Thursday, September 19, 2013

Three and a blanket












In waning September sunshine, we sat on a blanket in the backyard. It was warm, but only just so; you can feel change in the air. The breeze is crisper and when the sun is behind a cloud, you look forward to it coming back. The leaves are falling from the apple tree, along with the paltry few apples that grew this year. The mimosa tree no longer blooms. The pyracantha berries are turning fiery orange as they do every fall. Mushrooms have sprouted in the backyard after our recent heavy rains; they are tucked into corners, surprising me whenever I see a new clutch.

The ground has dried enough to sit in the grass on a blanket but you can feel a coolness now; it isn't the warm earth of summer. We have a small grassy area in our backyard, smaller than the footprint of the house itself, but we make good use of it. I have sat on a blanket in the grass with these two as much as possible since we moved here, when they were a toddler and an infant. Our activities in the grass have changed, but the feeling hasn't: we are thankful for our own little yard and the shade of our own fledgling apple tree and the views of sky and mountain from where we sit.

Today, we read, we practiced spelling words, we talked and laughed and even sang a little bit. We pondered a passing beetle. They bickered, teased and tattled, and they tumbled like puppies over the borders of the blanket. They kissed and made up. They discussed their dinner wishes and their plans for tomorrow. They told me they like lying in the yard as much as they like lying in the grass at the park. They were happy, and I thanked my lucky stars.

36 comments:

  1. It's a wise woman who counts her blessings instead of thinking about things they don't have. What an enjoyable day it sounds like. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  2. It sounds like a perfect afternoon! This was a happy post. :)

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  3. How lovely! You're pictures are wonderful. Looks like you all shared a very sweet moment. I love times like this! :)

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  4. Lovely post...your kids are sweet, and such god friends!
    Love the wee bit of grass between the toes!
    I always thought New Mexico was warm all year...but, you don't get snow,right?

    Enjoy your weekend...and date night!!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  5. What a lovely way to to spend time with your children, have a great weekend.

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  6. What a lovely snugly blanket, you all look so relaxed.
    S xx

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  7. Lovely, what a beautiful picture you paint. It is always wonderful to be outside I think. Hope you all have a good weekend.

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  8. What a lovely way to send the afternoon. You have captured some very sweet, precious moments there.
    Marianne x

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  9. Very evocative post, It's already too cold to sit out here.

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  10. You make everything so sweet and tender for your lovely angels...even the photos.The childhood follow us for ever with its smells,images,feelings.Wish they keep this loveliness all their life.

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  11. Im also clinging on to any sunny days we have left, and its nice that your kids enjoy the simple pleasures in life x

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  12. You can't beat happy families! Beautiful pics Jennifer, gorgeous blanket, changing seasons .... and .... happy!
    Joy x

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  13. So beautifully written Jennifer, you make us feel as though we are right there in the garden with you. So lovely to see the bright green grass, ours is still brown and crispy! Have a great weekend. Amy xx

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  14. What a lovely, lovely post- you write so well, so evocative and the pictures just finish it off perfectly. Such a nice afternoon for you all. BTW Louise and Greenthumb got their parcels this week, so hopefully you'll get yours soon too:)Have a good weekend.

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  15. you've captured the afternoon so lovely, as for that ripple, i havent ventured into trying one yet, i really must as yours is beautiful x

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  16. What a lovely afternoon, you will look back on this post and remember such a fine and wonderful afternoon. Love the grass in the toes.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  17. Who wouldn't love to sit on that beautiful blanket? I think we have to make the most of what's left of summer, and also make the most of each other which I can see you're doing.

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  18. Oh, what happy, sweet memories! I love your photographs, I could feel the sunshine and grass between my toes! Chrissie x

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  19. So lovely! Memories to treasure. I don't sit out in the garden with my two enough, I'm too busy gardening or hanging out the washing. I should make time to do it more often, like you do. x

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  20. That blanket is lovely; your children and memories more so. The second photo of your little girl kissing her brother is priceless. Enjoy every moment!

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  21. A wonderful post and it sounds like the perfect afternoon on that gorgeous ripple blanket. You are such a good Mum and your children look so happy and like they adore each other! Thanks for your sweet comment over at mine and I hope you are enjoying your date night! xoxo

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  22. And the joy of it is that they are making happy memories too, of lazy late summer afternoons on a blanket on the lawn. Such a lovely post Jennifer :)

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  23. Just beautiful - the sweetness in the story and the photos of your children enjoying time with each other. I love how you love your day :)

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  24. Wow. Your photos in this post are completely stunning. So beautiful. Well done!! J9 x

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  25. Beautiful blanket. I love how you tell the story.

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  26. Love the shot of the "bear paws" together on the blanket :) It's nice to just be in each other's company when your with your own kids. We've gone back to hot, muggy weather again this week ... and out come the shorts again! Crazy weather ... right now I wish it would just rain to dispense with this sultry air. Enjoy your weekend in the sun! Wendy x

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  27. I love your blanket I really want to try the ripple stitch. What beautiful children you have :) x

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  28. Just lovely! and I love the blanket too Julie x

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  29. I love the blanket, so pretty! The photos are beautiful as well, great job :)

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  30. Hi Jennifer. Thank you so much for following my blog. Looks like we have a lot in common. Love your crochet blanket. I am actually on my third blanket very much like the one you have made......xx

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  31. Jennifer ...I felt the relaxation.
    Beautiful crocheted blanket !!
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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  32. I love this post! Such wonderful, happy times with your children. These are the best days!

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  33. Jennifer,

    Your posts always make me nostalgic for my years as a young mom to my sweet daughter! Picnics in the countryside, (we lived in an apartment in the city then), bubble bath time, storybooks before bed, her favourite being the Winnie the Pooh series, and of course, baking cupcakes and watching them rise in the oven on cooler afternoons. So glad you have the luxury of spending quality time with your kids, a time that will never pass in your memories!

    Poppy

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  34. Hi Jennifer, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  35. I love all of these photos but that last one with the grass in the toes? Classic... so precious on so many levels. You're a great photographer by the way!
    Have a great week, Much love to you,
    Tammy

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