One time, Ellie came over for four days in a row! She is an outside kind of girl, and it was beautiful every day, so we just played outside almost the whole time!
We dug holes in the garden, picked purple flowers, and planted seeds. We ran in the grass and chased a ball down the sidewalk. We visited with neighbors.
We even did outside art! Anty Janis sent the paints and we made beautiful pictures. Edie remembered painting lots of giraffes in art class last year, so her picture featured a baby giraffe. That girl has such a long memory…
I overheard them talking one day.
Ellie: Meow. Meow. (lays head on Edie’s lap)
Edie: It’s like we’re sisters.
Ellie: I could be your sister.
Edie: Let’s be real sisters forever.
Sometimes when we were all the way worn out, we played inside for a few minutes. The spinning Hungry Caterpillar Toss was a favorite. We also read lots of books, both inside and out.
On the last day, we all felt a little melancholy. We talked about all the fun we had and finished the great snacks Ellie brought with her. It was sad to say goodbye, and the girls hugged over and over. But we’ll play again! Next time, let’s visit a park!
Edie says: “I love her.”
Lately, the weather has been suddenly amazing and we are spending all day every day outside.
Every once and a while we have to clean up the inside of our house, which is the opposite of amazing. Ultimately, I think it’s worth it.
We have been able to spend a lot of time with friends lately; last week Ellie visited us four afternoons in a row. We played in the garden all the time and even did some outside art. Edie has a hard time lately with stressing out about where Mama and Daddy are all the time (and if they will ever come back from where ever they have gone off to), so it was especially helpful to take that time to deliberately be together outside and push her comfort zone a little, and since there was a friendly buddy all the time it was easier to do. Her idea has clarified of what I might be doing in the garden if I happen to be a few feet outside of our house when she wakes up from nap. The girls had such sweet play, calling each other sisters and doting on baby Rory together… who wouldn’t?
On Monday we kicked off the week with a beach trip with a lot of friends. I was really encouraged by how many people showed up. It can be hard for mamas to get together, but we have a fun group of friends right now and it worked out for almost everyone to be there! We were at the sandy beach at Chinese Reconciliation Park, and the kids frolicked around the sand piles and water, working out their own little social world, for a few hours while the mamas got some much needed grown up conversation and social support themselves.
Sometimes it’s hard to hold on to the good things, but we’re trying to make as much good life as we can fit into our swirling seasons flinging around the sun. Exciting things coming up: lots of gardening, Edie’s birthday train ride to Portland, and not too far off, a family vacation with Aydan and Drake!