When I was pregnant with Zoe, a work friend gave me three sterling silver acorns for luck (one for me, one for Nathan and one for Zoe). I'd never heard that acorns are supposed to bring luck and I was really touched by her thoughtfulness. I brought them to the hospital with me when I went into labor and Zoe's is in her baby book so she can hang onto it when she is older. When I was pregnant and just about due to have Owen, the memory came back to me as I noticed the lawn around our playground covered with acorns. I told Zoe that acorns are supposed to bring good luck, so we spent the weeks leading up to Owen's birth collecting, painting and admiring them around our house. We did the same thing last year of course and planned to do it again this year. So, the kids and I headed out the door with buckets in hand this morning to do so, and were a little disappointed to discover that most of the acorns have dried up or have been eaten by squirrels already. So, we ended up collecting whatever we thought looked interesting (a few broken acorns, rocks, sticks, leaves and pine cones) and brought our collection back to the house. I got out the paints and watched their imaginations run wild. They both came up with some really creative, new ideas and I was able to sit down and paint a little myself. It was a great morning...although I do feel a little unsettled that we didn't find any lucky acorns.....
|"Yookit mah heend!" (Look at my hand!)|
|Without me suggesting it or having done it with her at all before, Zoe explored leaf printing!|
|Owen asked for ice at one point...|
|One of my favorite sights to behold...|