monhegan island: 1

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~prepping the rosemary lemonade~
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We came back for more. Last year we took a break, but it was time to come back. We stayed with my parents at The Island Inn, in the lovely Pierce Cottage for two nights. It has been foggy and rainy. But the island is amazing in any weather. The gray and white of stones and sky were amazing backdrops for the colorful flowers and greens.

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SONY DSCSo my packing was an epic fail. Picture it: I was getting packed for the trip when it was 85 degrees and dripping with humidity. Jeans? Are you crazy? Wool socks? Fageddaboutit. It was totally unlike me, who usually packs sensibly with wool hats and mitts in summer, not to mention sweaters. I put in my raincoat as an afterthought. So I pretty much wore the same clothes every day, not very cute, no sweet little skirts, just trying to stay warm and dry.

I know better, danggit!
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Remember how much you hate being cold.SONY DSC~this is what brotherly love looks like sometimes~

We recently had a discussion: not everyone enjoys heated debates. Yes, they are sometimes necessary to sort important issues out, for example family rules and criteria for who sits in the front passenger seat. No, you cannot demand rational argumentation from your 10 year-old brother. Yes, Sylvan should always have recourse to say “I’m not able to talk about this with you right now.” Yes, everyone should be able to leave the debate with their dignity. No, it isn’t acceptable to box anyone (or yourself) into a corner. You can’t change who you are or who someone else is: some people like sports, some people read Law 101 on the beach.SONY DSC
Love that rusty old shipwreck. It was apparently a tug boat. It seemed like it would just crumble under you, but not just yet.SONY DSC
You’ll see more of these RedPants in the next post. They took a place of prominence on our trip.

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We brought our own, brand-new set of Jenga blocks and played some good games when the showers moved through or we were done with hiking for the day. Even in the rain and mist and fog, this island feels so far away from everything. Time is slower. There’s so much freedom and beauty everywhere. We made it a device-free trip (except Mr. Crafty needed access to his iPad a couple of times). We sat around reading. Talking. Sharing ideas.SONY DSC~picture by Jonas~

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::summer::

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Your typical action shot of Jonas, above.

(The action is the page-turning, btw).

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And then there was this, above, part of the amazing day at the beach we had yesterday with friends. This was the long-jump competition part of Field Day, but he also was a strong contender in the 29.7 second race, even passing his dad! Apparently just because you don’t like to be athletic, doesn’t mean you aren’t.
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But wait. Let me back up. We were invited to spend the day with some very good friends from out-of-state who were in Maine with their extended family, and who had rented two houses on the beach. We went for the day yesterday and might possibly have already had the quintessential day of summer, even before its official start, with a bunch of super fun, silly, relaxed, energetic and totally awesome/sweet people of all ages. 
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It might also have been Sylvan’s idea of Best Day Ever because there was always someone to do something sporty with and he didn’t stop moving all day. It was actually Field Day, with organized events for teams (digging a big hole in 3 minutes, pushing a ball across the sand with your nose on your hands and knees, frisbee accuracy toss, soccer dribbling, Jenga stacking, goal-kicking, etc.), but then there were also the spontaneous moments that arose, such as the cartwheel duo, above (Mr. Crafty in the background), or playing push hands or a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee or Bocce.

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Above is the game of Ninja, which is hard to make it look like anything interesting with still photographs, but was pretty fun to watch. And play.

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Sand sculpting was also impromptu, when Jonas started to shovel sand on Mr. Crafty (permission was sort of implied, if not formally given, see Jonas’s book title in the first photo), and quickly there were many hands making light work of creating a stunning Man-Eating Snake. That’s my man being eaten!

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It was a day that went on and on. We created quantities of food with what we had on hand (and a lot of hands on deck), sipped Rosemary Lemonade and seltzer on the beach, ate S’Mores as appetizers and pie before salad. We felt honored to be included in the organized chaos. Not to mention the Field Day! And we left later than we meant to…
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It was dark by the time we could extract Sylvan from one last game of BS and the wood frogs were chirping. I left with sandy toes and the sound of the ocean in my ears.
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Some Big Things Happened: 2

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PLEASE NOTE: WordPress is being a jerk right now.

I am not able to do anything but keep all my text centered, which really bothers me. If you can stand it, keep reading.

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Sylvan was a smoldering Baldur and a mischievous Loki in his class play. Here we see Baldur’s smolder in full effect.

My favorite part of the play was when Loki’s mouth was sewn shut but Sylvan was still able to prompt his classmate for her missed cue.

SONY DSCOf course there was more beauty to share from the Graduation party last night. The gardens are just incredible right now.
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Mr. Handsome has been getting friendly with YouTube videos showing how to tie fancy ties.

This one is the Eldridge, which I always forget.
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And Miss E. made her graduation dress from some dupioni silk and a rainbow crinoline.

As recently as Wednesday, she was giving us a fashion show via Facetime of the dress she had picked out to wear, which was nice, but sort of classic and graduation-ish.

A bit of a surprise, but she totally could have rocked it.

Below is the sassy little number she just sewed up in a day or so… Perfect.

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Did you know Mr. Handsome is also Mr. Crafty Jr.? He sewed a vest for his culminating handwork project: linen with a lovely lining.

He wore it for the Spring Assembly, at which our 8th graders mostly just got to sit, sing one song, and be serenaded by the 6th grade. But Mr. Handsome, with his signature style, was sporting his super new vest and yet another awesome tie.

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~speaking of sassy~

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Oh look, WordPress has decided to cooperate. Charming, I can write left-justified again.

The hardest part of being a mom is seeing my boy suffer. I want to fix it, whatever it is. Sylvan faced some of his own demons this spring out on the Little League field, being a ten year-old out there with those mammoth, fast-throwing twelve year-olds. We had some tearful car-rides to the ball park. Somehow it wasn’t fun anymore and that was what broke my heart the most, seeing my Motion Boy lose his love of the game. I wondered how to be the best parent and how to make the right decision, how to support Sylvan, should he quit or stay, should I push or hold back. He was afraid of being hit by a wild pitch and watching his fear paralyze him was tough. I finally told him that it would be OK to quit. Magically, just a few innings after our painful conversation in the car, he was skipping onto the field, high-fiving his team, and ready to play. After that, everything was OK for him, I think because he felt ownership in having made his own choice to work through it. His nickname in the dugout is the Cheerleader: he is a positive player and a good team mate. He’s gained more confidence and skill this year and really likes the guys he plays with; he’s learned a lot.

This week, in Sylvan’s first playoff game, he got his very first hit of the season: an RBI single. He stole to second, got hit to third, and scored. More than that, he started a rally for his team and they ended up with 8 runs in one inning! This would have been enough: a strong hit when his team needed it most! (I squeak a lot and hop up and down at games. Sometimes the excitement is too much for me!) But in addition, after the game he was awarded the Game Ball by his coaches. Sylvan’s smile (and mine) were probably visible from space. He worked so hard to get to that moment.

I will hold that moment and that smile in my heart forever.

some big things happened: 1

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Graduation: The Class of 2013 became the Class of 2017 last night. (Now I have a high school student.) Of course anyone who has ever seen this class perform knows they have always been stand-outs in putting on a good show. I’ve seen several Waldorf graduations now, and I think this was my favorite. Not just because Eichenlaub and Eichenlaub were up there on stage flanking the class, but because of the quality of the event, the depth and humor in every speech, the honesty and poise. And what I saw were sixteen young people whose individual learning needs were uniquely met by Waldorf education: aspects of academics, challenges of class trips, imagination and joy in learning, performing arts, visual arts, the sense of community, the support of their peers—-all important parts of fledging them into the astonishingly talented, balanced people they are today.

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~Mr. Crafty knit each student something, including hats and mitts, and a scarf~

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~wait! check my teeth!~

you may recognize Con Forza

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~surly French models, above~
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And then: the brilliant idea to light wish lanterns at dusk and send them over Penobscot Bay.

(We didn’t send the one below, we decided to keep him.)

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~send-off~

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~thank you, Mr. Eichenlaub. off they go!~

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