Another long stretch without blogging - apologies, readers! I think in this city, I have such a rare and great amount of interaction with other close adults - family, and old friends - that I'm feeling less of a need to chronicle everything on my blog. But there has been no lack of interesting things happening these past couple of weeks.
In the first few days of July, we went down to the Philadelphia area for a visit, staying with Greg's parents. The trip down there ended up being a nightmare - traffic, bloody noses, toileting accidents, carsickness - everything conspired to make a 6-hour journey into a 9-hour one, and even then we had to route into Philadelphia instead of to our original Jersey destination. Ah, road trips with children.
Our two days there, however, were great. I spent almost the whole time immersed in work at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts; the kids had lots of fun with their grandparents; and Greg had a bit of both, time with his parents and time in Philly.
The following week we continued Boston sightseeing - we took the kids to Blue Man Group, to the New England Aquarium, and to the Boston Children's Museum. There were, of course, fountains to play in (here are two more of our favorites: Canal Fountain and Frog Pond)
Today was the last day of the school year, celebrated with an afternoon at Boston Common. And they have a surprisingly long summer break this year - two full months! They won't start school again until mid-September in Washington, DC. This fall I'll have a 4th grader, a 3rd grader, and a restless 5-year-old at home on my hands! Hard to believe, all around.
One more image to finish this entry - though we've had fewer family gatherings in this city, there have still been a handful of occasions with critical mass. Here are some of Totem's little girls - Dasha, Alyona, Alina, Gipsy, Ayla and Isa.