Some random shots from my parent’s house out here in Lawn Guyland.
Lettuce, perilla leaves and some other greens we don’t know the English word for all came from my dad’s garden and onto the dinner table for lettuce wraps.
Yes, Claudine still sucks her thumb. And she can’t suck her thumb without twiddling her left ear. She once drew a picture of a girl with one hand over her mouth and the other over her left ear. It was a self portrait.
Speaking of drawings, this is Claudine’s latest portrayal of me and Mia. I’m the one in the striped dress because, well, I was wearing a striped shirt today. Mia is wearing a ruffly dress (and yes, she was in a dress today that had ruffles at the neckline). I am a fairy doctor which is why I have a stethoscope plugged into my ears and I am checking out Mia’s head because she has a scrape on her forehead. The object between us is an ice cream truck. We’re standing in the street and behind us in the field is a flower, a pitcher of water and a bunny. The bunny’s name is “Hank”. You gotta love the imagination of a 3 year old.
One of the best parts about coming to our “country house” is the home cooked Korean meals. My mom made cold noodles for dinner tonight (Naeng Myun) which is a summer staple. It has pickled radish, cucumber, asian pears, apples, pine nuts and a cold icy broth (aided by an ice cube or 2 right in the bowl) mixed in with some spicy mustard. One of my favorites.
We totally did the suburban thing today – went to Target for various sundries, Michaels for craft supplies since Mia doesn’t go to camp for another 3 weeks, and then the mall in search of some kid sneakers. In the afternoon we blew up the kiddie pool and let the girls splash around while we watched the soccer game. We get to enjoy the perks of the suburbs without actually having to live in the suburbs.
So this summer is turning into the summer of starts and stops and shakeups. For the time being, once again, I will be living the life of leisure (oh freelance, you are so crazy). So we’re staying out here one more day and after deciding that it would be too crowded on a Sunday, we’ll be heading to the beach on a Monday morning. Just because we can.