Sunday, August 28, 2016

Mid Summer All Summer Long

Whew, weather wise, it has been August since April this year- hot, hot, hot.
I've loved having an i-Mac because it made storing and sharing my pictures so easy. Just pop the little card in, and there they were.  When I went to browse, in order to add pictures here, just go to the last import and ta-dah, done.  Well, it got to where I couldn't do anything and was required to download the new, ummm, something or other that is not Safari.  Now, it won't read the card at all unless I turn off the computer and turn it all on again.  It doesn't give me an option of my latest import. I find nothing about it easier to manage than before.  Consequently, I'm way behind on posting here, so this is going to be a long one! Well, maybe, if I can ever find the pictures.
Ol' Mother Hubbard was in need of a sitter for just the boys, so Bean and Giddy-Up came and we had our boy's night and morning.  They always want a fire, so it was hot dogs and ravioli on the fire. Ugh, so hot, but not so they noticed.  We had science experiments. Here they are making their own lemonade.
Pap pitched a tent and growled at me for taking his picture.  He and the older boys were supposed to sleep outside. Pap did, the boys caved.  When he came in for breakfast he teasingly said, 
"Good morning girls."

 We created rattlers with seashells and had blessing gems and lots of sausage for breakfast.  The amount of food these children can consume is astounding.
On the day Rae, Rosie and I shopped, Pap had a date with Giddy-Up and Mr. Smiley.  After shopping at our house and thrift stores for metal items, they created a sound board to hang outside and  play whenever the spirit moves them.

When I cleaned out my room this summer, I found a science kit I bought for the classroom. I had used most everything that there was enough of for a classroom.  This past Tuesday, I turned it over to the boys to enjoy what was left of it.  It was our one late afternoon of milder temperatures and drier weather.  So we all enjoyed the outdoor time.
Our sweetest little Rosie so enjoyed being outside and watching all the action.  She is the dearest littles bit.  Sometimes your kiddo makes you so proud your buttons about pop off.  I really had no idea how this fostering would be.  Well, at this point, we just have another baby we love. No one on the outside looking in would have one clue that we didn't welcome her into the world as our newborn.

 Let me tell you, this interest and these smiles are the best there is and set the world all aright for me.
 I also had left over ice cream from a classroom treat and toppings were on sale this week, so banana splits were dessert.  Yummy. Swimming has started, so Bean and Bugg couldn't be with us.

And, at last, what my sweet girls have been pining for all year- The Fairy Ball.  Since the boys spent the night, the girls needed their turn.  I also needed them to spend the night because they had so much planned, there was no way to do it in an afternoon.
So we began on Friday evening with fairy houses and fairy lanterns.
 Saturday morning, we headed to the Farmer's Market for a bouquet of flowers to make tiny flower baskets.
 And the food, oh my. We served our guests Lichen Sandwiches, Wood Chips, Butterfly Crunch, Berry and Twig Delight, Fruit Logs, Cheery Berry Punch, Acorns,  and Birdseed Salad.  The girls worked long and hard on a fitting fairy description of each dish and presented them one at a time
 Finally, dresses, hair and make-up. My little girls were transformed into woodland beauties.

 Autumn, the Fall Fairy
 Winter Eve
 Midsummer Night
 Preparation Perfection
 Ready to serve.
 The guests were simply delighted with this favored invitation to the very best of the woodland realm.

Me, I smile at how darn cute they are, I feel grateful for a Sidly-girl who shows up,  helps and plays her part, I cry because I know this time is fleeting, I love how, right now, this magic is so very real to them.
Whew, I am worn out!

1 comment:

  1. You deserve to be exhausted but what fun you had. I am so glad you could find all the pictures because I loved them. The fairies are growing up so quickly and I love the sound board! Hope you enjoy a nice long holiday weekend.