1 abundant blue sky
2 (or more!) busy little kids
1 cheap plastic golf toy
1 box of chalk
2 balls (one Princess, one Thomas)
kindle (for mama)
Stir all together on a big grassy lawn and let bubble for two hours under a 70 degree sun, or until someone starts to get burned.
Seriously. The sky was this blue.
We were downtown. There is just nothing like that hometown joyful feeling of “this is MINE” “THIS is where I live!”
It’s supposed to get into the high 70s today. I’m glad I took the kids out this morning before it got too hot.
We have Kevin here working on the house everyday from 8-3 and it’s best to get away for a few hours (out of his hair).
The children have been climbing on his scaffolding, which is set up in the livingroom, so yeah, we needed to leave until naptime.
I could hear toads calling in the canal nearby which means they are on their way, hopping, to our ponds. It’s a springtime ritual.
We had such fun at the park, Sarah peed her pants but thankfully with a dress on it didn’t matter much. She was THRILLED with her new pink princess ball, “I’ve ALWAYS WANTED a princess ball!” she breathed (we made a stop at the drug store for supplies on the way).
(At the drug store Seth dumped an entire bottle of bubbles out in the aisle right next to me, behind my back. Oh that Seth.)
Subway lunch with a cherry coke for mama.
On the kindle: As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto, by Joan Reardon
I started it last night and I love it because of the friendship the two of them formed, simply by writing back and forth. They became friends through their letters before they even met face to face (reminds me of blogging/penpal relationships, too) The letters are fascinating, and as I have read My Life in France, and also Dearie, it was only a matter of time before I found and read this one. Avis was influential in getting Mastering the Art of French Cooking published and a great encouragement to Julia.
Some quotes from the first few chapters when Julia was still in France and Avis was in the States:
“Paul reads to me in the kitchen while I’m getting dinner.” ~ Julia, about her husband, I thought this was so sweet.
“Will send biographies of Simone and Louisette, and a nice photo of a cold decorated fish.” ~Julia (LOL) made me laugh
“This is to say thank you thank you thank you for the wire whip……” ~Avis
“I have just sent you three shallots air mail, and hope the girl at the post office didn’t mash them as she hit them awfully hard all over with her rubber stamp.” ~Julia
Life is too short to say no to princess dresses. Although I had my doubts about it, she managed the slide and the playset just fine in her long fancy dress, thank you very much.