Sunday, September 13, 2009

distracted...

I hardly know where to begin, and I don't mean to sound all dramatic, cause it's not like anything bad has happened. Quite the opposite actually. But yesterday Jason went out of town, he will be gone 3 weeks!!! and that is just totally crazy for us! So everything is feeling kind of off... the past week was super busy getting him ready to go... we were in town 3 or 4 days which is more than we sometimes go in one month... and we have never been apart for anywhere near this long! About once a year he will go on a backpacking trip for a few nights, occasionally a skateboarding trip for a couple days, he has even worked at home for most of the girls lives, so we are really used to having daddy around! I guess you may be wondering where is he went... He is at "Tracker School", a nature and wilderness survival school, all the way across the country in New Jersey. He flew there Saturday. (It did not go so well, he threw up 5 times, I wonder if he would care that I am telling you this...) But he made it, he is excited to learn, and even more excited to come home with the experience and knowledge.

The girls have of course been pretty sad about him going for so long, but they actually did really well today for his first day gone. They played with paper dolls all day. Really, the whole entire day. They started making them at about 8 this morning and cleaned up at 5 for dinner. I had to make them stop in the middle of the day to eat. Once I heard Chloe say, in a pretend daddy voice, (cause they have lots of play voices), "Guys, I have to tell you something. I'm sorry, but we're paper."


Now, the results of my hectic, scattered, distracted week... Jason is a pretty emotional person, he said with all the butterflies in his stomach he probably didn't even need an airplane to fly across the country, so he didn't have much of an appetite. So I made him cinnamon rolls. Surely he could manage that. (And a spinach lasagna for dinner Friday night.) I wanted to double the cinnamon roll recipe so there would be extra for him to take with him. I accidentally quadrupled it! 30 cinnamon rolls! Anyone want some? Wish I could share...


Good thing we have an abundance of fruit to make the breakfast a little more healthy. Apples from the forest! There is a valley here that long ago had many orchards. Now there are wild apple trees scattered about, Jason brought home so many bags of apples last autumn, this is just the beginning for this year. Nectarines too, which we picked at my brother-in-laws house. And the girls even love the crabapples!


I tried to take some pictures from the car while we were driving home from one of those many town trips last week. Jason took the camera on his trip, but my sister sent me hers so soon I will be able to take more pics.



It's still pretty green here, but every day it's looking a little more golden...

8 comments:

sarah haliwell said...

I wish you all the best for the next three weeks. What beautiful photographs.

Heather said...

I hope that the next three weeks are as peaceful as possible. My husband travels every week for work, as my father did as well. It is hard, it is stressful, but you have such a beautiful way of living and thinking, and I am sure that will help.

Tahara said...

I hope all goes well during the next three weeks...Where is Jason at in NJ?...

Such lovely pictures...I wish I could find wild apple trees around...I am going to start looking now :-)

Kelly said...

Hope the next three weeks go smoothly. Jason's trip sounds really interesting. How lucky you are to have all those wild apple trees near you. We found a whole bunch last autumn that we really enjoyed but strangely this year they have no apples!

Sarah said...

Hope things go smoothly. It is very golden here and the apples are definitely in abundance this year.

Nicole said...

many warm wishes to you and your family during these next few weeks! i can certainly understand how this must make you feel! the fruit is so beautiful as is the scenery around your home!

farmama said...

How's it going Renee? Hopefully I will get to see you girls soon.....maybe Saturday??

Earth Mama said...

The Tom Brown Tracker School? I have a friend who does a lot of courses there. It's kind of like the best of the best place to learn that sorta stuff I think. Actually Im not too sure there's tons of places to learn tracking. That's awesome that your husband is getting to do that.