Early glimmers of Spring today, as we broke a sweat under the afternoon sun. Simple tasks of shopping for our risotto this evening …peas, ham and Parmesan… along with some glittery cupcakes for dessert. As the sun goes down and the city is once again encircled by sultry, violet light, I’ll take my cue. Time to get cooking!
A single moment captured in a photograph. Candid and fleeting, this will always be a special moment in time…
More notably, today was also measured by the brilliance and inspiration of its great American leaders. President Obama shared his second and final inauguration as president with our nation’s federal holiday to salute Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – a truly profound honour. Standing together on the shoulders of giants – what a symbolic start.
A slice of our ordinary – my photo stream of consciousness from the last few months…
A meandering walk this lunchtime for a coffee break and some rays of much-appreciated sunshine. Warm breezes have been stirring through the trees as leaves turn from red to orange, from orange to yellow, and finally zig-zag in their distinctive fluttering swirls to our feet. Home again now, to find parcels on our doorstep and travel magazines in our post box. There are presents to open, far away lands to imagine, wine to sip…and a quiet Friday evening cooking for my dearest ones .
Our ever delightful littlest boy celebrated his half-birthday on January 8th. He’s a roly-poly, extremely chatty, teething kind-of-guy, who can now sit up unassisted for short periods of time. We are addicted to all the kisses and hugs he’s been giving us the past month or so (and all those squeals of ‘Mama’ too): we simply cannot get enough. Reed has mastered the art of the baby karate-chop with his arms, batting and grasping just about whatever his little fingers can grab a hold of. Somehow he manages to never skip a beat; if there is a sound, a flash of light, a change of any kind whatsoever – Reed knows! He is very comfortable in the arms of all those who love him, and he has begun to whimper whenever any of us are out of his sight for even a moment, sweet lad…He’s eating up big boy foods now – sweetie potatoes, peas, carrots, pears and oatmeal. If you want to see a truly sour expression, feed him apples!
We’re preserving these precious moments as best we can, taking photos in between spurts of homeschooling, cooking, visiting, crafting and afternoon naps. I jot down milestones and memories on scraps of paper, with the careful reminder that this all must be organised one day soon…
January 6th…a day to celebrate the long anticipated arrival of Epiphany or ‘Little Christmas.’ We shared in the richness of the season, telling the children tales of the wise men and exchanging small gifts. There were Mexican tin rocking horses and black pottery birds, Peruvian porcelain angels playing lutes, gourd boxes bright as carmine and adorned with ravens, three-legged good luck piggies from Chile, ornaments declaring ‘Te Amo’ and wooden letters to spell out one’s name…earrings, race cars, purses and figurines…all these to say we are thinking of one another today, we love one another, we are grateful to share yet another holiday together as a family. Tomorrow we shall remove all the ornaments from our beloved Christmas tree, and put them away for another tree’s lovely branches.
2013 has ushered in pashmina scarves and shawls, juicy burger lunches and afternoons spent shopping for antiques and other well-curated junk. There have been many new friends in the form of books read during much-needed together-time… (scalding) hot beverages to soothe the weary holiday spirit… twinkles and sparkles accenting the days. It has been the best kind of wonderful.