Friday, September 29, 2017


The farmers came to town today.  Made me want to hop a plane and go drive a tractor with my Dad! 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The 10th Anniversary Get Away

David and I were able to get away for twenty-four precious hours this weekend to celebrate our upcoming 10th anniversary.  It was fantastic!!! We stayed at Mas Tomas, originally built in the 14th century. We ate at the seaside in Spanish fashion at 9pm and enjoyed the quiet of just being together.

We hiked the Cap Roig trail along Costa Brava and explored the ruins of a settlement they think was founded in the 6th century B.C.  Europe knows how to make a decade feel small in the grand scheme of things, doesn't it?  But it has been a decade worth celebrating in our little home.

 I'm so grateful for the friends that made it possible.  Asher stayed with his favorite puppy pal (his very kind owners are our friends:).  He loved it so much that he cried when David came to get him! The boys went to an amusement park with some guys from church and had a blast. The informed me that the day included chocolate bars, Fanta, and ice cream, and rode the slime cups. What a weekend!

Might I just reflect that while we love our children, really, really love them, it is unbelievable how much more relaxed we are without them. There was no flurry to feed anyone at the restaurant, no diapers to change, no one woke us up in the morning, and we didn't have to tip toe around after 8pm.  It was a good reminder that seasons do indeed change.  And these little people won't be little for long.

Here's to our first decade together! 

Friday, September 22, 2017

the day without cars

Today was the official "day without cars" in Barcelona.  It's an optional exercise in environmental awareness.

The local library blocked off a street and set up an interactive display.  Silas walked over with his class for a quick field trip this morning.  We hit it again after the kids came home.

The bike obstacle course was a big deal in our house.  The dinner time conversation got a little tense about who had the most biking injuries.

Ironically enough, I had a driving lesson today.

Next week was supposed to be the culmination of my eight month driver's license saga.  My final practicum test (not to be confused with the written test, for which I studied all 2,799 question) was scheduled for this Tuesday.

However, there's another strike on Tuesday.  Test cancelled.  At this point, the humor definitely wins over the frustration.  What's another month?

So we spent our lesson driving around town, on the day without cars.

the clamor

For the past two nights, at 10:00 on the dot, our neighbors start banging pots and ringing bells on their balconies. Cars blow their horns.  Shouts erupt.

At 10:15, it stops.

It is, apparently, the clamor for independence.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Just in case you haven't heard it on the international news, there's some pretty serious stuff going on in our town these days.  We've been hearing the rumblings since we arrived, but it is beginning to come to a head.  Last week, a million people marched in the streets for independence from the rest of the country. The capitol will hear none of it.  Let's just say the political situation is a bit tense right now.

This is what it looked like a block from our house last week.

Thankfully, it's a peaceful process at this point.  We're not really sure what the days ahead will hold though.

Pray with us for peace in the city and for the good of the people.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

sante gelato

You know you're creeping towards 10 years of marriage when you ask hubs if he might consider running up to the gelato place for you at 9:30pm because you just really need a little sweetie.

And he walks to the freezer, pulls out the exact flavor that you want -- which he purchased at 6pm on his way home from work.

He's a keeper. And this gelato, ya'll.  I slightly regret we even found this place...I used to have to walk a full mile for a good raspberry gelato. Now, we found a hit only 3 blocks away. That's good news and bad news all in one.

P.S. My gelato craving may have something to do with the first week of school rigor.

By this morning, everyone was claiming "stomach ache" and begging to stay home. Silas even convinced his teacher to send him home with his backpack for lunch because he was "too sick" to return. But I put that pack right back on his shoulders and sent him anyways.  He had a great time and was all smiles at pick up. The drama is almost too much for this momma!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

School Begins

Second Grade and P5 started today for these little cuties! I asked them at lunchtime to rate their morning on a scale of 1 to 10.  10 meaning the best day you've ever had, and 1 meaning someone dug a hole and poured dirt on top of you. 

Jude gave his morning a 9.  His bestie from last year is in his class and sits across the table from him. 

Silas gave his morning a 0.  He doesn't understand his teacher and he didn't get to eat his chips at snack time. 

This was not particularly surprising.  Last night Silas had a "stomach ache." Then he had the hiccups.  Both ailments were referenced as reasons why he should probably stay home from school. 


And so we begin.  

I feel confident that at least by afternoon pick up, Silas's perspective will have improved a bit.  

If not, there's always tomorrow! 

Here's to the 2017-2018 School Year! 

Monday, September 11, 2017

The piano

We bought a piano. A small, apartment-sized electric that we found on the second hand website.  And we love it.

No. We don't play the piano.

I mean, beyond those childhood piano lessons, which have actually been helpful.  David says he's pretty sure he quit because his piano lessons were during 2nd grade.  Maybe not the most motivating hour for a seven-year-old.  I probably just quit because--well-- I'm undisciplined.  😂

We're using a pretty cool website called Skoove to take lessons.

I know, I know.  My more musical friends may be sighing right now. Music lessons online is probably not the best option, but for us, it's the most affordable (and linguistically simple) way for us to all learn the basics.

We're actually loving it. It's been really relaxing for David and me in the evenings.  And Jude and Silas can just squeeze a lesson in when we have time.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fall Fun

We took the boys to the mountains for a long weekend before school starts up on Tuesday.  We roasted marshmallows, drank hot chocolate, climbed some good sturdy trails, and enjoyed the quiet cool of fall.

The northern winds are picking up at the peaks, and by the time we left, there was snow in the forecast.  We probably won't return again until the summer sun warms those peaks up again, so we were glad to get a few good hikes in. The biggest hit was the salamander pools.  I felt my only-gal-in-the-family status when I just had to own that I really don't want to touch salamanders. Ever. Hubs was happy to take over the salamander hunting. The boys loved it. And I enjoyed that mountain air. Here are a few pictures for the scrapbook.

And now, we're barreling toward the first day of school, and praying for a surprisingly calm night for all our Florida friends.