Felicitous Spring greetings to all! I just wanted to share with you some of the view from here lately. If what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words is true — then this is going to be about 30,000 words worth on all the fun we’ve been having over the last several days while Bella and Xi have been off school and together with us.
I kept attempting to get a good shot of them to see if I could capture the exuberance of the moment and the girls’ return to each other. The energy, however, was so high that I couldn’t get anything but blurs and smiles.
Eventually, I gave up and went for a video, thinking I could get them in motion that way. What you’ll see in the link below, though, is just about as blurry as the photos, and several times louder — a pure testament to the unbridled, loving celebration in progress!
The ensuing days were a continuation of that delicious blur, and saw us strolling, skating, scootering, and biking around town for dog-walks and to our various fun spots; reading, playing, creating, and chillaxing together at home; and generally being fully, completely, and totally pleased.
Sunday was Easter (as you may remember…) and the girls were all ready to get down with some holiday celebrating. Bella, who is now 12, was understandably ready to pass on the tradition of wearing the flower bands, but was thankfully still glad to be involved with all the other parts of the day.
We’ve developed a number of fun personalized traditions over the years of celebrating Easter together. One of the favorite parts for the girls is the hunt to find the baskets. It used to just entail a simple scavenging for each of them, but has evolved in the last couple years to include actual clues, and directions suited for each girl. Then after they find the baskets, they have to find the eggs! Baskets are in the house, with the treasure hunt; eggs are out in the yard, 21 each, and each egg has the first letter of the appropriate girl’s name on it. That way all three girls get an experience that is tailored specifically to them, based on developmental stage, personal history, and private jokes. And none of them wind up feeling like they didn’t find enough eggs, or that it was all too easy/hard to actually enjoy it.
Since it was first thing in the morning, and since we aren’t completely insane, we got the girls to at least start off with some fruit before going on to candy — so yes, that is a straw-berry that Xi is holding, and no, it wasn’t in that plastic egg…
But some of this was:
And this year, since we found out how many Halloween candies have GMO’s, and since we do still want to give the girls the opportunity to have some candy a couple of times a year — we sought out and purchased only organic candy. And I have to admit, for some reason I felt pretty darn classy in the bulk aisle of the Good Food Store buying the several kinds of purely organic candy I decided on.
Here’s some swing fun the elder girls were having one day. They had developed the spin game previously, twisting up the swing as far as they could and then riding it as it unwinds — but this time they went to epic lengths because it was part of Bella’s astronaut training…
That’s Echo in the Blue riding a pony to the left of Bella and Xi — who rode in the carriage because there were no other ponies next to each other. The video below is what they look like flying by — first focussing on Bella and Xi, then you can see the side and back of Echo on the next round…
I can’t remember if I have ever heard so much genuine laughter or felt so much joy in 6 days before. I now officially can’t wait for Summer.
Hope you and yours are having a splendid Spring as well.