I had decided to let go of most of the mountain of *things* I had to do and really enjoy each day with Em. And for the most part I feel that I succeeded. It just went by so incredibly fast. Here are some of the highlights:
Em went into the ocean for the first time! This was her summer. She had no interest in getting into the ocean before. She’d just play in the sand. But this year she discovered “jumping over waves”. She loved it. With one of us holding her hand, she’d jump over those little white water waves just reaching the shore. As far as she was concerned she was all the way in and, of course, an expert. I knew how much she loved it when we had friends at the beach with us and she took the hand of not only her Uncle (daddy of dear friend), but of his brother who she had never met! And I got to remember how much I always loved it too. Way back when.
We got super lucky with 2 young women to babysit Em. We only ended up needing them about 3 times, but they were each a special treat. Both home from college and just a dream come true. Tess took her in the pool and Lindsay came twice and she was expert at leaving messages and gifts for fairies. Em even got a thank you gift back (an acorn filled with “fairy dust”)…. That was a great idea, right? Unless your kid is like mine and gets really frustrated that the dust doesn’t actually make her fly. She had some serious angst about this.
Stephen took Em to quite a few events at the Library (one of several libraries around here). She saw an opera singing magician, a lecture about Volcanos, among other things. Special time for daddy and daughter and nice time for mommy! It was hard to choose sometimes between wanting to be there for the event and wanting to get some rejuvenation time.
random summer fun… head in a bucket of ice anyone?
…..We had lunches out and one movie event (Despicable Me 2…. which was very good except that it’s just too loud for my girl and she covered her ears the whole time). Em experienced her first buffet! It was at a favorite local Argentinian restaurant and it was a revelation. She couldn’t get enough of their broccoli (if only I could sautee so well – which, by the way, I can! but she doesn’t think so.) I usually don’t go for buffets because, yuk, food sitting out etc… but this was different, very fresh and they only have it for a few hours. I don’t know, it just seemed nice. And of course they love her in there.
We made it to the Los Angeles Museum of Art just in time to see Matisse before the exhibit left! We really wanted to get Em there because one of her favorite books is When Pigasso Met Mootisse
She LOVES Picasso. He’s her favorite artist at the moment. And LACMA has a lot of Picasso’s in it’s permanent collection. They were amazing! Everything is new again and better when I’m sharing it with her. We didn’t have time to cover a quarter of what she wanted to see that day. She was pulling me from one thing to the next, unable to experience it all soon enough. The funniest part? Her absolute favorite thing from our day at the art museum? German Expressionist Cinema. They were showing the 1915 film, The Golem, on a loop and she and Stephen stood there watching it. (I had to have a potty break if you must know).
I’ve left out so much… but for all the things I’ve forgotten, all the tiny things that are slipping through my cracks, and for all the things listed above, I am grateful beyond measure.
The stressors seem turbo charged lately and it’s so easy for me to begin to sink into the quicksand of my regrets, failures, lack… but when I count my blessings, when I remember to be grateful, then I find stepping stones that lead me right back into the light.
What a month! So many blessings and so much love in this June of 2013. I’m overflowing with gratitude and appreciation for every bit of it. As I’m getting lost in my photos from this month, I see that I
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