Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A Fairy Garden

A few weeks ago Sydney and I spent a fun afternoon at Jack and Christina's house for a great summer backyard party.  As we were leaving, Christina gave each of us a very special gift, a homemade door to start our very own fairy garden in our backyard.

Sydney and I discussed where we would like to build our garden and settled at the foot of a small tree beside our barbecue.  Then we hunted around the house for anything that we could find that seemed slightly magical to add to our garden.

This was our final result:

Adding a bucket full of moss to create a lawn

I even found a stepping stone at the dollar store with a fairy on it and Sydney painted it with patio paint and proudly put it in her garden.

Waiting for the fairies to arrive

Mysteriously, the next morning, right after Daddy left for work, the fairies left Sydney a very special present in their garden, a shiny gold Loonie.  And the next morning there was a little blue stuffed bunny.  It seems that the fairies have taken a shine to their new space and are leaving little presents behind as their way of saying thank you to Sydney for building this beautiful new space.

Sydney and her buddy Julia are doing a week long camp at Cowboys and Angels toy shop this week, a ceramics painting camp which she loves.  Every day she works on a new project, today it was a mug for Mommy.  Can't wait to have my morning coffee in it once it's glazed and ready to go!

We once again spent a special time together in the school garden today.  Sydney had great fun harvesting potatoes, carrots and tomatoes.  We brought home a very special treat too, a beautiful zucchini!

There were several families that made it to the garden today, it was really fun meeting new and old friends and Sydney had such fun playing in the playground with the girls.  It warms my heart to see how comfortable Sydney is getting in the space, I am confident that the start of school will be such a great time for her!

I found a great recipe online for Cloud Dough, the popular toy that is hitting stores everywhere.  It's a cross between playdough and sand, mouldable but still grainy, what a great sensory toy!

The recipe couldn't be easier, simply combine 1 cup of baby oil with 8 cups of flour in a tub and mix well.

Sydney had such fun playing with it outdoors.  A great way to keep her entertained for a while!

This past Sunday we went for a stroll in Olympic Village as a family.  While we were there we popped into the Food Truck Festival and had such fun checking out all of the awesome treats available.  I had a delicious gourmet grilled cheese made my Mom's Grilled Cheese, delicious!

It definitely feels as though summer is starting to wind down.  The weather is shifting slowly, the days are getting shorter and the mornings crisp and cool.  I feel excited for the start of fall and a little sad in the same moment in saying goodbye to summer and these long, fun days with my girl!

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