busy

It’s been a while, huh?   Well I’m just checking in to say though we are all doing well, it’s been a busy few months…
Essays and exams, babysitting, sleepovers, lessons and classes, holiday stuff, dog walking/training, spring move, and some more travelling.  Not to mention being a full-time mom. 

Savouring all the quiet moments.

home, for a moment..

Strange to come home again after being away for 2 months.  Everything is familiar, yet strange.  Took some getting used to.  But now that we’re just getting used to it, we’re off again, to the cabin for the rest of the month, for some much-needed down-time before the fall semester starts and life gets back on its chaotic track.

So, in the meantime, a very condensed photo essay of our time away:

here

Well we’re here, and we’re loving it.  This island is absolutely breathtaking.  The food is incredible and the people are wonderfully friendly and accommodating.  Chris works from about 8 until 1:30 when we all meet for a communal lunch, home for a nap, and then back to work from 4:30 to 7ish, get cleaned up and meet up again for a late dinner. 
Izzy is having a wonderful time having the attention of so many adults and is learning a little more Greek everyday (we all are). 
Every day has been laid back and lovely,whether we’re just sitting out in the traverna at the British School or taking walks to the fruit stand down the street, or playing with the kittens we’ve agreed to feed every morning in an olive grove just up the hill from our room.

Everyone (Chris and Izzy included) has gone grocery shopping, so I opted to do a little laundry in exchange for some computer time to myself. I hope to post some more pictures as soon as I can remember to load them onto the computer, but until then, I hope these do.  Carl took these on a recent day trip to Myrtos-Pyrgos (where the pottery that Chris is working on comes from). (thanks Carl!)

spring egg hunt

The kiddo and I spent a lovely week with the grandparents while poor Chris stayed home and slaved over his last big essay of the year.
With time spent between 3 houses, we baked bread, coloured eggs, searched them out in the backyard, dug in the dirt, had naps, got our feet dirty and enjoyed a bit of a break from the city.

Hope your long weekend was lovely as well!

weather and windily

It’s been fairly balmy around here lately… until now.  I can’t tell if it’s raining or snowing (whatever it is, it’s going sideways)  It looks a right mess out there; windy and cold.  So we’re hiding out (literally) in a table tent doing stickers and making balloon animals.

I’ve never been one to wish away a season, but I’m really starting to look forward to the spring and all the things it brings (and its lack of freezing rain).  Hard to believe the equinox is only 2 weeks away, and with it comes my baby’s third birthday!  (even harder to believe)  Where does the time go?

*since I started writing this, it has turned into a full-fledged blizzard out there!*

for the love of coffee

As a stay at home mom (and a stayer-up-way-past-my-bedtime-er), coffee is my very good friend, so needless to say, I was close to devastated three days ago when I broke not only our primary french press, but our back up too.  With instant as our only option at home, I was driven to find a better (and less breakable) way.
Enter our shiny new addition:

I’m in love.  I never knew I could love a coffee pot, but this one is oh so lovely.  (And I can have a second cup 2 hours later and find it still hot within it’s double wall-ed ness).
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going back for another cup.

rainy day

It’s a rainy, thundery kind of day today so the kiddo and I have spent the morning doing the rainy day crafts I’ve been saving up for times like this.  Salt painting, marble painting, finally getting to use our free-store found stamps (Nana came over yesterday with stamp pads. Thank you!)  We even made  a newspaper sword.  Our living room, turned craft room is now in quite a state.  I have a lot of clean up to do before round 2 starts after she wakes up from her nap.

What’s in store for the afternoon?  A little baking maybe?  More painting while I get some sewing projects underway?  Maybe it will clear up enough for us to go outside and enjoy some puddle jumping in our new boots. 🙂

two weeks in the woods

As the title suggests, the three of us went spent some time at Chris’ parents cabin with no phone, no car, no distractions.  Just us.  It turned out to be the perfect way to readjust to being a family again.  We went canoeing, and swimming, hiking, rock collecting, berry picking, tire swinging, and exploring.  Together.  Nothing to worry about, nothing pressing, just time to spend as a family.  I wasn’t really sure how the kid would feel about being away from her friends and toys and playgrounds for so long, but I think she really loved the freedom of being able to wake up and run outside and just play with sticks in the woods.  Not to mention having her Dad’s constant attention.

a wonderful two weeks indeed.

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peppermint laundry soap

Last week I decided that since we were running low on laundry soap, I’d try my hand at making some of my own using a recipe Emily found by SouleMama.  We had at least half a dozen bars of peppermint Dr. Bronners and borax already, all I needed was the washing soda.  It was super easy, and very satisfying to make.  When I finally got around to doing the laundry yesterday, I was so excited to use our new powder and was pretty happy with the way the laundry came out (even though the machines in this building are about a million years old and fairly inefficient to begin with).  That aside, it’s super cheap and easy to make, I don’t have any excuse not to!

I had some help