Friday, August 2, 2013

home, again.

 We just got in from our trip to the midwest the other night. We had a great time there, and it also feels so good to be home. We spent a lot of our time on Lake Michigan: swimming, collecting rocks, building sandcastles, playing in an awesome fort on the beach, picking blueberries and mulberries, and hanging out with family. There were many games of Set, Rummikub, and Banagrams. Lots of bagels and lox. Some late night trips for ice cream. Uniform shopping for my soon-to-be kindergartner. We headed into the Chicago suburbs for a cousin's very orthodox jewish wedding. We dressed up fancy and Uzi danced with the hasidic men and got raised up in the air. It was fascinating, full of ritual and tradition. I loved the chance to peek into that world.

We came home to a clean house (yay!), many eggs from our chickens, two trees full of ripe figs (any ideas?), and a garden that needs some love. We headed to the farmer's market to load up on some gorgeous produce (cherries, corn, tomatoes, broccoli, french beans, carrots, cucumbers and lettuce) from our favorite farm and then to the market for a few essentials. Life was feeling seriously abundant, full, and delicious. Uzi even said as we got in the car "thanks for all the good food, mama"! 

We are gearing up for an insanely full weekend, full of many wonderful things. A music festival that my best friend is playing in, a shabbat party, a visit from the fabulous Grammie, some visits with other out-of-town friends, and a picnic with Uzi's new school. Today we are taking it slow and taking care of things around the house. Uzi and Josh picked up some ladybugs for the garden (we couldn't find any lacewings locally) to help with the aphid problem on our cole crops, I am about to put a pot of beans in the oven, and we might make a quick trip to the library. Be back soon! 

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