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we cowered in the cold wind on the way home from school today. fall is here and winter is right around the corner. the coats will come out of storage this weekend and the shorts and sandals will be put back in their place. we will run outside for a bit and do some special preparations for upcoming programs and assignments. we will see where the wild things are. we will go to church and we will make soup (because soup makes the girls' hair golden.. a lie i told long ago to get them to eat up. a lie eve has never forgotten and a lie both she and ruth fully believe. i plan on a deathbed confession..). but mostly we will just be. at home, cozy on a blustery fall weekend. changing out our closets for the season, picking up toys, resting, snacking, looking and listening. 

+listening to this american life. honestly, does it get any better than this program? after years of listening, i just don't know how it could. the moth is pretty great too (if you live in new york, please go to a story slam at some point. really worth waiting in line for. some people have stories to share and share them very well. hey, wait! i went to link and found: chicago! detroit! you can go to story slams too! and LA, you've been able to for awhile!). 

+looking at this. have you seen this? after looking at the pictures watch the video linked under the article. beautiful and moving. people and the things they do are incredible. i want the royal de luxe to come to new york. i want to watch the big giant rise out of the east river and i want to, somehow, be one of those people grabbing the ropes to make that little giantess move. 

+listening to animal noises. anywhere we can find them. over and over and over and guessing who they belong to. the kids love it. charlie loves anything that sounds dangerous. and cows.  

+looking over and backing up our summer photos. this summer was lovely and i miss it. i normally don't say that about summer, but i'm saying it now. i miss the textures and colors and sounds of coastal oregon mornings, and i miss being the masters of our own schedules. but more i miss seeing little sandaled feet. even when, or maybe especially when, they're popping up during dinner. luckily, little feet in little boots kicking crunchy leaves on the way home from school are a pretty great replacement for now. 

here's to the weekend.


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just wanted to say thanks for the giant puppet link...hadn't seen that and can't wait to share it with my children....

and...I love This American Life too. so much I manage to find a way to use it when I teach freshman comp. They like it too, only they don't realize it quite yet. But one day, I know they will remember me for introducing them to such an amazing show.

October 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

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October 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergloria

I plan to recycle the same lies my parents used to my (future) children when it comes to despised food.
...wish I'd known about Moth when I was still living in NY! Thanks for posting the link!

October 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

This has become one of my favorite blogs to visit! We watched WTWA this past weekend. It was so wonderful. It's been our favorite book for about a decade in our home, and the movie was just beautiful. I even sniffled and cried a few times.

October 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy j

That sweet shot reminds me of the goofiness of my daughter Lola. Who is also toothy grinning and blonde haired blue eyed girlie like yours.

Love TAL!

October 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaggie may

i soooooooo wana see where the wild things are. am waiting for it to come to australia. hmm, curious to know if you read through all your comments only cos i think i left a couple of questions somewhere but don't recall where and in case you did write back i now realise i wouldn't find them. hmm...ah well...

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjos

Eating soup for golden locks, that's a good one. I still eat the crust of my bread in the hopes that my hair will soon turn curly like my mom used to tell me.

November 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkerry

Great post. I love TAL and don't get to listen to it often enough. I know, I know, podcasts. But I'm a Luddite and time gets eaten up.

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