We are feeling settled. Some things I like about our new place:
The Colorado State marching band practices 2 blocks away and the music carries so nicely on the afternoon breeze. Is there anything more American than a university marching band?
Our house is nice. We are going to ruin it, but right now it's great.
drawers- they magically close by themselves.
leaves. There are a lot of them around.
lucas. Is hilarious and friendly. "Do you guys want to have a rotten tomato fight?"
biking to school. Feels healthy.
Let's just make note of a pretty awesome summer. Some things that happened:
Summer started with Sarah's birthday trip to San Francisco. Wonder Woman, breakfast at Nini's, Magic Show.
Carrie/Beth/Viv and crews went camping near Santa Cruz. Jackson tried to drown in the ocean but didn't. Hugo "I threw somebody's keys" Thomas almost caused a vehicular disaster but then fessed up. After spending most of the rainy second day crammed into Vivian's tent with 9 kids ("so, what are we going to do now, Mom?") we packed it in and drove home.
Carrie and Jerry went to see the Mountain Goats. Jerry was so inspired that he quit his job and got a new one in San Diego.
Eric came out to Colorado and behaved himself very nicely.
Theo picked up the wrong thermos and got a mouthful of beer by mistake.
I think there were some scout/sport camps.
Beth and Viv both went to girls camp. Viv developed a love for giant creepy bunny suits.
Gregorys took a rafting trip down the Main Salmon river. Carrie rescued a drowning guy.
We all went to the beach. Viv and Tim took the teenagers to jump off of Cayucos pier. Everyone went on an epic kayaking trip. Sand snow-boarding. Hal made the ladies wait to pass him on the path until he finished dancing. Mae was consistently adorable.
The Rees family bought a new (to them) car. Welcome to the family, Toyota Prius.
Beach trip quotes:
"Popsicles. Well, they're a thing, but so is salad." -Sarah
Eric: What do you call a cow with 3 legs? Tri-tip! What do you call a cow with 2 legs?
Lucy: Your mother!
Eric, eyes huge: She's. Standing. Right. Behind. You.
Carrie, punches Rachel in the face.
Rachel: "Mo- om!"
"Hufflepuffalo!" -Rachel, in a series of amazing buffalo jokes
"I think I'll sit here on the choir's lap." -Hal
"Hal, can you count to 10?" "Yes. H-A-L-7...I mean 12!"
"Water Cans!" Carrie, under pressure, trying to name something found at an elementary school.
Cousins camp was pretty good. Most notably, an amazing game of charades. Ed Gruberman/Boot to the Head skit.
Thomases were homeless all summer, having moved out of their apartment and still being in escrow for their new house in San Diego. Who wants to sleep on the couch?!
After Sydney sent out the Hal Remix, Hal commandeered my phone to listen to it over and over again. Sometimes, his fingers would hit things they shouldn't, and he'd lose the video. And he'd desperately try to get it back by talking to the phone.
Luckily, he would click on the microphone icon, which would then transcribe some of his pleas. (Some emphasis added)
that's not working you're not working so that's so I think you're having a hard time and I think you're running out of battery and I still want to watch that show sydney sending me you're not working are you maybe I should go back where I work okay I was going to do okay me okay I mean robot okay okay okay okay baby why go back for you okay funny send me games okay go back to sydney's go back where you were please the song sings it please go back where you won't let me send rap song about stuff made out of grass please right now please do that right now please do that go back to that song please please go back where you were the song shimmy scented (Sydney sent) please do that one now back Not you again not you again but I don't like it I want to sing that song!
- He got on the roof
- He licked a couch
- He used my leaf blower
- He sat in the hot tub. Twice.
- He herded chickens
- He did a puzzle
- He ate buffalo
- He was nice to our cats, even the dumb one
- He offered Theo a penny to climb into the movie theater fountain, but he didn't pay up
- He got my kids hooked on The Flash
- He went through a car wash
- He followed the maps I drew for him and never got lost
- He won Settlers of Catan
- He rode a bike to the library
- He and Theo got mauled by a dog and then Theo drank beer
- He helped me put things on high shelves
- He went to a hipster coffee shop
- He didn't get up too early
- He ate tamales from the farmers market
- He helped Lucy babysit Theo overnight all by themselves and he wasn't even scared
- He went on a very steep hike
I thought I should give an update for posterity - I graduated with a Masters in Public Health and started working for the Refugee Health Program at the Utah Department of Health! I actually started my job in November and finished classes in December (which was not a fun overlap, especially since I was doing extra schoolwork to graduate early) but just walked at convocation in April. It was nice to have something to commemorate the end to a very hard couple of years. Mom, Carrie, Lucy, and Theo drove from Colorado and Vivian flew in for the weekend, and we had a grand time.
The real story, though, is that Vivian and Carrie presented me with a meritorious award - a real dead crunchy frog from the halls of Blue Heron Lane. I was so proud. But after I dropped Viv off at the airport I realized to my horror that I had forgotten the box containing the frog at the Gregory’s house (as in, Martin and Glynis Gregory with the nice British manners and impeccable taste and absolutely no dead animals lining the halls of their home). AhHHHH! I hurriedly called Carrie in the hopes that she was still at their house, but no luck! They had driven away. So I called the Gregory’s home number, hoping beyond hope that they hadn’t found the box yet and that I could recover it before they realized what was in it. But when I said “Hi this is Rachel! I forgot something at your house...” Glynis responded “Oh, is the frog yours?” Mortified and giggling hysterically, I drove up there and collected it. They were very nice, of course: “Your family have such wonderful senses of humor…” but I wonder if I’ll ever be invited back.
I have crawled out from under my blankets and suddenly I feel like skipping, and singing, and planting stuff, and writing a blog!
Although, it may have been too soon on that planting stuff part. The warning sign on the tomato plants at the nursery said, "It's too soon!" Our neighbors who stopped by as we were planting on that warm Saturday afternoon said, "It's too soon!" My friend Joann took one look at our little vegetable garden threw her head back and laughed. "It's too soon!" But it was 65 degrees outside, birds were chirping, Chris and Theo had bought 16 tomato plants that were taking up room in the kitchen, and Gregorys are optimists.
It was too soon.
On a more successful note, I was looking at Theo last night and something seemed weird. Finally I realized that I could no longer see his ribs. I ushered him over to the scale and determined that Theo now weighs in the 52nd percentile for boys his age! He's practically robust! After years of languishing somewhere between the 5th and 25th percentiles for weight, 52 warms a mother's heart. "That's some good parenting, that's what that is," said Chris.
Theo had a dream that he had a beloved pet pig. One day he came home from school to find that I had decided to make pork green chile out of it, in order to save myself a trip to the grocery store. Because he really loved his pig, he put the pork green chile in a little bag and carried it around and talked to it. Then he woke up kind of mad at me.
Lucy would like to know if anyone wants her to sing all of the songs in Hamilton? Because she is willing.
Lastly, the tree in my backyard is about to be spectacular.