We had a great summer weekend. Saturday we took baths early, jumped in the car, picked up some takeout, and tailgated at the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. We did not enter the fair, but just hung out in the parking lot, had dinner, and waited for the balloon launch. Harry did not tolerate the schedule disruption very well - the day involved very poor sleep management on my part - but Bess and I enjoyed it a great deal.
Sunday we spent the afternoon at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. It was Fairy Day - we got to build a fairy house, make fairy crafts, and look at everyone else's houses. It was pretty intense - people brought supplies from home, and even built fairy house elements like baskets, houses, platforms, it was amazing. We were not so well prepared, but I think we did okay. The houses will be left up until mid-August, so if you're in the area I encourage you to check them out!
I'd like to note that the ramp on the fairy house is, in Bess' words, "in case any of the fairies are in wheelchairs". You've got to love a handicapped-accessible fairy house!
Kelly is a scholar-turned-mother/activist who is interested in issues of personal balance and social justice. She has published a number of articles and offers presentations internationally on the topics of voluntary simplicity and humane parenting. Learn more at her website www.beautifulfriendships.net.