Thursday, October 4, 2012

Summer Memories

Dancing in the living room!  I must say, this activity has been one of my dreams as a dance around with my children the way I danced around when I was a little girl!  And now Greta is really into it.  She wants to wear costumes and have "ballet class".
 Dancing to Vivaldi's Four Seasons
 A summer evening walk--so cute!
 I love it when the girls hold hands.
 Lately they even walk around the house holding hands :-)
And this is our garden plot: #4.  All summer we tended to this garden a couple blocks from our apartment.  It was fun to plant the seeds and water it and watch it grow and eat snacks from it.  Earlier in the summer we had great tall pea plants, and the peas were really good.  We spent many an evening walking to our garden after dinner, when the sun was still shining at 8:30 or 9:00, or even 9:30!  We'd water the garden, and Matthew would spray the girls with the hose, and we'd all run around in the grass.  The girls loved to go up the steps at the building (Ryerson Community Centre, associated with the Ryerson United Church nearby--a beautiful old church that chimes the bells at noon and 5pm every day...) At the top of the steps are some carvings of people in the stone walls, and Therese was always fascinated by these.  
Picking some kale and smelling some lavendar.  Every time we visited our garden Greta would eat several pieces of lavendar...she loves it!
 A big kale leaf snack! Yummy :-)
My neighborhood friend Andrea, who has two boys the girls love to play with: Benn and Eric, connected us to getting a garden plot.  This is her family's, with the big sunflower. Next year we want to grow one of those!!
Some tomatoes from our very own garden! Pretty.
Dancing to "Do I Hear A Waltz?" Greta loves it when I wear a twirly skirt--and this purple one is especially good :-)
She loves to dress up lately! This combo is one of her favorites: that dress, her fairy skirt, her "Chinese girl" pants, and her Pippi Longstocking tights :-) Oh, and don't forget the tiara and made-by-Greta necklace.  Recently she has made several beaded necklaces.  The first time she made one was with Matthew and apparently she kept saying how much she loved it, and then asked for clarification on whether Matthew loved her or the necklace more...that's how much she thought the necklace was AMAZING!!!
Greta loves to sleep in her pink sleeping bag from Great Grandpa Ronnie (and of course her beloved Pooh blanket from Great Grandpa Hope!)  It used to be that we just used the sleeping bag for overnights at other people's houses, but now she uses it at home every night in her own bed.  Here she is setting up a slumber party in the living room between the couch and the ottoman.
Another interesting costume Greta came up with...bloomers on the head, socks on the hands...of course! Actually, this one was rather disturbing!
Another variation of a bed, set up on a storage bin temporarily placed in the hallway...Greta and Therese worked together on making it cozy and then layed down on it together.  The girls do love to sleep...TT still often takes 3 plus hour naps! And Greta doesn't nap, so by dinnertime she's exhausted.  She will say things like "Can I go to bed now?", "I just want to go to sleep!"  And when I wake her up for preschool she often wants it to stay dark longer so she can continue sleeping...however, she does love preschool, and on non-preschool days (especially the weekend) she'll talk about how she wishes it was a preschool day!

1 comment:

melissa said...

looks like a fun summer!