Believe

After becoming a parent of a “first grader” last week, and watching my kiddos grow exponentially before my eyes, I find myself cherishing the ‘kid’ in them.

I relish the innocence,
the care-free lifestyle,
being able to poop in a public restroom without worry, and even sing while doing it (witnessed this last weekend),
saving water bottle caps to use them as tables for trinkets you treasure,
playing dress-up and shooting toy guns out the window while driving down the liberal streets of Davis (and not get arrested),
becoming instant friends with fellow people your size,
having sandwiches in the shape of hearts and love notes in your lunchbox,
and believing in the impossible.

I am blessed with two creative children who’s imaginations are infectious.

I can’t help but foster their beliefs of mythical creatures like unicorns, fairies, dragons, the tooth fairy, elves, mermaids, and vampires.

Isn’t it wonderful to be a kid?

I honestly still think of myself as one. I am waiting for the day, when I don’t.

Really.

My daughter offers me many challenges, with her ever-so-unpredictable moods and rude behaviors, but what I appreciate so much about her and her “kookiness”, is her creativity and her passion for her beliefs. Rational or not.

Awhile back, she asked for a fairy garden, which I was happy to appease. I like mythical creatures just like the rest of us. So we made one. This one.

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Since then, we have moved it into the backyard and the size has significantly increased.

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getting started

and now, after several attempts to plant fresh flowers (and watch them die), we took a trip to the Dollar Store to plant “fake” flowers (her genius idea).

taking pride in her work
taking pride in her work

You may have noticed, the previous fence, like its dying flower cohorts, did not withstand the test of time. So, it has now been replaced with a Popsicle stick masterpiece.

Again, her idea.

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It turned out pretty cute.

I think my favorite is her sign that reads, ” Welcome Fairies to the Fairy Garden.”

Because her beliefs and creativity are so infectious, my mom’s boyfriend, jumped on the “fairy” bandwagon, so to speak, and found a website that caters to it.

He bought her the travel trailer and a lot of other adorable pieces to complete the “trailer lifestyle.” It created the story of the traveling fairy, “Nettle” that was trying to find her permanent home.

Last night, Nettle decided to make our garden, her permanent residence, with another generous and adorable purchase from Gene (my mom’s boyfriend).

This morning when my daughter woke up, it was the first thing she noticed.

She was beaming!

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She immediately began constructing a bed for Nettle out of Popsicle sticks, a scrap piece of wood, and cotton balls.

unnamed (5)Who wouldn’t want a cozy bed under the stars among the flowers?

Last night, after some typical night time routine arguing, and parental yelling, I put the house out in the garden. My hubby said, “Why are you rewarding her behavior?”

My reply, “It is not about rewarding, it is about believing!”

He couldn’t argue with that.

All the chaos, crappy things that happen during the day, yelling, defiance, and stress, all goes away with believing.

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She believes in Nettle.
She believes in magic.
She believes that her sign made it happen,
and she believes in herself.

I believe in letting my kids be kids, for as long as they’ll let me.

What more can you ask for?

XOXO,
Magazine Mom

Day 21: behind the black door ~ fairies

I have been wanting to make a fairy garden for my daughter for quite some time, but never really knew what to do, or how on earth to get it started. I needed an inspiration. Finally, I had one. My daughters preschool recently made this one
IMAG2321It is really super sweet, and the whole ‘planter box’ has become an “art garden” where children can leave their art work, of all kinds.

Awhile ago, we had a garage sale, and my mother-in-law, was getting rid of some of her sisters things, and she gave us this planter/bird bath thingy, to sell.

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Of course, I fell in love. I kept it, knowing, I could use it for something, someday. Well, this weekend, was that someday.

It will make for the perfect fairy garden!

First things first, we needed a fairy. I went to Michaels, and used a 40% off coupon and got “Violet, the garden fairy.”
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Next, we used child-labor to spruce up the fairies new home…

IMAG2561Who knew that there was beautiful copper underneath the years of wear? Hubby, did. It didn’t come out immaculate, but I like the old feel of it.

Now, it was ready for plants. My daughter and I, went to ‘Ace (Hardware) is the place’ and picked out some great succulents. She really wanted a cactus (like the one at her school), but she was not very fond of the ‘pricklies’, especially after her last ER visit. We did find this amazing little white cactus, that looks like a pouf. You know one of those home décor ball thingy’s that are WAY over priced. I don’t remember the name of it, so any gardeners’, please feel free to chime in.

here are the names, if you look closely
here are the names, if you look closely…REALLY closely

After asking my daughter where she wanted what plant, where, here is what we came up with
IMAG2567A really cool plant that looks like a flower, some moss, a tree like succulent, the little white cactus (plume), a pine cone she decorated, and an led light-up butterfly.

IMAG2580It has made a great addition to our front yard, and the fairy has kept “ghosty” company too
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Most importantly, my daughter absolutely loves it. She just wonders why the fairy only comes to life when she is not looking. I told her, that is just what all creatures from “fairytale land” do.

One day, she will learn the truth, but for now, I love the innocence and imagination.

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Pretty magical, uh?

How many people can say they have their own fairy garden? I bet not many of you now, but after reading this, maybe you will find a way to incorporate one in your garden.

Xoxo,
Magazine Mom

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