Because when you go to the library they take all the time in the world with you to look at books, explore the toy area, answer your questions, stop and read, look in all the display cases, draw pictures, and they will always hold your hand to and from the car.
Yes, it was really this dark when we started our treasure hunt in Coburg this year. Slowly we began to be able to see (and at this point I had already purchased several items in the dark): Almost light enough for the crowds to begin forming (and for me to look for another dose of caffeine): And suddenly, it was light enough to put away my tiny flashlight (at one of my favorite booths no less):This years purchases: I really loved finding this necklace made out of an old ruler with the year I was born as well as this pair of earrings made out of vintage silverware:Some of my other favorite things (none of which came home with me):
Packing boxes in the shape of tiny houses:-A pocket gopher trap- for all those times you accidently find yourself with a gopher in your pocket...-An incredible assortment of old menus and dislplay items from soda fountains as well as product packaging:What I didn't get that I regret: Photos of myself and my friends Ali, Katie, Liz, and Jackie (I know a group photo exsists and I will get a copy someday soon.)
My favorite experiences from this year (in no particular order):
-going out to dinner at Lucky Noodle where we ate well, laughed long, and had some really yummy cocktails (oh how I have missed you, Chili Margarita) -coming home to Ali's house for a grown-ups only sleepover with a DQ ice cream cake and a movie -running into 2 of my childhood babysitters (who both referred to me as "Kimmy"), as well as Emily, Jill, and other friends and seeing their treasures
-getting up pre-dawn to make breakfast and getting a glimpse at both the Big Dipper and an amazing orange-tinted moon
Here is a look at the 5 Summer Salads my mom and I prepared last weekend to celebrate my dad's birthday (thank you summer for finally giving us enough sun to be able to harvest most of the ingredients from our own gardens.)
Snowpea With Yogurt, Dill, Cashews, and Cilantro Quinoa with Tomatoes and CucumbersCucumbers and Vinegar with Walla Walla Sweet Onions Fresh Corn Salad with Red Bell Peppers, Lime, Cilantro and Red OnionCaprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Mozarella, Basil, and Olive Oil Oh, yeah, and that Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-Peanut Butter Frosting (lest you think we were a bunch of healthy eaters over here.)
Hershey's 5 minute-One Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe
2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Euphoria's Sunrise Baking Cocoa)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease and flour two nine inch round pans (or one large 13x9 baking pan, or makes 24 cupcakes).
In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer.
Stir in the boiling water last. Batter will be thin. Pour evenly into the prepared pans.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
The time from Kindergarten to 4th grade has flown by in what feels like a matter of days. So many changes this year, new school, new teachers, new friends, new routines, but thank goodness for that same happy grin. I've been up since 4:30 a.m., my mind unable to stop thinking about this new adventure we all start today, wishing it was with the same openness that Ben feels. Thankful that I'm not alone feeling this way. Thankful that so many people are working together to make this a great year. And most of all thankful that the 4th grader let his mom and dad walk him to school today. I know those days are numbered and will take each and every one of them and hold them in my heart like a gift.