Playgrounds - I don't recall them being as much fun when I was a kid, compared to how crazy, zany, amazing FUN they are now with a 3 and 1 year old performing their shenanigans! Swings, slides, mini-climbing walls - everything designed to encourage play+++, as well as,yes, a few 'hold-breath moments' when the climbing on monkey bars - which are now quite intricate works of art, I've discovered, with their 'fireman' poles, curved ladders, 'rope' steps - went a little higher than Aunty C's comfort zone was comfortable with! You'd think that high-intensity, full expenditure energy playing would tire the young 'uns out, but nope! More play = more energy. Hmmmm...maybe that's a message to all of us to play more!
Amongst the many highlights of yesterday's playground episode two stand out:
- my niece who 'convinces' me to carry her, because when she walks, "I'm so so so SO slow, Aunty C." Of course, her mom and dad prefer her strolling under her own steam, so deals must be struck. Outcome is predictable: a-carrying we go. Weight-bearing exercise - good for building muscles and keeping bones strong (har de har, har!). Sometimes Aunty's just win out (and soon enough she won't want to be carried - take the opportunities when I can!!)
- when my nephew goes down the slide, we make sure someone is at the bottom to catch him. Obviously, part of that is 'cautionary' (little legs sometimes don't get under quite right and little bums don't get seated quite right...headers!!), but the 'real' reason is because catching *giggles* is just infinitely heart-warming!! Sooo...he's learned well - and when Aunty C went down the slide, guess who stood at the end, with his little arms outstretched to catch her! Bundles of cuteness+++
Even though they feature the same stamp (tulip from Hero Arts, which I found during one of our trips to Everafter in Kelowna)...drum roll...they're both 'firsts': my first 'venture' in watercolouring - one using distress marker ink; the other using Memento inks. Yes, I need much more practice (shading, especially) - and that practice is definitely going to happen! From being hesitant about watercolouring, I'm embracing it immensely! Oh, the possibilities...
First card is for Unscripted "Flashback Summer" Sketch #27, featuring the distress ink markers as watercolour:
My second is for The Paper Players #156
Memento inks as watercolour...
I LOVE this stamp...it may appear frequently...
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