While the boys are enjoying a weekend of loud cars and eating junk food around the campfire, Jadzia and I enjoyed some Mommy-daughter time.
In an effort to make the weekend special, I began by giving her a Dora nail polish set and taking her out to lunch at our favourite sushi restaurant, August 8. Jadzia is partial to edamame, so long as I squeeze the beans onto her plate for her. Even ordering what I thought was a modest amount, I was stuffed by the end.
After the restaurant, we headed to the garden store to buy some flowers for our front lawn. I'm not really a gardener, but my reasoning was that if I plant store bought flowers in my front lawn, it would look like I didn't mow on purpose and the neighbours wouldn't call the bilaw police. Anyway, Jadzia helped me pick some random perennials, a couple shrubs, and a tomato plant. I planted them randomly about the lawn. We had a watering can and after every plant was in, I sprinkled it with water and told Jadzia that was to welcome the plant to our yard. "Welcome to our yard, little plant," she said. Later she lost interest and played with potato bugs while I dug, planted, and hauled rocks from the backyard. Jadzia quote of the day: "Awe! A potato bug, the cutest animal ever!" It amuses me how she can be such a tom boy in such a girlie girl way.
On Sunday we lazed about in the morning, then went to Bronte Creek for the afternoon. Jadzia and I both wore red dresses and pigtails but, since it was just the two of us, there was no one around to take our picture together. No matter, she's cuter than I am
There were adorable baby ducks in the pig pen (pigs were MIA), but Jadzia's favourite was the large snapping turtle in the nature centre. Normally content in his aquarium, the staff took him out for a run and he promptly fell asleep in the grass. Note, I say "he" without actually knowing if the turtle is male or female. Jadzia, on the other hand, uses "she" as her default pronoun when talking about gender ambiguous creatures.
That evening, we went to a barbecue potluck at my friend Cara's house. Everyone chipped in for fireworks and we had a really nice display. Lots of Jadzia's friends were there and without William it seemed a lot more quiet and subdued. Not because Willliam is overly rowdy compared to other kids, but because for some reason William and Leyla become insane when they are together.
So my sweet daughter was up way past her bedtime (by about 3 hours), seeing as the sun refused to set early. She was still awake at the same time in the morning though.