Richmond, VA We've talked about moving there. Maybe, maybe not. Anyway, it's about 2 hours from us and feels like the first city south of us that reminds you that Virginia is considered a southern state. My favorite part is an area called Carytown which is full of vintage stores, delicious restaurants and quirky boutiques. The neighborhood surrounding it is full of brick and old apartments and duplexes with verandas. I love summer trips.
This is fake baby. That's her name. You know. . . because Coral is the real baby. We've called her that since always and Coral knows her as the same. She has a constant glaze of dirt over her embroidered, tiny smile. When we go on walks she's run over at least a half dozen times. Some days she's covered in tomato sauce and bananas. My mom bought her. Coral isn't horribly attached to where she gets upset if we don't have faux baby (sometimes we are fancy and call her that), but she goes most places with us. We thought it would be a good thing if she had something to cuddle in bed. A "transfer object" they call it. THEY. The baby experts. Anyway, we love her even if she never pulls her own weight (she could try cleaning up her jumper a bit and GET A JOB), and hides from us a lot. Coral likes to squish her while we are reading, which is pretty darling. She's a good doll. We'll keep her.
Hydrangeas are one of the first signs of summer around these parts. There are so many vibrant colors and they are always in huge, happy bunches. I love them so. So much that I HAVE to take a photo if I see them. I try to get all the colors. Happy hydrangeas. Try not to smile when you see them.
The Original Pancake House equals true love. Dutch babies are my favorite. Last time I had an apple pancake instead. I'm pretty sure it weighed 2 lbs. I want to be buried underneath the machine that squeezes the juice out of the oranges.
I took Coral took a local park that has a fantastic water fountain. This kid has no fear. She didn't care that she was the youngest person in the fountain. She charged right in and let the water spray all over her. She looks like such a big girl in this photo; it makes me a little sad. I'm looking forward to this summer so very much since she's walking and exploring. Big things are in store for her. Manual settings: ISO 200, f3.5, 1/640 See more awesome shots at Beth's!
This week was good. Roses are in full bloom at one of our parks. Coral was a champ in the 90+ degree heat. I kept myself from eating more than 2 buster bar blizzards. Unbelievable amounts of sand can fill very small shoes. We didn't finish the loaf of kalamata olive bread in two days. The little flower tent near us is having a buy one, get one free sale. I made chocolate cobbler which would have been enough good to last the entire week. Have a lovely holiday weekend!
This is my favorite thrift store find in a while. A lady on flickr told me that her sister had the same thing when she was a kid. It has snaps on one side but no matching snaps on the other. The lady said it wasn't a full sleeping bag. More like an early version of a snuggie. Ha! It's comfy and pretty. A great combination. That's a faux quilt pattern on the front. I love love love the patterns and colors. It makes me super happy. And it was $3.99.
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.”--Eleanor Duse
Next year at this time, a new tiny human will be in our family. We will have a new tiny person to swing and Coral will be in a big girl swing. My heart feels so full it could burst at any moment. Is there anything better than a good swinging session in the spring?
Also, 45 minutes after I took this photo, I fell in a little hole in the sand. While holding Coral. And talking to 2 ladies. I must have looked like Humpty Dumpty.