includes sunshine warm enough
to wear yellow strappy wedges
(seeeeeeeeeeeeee I told you I love new shoes)
a mom who is patient enough to go
treasure-hunting kid style
(a walk around the lake in our neighborhood allowing
all kinds of things to be gathered along the way)
Chloe found this abandoned bird's nest on the ground--
the amazingly beautiful architecture and sturdiness of which
got me wondering why
being called a bird-brain is such a pejorative?!
Bird's nests have some serious high-quality engineering, I must say!
I wouldn't mind having a bird's brain if it meant
creating something as amazing as this :)
The kids also found these wee baby turtles along the water's edge.
Can you believe how tiny Michelangelo is?
Evidently he's a boy because he has one stripe on his tummy.
Michelle is a girl because she has two tummy stripes.
This is all according to my budding veterinarian's 7 yr old mind.
We kept Michelle and Michelangelo for 2 weeks--
changing their water every day,
feeding them earthworms that Sean diligently
dug up from the backyard every day after school.
M & M also loved carrots, lettuce, and strawberries.
We watched them grow and become more lively until ready to go home.
And then we set the baby turtles free back into the lake
by our house and the kids happily watched
them instinctively burrow themselves into the mud for safe hiding.
At this size, they would otherwise most certainly fall prey to
a skunk or raccoon or maybe even a cranky old dog---
Very funny I know...
but oh my digression!
Back to the Perfect Saturday...
It includes a leisurely stroll through the nursery
to pick out this year's annuals to plant
and being lucky enough to find these fabulous succulents
in a window box outside one of the vintage depots
where we shopped.
I love succulents.
I always have.
Maybe because when I was a kid my Grandma Dorothy
always seemed to have 3-4 varieties growing
in pots on her front porch next to the davenport
Anyone else's grandma use fun words like davenport for sofa
and keep succulents like aloe
on-hand so she could tear a piece off
on-demand and squeeze its soothing goo
on your sunburned nose and shoulders?!
My Grandma Dorothy was a real treat.
Beautiful, fashionable, and eccentric..like these succulents.
A final word on the perfect Saturday...
it's just one of those days when no one has to go to work
and everyone's happy to be with family
exploring in the sunshine
and having a piggyback ride
down historical main street, USA
When the discovery of new things brings back old memories
and makes you so happy to have been born
and to be alive
knowing loving grandparents
are watching down from even above the sun
basking your life with the rays of their loving warmth.
(a little sneak peek from my first newborn photo shoot-just 3 days young
welcome to life Baby Kate--you are one beautiful babe!)
Ps. Sorry to keep post scripting but can anyone please tell me the name of the succulents pictured above? I've been ogling local nurseries and am yet to find some to purchase. These chubby, taut low maintenance plants are perfect for a green (as in the new variety) green-thumb like me.
More pictures of Baby Kate coming soon.