Sunday, June 15, 2014


The dreaded internship started two weeks ago. It altered not only my behavior, but that of my offspring, and in ways that I am not sure are...desirable.  The time and effort required to maintain life right now means all the humor and patience I once had has disappeared. In a flash of temper I stated to my loved ones that they "WERE DRIVING ME NUTS!"

I'd like to think I said it once (really I think that's factual), but it may be those words flow freely from my lips these days. Whatever the frequency that the phrase actually occurred is not important...Fact is, the parrot of the family finds that phrase amusing and has been uttering it herself--specifically when her mother drives on winding roads.

I first heard Pippa exclaim, "Mommy, YOU'RE DRIVING ME NUTS!" while we sped along dodging squirrels. Giant squirrels with large nuts clutched in their grimy paws. I jerked the wheel in surprise as I looked in the rearview mirror at Pippa and then, thunk. 

We drove that squirrel nuts too.

Easter Revival

Hello family time! We spent Easter weekend with some of our favorite Greeks and it was fantastic!

The meeting of the P's...actually they've met before, but Pippa found a kindred spirit in Penelope. That or Penelope was the most enchanting, life-sized doll Pippa ever met. Nelly spent many an hour doing the bidding of a two-year old and for that we offer to adopt her every summer.

Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. The only thing that competed with the best cousin ever, was the endless bottles of bubbles that Pippa could find. She just had to step out one pesky sliding door and bubble freedom ensued.

Here the hunters sit enthralled in the red stag roar video.

Ya yai and Pippa on their nature stroll. I think Pippa thought she was being sweet to help Ya yai down these tricky gravel stairs.

Snails! We puttered along poking at every snail, rock, and stick. Aunt Kimmy and Ya yai sweetly identified each one, multiple times.

We loved our mini-reunion and hope for another in the near future!