We have had a stressful, and absolutely wonderful, stretch. July passed in a blurry haze of travel, with trips to Massachusetts, Bethlehem and Rehoboth Beach. Mom came to help watch Alice several times after our nanny left to have her baby girl. Michael and I took turns watching our sweet girl. And - did I forget to mention? - I started a new job!
In many ways, I feel like I did in high school, just before starting a new year of classes. Michael and I are settling down into city life for the next few months. We've found a lovely young woman to watch Alice until her brother joins us. And I'm ready to sink my teeth into this new job. I've come back from vacation rested, and eager to hold on to the peace that defined most of our time away from the city.
Several weeks ago, there was a fabulous article in the Times called, "The Busy Trap." I've been thinking a lot about how to structure our lives in such a way that we don't buy into this absurdity. I'd like to be conscientious about this, particularly over the next few months before our new baby arrives. Any suggestions are welcome!
Some of my other favorite pictures from our vacation:
"But when she stepped off the train in New York, her plain little face looked beautiful for a moment, as if the future were opening before her and its glow were already upon her forehead, as if she were eager and proud and ready to meet it..."