Monday, August 27, 2012

First week of school

first day was 8.20.12


Exacto is in 9th grade.



Fluffy at the middle school, in 6th grade.



and Hummer’s back to public school, this year in 3rd grade.

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. . . .so do you think Rosebud is moping and sad because it’s just her and Mommy?


That first day with just the two of us again, we made a “meditation jar.” If you start to get upset, just shake the jar and pretend like your thoughts are the glitter, and just watch them all settle. It’s magic.


And we had some fun mornings with friends, including one of my favorite people in this world, Vicki. She’s from Bolivia and is cheerful, generous, and humble. She calls me “Sister” because we are both members of the Church of Jesus Christ. I love her.


Rosebud is honing her mothering skills. She takes her dolls, or “Dadas” (a name derived from one doll’s seemingly metaphysical ability to say that word when compressed at the abdomen), literally everywhere with her. And they are subject to the same treatment she herself receives, being buckled into carseats (we have had to evict Blue Dada a couple of times in order to get Rosebud in!), feeding, going for walks, etc.

Here she is doing Purple Dada’s hair:

spraying. . .


combing. . . (note Purple Dada’s excellent conditioning – no tangles!)


and applying a “french braid” (her word for rubber bands). . . .



On Saturday we had a family excursion to Toltec Mounds, which were not built by the Toltec people, but rather the Plum Bayou, apparently in about 2nd century AD.

Verrry interesting place!


I had thought they were used for burial, but I learned that most were not. These two big ones were probably platforms for temples or residences of cultural leaders.

The sun came out! :)


We enjoyed our self-guided walking tour, stopping and reading out loud from the guidebook every few hundred yards.


(Rosebud insisted on carrying the guidebook).



And what would be a trip to the Mounds without a little appropriate chocolate refreshment? :)


The End.

P.S. It is hurting my perfectionism not to tinker with these photos and their lighting, but today is bill-paying day and I have delayed it long enough!


snbjork said...[Reply to comment]

Good grief, when did Exacto turn into a MAN? Ack! Your kids are growing up way too quickly. YOU, my dear, look fabulous and so beautiful as always. It's so funny to see pictures of your little "mimi-me". Such a beautiful girly. I miss you guys! I loved seeing this update. P.S. Did you pain the bookshelf in your living room?

heroineworshipper said...[Reply to comment]

Does the violinist ever age?

Annalisa said...[Reply to comment]

lovely! those mounds are amazing.

great pix of the boys & darling of rosebud on the washer. too cute!

oh, my marle does hair now too. such a girl thing.

Becky Rose said...[Reply to comment]

What a perfect idea- mounds for the mounds- your kids will remember that! The mounds could be BOM descendants. Was there a visitor center there with a map of other places those can be found? I went to the Chaiokia(sp)mounds near St. Louis, and there are SO many of those mound things in the USA. Pretty cool!

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]

Love to see you blogging, and seeing those grown-up kids. WOW. Looks like a nice day. I am glad you get to enjoy rosebud.

Karrot Soup said...[Reply to comment]

Oh, beautiful feelings. I love your family, even though I've never really met them -- the apples don't fall too far from the tree.