We’ve been every where, Man!

Hello from Sunny California! I’m so hip and cool, I’m calling it Cali.

It’s beautiful here and I love it and there’s a bit of me that doesn’t want to come home. It’s compounded by the fact that my beloved business partner hung out with me last week and family this week, so I don’t feel like home is quite so far away.

Some pics!

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The desert out of Beatty (roughly 2.5 hours out of Vegas. More stories to come).

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The town of Goldfield, Nevadawalkerlake

 

Walker Lake, Nevada

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On the stoop, Echo Park.pacific1The boy bonding with the Pacific.

 

I’m up something like 1200 pics, more to come!

Suffice to say, everything’s fine 🙂

 

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Indoctrination begins at school


indoctrination thinking

 

The boy’s school is participating in a 1-on-1 laptop program with Macbook Airs so Apple indoctrination has begun early for this one. Since it has come into the house it has been loved, constantly. I worry now about how to balance its use with some down time… There has to be balance, right?

In fact, this happened on one of those “break time, tea time” balance attempts.

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His hair is long, pretty much too long for school. There is an attempt to grow it long enough so that he can tuck his fringe behind his ear. In the meantime, there is this delicious wave of awesome fringe going across his forehead. How he managed to get hair that simply falls into position is beyond me!!!

Life has resumed a more regular rhythm. Things here are good x

Just Today, y’know

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It’s hot.

The boy is complaining that everything is boring as I am being a “mean” mother by not allowing him 24/7 access to screens. For several hours a day he is banned from interacting with any sort of screen and forced into interaction with the greater world. This has meant that the phrases “Mum, can you….” “Mum, I need…” “Mum, when are we…” have increased so much… I tried to get the house weekend ready today, normally I have most of the living areas vacuumed,  bathroom done, bedrooms a little more orderly, you know, basic stuff (that most people do daily…). Today I vacuumed our bedroom. Changed the sheets… There is a chorus of needs being vocally pronounced…

Yet, I am grateful to hear his little voice, see the cheekiness in action and to have him near.

La Familia

I went to Melbourne in March.

On the way

In Brunswick

@ the maze

At Brunetti’s

Carlton

My Grandmother turned 90 and we had that side of the family celebrating with a dinner. It went ok, considering my cousins and I don’t know each other. My beautiful son was engaging and chattering… he had a ball!

We went to the Hot Springs again, discovered a new favourite bakery, went running on the beach, visited derby leagues and went op-shopping. My grandmother is now 90, we’re worried about some of the decisions we need to face for her and the implications for our Brisbane family… We’ll see. That seems to be the mantra of 90 – wait and see (and hope).

It wasn’t the trip I anticipated, I was going to do so much more, but it was a tender one. I suppose that’s why I’ve waited 6 weeks to share photos of my family… family. It’s the most important part of my life. The family I was born into, the family I was fortunate enough to be given with my partner and that which I’ve created through friendship. More super soon.