June 10, 2013 by themommahen
The skies finally cleared up after our two days of rain courtesy of Tropical Storm Andrea. Saturday began with a graduation ceremony for one of my cousins — a milestone of sorts for us, as The Husband and I were on day five of getting to know each other when I got the call announcing the birth of this little guy who now towers over me. It was a bittersweet reminder yet again of how quickly time goes by.
The afternoon was a blur of activity in the yard and on the deck: baseball, tennis, playing with the dog, running around the house and just general childhood freedom. A blue dragonfly caught the attention of the Hatchlings. With bug catchers and butterfly house in hand, they traipsed all over the yard, giddy to catch it so they could observe it, if just for a few minutes.
We found a little wren nest with tiny eggs in it, nestled in an improbable place outside on the breezeway.
Sunday brought more steam, but as long as the sun was shining, we weren’t complaining. Hatchlings 1 and 2 settled in at The Table while H#3 napped. The Table is almost a living part of this house, a huge, square, low wooden table that has been the focal point of my parents’ den for years. Its size and stature have always attracted kids to it. Large enough to lay out materials and big sheets of paper, low enough for little ones to easily lean on and reach, The Table has seen a lot of crafts, homework, art and projects.
Before long, we made our way back outside, and gave the Furball a bath.
Hatchling #3 playfully chased the lone guinea around the yard, giggling as it darted this way and that.
And H#1 and 2 ended up as they usually do, heads together, hands dirty, making some important, amazing and surprising discoveries in the yard.