Friday, June 24, 2016


We celebrated Seth's thirteenth birthday with my visiting parents with a birthday dinner at A&W, although it also popular with my Dad and Shane, so it kind of counted for Father's Day too. When we returned, we invited over the neighbor girl for some birthday cupcakes. 
The next afternoon we hosted Shane's brother and his family and close family friends. It was super hot and shade was sought while keeping track of small people running all around outside. 

My dad returned home and my mom has been staying for the rest of the week, which means we go to our usual haunts, one of which is Ikea and a local independent toy store.
I have been working on finishing the garden and tending to areas that needed some extra attention. I tucked in more radish seeds as my first seeding has produced really nice plants. I also added more lettuce and carrot seeds where the first ones did not take. And finally found some sprouted potatoes to plant from a local farm since none of my potatoes would sprout.

And finally, we were invited over to our friends' home to celebrate with an end-of-the-year recital, pool party and unexpectedly, but necessary chicken herding event. Very posh.
I have included a copy of the program that was written up by a budding master of ceremonies, Seth's friend, Gabe. I loved it, along with his closing remarks and short prayer. 
Seth was asked if he would also like to do a piano piece, but he declined this time. But his friends each played several pieces, along with their mom and my mom, who was asked very last minute. 
Seth did share two selections from Shakespeare that he had memorized and one original piece he wrote for a Grammar of Poetry lesson earlier this year.
Our friend Vanessa also attended with her crew of boys, who elected to be just observers this year, but plans for next year's recital are being made. A new tradition to look forward to.


  1. We had an end-of-the-year tradition like that for several years with one other family. Anyone finishing a milestone year had "graduation," and we had readings and singing. And food.

  2. We plan to make this a tradition too. I like the 'graduation' idea, we will steal that. And yes, you always need food! My friend made her tasty rhubarb cake and I made a butterscotch rice krispie treat and we used fancy tea cups and saucers. :)

  3. This was the highlight of my year, Heather. It is the first of many annual recital, recitation, etc... graduation parties. I promise to practice harder next year. yikes....

  4. Anonymous5:14 PM

    this is so lovely! ..and I hope to hear your mother play piano for us someday :)


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