What a fun week we had. Daddy was on fall break, and we kept Ely from school one day to go apple picking. We strongly believe that education does not have to happen only in the classroom. Although I felt a little guilty about not sending her to school that morning, I am glad the girls get to do apple picking. It was fun for all of us, and we get to bring 15-20 pounds of apples. Those pieces of cut apple trees are for Ely’s fairy garden. We have been talking about making a fairy garden or house since summer. Ely painted them colorful so that “fairy will not be so afraid”.
We were also invited to a Mustache Party on Friday, and although Ely refused to wear her mustache in front of people, she was sweet enough to wear it for the photo. I tried to get Little Peanut to wear one, but I was not successful.
Saturday was the main event; Family Reunion. There must have been over 100 family members of my husband’s side at the reunion. I must admit, I was a little reluctant to go (and so was my husband), but we had a great time after all. We rarely see any of his extended families, except at this reunion which is held every two years. I really appreciate all the work the family committee members put together. There were food, music, dancing, games, prizes, raffles, laughter, and a lot of catching up with one another. This is Ely’s 3rd time, and Sophia’s first time. Ely is now old enough to play with her extended cousins. She was amazed to learn that all of them who were there are her family.
Today, we went to the annual chalk festival in town. Ely and I did a square last year, and we decided to do one this year, too. She requested a unicorn, and she and her sisters did the background together.
These series of events remind me the importance of keeping our traditions. My girls are still 4 and 1, but I am already thinking about the day when they will be talking about the apple picking and chalk festivals as something they used to do when they were young. I am hoping that this experience and traditions will continue with their lives and their children’s lives. I am all about living right here and right now, but I also feel it is fun to dream and smile about our future.