Thank you for all the orders! Everything has shipped and you should have your orders soon! Sachets sold out very quickly, so I guess I need to make more? I’m excited that playsilks are selling so well. In the past, summer has been slow so I don’t always offer them this time of year. Thanks so much!!!
Beatrix just walked in on me typing and I told her that I am working on a blog post about Silas’ 9th(!) birthday. Her reply was, “That happened ages ago-like a month ago!” Yes, it was a month ago. I’m behind! Since his birthday we have also celebrated Mabel’s. That will be my next post! Hopefully, I’ll get it finished by the end of the week so I’m all caught up on birthday posts. My kids love to revisit their birthdays on the blog!
For the past few years, we have driven to an area along the water in Yorktown, Virginia for Silas’ birthday. It’s kind of funny because the spot we visit is nothing fancy, and it doesn’t have that much going on. We stick to the unpopular side of the road where Silas loves catching fiddler crabs, getting really muddy, and playing in the water. Every year it feels like an awfully long drive for what might not seem to amount to much, but for him, it’s his favorite thing. So we do it! The older boys don’t like to go anymore, but this year Keats went and that meant a lot to Silas.
When we arrived on the stretch of road where we park, we were surprised to see cars and people everywhere. We are usually mostly alone. After weeks of quarantine, I think we ended up going out on the first Saturday that everyone else decided to get out as well and there was no parking. We had to park miles down the road from our “spot” and wait until a parking space opened up. We spent about an hour exploring a little patch of woods, and then went back to look for a spot. There still wasn’t one, so Jonny took the kids down to the water, and Keats and I waited in the van for a parking place to open up. I was very thankful when one did!
The following Monday (Memorial Day) was Silas’ actual birthday, and we celebrated at home with a cake that had too much frosting and made us a little sick (My cakes have not been turning out well this year! Must be 2020!) Silas opened gifts and was pleased with them. I think the most fun gift was a hammock big enough for two adults (or three kids) with a net to keep insects out. It has seen lots of use in the month since Silas’ birthday. It comes with everything you need to hang it and is simple enough that he can do it himself. I also bought him a carving knife and a book on whittling for kids. (Amazon links are affiliate links.) He has already lost the knife. I eventually found it outside and thought to myself that maybe I shouldn’t have bought him a knife, to begin with. It’s sharp! I put it somewhere “safe.” I can’t remember where… Story of my life!
p.s. The two photos of Silas lighting his birthday candle above are the same. Beatrix asked me to push the exposure up on the photo to see what else was in the frame, and it was her making a funny face! Also, the number 9 on the cake is actually a 6 flipped over. I’m not on my candle game this year either!