Betsey sent me these photos of the Recycle Party she threw for Hadley, Mitch, Lexy, Breanna, Autumn and Tonio...
Speaking of going green, we have slowly been transforming Kimmy's garden, in our back yard, back to the beauty that she had bestowed upon it. It is a slow process, as we wait for consistent weather and for the right plants to come back in stock. We were dissappointed that Target will no longer carry flowers and plants, saying there is too much competition - I know Ami Bunch reported on her blog how happy she is that Target will carry meat and produce, though and I talked to a manager there today who told me they are 9 weeks from completion on that!
So we went to the Home Depot, looking for a lime tree to plant for Kimmy in the yard, but they have not come in yet. We thought we'd get the veggie garden (yes vegetables!) going again, instead. The bambini selected cherry tomatoes (Tonio), basil (Autumn) and eggplant (Cody).
A nice day in the garden with the bambini - we also got to stop into Kohl's to visit Angie (incidently, my very first time I set foot into Kohl's in 6 years - I sucked it up so we could visit with the 'Shoe Queen'!) and then over to Viro's to visit with Rosa and Vito and to have some lunch - Cody and I are hooked on their pesto sandwhich! Autumn made a huge bowl of pasta dissappear and Tonio had a hand crafted pizza pie! And, while at Viro's, ran into Kristine Impellizzeri and her daughter Savanah (who got her driver's permit today, congrats!) who Kimmy had the opportunity to work with at Cottonwood in the Head Sprout program, helping children to read better.
Kimmy loved her garden. Keeping it green with plenty of colorful flowers was a joy for her. She would spend as much time as possible adding, subtracting, rearranging, 'Do we have enough money for a little box of flowers, Dave?' Of course, how could I say no to Kimmy?
Later, Tonio and Autumn had swim lessons. Tonio loves it. Autumn hates it.
Lessons in bad parenting:
1) today, I let Cody go to Ace Hardware. By himself. To buy an inner tube for his bike. I know it's only two blocks away. And he turns 14 next week. By the age of 14, I was riding buses all over the city. Riding my bike 26 miles to Lake Nockamixon (there can be no right way to spell that name!). And walking to school, 2 miles, uphill, both ways. But the world was different back then...or was the media coverage different?
2) After swim lessons, we loaded up on McDonald's for a late dinner...no vegetables - unless you count pickles and fries, that is. My cooking streak has ended.
3) While we dined on our nutritious dinner, we watched the instant classic, Grown Ups, starring Adam Sandler and friends...and followed it with the classic Adam Sandler, The Water Boy. High culture cinemtography.
We did go out back just now to say goodnight to Kimmy, a nightly tradition...the Big Dipper was high over head this late and Autumn thought it seemed darker tonight...but the stars were so bright...