We had a really great weekend with friends. It was a good thing – we needed a break from our angst and drama. A change of scenery and people sometimes is a miraculous thing. Blitzen and company made lovely little ‘gingerbread’ houses. It was a group activity, Blitzen listened to the instructions but she didn’t quite understand some of the finer details of house construction. She did not flip out – she just called me over and said, “Carrie, I don’t get it.” So I explained in a different way, gave just a wee bit of assistance and she was on her way. And she put more candy on the house than in her stomach and then went to the snack table to eat a hard boiled egg and some cheddar cheese.
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Blitzen had quite a list of things to accomplish this summer and we did it all.
Host cousin H in NYC for week
Fly to Arizona with cousin H all by themselves (this was edited – Blitzen and cousin H flew a day to AZ a day before us with my mother who sat in the row behind the two very independent 10 year olds and pretended not to know them)
Visit in Az and swim, swim, swim
Go to gymnastics camp
Take surf lessons
Start a family seashell collection
Swim in a lake
Ride in a convertible
The last 2 items just got in under the wire. We rented a convertible for the last weekend of summer, took the scenic route up to Mohonk Mountain where we spent hours diving into the lake as well as hanging out in row boats, playing shuffleboard, eating fancy meals and dancing our hearts out to a live band.
It was action packed, I tell. What a great summer!
We went to the playground the other day. Blitzen was doing her thing, running around, enjoying various items and groups of kids. She happened upon a group playing on this modern version of the merry go round (I guess that is what it is) and announced, “Ok, I’m playing now.” to the group at large. One kind of punky kid said, “No, no, you’re not.” Blitzen just smiled and said, “Oh yes, I am.” And jumped right on. Before you knew it, she had the entire group trying to walk in circle along the edge without falling off. Damn, that kid is all kinds of brave.
Ok, so Blitzen and H encountered an earnest young philanthropist selling cookies to raise money for Alzeheimers. They learned a little about the disease, ate a cookie and donated a $1.50 to a good cause. Shortly afterward, Andrew took them to the toy store and said they could buy one thing to play with that everyone would enjoy. So, of course they bought ‘spa kit’ with nail polish, little hand dryer thing and a tub to soak your feet. They were over the moon — Andrew just shook his head, sighed and said, ‘You would think I’d learn.’ Last time he took them shopping, they picked out these little kiddie makeup kits. (Someday I’ll write about how upsetting the sexualization of young girls is and how I vowed no makeup, no barbies, etc, but it is all so much harder to enforce and instill these values when you are not starting from scratch – but that is another post).
Anyway, having been inspired by the cookie kid, they talked Andrew into this purchase by making a grand plan — they would set up a roadside mani/pedi stand, charge people $5 for hands, another $5 for toes but a massage would be free with either purchase. And they would donate their earnings to cancer research.
I must say it was really adorable. They set up 2 lawn chairs on the front walk, filled their zebra-striped blow-up tub with warm water and then created a sign to entice customers / donors. They sounded a little bit like pint-sized carnival barkers, shouting to random beachgoers, promising a great spa experience as well as the opportunity to support a very important cause.
They mostly serviced the family but they did entice one donation from the general public. The lovely lady said she would come back later for a mani — good choice as sparkly polish with red stripes is not for everyone.
Blitzen and friends went to the Figment art festival on Governor’s Island a few weekends ago. For those that have been following along for a while, you may remember that we also took Blitzen last year to meet up with Rebecca and Jacket – an amazing time was had by all both this year and last.
When our ferry boat landed on the Island, we were again greeted by a couple of princes and a young prince, asking the girls if they would like to join a magical quest. The answer was, of course!, yes and off they went. 45 minutes of fantasy fun followed and magical good triumphed in the end. I know you are very surprised.
The girls also participated in a talent show – Blitzen cried quite a bit because she wasn’t chosen(they kind of just picked random people from the audience) but she would have cried if she had been chosen too. She confessed after she had calmed down that she wasn’t quite sure what she would have done as a talent (one friend danced and another has this freaky little talent of turning her eye lids upside down or inside out or something – delightful and gross!).
One artist was demonstrating the pure ickyness of McD’s by building a sculpture out of the food. The artist (activist?) claimed that the food would stay in its current condition for years, not rotting, as healthy / not-processed food should. The dialogue between Blitzen and her young friends was really funny:
Girl One – I’ve never eaten at McD’s and now I never will!
Girl Two – I am never eating at McD’s again!
Blitzen, thoughtful but clearly quite torn – I am only going to eat there on the weekends!