We just had a full week with family, and laughter and fun. Days of sun and showing off our home and the island we have started to call ours. Last Thursday, the kids spent 10 hours running, sword fighting and puddle jumping, with no coats in sight. I will be here soon to share.
But there are families on the island that had a very different week. While we felt surrounded by love and color and the excitement of family near, there were people losing loved ones in a brutal way. And while my kids got a luck-of-the-draw day of playing hooky, their peers experienced a scary 5 hour lock down at school.
I have a hard time speaking of anything but the easy and pretty and funny here. Mostly because I don't have the words. I know that blog readers in general know that what is posted online is not the whole story. Not the whole truth. Only parts of a day, a glimpse.
I just felt I couldn't not say something.
The tragedy that occurred last Thursday has made the news country wide. We still don't know the whole truth to that story either. We are all wondering and waiting and hoping that the people working day and night will find answers for us.
We had to talk to the boys about what may be talked about at school when they returned today. About how someone used a gun to kill two people while they were at work, only a few miles away from our home. And how there is a search for who is responsible. And how they know kids and grown-ups at school, who know the people that died. About, how we are all affected when something happens to others, even when we don't know them. We talked about how scary things like these sometimes don't seem real and we have to be careful with our words when we talk about it.
We are very grateful and very sad at the same time out here.
I am holding onto the vision of my strong boys running, bare armed with their swords.
I didn't have the same shades as the designer did, but I like it just the same.
I want to do a photo shoot outside. When Minna lets me.
The shot below was how she wanted to model her new hat.
Big open mouth...
...eating her english muffin with peanut butter.
She froze in her "peanut-butter-time" moment until I took the picture.
I have to admit, I only made this hat because I wanted to keep busy while I waited for the yarn store to be open. They were open today, so I got the yarn I needed to finish this project. A big old shawl! I am almost half done and truckin' right along. I didn't want to lose momentum because at the end I think the rows will have about 350+ double crochet stitches. That's a bunch. Then I want to make this shawl by the same gal.
The past two weeks have been project heavy out here. I haven't been picking up my camera as much, and making it to the computer even less. So here are a few of the things we have been up to...
Extreme finger painting.
Painting cans that I take out of the recycle bin at work.
We have also slapped some paper mache on them.
Minna did hers all by herself, start to finish.
She didn't need me, so I made a bowl.
You can always use a newspaper bowl somewhere.
I threw some yarn in it.
(Those cans turned out so funny because we cut up an Athleta catalog for some of our paper strips. We had bikini tops and legs and bums pop up in the strips we cut. Very entertaining with 10 and 7 year old boys. Probably stick to regular newspaper next time. They still giggle about it. Sheesh.)
Speaking of yarn, I copied a rainbow hat as close as I could with colors I already had. (How do I not have any purple yarn on hand?) Anyway, it worked up quick and I will show you tomorrow.
I am into using iBooks on my iPad for patterns. Super handy. It would be neat if there was an app for knit/crochet patterns where you could check off each row as you go. Maybe there is? It really would be neat. I would use it.