We've reached the end of the second week of our summer vacation, just the two of us, my boy and I. And to my surprise, we've been drawing. Together. He draws machines, robots, himself, remote controls, volcanoes, baby dinosaurs, six-legged tennis racket kitties.
This weekend was the perfect time for a visit to Ladew Topiary Gardens. It wasn't too hot, the sky was the most beautiful shade of blue and the roses, iris and peonies were in bloom. The air smelled heavenly. My daughter and I spent most of our visit wandering from iris to iris to peony to iris in search of the most fragrant flowers, while the boys apparently spent their time in the Yellow Garden inventing adventures.
My daughter performed as a dancing ruby in Sleeping Beauty with her ballet school this past weekend. Leading up to the performance there were many hours of rehearsal and behind the scenes waiting. I volunteered to be one of the dressers for my daughter's group so that meant providing snacks and coloring books and bobbi pins and hair gel for all the little girls. Each day we'd come home and I'd go and on about how exhausted I was and she'd say, "I'm not tired at all." It must be nice to be seven.
The bits and pieces of Sleeping Beauty that I saw during the dress rehearsal were gorgeous. The older toe dancers are so lovely. I was allowed to sneak into the auditorium to see the rubies perform before sprinting back to the stairwell off stage where we did a lot of quiet waiting. The girls were excited and elated after their bows. They wanted to perform again and again.
After our visit to the horse farm, my mother's day pampering continued with a hike in the woods with my girl. I was hoping for a longer, faster walk since it was just the two of us, but she was greatly distracted by twigs and moss and acorn shells and the possible presence of fairies. So instead, we meandered slowly along the tiniest moss-covered trail as she built little shelters and boats and other useful fairie items.
My favorite path through the forest. I'm pretty sure hobbits and fairies do inhabit these woods.
A potted plant for the fairies, of course.
And we returned home to discover that the boys had gone grocery shopping, bringing home red roses, ingredients for a most delicious cookout, and the prettiest tiny cakes. I'll take a day like this every year. Thank you!
I'm a bit behind on my blog posts these days. It's such a busy time of year... so much going on in the last days of school. I had a nearly perfect Mother's Day. We had the opportunity to visit a horse farm with some friends. The children were able to feed carrots to, brush and ride a rescued retired racehorse. It was a beautiful, beautiful day with a brilliant blue sky and fields of buttercups. A half dozen farm cats and kittens romping through the grass. The kids were happy. I was happily taking photos. The only thing missing was my mother.
I did spend some time Mother's Day morning digging through old photos on my back up drive. I was glad to find this photo from one of my trips to Alaska with my parents. My mother was so insistent that I should experience flying in a helicopter and landing on a glacier. Though I'm terrified of heights, it was a pretty amazing experience and I'm so glad that I got to experience it with her.
I'm not sure if the reason why I take so many photos of blossoms is because my little guy is always climbing a tree, or if the reason he climbs so many trees is because I'm always standing under a tree with a camera. Either way, I think we make a pretty good team.
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This little gal will be reciting a few lines from Aesop's Fables tomorrow at her school. She's very excited and has been rehearsing her lines for weeks. Learning to speak to the griffin while practicing on stage in her 1920s school auditorium. I love how little bits of Hogwarts type traditions seem to creep into her school from time to time.
I was given the assignment to provide a "little" mouse costume as she will be playing a city mouse. I whipped this costume up fairly quickly using an old pink tutu, a pair of grey leggins and a grey t-shirt (a bit tricky this time of year, I'd hoped to find a long-sleeved grey shirt, but no such luck this spring), a headband, silver glitter sneakers from Old Navy, a few pieces of grey and pink felt, some fluffy stuffing and a pink boa from the craft shop.
I was inspired by this lovely photo that I found on Pinterest, I think it's from an old J. Crew catalog. I followed the instructions for Martha Stewart's Bunny Ears, modifying them slightly to make grey mouse ears. I sewed the felt tail onto the inside of the tutu... hope that it holds up well on stage.
I think it turned out pretty well for my first mouse costume, maybe I'll make one for Klaus the cat.