Lots of pictures in this one.
I had a partially crappy Friday, complained about it online, and got the very good advice from my friend Becky to have a wonderful weekend with my boys. So here are some of the things that I did:
On Saturday we attended Meredith and Aaron’s Harry Potter Hootenanny, which is not the proper name for it, but I like the way it sounds and am going to repeat it out loud and in print repeatedly until it sticks.
We were told that we didn’t need to do anything in particular, except that H was requested to come as Harry. Late (too late for the stores) on Friday I came up with an idea, so I got up early on Saturday morning, dashed to the craft store, and made him a shirt.
We played Quidditch, drank butterbeer, made wands, ate cauldron cakes and ton tongue taffy, watched movies, and played with a cute puppy.
After church today, I planned to make an exchange, buy some groceries, and clean out a section of the garage. By the time I’d finished the first two things, it was REALLY hot, so I worked indoors for a while. I got the kitchen clean, except the floor (we need to get a new mop) which was annoying but felt good to have done.
Then I had Ryan assemble the thing I’d exchanged — a plant rack — and I sat on the front porch during a short-lived thunder storm, repotting some wilting geraniums I’d rescued from the Shopko clearance lot. We’ve found that if we can keep geraniums alive for years if we bring them in to a sunny warm spot during the winter, and I’ve got a nice little geranium garden made up mostly of clearance plants. When I made my exchange I got suckered into a pot of petunias and marigolds, too, even though they don’t exactly match my other flowers. I repotted, cleaned out the dead stuff, rearranged all the pots with the new racks/stands, fertilized and watered, and swept out all the cobwebs that gather on our porch.
H has a few things that he really loves and has ALWAYS really loved, and high on that list are trees and chimey music — like music boxes or windchimes. One of his Christmas presents was a small windchime that I hung up outside the house, but the wind never got it, and then one of the chimes fell off, and then the whole thing fell down. This evening I finally got around to fixing it and I hung it in a new place, in the tree over H’s little chair.
We took him out there and the look on his face would melt the polar ice caps. He beamed, played them, looked back and forth between us and the chimes, talked to them, and said something that I’m going to go ahead and pretend was “pretty” and “thanks”.
At about that point, the sprinklers came on a few doors down, and H decided he needed to go investigate. He likes splashing in water, but hasn’t historically been a big fan of water that moves — the fountains at the splash pool were a big bust earlier this summer. My camera started acting stupid at this point and recorded only about half of what we thought it was recording (grrr — missed a very cute several minutes where H was “talking” very animatedly about the sprinklers) but we did get some of him discovering and… enjoying(???) the sprinklers. He was out in them for about fifteen minutes and cried when we took him inside.
I’m really not sure if he was enjoying it, or just found it very disturbing and confusing. Check out his facial expression and tell me what you think:
All in all, a very good weekend. Didn’t get everything done that I meant to do, but I got some very good things done, and I had some wonderful times with my boys. Just might be able to face the week now. :)