Category Archives: Attachment Parenting

Shaw Wildflower Market

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Tonight was the members-only preview of the Shaw Wildflower Market

Tonight was the members-only preview of the Shaw Wildflower Market

We enjoyed checking out the different vendors. Purchased some delectable blueberry jam, bread from homegrown and hand-milled grains…

Wine from a local vineyard...

Wine from a local vineyard…

Danced to...

Danced to…

the...

the…

music!

music!

Very fun!

Very fun!

Said "hello" to some chickens...

Said “hello” to some chickens…

Viewed a unique collection of handmade baskets...

Viewed a unique collection of handmade baskets…

Good times at the Shaw Wildflower Market.

Good times at the Shaw Wildflower Market.

And of course…

Marveled at the wildflower selection for sale...

Marveled at the wildflower selection for sale…

and other native plants.

and other native plants.

We settled on a couple...

We settled on a couple…

Rough Blazing Star plants.

Rough Blazing Star plants.

After visiting the wildflower market we visited the playground at Shaw…

Walking to the playground...

Walking to the playground…

We noticed many of the wildflowers we saw for sale!

We noticed many of the wildflowers we saw for sale!

Wildflower

Wildflower

Dreamy

Dreamy

A sign...

A sign…

Many colors in the prairie.

Many colors in the prairie.

So many different types!

So many different types!

I spy asparagus!

I spy asparagus!

Coming upon the playground, we got a drink...

Coming upon the playground, we got a drink…

found a forgotten toy...

found a forgotten toy…

And enjoyed more natural landscaping.

And enjoyed more natural, native landscaping.

I spy tentworms!

I spy tentworms!

Tentworms (ew!)

Tentworms (ew!)

Digging for bones

Digging for bones

The playground is in a lovely grove of old pine trees...

The playground is in a lovely grove of old pine trees…

Big pine trees

Big pine trees

The playground has many musical instruments...

The playground has many musical instruments…

Xylophone...

Xylophone…

Drum (can you spy the Spy?)

Drum (can you spy the Spy?)

Another sort of xylophone...

Another sort of xylophone…

And a…

Balance Area!

Balance Area!

Spy Sister

Spy Sister

aka Aunt Spy demonstrating the art of balance.

(aka Aunt Spy) Demonstrating the art of balance.

And the Spy too, balancing in a tree...

And the Spy too, balancing in a tree…

Climbing...

Climbing…

Perching

Perching

Another...

Another…

Beautiful outing at...

Beautiful outing at…

Shaw!

Shaw!

Goodnight! Happy Friday!

Goodnight! Happy Friday!

79. Wind

It was a very blustery day. Gusty really.

Me: “Draw a picture of the wind.”

The Spy (he’s 8): “That’s easy. Give me the paper”

(I hand him the paper)

The Spy: “Wait. Just draw wind? Or trees and stuff?”

Me: “Whatever is your best depiction of wind. You choose. It just needs to be a good drawing. I’m probably going to scan it in.”

30 seconds later:

Not his best work.

Not his best work.

Me: “Maybe yeah add trees and stuff. Do another drawing.”

30 seconds later:

Ok his heart wasn’t in it.

Ok his heart wasn’t in it.

He was eager to get back to Calvin and Hobbes (It’s a Magical World). But even if you try your best, it’s basically impossible to depict every aspect of wind.

You can photograph a flag blowing.

You can photograph a flag blowing.

Hair blowing.

Hair blowing.

Trees swaying.

Trees swaying.

But without a baseline image of the trees, how is one to know that the image shot are the trees displaced?

A breeze and a gust are hard to distinguish in an image.

A breeze and a gust are hard to distinguish in an image.

And the images are missing the sound. Let’s give it a go with words.

A low tone rumbles in the distance. Advances through the trees. The rumble builds, changes pitch and then…whhoooooooooshhhhh leaves are flying, branches are cracking. Your eyes widen and dart up to the trees. They swing wildly. You’re overcome and thinking of nothing but the wind. The gust hurls through.

And then you get on with whatever you were doing. Unless your power is out. Or your house is destroyed. Then you get on with cleaning up or, God forbid, planning a funeral. That’s why your eyes widen and dart up to the trees. The pictures of post-storm damages never seem to capture the wide-eyed power of the wind. Fortunately, our windy day did no harm (to us). But the same winds/storm did do a bunch of damage across the Midwest today.

Wind or no wind unfortunate things happen all the time. Thus is life.

Jesus says to Nicodemus in John 3:8:

“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.”

Well, we do have Doppler radar but the actual wind is still pretty mysterious and complex. We can’t predict its path with any real certainty. We can’t gauge its strength in a photograph. We can’t fully give voice to its sound with words.  And we certainly can’t govern it. Jesus mentioned the wind in trying to illustrate that some things (flesh vs. the Spirit, being “born” again) are basically impossible to understand. It’s ok to accept some things as incomprehensible and look beyond a “narrowly naturalistic view of human beings”*. Being overwhelmed by the beauty of things like a mighty, rushing wind(y day) facilitates this leap of faith for me.

Baby discusses the wind with the Spy

Baby discusses the wind with the Spy

At our neighbor's

At our neighbor’s

Jumping

Jumping

Swinging

Swinging

Another angle

Another angle

Time for tricks!

Time for tricks!

Baby gymnast

Baby gymnast

Baby Yogi

Baby Yogi

Southeast corner of the garden (facing south/southwest)

Southeast corner of the garden (facing south/southwest)

Northeast corner of the garden (facing south/southwest) (and Dexie)

Northeast corner of the garden (facing south/southwest) (and Dexie)

*The quote is from the “study note” on James 3:8. From The Lutheran Study Bible English Standard Version Concordia Publishing House St. Louis, MO

61. Trick or Treat

Halloweentini!

Halloweentini!

Hahhahaa

Hahhahaa

Radishes and Pimento Stuffed Green Olives

Radishes and Pimento Stuffed Green Olives

And when you’re done with the drink:

A three-eyed monster!

A three-eyed monster!

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First we had to clean the ooey gooies out of the pumpkins:

Ooey gooey!

Ooey gooey!

Into the bucket

Into the bucket

Great job!

Great job!

A Happy Potato

A Happy Potato

“Jack-o-lantern” and “scary/happy potato” can be used interchangeably.

Carved.

Carved.

The one on the far right was supposed to be a zombie. But really doesn’t look like one at all. I love creative pumpkin carving. We were pretty easy and basic with the carvings this year. But next year we need to turn it up a notch. A better zombie, maybe the headless horseman doing yoga, some type of garden scene, etc. But really, isn’t it all about the candy?

Working hard for candy. Note the beads of sweat haha

Working hard for candy. Note the beads of sweat haha

Baby not working quite as hard for her loot!

Baby not working quite as hard for her loot!

And truthfully none of us had to work too hard for the candy tonight. Because we rode around with this guy:

The BEST way to trick-or-treat!

The BEST way to trick-or-treat!

Especially with a two year old. It was like a dream! Sure, there were shouts of “that’s cheating!” as we zipped past but I was easily able to ignore such leers as I was quite comfortable! hahahahah

The Spy and his bud

The Spy and his bud

Surveying the booty!

Surveying the booty!

Candy Propaganda HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

Candy Propaganda HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

Spooky Skelt

Spooky Skelt

“Skelt” is baby slang for “skull” or “skeleton”.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!