Well, Hello, from Brookline, MA!

it has been WAY too long since i've been here!  i am sitting in our apartment in Brookline, alone for the first time in goodness knows how long having finally found a wonderful little preschool for my 4 year old, surrounded by stacks of boxes that still need unpacking, but hey, it will be good for my soul to jot down some of my thoughts here and reconnect with y'all.  so, here are some thoughts while i listen to U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence (which btw is free on iTunes right now).  i'd like to share some images of our trip to the east coast, some from my Instagram feed.

 

so, how are YOU??  i hope all is well wherever you are.  i am sure you have been busy with life, work, your own moves, and your own children going back to school... but do drop me a line here and catch me up on what you have been up to!

 

mid-August, we said our goodbye to Madison, WI, packed up our life in boxes and took to the road for a week.  my husband stayed behind to wrap up and i took our girls and stopped over in Michigan for a few days to visit with my parents.  we visited our favourite spots there before continuing on the road.  this is us, beginning our journey:

 running through the tunnel to get to Tunnel Park on Lake Michigan

running through the tunnel to get to Tunnel Park on Lake Michigan

 Tunnel Park

Tunnel Park

i saw a lot of these on the road...

we met up with my husband in Indiana and continued across the country in our two cars.  and since we were driving by Niagara Falls, we had to stop by and show the girls this awesome and wonderful part of the world.

most of the drive was a blur for me, but it was fun to see the landscape changing as we entered NY and then MA.  it really is as beautiful here as everyone has been telling me.  we tried to explore a little before the girls started school:

 Walden's Pond in Concord, MA, was delightful, esp on a hot summer day

Walden's Pond in Concord, MA, was delightful, esp on a hot summer day

 Allendale Farm, a local farm that's minutes from where we live

Allendale Farm, a local farm that's minutes from where we live

 Wingaersheek Beach - we loved swimming in the water, but also loved climbing these huge rocks and exploring the tide pools in between the rocks

Wingaersheek Beach - we loved swimming in the water, but also loved climbing these huge rocks and exploring the tide pools in between the rocks

 Crane Beach was great for finding these baby mussels washing onto the shore and the hermit crabs running around everywhere

Crane Beach was great for finding these baby mussels washing onto the shore and the hermit crabs running around everywhere

it's been a week now since school began for the girls.  we are all sort of being carried by the tide of routine and that's been good.  i'll have my moments when i get teary for no reason, a symptom of uprooting and displacement.  no matter how often i do this, that part will never go away.  but i am grateful for my friend who lives a block away from us here and has made the move and transition so much smoother and easier (hugs, Lisa!!) and i am thankful that the girls seem to be managing ok.  we all have our moments, but on the whole, we are doing well.  there's so much beauty around me to appreciate.  there's so much good food close by (ok, the Korean food we can get here just doesn't compare to Madison, WI, i'm afraid :))  and it was wonderful to reconnect with an old friend from Nairobi (SO great to see you, Sarah, and meet your wonderful family) who lives about an hour away from Brookline.

Isak Dinesen wrote in Seven Gothic Tales: "The cure for anything is salt water - tears, sweat, or the sea."  i have seen much of all three lately and i have to agree with her.

my youngest told me yesterday that she likes Brookline, but not living in an apartment.  she believes we must find a house here like Madison.  when i asked her why she doesn't like living in an apartment, she said because she always has to be quiet! :)

i haven't been able to do much art, but i do have some news.  i will be participating in another art show through SpaceWomb Contemporary Art Gallery that opens 18th September, next week.  so, my NYC friends and those of you with friends in NYC, i hope you'll spread the word for me.  i will post an update early next week.  in the mean time, here are some shots of my sketchbook of recent sketches:

i hope to be here more often now.  i do ask that you subscribe to the blog by entering your email address in the space at the top left bar and hitting the subscribe button in order to keep up with my goings on.  thanks so much and have a lovely rest of your week!