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And a year ago…  making something special for a good friend we met while in Gwalior, India…
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The swifts in Portland

Our urban sledding this year, started with our visit to see the swifts.

There were trials.  Combinations of all sorts. The long plastic sled, the round one. Solo, with two or three friends.

Standing (this Mamá was more scared of this one) and sitting.

And of course, the cardboard sledding.

This year my parents are visiting and got to go with us.  We took our picnic and had dinner there, as we do each year. Waiting and watching the swifts come for their evening rest at the school’s chimney.

A tradition for us, of many, many (12?) years.

The first Vaux Swifts start appearing.

The lawn at Chapman School is full. So full you cannot walk around without stepping on someone’s picnic blanket.

We are all staring up high.  The reds in the sky are deeper.

We see the hawk.  It has come the last few years.  It’s almost planned, like a show it seems at times.  But a real, nature show.  A story being told in front of our eyes.

It’s a story that will probably repeat the next day.

And the next.  Until it’s too cold for them, and they’ve all gone south.   And as the sun sets, and the sky gets darker and darker by the seconds, the flying and circling gets more intense, and you can see the dark cloud over the school’s roof.

And the birds, almost like painted dots in the purple sky, move around in circles.  As fast as my eyes can see them.  Thousands, ten thousands of them.  Me, unable to differentiate one from another. Turning, circling, in a tunnel, like a hurricane, going inside a brick cylinder, for a secure and much needed rest.  Preparing themselves, for another long day, going south.  To a warmer place.

An obvious sign, at least for us, that the cooler, shorter days are approaching.  Autumn is here.  And I love this time of the year.  I am ready, but still enjoying the sun rays, that are weaker each day, but still warming my skin a little.

I will leave you with a fun video I made. Nothing fancy nor professional.  But another part of the story of the hawk visiting the swifts as they are going down the chimney, and chased away by the thousands of swifts.

Celebrating

Last weekend, we did the Race for the Cure walk.

We celebrated my mom, who’s been a survivor for 11 years.

We walked through downtown Portland.

On a beautiful, amazing, clear, sunny Sunday morning.

 

So many people were there. For me, it’s amazing to see all those women and men wearing pink.  What a beautiful celebration.

And those we remember, especially on this day.

We are all there for the same reason.  We want a cure, and we want to help somehow.

We want to support our families, and friends, and those we haven’t met yet.

 

We want to remember our friends, and families and those we didn’t get a chance to meet.

So we did this walk, once again. The third one together with my mom, our 7th one, I think.

And as we passed the starting banner, they read our sign we were showing.

And they asked “where Mónica was” and my mom waved from the big mass of people we were walking in the middle of.

Photo by Lucas.

A beautiful day to celebrate and remember.

 

 

 

 

 

:: this moment : now + then ::

A beautiful and fun Friday ritual. Inspired by SouleMama.

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo (or two or three or four)– no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. – Amanda Soule

At Chihuli’s Glass Gallery in Seattle.

And a year ago…  Celebrating Chilean Independence Day with our friends in Gwalior, India…

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An art camp

Siena and Lucas went to an art camp this summer.

They were so excited to show us what they made and did at the end of each day.

It was a whole week on Peru.

Everybody made a t-shirt with Peruvian designs.

They got to do some glass work.  Siena made this flower vase.

And the last day there was a celebration of everybody’s work.

Lucas and one of his handmade pan flutes.

Siena in her group, in one of the oldest one.

There was dance, and stories and music made.  A small sample of their fun week.

An art work done by all the kids.

 

A fun week.