Thursday, June 21, 2007

making cookies in a box

A week and a half ago, I found a brownie troop for Phoebe (my 5 year old) to join. Two days later they asked me if she wanted to join them on the camping trip that all the girl scouts in Greenville attend. So after a mad rush with paper work and mailing forms, off we went last weekend up to Lake George. I had to go as well, because of her age. My oldest, Chloe, was already scheduled to attend with her troop and was not exactly thrilled that her little sister and her mom were coming along.
I did this drawing by the campfire on Saturday. In the fire is two pans with burritos that were being heating up for dinner and inside the box they were somehow baking cookies. Despite the unsteady cot, the latrines and the serious shortage of available coffee, it was nice spending time with Phoebe.

This week we finally got our passports in the mail (all but Mike's). The passport photos look just as bad as when we sent them in. It's strange we all looked pretty good that day, and every photo came out lousy except Phoebe's. My theory is they want the photo to look like you will after getting off a long international flight. It must be something about that camera.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Bear!

This morning we met my neighbor and her kids at the bus stop for school, just like every other morning. After the bus came, she said she was going to walk her dog, so we parted company and I headed home. Five minutes later she called in a panic... there was a bear crossing the road in front of our neighbor's house, about 15 feet from the bus stop! She ran all the way to her house in a panic.

This never sounds like that big a deal to people who've never experienced it, but a bear in person, and NOT behind a fence, is really scary. We used to have bear troubles when we lived deep in the woods on our mountain in the Catskills. We even had a huge bear on our deck at the front door once. Our closest neighbor up there had a bear try to break down his door while he cowered in the corner with a stick. I had hoped we left our bear troubles back at the old house. At least today's bear was just a little guy, only 200lbs or so....

Sunday, June 10, 2007

School's ending...Clock is ticking....

There's only two weeks of school left for the kids, which means my head is spinning. What am I supposed to bring to this end of the year party, this last minute field trip, and don't forget all the teacher gifts. Of course next weekend Chloe's going camping with Girl Scouts so there's a huge list of things to remember for that as well.
Our kitchen is finished, so we're hopeful the next people who come through here will want to buy our house. On Wednesday our realtor is giving a brokers tour so we really need clean up and maybe pack more things. I also found a relocation consultant who will work with us in Curitiba. She'll help us find housing, settle the kids in school and maybe even meet us when we fly in.
Chloe tried out for an instrument at school and got trumpet! I think it's great she was chosen for a jazz instrument. I told her if she does well I'll buy her the pretty red one I found online for Christmas.
Next Sunday we'll make our first trip over to Zoom Flume. We bought a season pass this year, since I highly doubt we'll ever live less than 5 minutes from a water park again. We're really looking forward to it.
"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut

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