sometimes you just need to get out of dodge.
we have the great fortune of having friends with welcoming families who live in magical places and invite us to share in it with them.
on the road with the three kid-os
once we arrived i plopped down on the couch and watched some “tv”
these windows are grand! as grand as the matching set on the other side of the house behind where i was sitting. it was like a tunnel of light. flower gardens were in sight and birds of all kinds swooped, hopped, and pecked in view. the pasture sits just beyond the gardens and the horses can be seen most of the day. the first morning mae woke up and sat here she squealed, “HORSES!” i think she forgot where she was for a second. ha!
mae’s favorite spot
sitting on the hill with my girl after dinner and watching the horses graze, watching the sun settling behind the trees, and talking about all the things we’ve seen and done.
mare’s mother is a child whisperer and she had a special task for the children. our first night the kids presented us with menus and asked us to choose what we would like for breakfast the next morning. it was so sweet. the kids woke up and made sure we had our coffee and toasted breads, applied spreads, and acted as nooka’s servers as the food came off the stove. cash was extremely excited about the whole thing. it was so sweet.
the red boots
hmm i cant remember if this was before or after the great grasshopper attack of 2012. i’m thinking after. (thanks for the shot mare <3)
mae was pretty peeved that mama went riding without her. she and i hopped on and went for a solo stroll not once - but TWICE (and my butt is still paying the price)
it’s a good time to talk. she asked me a lot of questions and we talked about all sorts of things like gm crops and all the things you can make out of soy. ha! kids are open to just about anything and i’m a wealth of weird knowledge. how many other opportunities do we have like that in our days though? such a blessing. she said she likes how good i am at driving horses & that she wished we had one so that i could teach her all the things i know. it sort of broke my heart a little.
she is so very at home here. boots on, horse noses to pet, wide open spaces to hoot and run and ride, dirt to sink her toes into…
we’re grateful for the hospitality, warmth, & kindness. i hope we can make it back soon with alizah in tow (who, if you’re wondering is finally coming home from camp! she cried when her dad picked her up and begged to stay another week. woah. when i talked to her she said she’s a changed woman and will no longer be wearing shoes or sleeping indoors.)
now that i’m a fully functioning human again, i’ll be here more. i’m switching things up a bit.
as circumstances change, so do we. xo