sweet pencils, necklace and long "tutu" skirt from Minikin...she is obsessed with that skirt.
Lots of outdoor fun this weekend...snowcones and splashing in fountains, loads of swimming, some yard work (or Bryan planting things while we floated around watching him...sweet husband) + two poolside dinners with family and friends.
But the best part of the weekend was a discovery we made on Sunday morning over breakfast... It started with a decision to make a proper family breakfast (blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs and fresh fruit). We set the table outside, under our big shady tree, with cloth napkins and ate our meal, leisurely, to the stylings of Milt Jackson. Mid-way through breakfast, Audrey looked up and said, "It feels like we're having friends over, only it's just us." In other words, it felt special.
We entertain a lot. One of my favorite things is having friends over for a meal...turning on music, figuring out what to cook (or order), lighting candles, setting out fresh flowers and a little bowl of mixed nuts and some drinks. I love it. I love to host. But I've found the more we have friends over, the more I tend to "phone it in" with our own family -- it's easy to skimp on effort when it's just me, Bryan and the girlies.
Audrey's comment reminded me of how important is it to make the times when it's just the four of us feel as relevant and valid and special as the times when we invite friends into our home. It might mean we entertain less so we can create more family "moments", but I think it's worth it, yes?