Sunday, April 23, 2017

It Just So Happened to Be Earth Day

Yesterday was kind of a busy day. . . .
Alaina competed in a piano festival first thing in the morning.  This was both girls' first year being part of the festival, and it was much more formal and intense than I had imagined.  Still, Alaina did a great job playing "Chimes" (which she'd started practicing at least 10 times a day after I'd started offering leftover Lindor Easter chocolates for every 5 times she played the song!).
Yesterday it was also our family's turn to clean the church, so Alaina and I met Jason and the other kids over there as soon as she'd finished being adjudicated.
Ben was a little behind on his school work, so he had to spend the rest of the day writing, and I was spending any spare moments I had helping him type up poems he'd written for an English project.
In the afternoon it was Janae's turn to compete at the festival, playing "Mouse in a Coal Bin."  She played flawlessly and with complete confidence--which is what we should have expected after the amount of practice time she'd put in over the past couple of months!

 After Janae had finished, she asked if we could go to the nursery and get some flowers to put into a little garden bed she had weeded out and turned over in our backyard the past couple of days before.
Jason and I both said no--we'd already had such a busy day.  Jason had school work due by 10 p.m., I still had to do the laundry and make dinner. . . . 
But Janae was persistent--she'd worked so hard, we wouldn't have another chance to get plants for at least a week, maybe we could just go look and then go back and get the plants another time?
Janae had also just finished reading The Secret Garden and was dying to have a little garden of her own. 
I was finally swayed and drove off with Janae, Alaina and Eric to "look" at plants.
Of course we came home with everything we needed to plant the garden. . . .
And since I did still have to do all of my work, Jason took a break from Pathway to help the girls arrange their flowers and get them planted.

They were pretty happy with the results. . . .

AND it just so happened to also be Earth Day.  So we felt pretty good about having "accidentally" done something plant-related :)

And now the girls will be able to keep the celebration going with all the weeding, watering, fertilizing, and any other plant care they can think of to do for the rest of the spring and summer!


Anita said...

Wow, that was a busy day! But the garden looks so good!!