When a garden gives back
I'm not your standard mom. I'm not at all crafty, creative, and multi-tasking is not a strength. I'm really great at logic,math, and science, though! Too bad those aren't top requirements for mothering. I've got four kids, ages 10 down to 4, and only one of them has ever had a birthday party. Pretty sad, right? That is my lot in life, and my children's curse.
But, I finally did it, I finally brushed the cobwebs off the Creativity Gears and planned a birthday party for my 8 year old. It came a full month after her birthday, but the focus should be on the fact that we actually did it, not that it was so late. It was quite nerve wracking, wondering if anything I plan could possibly turn out to be fun, if it would all fall apart, if I had enough food, if my plans would degrade into chaos, if things would zip along faster than planned only to have a gaggle of girls staring at my after 30 minutes asking, "OK, what's next?"
Here's my triumph. The girls made fairy houses. I couldn't imagine actually constructing walls and roofs with the girls, so we did tee pee style houses. The girls did a great job! My garden gave back and made it the perfect birthday party. it's the end of the season, and nothing in the garden was off limits--garden beds, containers, you name it. We had collected twigs, leaves, birch bark, moss, and pebbles, and they added the flowers. Surprisingly, one of the most popular things was long silver-green dichondra, a container plant from the window boxes. The girls really created some beautiful things to take home and had a wonderful time. You can see all the fairies with their pretty houses. Now we just have to shrink the fairies down to size so they can take up residence in their new homes!
I'll lastly note that even though the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day, the air was cold and the wind was really gusting. Notice how the eight-year-old fairies could care less about cold and wind!