Mixed Bag

The air itself feels light, buoyant with the anticipation of holiday freedom and celebrations to come. We are so looking forward to the next few weeks.

In the meantime, a little bit of the nothings and everythings we have been enjoying lately.

Her first ballet recital.  My mom cried through the whole thing.

She was beautiful. Graceful and poised. Which is a whole different side of my rough-and-tumble, fearless girl. My heart spiralled and twirled with every first position, every pliƩ, every tippy-toe run.

Outdoor pursuits. This puzzle always comes with a request for help. Because this one is very tricky, Mom.

We spent a good part of the weekend washing old teddy bears, and dolls clothes, and wiping grubby toys. She chose which toys she wanted to give away, and I cleaned them up in preparation for delivery to a local children's home. She is so excited by this. On the way home from school yesterday, she declared that we should give away all her birthday things too when she gets them.

But just not my books and my pencils, Mom.

There were, of course, some minor distractions along the way. Forgotten toys that suddenly held an inexplicable charm. Like this ancient etch-a-sketch.

Boney M. Her absolute favourite is Mary's Boy Child. The words are a bit iffy, but the tune is always spot on. Singing always accompanies drawing.

Routine Monday evenings with a little bit of festive magic. Christmas candles and tulips and Frank Sinatra with supper.

Christmas-tree shadows.

Ice-cream. And plaits.

And jumping for joy.

And my top 3 favourite things of the week.

1. Her birthday book: On the Night You Were Born. It arrived today, and it's just perfect.

On the night you were born,
the moon smiled with such wonder
that the starts peeked in to see you
and the night wind whispered,
'Life will never be the same.'

Because there had never been anyone like you...
ever in the world.

2. Dreams. This KitchenAid makes my heart beat faster.

And number 3. This music video. This SONG.

The cherry on top of a week of happies.