Sunday, May 29, 2016

Little Miss Saturn








Our GB starred as Saturn in a play on the last day of school, which was this past Wednesday. The play had a theme of space and the planets. She did a wonderful job, though I didn't manage to get all that many photos of her in the play. The Bear helped her build a costume; every child playing a planet was supposed to wear a replica of the planet to perform in. The Bear made a big ring from several layers of cardboard, glued together for strength, painted it and attached ribbons for straps. Like the other children, she wore her costume over dark clothing. I think they all did a really great job. Miss Saturn did a twirly dance to emphasize her rings. My favorite part was when all the planets joined hands and danced in a circle around the sun. There is nothing like young children, singing and dancing together, to make a mother tear up a little.

We've been having an extremely vegetative few days. We really needed it. The Bear had some time off that he needed to take or he would lose it, so he started his Memorial Day holiday on Thursday. We've mostly stayed close to home, hanging out on the back patio with books and guitars, working a little in the yard (we had to, lest the pyracantha and trumpet vine take over our property), watching barbecue shows on Create TV, eating and drinking. We have made it out of the house a little; the Bear and I celebrated our fourteenth wedding anniversary with a night out on Friday; the small Bears had a sleepover with their grandparents. Our actual anniversary was Wednesday, but the last day of school is just too busy to include a night out for the parents (we also had a ballet recital late in the afternoon that day), though he did bring me sunflowers and strawberries that evening.

Anyway, our night out was lovely. We went to dinner (seafood), then spent a while walking off our massive meals at an outdoor shopping center (the upscale kind, rife with stores we can't afford), with a stop for gelato. Then we took a drive up above the city, on reservation land, to look at the lights over the mesa. It's one of our favorite things to do when we can get out at night. We went home to read and drink tea. In the morning, we went out for breakfast and then spent an hour or so wandering around Jo-Ann Fabrics. I bought three small cuts of calico for my stash, he bought a new watercolor paintbrush. We came home and read on the patio until the small Bears were delivered home. To us, it was a perfect anniversary celebration. I really like that our anniversary always falls right around the end of school and Memorial Day (we got married on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend). It always feels like summer begins with our anniversary, the gateway to summer, kicked off with school plays and recitals, crazy, candy-fueled classroom parties and a rare but much-anticipated night out together, plus a lazy long weekend.

The rest of the day, and tomorrow, will be spent in similar laziness. Tonight, we'll grill burgers. I bought my first watermelon and corn on the cob of the season. I splurged mildly on a two-liter bottle of root beer. I have a lot of new library books (I'm back on my self-imposed summer reading regime, aiming to complete two or three books a week). This coming week will be a quiet one, but the following week brings the start of swimming lessons at the nearby city pool, along with kids' events at the library. It should be a quiet summer; we don't have vacation plans but may do a few day trips. No major medical events are planned, thankfully. We've had a busy spring and we're all looking forward to relaxing. I know I'll be getting restless in a few weeks, but I'm planning to do a better job keeping busy with projects and outings than I have in previous summers. We'll see. Now is not the time to worry about being bored. Right now, it's still Memorial Day weekend and the summer stretches out like a long, open road.

26 comments:

  1. What a delicious description of relaxing and loving. Happy anniversary!

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  2. Isn't she just the most darling Saturn? Happy Anniversary to you and your wonderful husband. You two are so in love it is inspiring. I am all about relaxing this weekend, I have to work a bit tomorrow but it is only a half day so I am thankful for that. This afternoon will be knitting and watching Grace and Frankie while Little Buddy sleeps, then we are hopping into the pool for swimming lesson time with Mom.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  3. That must have been such a delightful play, warm greetings and best wishes!

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  4. Happy anniversary, wishing you both many more happy years together. A delightful Saturn, such proud moments and lots of wonderful memories in the making.

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  5. The beginning of summer is wonderful isn't it. All those lovely days ahead. I'm glad you've had a nice relaxing time and a good wedding anniversary. Enjoy the rest of your week together. CJ xx

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  6. Happy anniversary!! So good to just have the time to spend together. Perfect way to start the summer.

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  7. I love the Saturn costume, so cute! Happy Anniversary. It sounds like you celebrated in the perfect way. Enjoy the rest of your long weekend, and the lazy days of summer that follow :)

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  8. Such a cute costme, and I think GB has a pretty special Dad to help make it. There are too many Dad's that aren't very involved, so it's special to see a good one in action. The pictures of her in it are very nice.
    It's good to think of a whole summer ahead, but I know it will pass quickly!

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  9. Happy Anniversary, it all sounds so idyllic and what a splendid Saturn your daughter turned into xx

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  10. happy anniversary x sounds like a lovely celebration. and enjoy the start of your summer xxx

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  11. Happy anniversary, it sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate. Little Miss Saturn's done a great job with her costume, and she'll have got to put her ballet skills to good use with all that twirling.

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  12. There's nothing like that end of term feeling with the holiday stretching ahead - blissful. Your anniversary celebration sounds just perfect and your Little Miss Saturn looks out of this world! I hope you are going to keep up with your craft activities with all that reading you have planned; I really enjoy your craft posts. Now, turn off the alarm clock and go and enjoy that summer. xx

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  13. And all of a sudden it is summer! Happy Anniversary to you and the Bear, I am glad you celebrated in style and had a lovely time. Your little Saturn is adorable! xx

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  14. Happy Anniversary!!, Little Miss Saturn looks adorable in her costume. Have a great week.:) xx

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  15. What a beautiful Saturn, great costume, I like the way the straps go over the shoulder, gives a great 3D look. Sounds like you are set for a really happy summer, wishing you lots of long, fulfilling days. We are a few weeks away from holiday time yet. X

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  16. You always seem so busy to that all sounds like the perfect way to relax as a family. Your daughter looks great, what an outfit! Jo x

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  17. Your daughter was an adorable Saturn.. and I agree.. your husband is such a good dad with all he does with the kids. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *A*N*N*I*V*E*R*S*A*R*Y*!*!* to you both! Sounds like a lovely summer is ahead of you all. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  18. Happy Anniversary! Saturn looked great! well done! Wonderful anniversary!!! How special it is, all the day to day things and the quiet life. We are staying around, mostly, this summer and I am trying to figure out what I am doing when! :) Have a great rest of today!

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  19. HaPpY AnNiVeRsArY to you and The Bear! I so enjoy reading your posts...so full of joy and happiness with your life. I hope you enjoyed today too and that you are all refreshed and ready to begin a new week.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  20. Happy Anniversary! I'm so glad you had a satisfying celebration. I love your description of it and of Miss Saturn's recital and your end of school activities. You are ripe for summer vacation days! I plan to head out for nearly two weeks of camping starting on Wednesday and will have unreliable internet access so I will miss posting I just published a catch-up post. I hope you and yours continue to have pleasant days, Jennifer. xx

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  21. so simple, but very effective ......xx

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  22. Miss Saturn looked great! Happy anniversary. Glad you had a lovely time - it's always a treat to have some down-time without the children. Here's to a relaxing and happy summer. Sam x

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  23. What a clever Saturn costume -- and a beautiful little Miss Saturn! It sounds like you've had a wonderful week -- full of the best sorts of things. Bring on Summer!!!

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  24. GB looks so darling in that Saturn costume! Happy anniversary to you and your hubby. I'm glad you got a chance to get out and enjoy yourselves. Here's to a (mostly) relaxing summer!

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  25. I love the simplicity of the Saturn costume it looks great! Your anniversary celebrations sound wonderful, many congratulations to you both! I hope you have the relaxing summer you want :)

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  26. Oh, that sounds amazing...enjoy the quiet, long days and the warm weather. I am a little jealous, I'll be honest. Here, the weather has been very cool and wet (we even had the heating on one evening) and we have another six and a half weeks of school to get through. Happy anniversary to you both, your evening out sounds really nice and like the sort of thing I'd want to do too. xx

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