We had a lovely day together.
We enjoyed quinoa for breakfast together. Oria finished her puzzle again while Arrow and I got ready. We visited our friends Judy and Pearl and said hello to their chickens.
Our afternoon was spent lazy around the house. Oria wanted to play dress up. I wanted to bake.
Both girls helped with the making of chocolate chip cookies. Oria went stir crazy and Arrow had an empty bowl and spatula to practice on next to her big sister. The best part was when they measured out the chocolate chips and I said it was ok to eat a few. Arrow may have had a tiny meltdown when I put the bag away.
Once our cookies were baked, Oria decided a tea party was in order. Oria and her dad set up her room with classical music, a nicely decorated table and the girls enjoyed raspberry hibiscus tea and honey with chocolate chip cookies and apple slices. Jeff joined the girls for a cup of tea and a cookie. Fenway sat on the sidelines in hopes of a few crumbs wearing Oria’s Minnie Mouse hat.
Arrow spent about an hour trying to communicate that she wanted to go on a bike ride. It was clear communication but I wasn’t feeling overly energetic. After an hour of her wearing a helmet and pointing at the door and taking my hand to go to the door and her bringing me my boots I gave in and we took the bike for a beautiful evening ride to kits beach. We watched the sunset before heading home for dinner. Both girls had smiles on their faces taking in the autumn air and beautiful changing colours on all the trees.
I think we’re back in the groove of regular life again so back to my daily digest.
We knew today would finally be the day we’d reunite with Ride Sally. We kept our morning low key at home since both girls were keen on playing dress up and having a tea party. Arrow actually asked to wear the unicorn costume while Oria happily wore her wizard costume.
Oria asked if I could make her and Arrow tea for a tea party and I provided a few snacks to go along with it. Oria laid out a table cloth and happily poured the tea while dressed up in a mismatch of beautiful princess mixed with quack doctor. Arrow wore a dress and devoured snacks.
When Arrow went down for a nap Oria and I bathed and shared a few laughs.
She got out and immediately asked to work on her puzzle. She wanted no help or input so I sat in the other room occasionally peeking in to see how she was doing. She finished her 60 piece unicorn puzzle in an hour with no help at all. We shared a very proud moment. She went on to complete her Pete the Cat and princess puzzles too. Once Arrow woke from her nap we got ready to head over to Tandem to pick up our bike. We all walked the kilometer and a half to our friends bike shop and waited there for our bike to be ready. We were all so excited to hop on the bike today. 6 weeks has been too long. We didn’t go too far today because it was getting late, but we are looking forward to our colourful autumn adventures by bicycle.
We went to IKEA today for new bedding (Fenway ripped up most of what we had over time on the rare occasion he needed to poop and we weren’t home to let him out).
We reconfigured our room and made it all spiffy.
Welcome peaceful sleep and welcome husband back to the bed.
Thank you to Arrow who only took 15 months to reach her current 8 hour stretches of night sleep (in her own bed before joining me)milestone.
I took Oria to her creative ballet class this morning and had to leave her. I was curious how she would do with an instructor and several students after she’s had months and months of practicing alone to the YouTube video of Swan Lake Ballet. I couldn’t hear what was said from my vantage point outside, but I saw Oria’s hand shoot straight up in the air about 3 seconds before anyone else’s and I watched this through the window. When I met her after class I heard “I never want to leave this place”, “can we come back tomorrow”, “I love my ballet class”…all with the hugest smile plastered on her face. Safe to say she loves it and I loved sneaking a peak of my “beautiful girl” through the window in the rain while she twirled with her ribbon.