recently finished reading:
a good read - insightful, well written, based on newly discovered letters & manuscripts. a little sad, but not overpoweringly so. makes one wonder what it was like for abraham to be married to her.
speaking of lincoln, we were treated to a sunday sociable on "lincoln in hancock county" by a research historian at the lincoln library in springfield, IL (one of my favorite places, and an added benefit of living here). it was very good. tourist season is here, and we have gone from living in a near ghost town to a summer resort. the perks are back, like the ahuna family polynesian dancers last night for family home evening. a family of 6 children, their 4 spouses, and 7 grandchildren. the fire dance was very impressive. even more impressive was the number of missions served, two law degrees, and dental school (and they can stil dance). even more impressive was that the grandma sat with the 7 grandchildren, ages 6 weeks to 4, and they were perfectly behaved, not a peep, not a cry, no problems whatsoever. if only my 5 & 8 year olds could be so well behaved, and my 2 year old....*sigh*
tokyo disney sea resort, walking distance from our home in maihama (along with tokyo disneyland), and where we spent every minute that we could during our last summer in japan. noah has stopped asking almost daily when we are going to disney sea, but my heart still yearns for it on warm humid days. do i sound spoiled & bratty? let me just add that life as a foreign family in japan was a daily challenge (all 12 years of it - we loved it, but it wasn't ever remotely easy), and disney sea was a soothing balm. i am not a huge disney fan. but i do love disney sea: the one disney theme park designed for adults, lots of ambiance, and plenty of fun for the kids too.
no problems growing hair for him :)
today is the last full day of school. summer vacation keeps sneaking up on me here in the u.s. we're used to six weeks of summer vacation from july 20th to sept 1st.
another note on humidity: many friends from the western u.s. are of the opinion that nauvoo is the most humid place on earth - impossible for anywhere to be more humid....it's not. every june in tokyo when the serious humidity arrived, (we never had central air conditioning) i would wonder if it were possible to drown or suffocate from humidity, because it felt like a serious possibility.