Thursday, October 13, 2011

End of Summer Wrap-Up

We're so glad to be back after two long months! For those who never heard the story, I broke my wrist the night before Mina's third birthday. I was running down the stairs to check on the cream cakes baking in the oven, and slipped at the bottom of the staircase, landing on my wrist and breaking the radius. After two casts, a splint, and some physical therapy, I am finally ready to type again, as well as get back to all the fun stuff Mina and I love to do and write about. Over the next few weeks I'll write about some of the projects we documented at the end of summer, and get you all caught up with our lives.

The picture at the top was taken just yesterday as we picked our last eggplant off of the potted eggplant we planted at the beginning of summer. We only harvested two eggplants over the season, but they were so fun to watch turn purple and round and funny. And it's always nice to pick a vegetable and cook it within minutes, it is very satisfying. Children love picking vegetables. Do you know how hard I had to defend this gorgeous purple eggplant for the last month to allow it the time to grow big enough to eat? It was nearly irresistible to Mina, but somehow it survived, and made a delicious Chinese eggplant and ground pork dish for last night's dinner. Mina will just have to occupy herself with the green onions now, as that is all that is still thriving in the garden by now. I hope to get garlic in the ground soon, for harvesting next summer. This will be a new plant for me, and as it is Mina's favorite, we are very excited!

We're gearing up for lots of cold weather ahead, and starting to prepare the house for long days of indoor play. We've started a nature table (which I'll write about soon), hung some felt boards on the wall, and need to start a toy sorting project to make the ones she actually plays with easier to access. We've also been stocking up on pink fall/winter clothes, as "cool pink" (as opposed to hot pink) is the only color Magic Mina will wear most days.

What are you doing to transition from late Summer to Fall to Winter? I'd also love to hear any ideas of things you'd like to read about from kid-friendly recipes to reading lists, crafts, etc.!

We're so glad to be back, and as always, thanks for reading!


Cathy said...

It is great to have you back! I was just wondering the other day how you were doing. What fun it must have been for Mina to watch the garden grow. You are awesome and creating marvelous memories for Mina!!!

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