It could happen any time, tornado,
earthquake, Armageddon. It could happen.
Or sunshine, love, salvation.
It could, you know. That's why we wake
and look out -- no guarantees
in this life.
But some bonuses, like morning,
like right now, like noon,
~ William Stafford
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
is the long-necked, long-bodied heron,
always it is a surprise
when her smoke-colored wings
and she turns
from the thick water,
from the black sticks
of the summer pond,
rises into the air
and is gone.
Then, not for the first or the last time,
I take the deep breath
of happiness, and I think
how unlikely it is
that death is a hole in the ground,
that ascension is not possible,
though everything seems so inert, so nailed
back into itself--
the muskrat and his lumpy lodge,
the fallen gate.
And especially it is wonderful
that the summers are long
and the ponds so dark and so many,
and therefore it isn't a miracle
but the common thing,
this trailing of the long legs in the water,
this opening up of the heavy body
into a new life: see how the sudden
gray-blue sheets of her wings
strive toward the wind; see how the clasp of nothing
takes her in.
at 10:47 PM
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
We came upon the blue heron, exciting!
By the time we came back around the trail, the heron had moved.
at 1:40 AM
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
My mom and sister-in-law were our treasured guests.
hilarious episode of Modern Family after the kids went down.
at 12:36 PM
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Ry is someone special. He was the first person to make me a sister and he's been making me feel like a great one since day one.
I don't remember life without Ry snd I can't imagine life without him either.
Today, I am lucky for each laugh we've shared and I can't wait until the next time when we can take stupid pictures on the Spree sitting in his living room and laugh.
Make a wish, today is your day.
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Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Whether it's toys, clothes or kitchen utensils, it all feels like too much. As our main STUFF GATHERER, I am quite in touch with how much STUFF enters this house on a regular basis. As our STUFF MANAGER I am also quite in touch with the task of maintaining, cleaning, and organizing the stuff. I find myself craving SIMPLICITY. I want to surround myself with the things that we truly use and eliminate the excess.
I want to be more like a pioneer. Clothing then was more function than fashion. You didn't have the luxury of not wearing something because you didn't like it or were tired of it or it had gone out of style. You certainly didn't shop for more unless it was a true necessity. I want to be content with what I have because what I have is enough, and I am lucky to have it.
My friend Maria was telling me about Project 333 and I love the idea of trying it. It comes at a perfect time and seems like a good place to start. I'll still have WAY more stuff than my favorite t.v. pioneer up there, but it seems like a good exercise in paring down and keeping things pared down. It seems like it's a step in the right direction towards making simplicity a deliberate habit. Will let you know how it goes.
at 1:54 AM
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Tunnels on the North Shore, was a great place to snorkel. We found lots of heart shaped coral and had a GREAT day in the sun.
Smith Family Luau. It was a lot of fun: great food and a real taste of Hawaiian culture. We even met a nice family from Canada and the girls frolicked with their boys, finding frogs in the dusk.
We found a great bookstore in Hanapepe Town. It is also home to the Hanapepe swinging bridge.
induldge and I was surprised how tasty they were!
Plumeria blossom on the ground for me to tuck behind my left ear. (It must be said that this pic was taken in our rental JEEP with removable top!)
Hyatt and took a stroll through their beautiful grounds, grabbing a hammock opportunity as it presented itself. Despite the fact that the beach behind the Hyatt is virtually unswimmable for kiddos, the girls decided we would be staying there next time.
Poipu Beach so we walked down and saw Karate Kid. It rained a few times during the movie but with the stars and palms overhead and the warm breezes, it was such fun. I've been wanting to see an outdoor movie for a long time and that was a pretty good movie, too!
Old Koloa Town was very close to the South Shore where we stayed and was a fun place to browse and take pictures with "the locals."
The candy apple bananas in Hawaii are so tasty. I have always like bananas but THESE bananas were indeed even better than most.
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