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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Home From Maine


Heritage
Originally uploaded by taylorkydd.

So we are back from our marvelous, but all too short vacation in Deer Isle. The kids are finally down for their afternoon naps giving me a chance to catch up on email and maybe get a snooze myself.

We had a truly wonderful time. It’s always amazing to me how easy it can be to slip into another life, a new pace, so different from what you are used to. Every day began with Oliver going berry picking with Steven or Claudette, then we would all gather for breakfast of muffins or crepes. Oliver would bustle about hlping, or running around outside, begging for another ride on the tractor or lawnmower - alway the highlight of his day. He has come on so much since we have been here, his language especially has exploded, “hi Grandpa” he will say “Hi Meme”. He follows them both around incessantly, helping Grandpa with his tools, helping Meme in the kitchen. Our boy is just beside himself.

Lola has also blossomed. She is crawling everywhere, especially after any toys of Oliver. She is trying to pull herself up and will be standing in no short order. She has also started to teeth which isn’t too much fun at all, but she’s remarkably good-natured about it, it’s just when she’s tired that it gets a bit too much. She is an utter darling though and still rarely cries and is smiles all round. The other day we had a bit of a milestone when I was feeding her, she grabbed the spoon and put it right in her mouth. Quick learner this one!

We managed to get out on the kayaks a couple of times, launching from Linda’s beach. Her view of crow island and that bay is sublime, I can’t imagine what a blessing it must be to wake to that each morning, and watch the seasons come and go.

Some visitors, Josh and Carla and their kids came over for a night - that was a lot of fun. I hadn’t met Carla before so it was a treat to meet another great woman living near Boston for when we move back there. The move back is now more present than ever in my mind. To be able to go back and visit the grandparents more readily would be huge.

Shawn and Kate with their two girls also came up. Each visit though was always too fleeting. time too precious and short.

I saw Dad and Esther, only too briefly again. Oliver had a grand time running around Fort Knox with his grandpops, and they also came down to the farm to visit and we all went out in the Model A.

No we’re back in LA and it is going to take some adjusting to. We’re doing some hard thinking about where we are and what we want from our lives, and the best path to take us there.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Back at the Island

We’ve finally arrived in Maine after a seemingly endless flight. Feels so great to be here, every time I come I’ve forgotten how beautiful it is. God though, Last night I was so exhausted, we all were. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so tired. After the flight, when we got here, we went up to Orono to spend time with Dad before heading down to the island - I think that’s what finally did it. Phewwee!

Everyone is doing really well though, settling in. Oliver’s language continues to explode, it’s quite a phenomenon, or feels so anyway - I’m sure every parent feels the same. He can’t get over all the ride-on lawnmowers, wagons, old cars, tractors and such here to explore. He’s beside himself with excitement. Lola is chilled as ever, happy, crawling like a bandit.
So glad to be here, so glad to have arrived.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Sitting Up


Sitting Up!
Originally uploaded by taylorkydd.

A big day - caught on camera - Lola sitting up for the first time! She’s still a little wobbly with this particular maneuveur, but definitely getting the hang of it. The days are counting down to when this little girl starts to give Oliver a serious run for his money!

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Monday, August 6, 2007

Moments to Remember

Oliver came up to me Sunday afternoon, we were in the backyard, not much happening, we’d just been playing with the choo choos in the studio, running about aimlessly having fun in the garden. “Help me” he said and I bent down to help him wedge a leaf between his toes that he then gingerly walked around with for a good ten minutes, captivated. The magic in this moment - Oliver starting to use compound sentences: “help me” made me feel so proud and then the amount of pleasure this small feat gave him. The leaf, in the toe, the wonder of it all.

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