Monday, July 05, 2010

Midsummer bountiful dream

That had to be the fastest June on record.  I can't believe the summer is half over (practically).  I am really quite perplexed at how busy my life has gotten.  Anthony is working more, and the kids are in more activities, and I guess that is enough to push me past the blogging point.  I don't even watch TV anymore.  When will it get better?  Probably when Anna starts driving!

June was full of lots of fun, especially with a visit from our family's BFF family.  Do you have a friend that you love to talk to, whose husband is loved by your husband, and who has two children exactly the same age as your two who likewise totally get each other?  Well, you should, because its great.  They came back into our lives, and we all picked up right where we left off.  We ate, drank, talked, swam, and lived together in happy chaos.  They left somethings at our house: liquor, wine, chocolates, bamboo mats, peanut butter, and many happy memories.

Incredibly this month, we have homegrown peaches.  We have had a peach tree for about 6 years, and in that time we've seen a total of three (3) peaches.  Of those peaches, we've collectively eaten half of two of them, the remainder of those 3 were stolen by birds or squirrels.  Other years, there have either been not enough chill hours in the winter to set fruit or hail storms in the spring, knocking all the fruit off our tree.  Ah, but this year, our tree is groaning under the weight of at least 200 tiny fruits, growing rosier by the day.  The squirrels and worms have claimed their share, but I don't mind when there's this much to go around.  We've had quick peach jam, peach margaritas, peach cobbler, and tonight, peach gelato (sorbetto, really).  OMG it is so good!  The tomatoes are also giving us decent yield, enough for lots of bruschetta and insalata caprese.  I will never forgive the squirrels, though, for eating every. single. unripe. pear. of the tree last weekend.

We've also had a bounty of rain, keeping summer not quite scorching, thanks to the hurricane.  Swim team is over for us, and Colin won lots of ribbons -- he is in a small age group (6 and under) and is one of the oldest since he turned 7 right after the cut off.  Anna has been a little jealous since she is one of the youngest (birthday right before the cut off) in a huge age group, and although she has beautiful form she is not one of the fastest swimmers.  Colin even qualified for the regional invitational meet in backstroke, which we'll have to miss because....

NEXT WEEK WE GO TO CHILE!!! I am so excited and cannot believe our trip is upon us!  We will be seeing my friend Fran and her family, and hope to go to the wine country, the coast, the lake district, hop across to Argentina, maybe even Patagonia.  Anna and I have been listening to our Spanish podcasts, and we're all reading up on our destination.  It is winter in South America (maybe go snow skiing?), and I can't wait to see the water go counter-clockwise in the toilet.  So I may not post here again until we are on the trip.  Lo siento!


peevish said...

It was so great to see you all, too! We had a wonderful time, although it was too brief a visit. Come see us when you can!

I expect to see a video of the water swirling the wrong way. We all hope your trip is spectacular. Can't wait to hear about it.


Emily said...

I will enjoy your peaches and tomatoes while you're away. :-)

I'm so proud of Colin! I'm sure it must be difficult for Anna.

I'm envious of your trip, but so excited for you too! I can't wait to hear all the stories when you get back.

Jessica said...

HAVE FUN IN CHILE! I was just about to email you to ask for your recipe for the Peach Gelato...and there it was! Yay!

I had so much fun seeing you all last week! Thank you for making my birthday week spectacular!

Espero que tengan una viaje increible! (I hope you have an incredible trip!)


Jessica said...

I was just going to ask for the recipe for the gelato! Thank you for posting it!

I had so much fun with you all last week! Thank you for making my birthday week spectacular!

I hope you are having a great time in Chile! Tell Anna to keep practicing her Spanish!!!

Espero que ustedes tengan un viaje increible! Espero que aprendan mucho Espanol y coman mucha comida deliciosa! (I hope y'all have an incredible trip! I hope y'all learn lots of Spanish and y'all eat lots of delicious food!) :) :) :)