got the 'one person one vote' and that it's a collective process parts. We met Judith and her kids, snacked and ran around in the grassy areas, and generally had fun until it was time to go, when I rounded them all up, strapped the girls in the stroller, and bought a couple of tomato plants for our garden. The market is mostly selling plants, asparagus, and green garlic so far. It's been a very cold spring, and I expect most produce will be late. Thomas was disappointed that they didn't have pumpkins yet. 
Elizabeth contemplating

Next week maybe I'll have more time to shop. And I think we'll start going a little later, closer to lunch.

When we got back and inside we were tired and hot, and I was grateful I'd put the air conditioning on before leaving (first time this year!). We'd been home for ten minutes when there was a huge thunderstorm. The boys had flopped down in front of the computer and the girls were playing with their tiny little kitchen. I sat on the couch being exhausted and cranky, and trying to read a book Pentimento sent me. 

My parents came for a short visit, and they brought some of my children's books! I didn't know they still had them. I'm so happy. Nat read most of the first two stories in Mouse Soup out loud to me, and I think he might have finished it after I left him to tidy the kitchen.

They also brought Owl At Home, which is one of my very favourite kids' books, and I'd been thinking we should get a copy. I'm so happy. We haven't been doing a ton of reading in the past few weeks, but we've been spending huge amounts of time out in the yard or going for walks and running errands, so I'm pretty satisfied. Plus, I asked Geoff to tell me, "Kyra, it doesn't matter how much academic study the kids do this summer as long as they're spending a lot of time outside and are happy/" He repeated it verbatim and deadpan. Thanks, darling. Every few days we do a bunch of binge reading, and I'm planning lots of trips, as I've said (while silently screaming at myself inside my head. There's always the tension between staying home and getting things done and going out, doing interesting stuff, and coming home flat exhausted and wanting only to lie on the floor ordering pizza and Vietnamese).

Still, I've decided to give myself the summer off, and I'm working hard on ignoring the shrill voice in the back of my head that's screaming, "Teach them Latin! Learn to diagram sentences with Thomas! You MUST DO ACADEMICS!", I think the solution to that voice is lots of sangria.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

All evenings should end with massage and wine

Our friend Laura (massage therapist) came over last night to help us spend up our massage therapy covereage. Got kids to bed, poured wine all round, and got professional massages in our living room. Again. I read part of Make the Bread.. aloud during Geoff's massage, and I don't think it helped either him or Laura relax because they were shaking with laughter. It was the bit about the Hare Krishna ducks lock-stepping around the yard.

Unfortunately woke up with a terrible sick headache. Not a hangover- I only had half a glass of wine, but the girls nursed a ton in the night and dehydrated and didn't get much sleep. We're staying home and watching videos and playing playdough and reading some Bible stories today. No chance we're dragging the kids out in the torrential downpour anywhere vaguely church-related.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Wine at seven?

You know it was a bad night when the bottle of chianti on your counter looks veeerrry attractive at 7:30 in the morning.

Also, we had to put the furnace on yesterday. We were getting along okay with just keeping the house closed up but now it's officially down near-ish to freezing at night, not very warm during the day, and we need heat.