Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Scariest Story in the Whole World

"Who wants to hear a scary stoorrrryyyy?" (playfully quivering)
I'm going to tell the scariest story in the whole wild world.  It's going to be so scary."
Ok, let me start."
Once upon a time there were three ponies camping.  They were eating smores together when along came a ghost pony!"
Can you guess what the ghost pony's favorite food is?"
It's SMOREEESSS"  (sung in a high note)
"And then the ghost pony ate all their smores and the three ponies were so mad."
"The End"

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

She Wants to go Back to Her Favorite Place

Gotta love a husband who gets the idea to pull over in front of a one lane bridge and hunt for a spot to splash in the river.  We followed a group of teenagers in bathing suits, tiptoed past tossed beer cans and vulgar bridge graffiti, and waded barefoot through mud and water spiders.  A strange journey that opened up like the secret garden to a fluvial slice of heaven.

Everyone knows in their heart the real recipe for happiness is sunshine and a space to frolic.  Kids proved this to me Sunday afternoon cause even Kaio, who's been having the most horrible week.  Who wallows in misery and defeat on a constant basis.  Who seems to believe the world exists to serve and torture him.

Even our goth in training was pure joy in this place!

Almost as soon as we found the spot, Nala declared it her Favorite Place.

 "Mom, I love it here!  This is my favorite place!  I don't want to go home!"

Then Monday:
"Mom, I want to go back to my favorite place.  Mom, I miss my favorite place."  Is all I heard come out of the cheery little princess, dressed in a butterfly dress with rain boots.  

We went for a nature and art walk in Reston.

Kaio spotted a strange bug:

Nala wanted to take it home as a pet.

She drew a picture of it.  Which really looked like black squiggles.

What do you do with a strange beetle?

Take him to the Walker Nature Center for the beetle guy to play with.
He identified him (or her) as an Eyed Click Beetle

He was able to convince Nala to let her new pet go free to hang in it's favorite place.

Now Nala changed her tune:  "Mom, I miss my pet beetle."

It's always something.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Best Day Ever

Some days or weeks aren't so great, and I'm depressed or exhausted or both.  Perchance instigated by the moon cycle or a shortage of chocolate, or just general natural sags in the fabric of life.  This week the moon is in its waxing phase, and I'm having one of those great times.  Where generally I'm functioning in a state of gratitude and joy.  Where moments topple with love and vibrate with brilliant life.  And I just have to relish and be thankful for where we are at and what we have.

June 2012 glided in and we celebrated Memorial Day weekend with a camping trip at the beach with some good friends.  Nature did its part sending kisses of warm sunny weather.

 Making a friend at a neighboring site

Marching for a fluvial adventure.

Feeling fish 

That mourning he insisted he did NOT want to go to the beach 

Then Wednesday night we braved the underground convoy on route to see Brazil vs. USA friendly game.

The train was packed with crazies, and for a sec I regretted subjecting the little one. 

 Mari broadcasting support for the home team

 And Kaio was just excited about waving a flag

 We met up with some tailgating buddies in the parking lot

 We were drinking beer and we let Kaio have a soda, which he thinks you get by mixing pepper and coffee.

But the big deal is the Monster Truck rally today.  Kaio's been pumped about it all week.  He even created a freaking diorama.  Yeah I don't think he saw this anywhere.  He just busted this out a couple mornings ago.

Mari's picture of the Grave Digger at the Monster Truck Rally show in Baltimore

Kaio also discovered my scuba equipment and has been hunting for sea creatures on under the sea adventures.  I'm just glad he wants to take a bath!

I'm not letting the mess bother me right now   So on Friday when tornadoes loomed in the vicinity (the kids called this The Big Tomato).  We hunkered down, turned on some music for a little dance and naked motorcycle show.

There's plentiful, "Don't jump off of there!  Keep the water in the bath tub and off the floor!  Stop tickling my butt!  Let's not cut that!  Put the machete down!"

But between all the curiosities and troublesome experiments that make me bellow corrections and worries, the sunshine of reverence and endearment shoots waves of gentle delight to my heart.  I love them for who they are, and I could just smoother each one of them with kisses all over.  These are my soul mates, my perfect family.  We make a party where ever we go and it's such a joy to live in the same house with my best friends.  I wake up next to Mari, engulfed in the beauty and merriment we've cultivated.  Sometimes we turn on the morning cartoons for the kids and snuggle a little bit longer.

Today we went for brunch at Silver Diner, so happy to enjoy local delicious food.  Then spent the afternoon gardening.

   As Nala hunts for worms to feed the quails

Couldn't really ask for anything more right now.  Life is good.


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