My first day of school was on Friday, but it was a teacher work day without students. Even though my summer vacation is over, I had one last weekend without being weighed down by the guilt of grading that is a constant for English teachers from September-June.
On Saturday Little Tiger, The Milk Belly Princess and I hosted a jewelry making party at Embellish. Five little girls and their mamas joined us for an afternoon of snacks and crafts--two of our very favorite things. Both girls were excited to spend time with their friends. It made me happy to watch them chat and giggle with such a sweet bunch of happy little girls.
We were also lucky enough to be joined by Miss E from next door who was a wonderful help with The Milk Belly Princess. This young lady has a gift for communicating with my littlest one when she is at her most obstreperous.
Everyone made their own bracelet with a variety of different beads. The little girls used memory wire and the moms used wire with a lobster clasp. In between helping the girls with their bracelets and working on my own, I was able to catch up with the other moms who are all really positive, impressive women. I'm grateful to have them as friends.
The staff at Embellish obviously has a lot of experience working with small children. They were happy to help the girls choose and string beads. When Little Tiger started to get upset that she could not string some especially tricky small beads, they were only too happy to show her a trick that minimized her frustration. The Milk Belly Princess loves her bracelet so much that I think she slept in it last night. Here she is wearing it on our raspberry picking adventure this morning.
We picked raspberries at Rosby's Farm, a sixteen acre berry farm in the middle of the city. It was the perfect day for raspberry picking. As you can see here, the berries were ripe and abundant, and The Milk Belly Princess was rarin' to go.
One of the sillier aspects of my personality is my love of photographing my girls in the same landmark every year. I think that a lot of people who make a family outing of fruit picking think the same way I do because whether it's berries, apples or pumpkins, all of the farms we frequent seem to have the kinds of landmarks that are perfect for this. Here they are in the same spot during raspberry season last year.
We all had a fantastic time. Tomorrow is the beginning of another week and a 13 hour day for me that begins with teacher meetings and ends with open house. I'm really glad that I was able to make the most of this weekend and get out there and make some happy memories with my girls. Fifty years from now, I want them to remember me as positive and adventurous, not someone who was always grading other people's papers.