Everyday Magic

 

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I wish that somehow I could wrap up all these pictures into one tidy “Week that Was” post, or connect them by some profound or humorous thread. But really it’s just a hodgepodge of all the little things that make our weeks go by so swiftly (with a milestone thrown in for good measure).InAnOrchard

This past week I woke up early one morning and shuffled to the coffee maker.  As I was grinding the beans and filling the pot, I glanced out the kitchen window at my neighbor’s field.  It was beautiful in the morning light.  Like a scene out of a book. I half expected to see Darcy walking out to meet Elizabeth in the middle of the sun-drenched, misty field.

The coffee was left unmade on the counter.  I hastily ran out to and snap a few pictures in my flip-flops and p.j.s.
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This year I couldn’t resist doing a little something with the kiddos on St. Patrick’s Day.  So we made green cupcakes.
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I found these fun rainbow candy strips in the dollar section at Target a last month.  I snipped them in half and we made rainbows with marshmallow clouds.  The children’s delight was only surpassed by my own excitement ;)  We jumped in the van and made cupcake deliveries to friends and cousins.InAnOrchard

 

Miss P is getting very close to being two.  She is a busy girl, who likes to explore all-the-live-long day!  It can make our homeschooling day… interesting.  This is one of the ways I’ve been able to keep her occupied lately.  A small tub of lukewarm water, kitchen utensils, with plastic toys and the baby girl is suddenly very content.
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We decided to go on a day trip with the kiddos this past Saturday.  It’s so easy to get stuck in a weekend rut of “we need to do this, this, and that”, and we forget to have fun.  We considered several day trip destinations but ended up taking the kids to Sutter’s Fort.  What a great place to explore with the kiddos!  Our oldest son J has been studying the Western Frontier at school so he was particularly excited to visit the fort.

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The docents who volunteer at Sutter Fort were great!  They involved the children in whatever activity they were doing, and told stories about life in the Fort as they worked.  Miss E got to use the rug loom and learned about being a Weber.InAnOrchard

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We looked at guard towers, old cannons, and rifles so big they took three men to them hold up.InAnOrchard

At first Miss P was more than content to sit perched on her daddy’s back eating snacks, but before long she was running along behind the big kids.
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As one of J’s school assignments he had just finished reading “Patty Reed’s Doll”.  It’s based on the true story of Patty Reed who traveled by wagon with her family and the Donner party.  It was a fascinating read for Jude (it left out all of the gruesome details we associate with the Donner Party), and it centered around the little girl, Patty Reed and the dolly she had tucked into her dress, after her family was forced to leave most of their possessions on the trail.   The Reed family was eventually rescued and brought back to Sutter’s Fort.  Upon her death Patty Reed willed her little doll to the Sutter’s Fort museum.  InAnOrchard

I think it amazed J to see it, the real doll carried by Patty Reed herself, sitting under glass all these decades later.InAnOrchard

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It really is a beautiful old building.  Simple, utilitarian, but beautiful all at the same time.InAnOrchard

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There were quite a few activities set up around the Fort for the children to try.  They had candle dipping, corn husk baby dolls, bread baking, and even a cannon demonstration (which sadly we missed by only a few minutes).InAnOrchard

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It is such a great place to take young children!  If you haven’t taken a tour you really should.

 

This little girl turned six this week.  I know I’m completely biased but I really love the girl she’s becoming.  So excited about life, full of curiosity, and fierce determination.
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And right now this yellow bike is her whole world.

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She rides it first thing in the morning, as soon as she gets home from school, even in the dark.  As soon as she sees her daddy’s car pull into our lane each evening, she runs out to meet him, jumping up and down, saying, “Daddy will you take me on a bike ride down the canal?!”.   He always smiles at her, sets is work things down, changes his shoes, and before I know it I see them flying past the back of the property on their bikes.  He is always close behind her, she is pedaling like mad with a wide grin on her face.

Yes, 6 looks good on you little girl

4 thoughts on “Everyday Magic

  1. Shannon

    Everyday magic is a good title. The things that happen, the things we do, the ordinary… good things not to forget! The photos are lovely!

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  2. Jenny

    So glad you see and share that everyday magic, for it is indeed. I smiled to read about Darcy coming across those fields. So glad you saw the beauty and romance of it. Sometimes we miss how pretty our surroundings are. Someone remarked on a photo my DIL took on our deck, “Where are you, it is so beautiful?” Kind of woke me up. Great field trip! We loved reading those stories with school. I am tickled to see the doll. Your little miss is so cute. Happy Birthday!

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  3. Kara

    I always love your posts, April! And rarely do I comment, but I had to tell you that I totally noticed the Darcy mention! ;) Plus those first pics are gorgeous! I could easily picture him walking through that field. Plus it just has that storybook look (if that makes sense).

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