After all the excitement of the Fairy Godparents’ visit, we had a quiet few weeks dotted with a few festivals and playdates. I am a sucker for any type of fair or event as I love browsing the stalls and getting free samples. Lena has proven to be a fan as well but for entirely different reasons. I mentioned that she loved riding the teacups at the Bury Saturday Market and from there, a monster was born. At any given event, while I’m busy tasting local honey, she can be found riding in circles on brightly colored machinery. Speaking of Bury, one of the festivals we attended coincided with the first legitimately warm day we’ve had since moving here. I was even able to dress Lena in a tank top which was quite the luxury. They had set up a “beach” area for kids and the Bacon Bit had a great time throwing sand all over Jason while he attempted to build her a sandcastle.
Early in June, I got a message from my friend, Reema, who was my sidekick when we lived in Arizona. She was in London visiting her family and asked if we could meet up. I was ecstatic as we hadn’t seen each other in a few years. So we made the trek to London and I got to meet her mom and aunts who were visiting from Saudi Arabia. The Arabic culture is obviously much different from American culture so we weren’t sure if Reema would be able to come see my house. Luckily, her mom liked me and gave her the okay to come visit. Since we just had a few hours together, we decided to punt the River Cam (one of my favorite things to do with visitors). Reema and I have always shared a love of people watching and our punting tour did not disappoint. Exams had just finished for most of the university students so the river was packed with drunken punters in everything from bathing suits to pirate costumes. We saw a few people fall into the river which was brilliant and I even captured a shot of this dapper gentleman floating away his cares while sipping a nice glass of Merlot. You stay classy, England. Despite her aversion to children, Reema and Lena hit it off. After a quick dinner at our house, I had to send my little Arab princess back to her family. Hopefully she’ll come visit again soon!
June kicks off celebration season in our little family as Father’s Day, Jason’s birthday and then my birthday are all one week after the next. Sticking with my theme from last year, we got Jason some grill accessories. Skewers, a grill brush, meat thermometer and a few other items rounded out his gifts. Lena helped make his card complete with all the names she has for him. “Muh” is her blanket term for pretty much everything so we had to include it. She decided she wanted to vacuum after we opened gifts but apparently did not approve of my photographing her in action. This is her signature look when she doesn’t approve of something in her environment. I can guarantee this is what she’ll look like as a teenager. Lord help me.
Lena has a best buddy who lives down the street and we pretty much adore him. According to Lena, his name is “Di-yang” and it sounds so hilarious in her little baby voice that we’ve all just started calling him that. We had a bubble dance party, valet practice and sharing of germs over organic crisps. These two play so well together that I’ve joked with his mom about renting him by the hour. Just look at that sweet face! No wonder Lena loves him so much.
To round out this post, here are a few more pictures of my carni-loving child. This was at our local Fun Day and we had to drag her away when it was time to leave. Doesn’t she look grown up with her little backpack on? I can’t believe that little stinker will be two in just a few short weeks!