Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Honk! Jr.

This summer is turning out to be a lot busier than I thought it would be. The 3 big kids are in a production of Honk! Jr., a musical retelling of the Ugly Duckling story. C and K have major parts, too--C is the Ugly Duckling, and K is the predatory Cat. (S gets to be a cute little frog.)

The performance will be July 21st, so let us know if you'll be around and would like to come!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Baby birds

Something fun we found at our new house--a robin nesting in a tree in the front yard.

With four pretty blue eggs.

We found another nest here on our back porch.

It was fun to see the tiny new birds just after they hatched.

They have such big mouths!

And here they are a few days later. S tried to feed them a worm at this point, but they only seemed to wake up for food when their mom or dad arrived.

Rain, rain gutters, and moss-covered things

This month has been surprisingly rainy--almost every day since we moved in, until this week. So, B decided to clean the rain gutters on our new home last week. They were pretty bad--full of years of dirt and other stuff.

He found this little stuffed toy in the rain gutter. Kinda scary--we've been calling it the "creature from the black lagoon."

Friday, June 5, 2009

Summer begins

School is out, and we're enjoying the warm weather we've had for the last few weeks. Last Sunday I wanted to get out of the house, but didn't feel like walking around our neighborhood, so we went for a drive to somewhere in the middle of nowhere, away from houses and cars and people... It was fun. One thing I wish we had here is better places for walking and biking/rollerblading. In Rhode Island we had a great bike path through the forest and lots of beautiful beaches. In Al Ain we had awesome dunes to climb, and wadis to explore, all just a few blocks from our home. Here there's just not much. But sometimes it's fun to drive out in the country and just see what we can see. We stopped at a little cemetery and walked around, enjoying the peaceful quiet. Then we drove a little more before coming home.

We've been digging up piles of dandelions in our spare time. We're almost out of time now, but we tried our best to make the yard a little better than it was.

We've already started moving our stacks of boxes to the new house. We should be moved in this weekend. It will be great to have more space. Living in this little rental hasn't been too bad, except that we had become accustomed to living in an oversized luxury villa in the UAE, and we now have way too much furniture and stuff, which made this little house feel even more cramped. It's funny, because in Al Ain we never had enough furniture for our huge villa. For the first two years there B and I didn't even have a bed--just a mattress on the shiny marble floor. S's huge bedroom suite had only a crib in it for a very long time. (We were just out of grad school and needed to save money.) I miss that beautiful villa... But it will be nice to have our own place here, even if it's not as big, new, or luxurious as our home in Al Ain.