Wednesday, August 31, 2011


the first day of school!

milla just could not wait
to get her school supplies bought,
put together,
and packed away in her backpack--
full of eager anticipation.
a new school,
a new teacher,
a new year,
a whole life ahead!

not knowing
exactly what supplies the school would require,
i couldn't do too much shopping
in other countries,
where there's a bit more selection.
but what i could do
was stock up on labels,
which we filled out and adhered to each notebook,
for continuity,
and of course 1st grade aesthetics!
by chronicle books
and the jolies etiquettes ecolier

now to get some sleep
before the big day!

Monday, August 29, 2011


so like i said,
we didn't do a whole lot of sitting around
this summer.
in fact,
at one point we were in 6 states
in 6 days.
the sixth was hawaii--
on a bit of a "the-stars-just-aligned" whim
(and thanks to two very-dear-to-us souls).

neither of us had ever been to hawaii,
and with the length of our
summer trips these days
i thought four days would go by in the blink of an eye,
but actually i felt like
we packed plenty of activity in
and really even had a chance
to get a bit of a feel for the island.

even at four days,
it was so worth it.

we kayaked and hiked,

 alex finally got to try surfing
and paddle boarding.

we took a boating/snorkeling trip
along the napali coast.

 relaxed on the beach
and by the pool,
and dined at dusk.

 and then,
we took a helicopter tour
of the island.
which went into the top 10
coolest things i've ever done
the second we lifted off.
it. was. incredible.

and that, my friends,
concludes just about everything noteworthy,
or should i say photo-worthy,
of our trip to the states this summer.

was spending so much time
with all the people i love the most.
you, family,
and you, dear friends!
our summer was excellent.

and now,
it's on to a new (school) year!!!

Friday, August 26, 2011


 is it already friday?
how did that happen?
we were supposed to be done with our
afternoon naps by now--
but i confess even i am still taking them.
but now,
with the baby going on 3 1/2 hours
instead of thinking about dinner
as i should be,
i'm making myself a cup of tea
and sorting through the summer's memories.

we didn't sit still much on this trip.
and aside from the going back and forth
between colorado and utah,
we went up to jackson, wyoming
and into yellowstone
for an intimate and all-too-short
family reunion.
and this is also where we met daddy
after 6 long weeks!

the girls and their cousins
love every minute of together.

the falls on the hike above jenny lake

and of course old faithful,
which i haven't seen in some 27 years.
he's still faithful.

and this is milla and i reuniting
after we left her at the old faithful lodge 
and headed down the road.  whoopsie!
thankfully she only thought she had gotten lost,
and didn't see us driving away
(we were in two cars, in our defense,
and each thought the other had her--
happens, right?)
so she was not traumatized,
in fact she loves retelling the story.

the kids spotting fish
at big springs, idaho

bear world!

america is awesome.
i can't say i wish i lived there (yet),
but what a place.

(i said "yet," mom!  "yet!")

Monday, August 22, 2011

like the dead

"is it still monday?"
she asks me at 11:50 pm,
after having stayed up all night
then waking from a 3-hour morning nap.
now she's back to sleep.

without having gone through a similar ordeal yourself,
it may be hard to imagine the chaos
that traveling 10-time zones in one day
can wreak on your body.
especially the little ones.
that first night we rolled in at 3am,
partied until 6, then slept until 4pm
like the dead.
the next night we were out for sushi with the kids
at midnight,
bathing them at 2am, and putting them down at 3am.
although i myself couldn't get to sleep
until 10am, when i sent alex and the baby off to church.

and so i thought we were on a roll,
gradually shifting back the body clock
a few hours every night,
however last night, 
after going down around 1:00,
the baby awoke us at 3:00
when i found the girls sitting with the lights on
in a pile of books waist-deep in their room.
and after a futile attempt
to put the baby back down,
we were all up for good, like it or not.

and now, with the baby down for his nap finally
(which could be 8 hours, if i don't stop it),
milla crashed again on the sofa,
all the unpacking and laundry and ironing done,
avi refuses to sleep.

we're back in the u.s.s.r!

and it's back to life,
back to reality!