Category Archives: local haunts

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I’m not as good at doing recaps these days – I blame some of that on the ease of Instagram, and maybe a little of that on having two cameras. It takes a regular practice of using a camera and then downloading the photos to post them, and I don’t feel like much of what I do these days is very consistent. But I have been looking through old photos lately, and thought I’d do a few photo heavy / word light posts that are some glimpses into our days lately. The girls are growing, and I talk of them in more of the abstract than the specific. I think this trend will likely continue, but I don’t want to lose the habit of writing and recording some things I’d like to remember, even if it’s not as regular as it used to be.

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F made a fantastic Reptiles sign, and sang her heart out in her spring concert. There were a ton of words to this song, and the first graders nailed it.

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Also? She held hands with D the entire performance. Hmmm. This detail was not lost on any of us. D looks completely okay with this.

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E finished her year long confirmation classes this past May, and she celebrated with her friend, Z. The girls were born on the same day, 12 hours apart, so they call each other “twin sister”.

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My parents came to visit that same weekend so that we could celebrate my mom’s birthday. My sister’s family crashed the party at the last minute – which made it a real party, and we ate too much, and stayed out too late with small children, and had an all around blast.

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May was unseasonably cool this year, which was lovely. It’s making up for that this June. We spent a lot of time in Forest Park – particularly me. I clocked the most miles ever in May, although not in this navy dress and flats, I promise.

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We’ve also managed to pose in plywood cutout paintings quite a few times so far. E gets the concept pretty well…

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F can’t understand why were all yelling for her to stop drinking her sno-cone.

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We typically go to Circus Flora for Father’s Day, but this year we went a week earlier. The show is baseball themed this year, and really fantastic. It’s hard to top last year’s show (probably the best I’ve ever seen), but there were several really unique acts this year that we loved, and the baseball costumes were so cute. I love everything about it except for the tightrope act with no net. It makes me crazy.

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At least they have a net for the trapeze.

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Summer’s off to a great start so far. I should do something similar with the photos on my phone soon. I jump back and forth between the two a lot. I love having that convenience, for sure, but there’s something really nice about getting out the “real” camera and snapping a few photos of our adventures – even if I’m a little slow to revisit them these days.

How’s your summer shaping up so far?

 

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The sun is so much higher in the sky now, but we’ve really lucked out so far on the summer weather. The heat is coming, and I’m not acclimated yet on my late afternoon runs. It’s still cool and comfortable in the morning, and the girls were even chilly, though they tend to be a little overdramatic about moderate changes in temperature.

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The light has changed so much in the past week; it’s harsher than normal, even in this early hour. The flowers love it though, and they are stunning to look at. We see something new every visit – today we found an alligator, and a hippo. I have no idea how we’ve never noticed them before. I won’t tell you where they are, maybe you can find them the next time you visit.

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Purple hydrangea and yellow flowers within red ones. The girls are studying everything. E’s drawing patterns onto any flat surface these days, and I tell her she’ll never run out of ideas if she sketches in a garden.

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An older lady passes us on the sidewalk, and she’s pulling a cart behind her. At first it looks like a picnic basket, but then we realize it’s a basket full of painting supplies, and she has a couple of canvases on board as well. The girls stare wistfully after her.

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We always love when the purple “gum drops” appear; we found white ones this year as well.

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And toasted coconut balls, with lemony centers. We start spotting candy flowers everywhere.

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F spends the rest of the walk plotting ways she can be granted access to the “secret, forbidden island”, the one on the other side of the Japanese bridge that is closed to visitors. We see a gardener leaving the island in a motor boat and she fixes a jealous stare on him as he motors away. “Maybe they should have a contest, and the winner gets to visit the island. Alone. For as long as they want to stay. They should have tickets, but just one. Maybe a golden one. A golden ticket gets you onto the secret, forbidden island, forever if you want. Or for at least one day out of the whole entire year.”

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Our favorite flowers are blooming – the ones that look like little lanterns. E is convinced that the purple parts weren’t so full last year – that maybe these are double blooms. She might be right.

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We’ve set out to see the iris at the zig-zag bridge, and we make it in time. We aren’t rushed this morning, which is a rare treat for us. The flowers are as tall as F, or taller. I take photos of the girls next to the raccoon statues, but I’m not posting them yet. I want to find some of our old shots with the same friends, and we can look at them all together and talk about taller once again.

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So much growing and blooming and sunshine and heat right now, where we are, where these girls are. I mark it in weeks, and begin again each Wednesday.

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The busyness of the last two weeks of school kept us out of the garden, but this morning we were back. Both girls came with me, although one is better at dodging my camera than the other.

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Such incredible colors this morning. The skies were overcast, and the sidewalks were still wet from the overnight rains. The lilies are in full bloom, and the poppies as well. Bright colors, but soft as well. Like watercolors, everywhere.

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She found a lucky penny and was excited to throw it into a fountain, but none of the fountains were just the right one. She finally gave up and put it in her pocket to keep.

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We found so many flowers in mid-bloom. Incredibly cool, especially this allium, half open. And the poppies.

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White and feathery, with shots of bold colors. I’m in awe of gardeners with such vision and talent at painting with landscapes.

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I like the shady, damp mornings of early summer, especially with my girls.

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