The following are random photos from our lives, May 1st through the 16th.
Sylvia often has an audio book playing in her ears, even when she's playing outside. Her recent book choices include titles ranging from The Bartimaeus Trilogy to The Omnivore's Dilemma.
Every year when the violets bloom, my girls race out to nibble them by the handful. Sylvia even added violets and dandelion petals to her spring rolls when we made them for lunch.
apple blossom beauty
raking up the lawn clippings
park with friends
Camille playing saxophone in the local high school band
with friends, all ready for their dance recital
Ayla's class dancing to Rainbow Connection
Sylvia and her friend performing with their hip hop group
Camille and friend
self-portrait by Camille
a page from Ayla's 'art journal'
Sylvia's secret shelter (shared with permission, of course)
"Look at the longest dandelion stem ever!"
I may be slightly obsessed with the apple blossoms this year. They are so fragrant and abundant.
sunset in the apple blossoms
Sparks in the apple blossoms
midday park play while big sister is at her saxophone lesson
They love this old-fashioned water pump.
prepping for the kids' STEAM workshop for the summer library program
a full house for the weekly library art workshop
homeschool art class
Life around here isn't always rosy and joyful (we have our moments like any family), but it's always an adventure, sprinkled with learning and thoughtfulness and discussions and connection. I'm grateful for this life, in all it's ordinary, messy beauty.