We made it down to Popo and Gonggong’s house for a long Easter weekend. The traffic there and back was for some reason pretty awful, but we listened to the story of Odysseus and other Greek myths which Tashi was really into. (And me! There’s a lot I’d forgotten.) The photo above is of my favorite tree at Fairmount Park, where we went with brother and on the suggestion of Gonggong to see the 17th century Japanese house and garden in the park.
It was pretty cool, albeit crowded. These sliding paper doors are actually an artwork called “Water Curtain.” (The larger photos in this post are by brother.)
In setting up for this photo husband nearly fell backward through the paper sliding door! Hence his expression:
Afterward we braved the city traffic (everyone out on a nice spring day! And we kept hitting traffic all weekend, to and from PA) and had lunch at Rohan’s favorite creperie, Beau Monde.
Then we had a short walk on South Street in search of lemon gelato but ended up with cupcake batter yogurt instead (just like it sounds like). On Saturday we saw Maria and her girls for a spring get-together with a few of her other friends. Without us even asking them to, Isabel and Lulu, now in 9th and 6th grades, entertained the kids, making great and long use of the trampoline (same one as here). I think it’s the only party where the kids totally left us alone, without needing to resort to media! (There was some Wii watching later.)
And Easter Sunday, the bunny visited and hid eggs (one still missing in the family room), and then Tashi and Rio spent a lot of time outside digging in the dirt and grass otherwise. Popo said they really like being out in nature, especially Tashi. Rio was mostly wielding branches as swords. We never did make it out to see a movie, just a sushi dinner out, but one major accomplishment was I thoroughly cleaned the inside of the car, with an assist from Tashi. And husband managed to help Gonggong transfer thousands of digital images from one computer to another.