Friday, June 15, 2007

Sayonara, books and roses

This is a hybrid tea rose that I added to my rose garden a few years ago. It's called "Just Joey." Isn't that neat? It's a beautiful, apricot color and smells heavenly.
Today, Luke and I are being lazy and enjoying the quiet after yesterday's whirlwind of activity. Our backyard was filled with people for the Sayonara party -- eight students, their teacher and lots of parents, siblings, and some grandparents, aunts and uncles. It was such fun to watch the kids in their excitement for the trip. They've become so close in the past 6 months as they've met as a group every other week to hone their Japanese language skills, learn about the places they'll visit and just really start to get to know one another since they'll be family for each other for the next six weeks. We had a barbeque and before we ate, each student presented a speech he or she will be giving, all in Japanese. After dinner, the kids presented their "entertainment" that they'll present at one of the many events they'll be attending in Japan. It was a song and dance to "We Go Together" from Grease. Really cute. The party ended fairly early, as they all met at the airport at 5:30 this morning!
As one takes off, another is coming home. This evening, Dan and I will go pick up the Girl-child from camp. We got a letter yesterday:
Dear Mom,
I am having a blast at camp. Write back! I love you guys so much. If Dad is there tell him it is so fun! Love Emily
(Dan arrived home yesterday, in time to be Master of the Grill.) I can't wait to see her this evening and feel that big squeeze hug that I've missed all week.
Luke is invited to go to the Rockies game tonight with his cousins. So, everybody's doing their own thing and staying happy. Can't ask for much more than that. I guess I really miss my little girlfriend, who is my favorite shopping bud. I had to talk Luke into going to Kohl's with me this afternoon. It's one of his least favorite activites, shopping with me watching me shop.
I'm in a (good) quandry about what to read next. Becky is lobbying for the next Mitford book, and Stacy did a wonderful review on an Elizabeth Berg book, and it sounds so great, I'm tempted to read the one I have by the same author. I'll let you know what I decide. I'm sure you're all waiting with bated breath.


MyUtopia said...

What a beautiful flower!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Gorgeous tea rose, stunning :)

I did like the Berg book, but I think I might have to vote for the last Mitford book also. I love and adore all of the Mitford books, some of my most favorite of all time. The Berg book is a little quirkier, so save it for another time :)

Have a great day!

Becky said...

An apricot rose. How unique! Lovely.

I am always in a quandry when I have a stack of books. Which one to read? I don't know. Eeny-meeny-miney-moe?

Mitford, as you know, are some of my favorites. And they go fast. Too fast. Escapism at its finest.

Jungle Mom said...

The rose is amazingly beautiful.

kris said...

Karen - that rose is beautiful - I love the color. And I agree "Just Joey" is a great name. Sounds like things are busy - but fun - at your house! p.s. I love your new look!!

gail@more than a song said...

That rose is gorgeous! I love them and they remind me of my daddy because he used to grow roses all the time. It's not something I learned to do!
Good choice on the Father Tim book, like your reading list too.