They went back to painting for a while, but soon came inside to make button necklaces and watch Lea read from Little House in the Big Woods (you can see this here, it's wonderful for small children!)
After some colouring, it was time to bake choc chip cookies. The girls watched as I made the cookie dough and then helped me roll the balls and place onto the cookie trays. Rafaella pulled her little stool over to watch them bake, she couldn't wait to eat them!
Later on Cully May and I made a Feta, Tomato and Pasta Bake to take home to mummy and daddy for dinner. She was amazing, doing most of the process herself, apart from the chopping.
As the afternoon was still so hot we walked up to the corner shop for ice-creams, and then it was time to swim in the pool. The water was lovely and cold, so we played around in it for about half an hour. By then it was getting close to dinner time so I bundled the girls up in thick beach towels and we headed inside so they could have a warm bubble bath before going home.
The day reminded me of this quote by Louisa May Alcott - "The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely." Little children have a way of finding delight in the simplest things and if we take the time to look at life through their eyes, it can fill a weary heart with pure and humble joy. That's what this day with my two little princesses did for my own tired and weary heart.
They had walked with me around the entire garden to smell every bloom, touch every plant, all the while exclaiming with such confidence, "Nana, this rose smells so pretty!" or "Nana, can we eat that when it grows bigger?" and "Nana, how long will the strawberries take to grow?"...everything they saw delighted their senses and in turn, they delighted me.
I've almost finished a remake of an old pattern, this time a little larger than my original. On Friday I'll be sharing this as a free download, and probably with a tutorial as it will become a small wall quilt. This was meant to be ready yesterday but after that big day with my girls, yesterday I just needed to slow down and not think too much about work, blogging or sewing. Instead I pottered around, cleaned out and reorganised a few kitchen drawers, did the washing and ironing, and vacuumed the house. None of it was rushed, and I took a few peaceful breaks for tea, reading and baking. There was a punnet of raspberries in the fridge that I'd forgotten about so I made two dozen raspberry, lemon and almond muffins. I kept a dozen for us and put aside the other dozen for Blossom's family.
Some were served today at morning tea when my neighbour dropped by...they truly were delicious! No recipe, I'm sorry, as I make up my muffin recipes as I go along using whatever is on hand. No measurements, just adding the basics and then the extras until I have the right consistency.
My neighbour enjoys the regular baked treats she receives from my kitchen, as much as I enjoy her thoughtful gifts of flowers. Today she gave me these gorgeous green chrysanthemums. Aren't they lovely?!
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I hope your week is travelling along nicely, with no bumps in the road or heavy trials to face. It's my prayer always that whoever reads my blog experiences the tangible love of God each day, and that His strong arms will hold you up when you cannot stand yourself, that His still small voice leads you in the path you should follow, and His gift of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ becomes more and more profound in your thoughts.
God bless and big hugs,