Sunday, October 26, 2014

A lovely Fall day

We are enjoying quite a nice Fall here in Chitown. The colors are beautiful and the weather is crisp but very warm in the sun so we spent our Sunday at the Botanic Garden, which was decked out for Halloween.
Our first stop was the model railroad garden which, for as many times as we've been to the gardens, we had never been to this before. We got there just as the replica of Mount St. Helens was erupting.

Thomas the Tank was their favorite, naturally.
Some late season dahlias were giving their best show.

Throwing leaves up in the air brings such joy. It really is the little things.

A rare photo of the four of us.
There were quite a few Chinese people out and about and every time the girls heard the language, they would whip around and want to join in the conversation. After asking them their ages and their favorite foods in Chinese and receiving answers in perfect Mandarin tones, this woman was so enamored with them that she wanted a picture.
I always stop at this exact spot on every visit because this one area, more than most, emphasizes the seasons. In winter it is just a stark line of tree trunks and limbs, in summer it is a total wall of green and now this beautiful yellow for fall.

This guy received a lot of attention!
Another undiscovered area for me was the bonsai garden. They have a huge collection and they rotate them out as each plant is at its peak of beauty. It's Fall in miniature!
This tree below is fascinating as the design is created by training the roots. The description is below the picture of the tree.

This looks like a miniature Redwood forest.

Unfortunately, the girls started to get tired and slap-happy which usually results in somebody crying. This time it was Kate. She tripped over a ledge and fell face first onto the bricks. Once I cleared away the blood and checked her teeth (nothing loose, thank goodness), she wanted to see how bad it was so I took a picture (who needs mirrors anymore now that we can have instant pictures??). My poor baby--she's got a fat lip on top and a busted lip on the bottom.
On the upside, both girls napped on the way home and woke up relatively jovial. After some restorative hot chocolate, they rode their bikes to the playground and stayed for an hour before riding back home. I tried a new recipe on them which turned out to be quite popular: Shrimp, green bean and pineapple stir-fry with soba noodles.

We've got a busy week coming up. Wednesday is a school trip to a local pumpkin patch which I'm chaperoning and Friday, of course, is Halloween. Yiayia and Pappou arrive from DC on Thursday evening and will have lunch with the girls at school on Friday and join us for trick-or-treating that night. Saturday we have gymnastics and a birthday party for a classmate and then we celebrate the return of JULIE (!!!!) who will be staying with the girls while we enjoy some grown-up time out with YiaYia and Pappou. Sunday we'll try to keep it low-key around the neighborhood and then we'll all have supper out at one of our favorite local restaurants before they depart on Monday.

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