Thursday, July 2, 2015

June Days (part II)

A series of moments from the second half of June.

flowers from the yard and foraging with Gigi

red clover, nettles, raspberry leaves, pineapple weed, rose petals and wild mint
for a fragrant, mineral-rich tea

Sylvia's first day of baseball practice

Camille's new summertime look

Camille spends a lot of time with her friends, walking to the community pool, playing Minecraft, getting dropped off at the roller rink, singing karaoke at the community rec center. She's growing up and enjoying a bit more independence these days. She'll be twelve this summer, and she flip flops between being a thoughtful, responsible, young woman and a playful, silly girl. I love both aspects of her. 
Can you tell she loves her new do?

sparklers



Father's day lunch at Cinco de Mayo restaurant

the community pool with Papa
Ayla picked out about six dollars worth of kitchen supplies from the dollar store for her pool toys. We have had up to seven or eight random kids join us in making water runs (like a marble run) by pouring from measuring cups to funnels to cups to spoons and catching the water at the bottom to pour back up at the top. I highly recommend it for pool toys!

This man is my rock. We have been together for half of my life at this point and we're not sick of each other yet, so I think that bodes well for our future. :)

veggies and potatoes, ready for the grill

 in my weedy garden: lamb's quarters and red amaranth

 Ayla: There are so many yummy weeds in here. It's like an all-you-can-eat buffet!

 sorrel

 purslane

 chickweed

"Everybody needs beauty...places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike."
~ John Muir

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