The three-year old wildly spilled out of her car seat after the 6-hour drive. "LOOK!" was her only greeting to me, her great Auntie Tricia. And she thrust a harmonica in her mouth and began playing.
Hugs all around, with voices reaching just barely over our harmonica accompaniment. This was the beginning of our eagerly-anticipated week. My Mom, my niece, and her two daughters drove six hours to visit us in rural Kansas!
I have to mention here that the harmonica was my mother's idea. Granny packed it in her purse and pulled it out after riding in the car for 30 minutes. I would have loved to have seen my niece Amy's reaction. Granny's surprise for 3-year old Addison had to wait till the last two miles of their trip.
Harmonica music for the angel fish
We packed a picnic basket and hiked across the pasture to the Shady Tree.
Waffle sandwiches and pesto bread.
Addison chose the pesto bread.
"What are you doing, Gill?"
"Because it's fun."
(We heard this question a lot this week...)
Planting a feather. Will a duck grow?
(The decorative knee bandaids were the result of a near-faceplant on our gravel drive not one hour into her visit.)
Exploring the grotto pond with Gillian...
Granny and Baby Lilah:
The remains of a day: three pine cones, one feather, and a harmonica
What a terrific week!