Friday, July 15, 2011

Of Teeth and (little) Men

MT is the youngest and I think I choose to forget that he is growing up, so sometimes milestones sneak up on me. Today was one of those times.  

At lunch, FRitW announced that his loose tooth had fallen out. I knew it was loose so I wasn’t really surprised, but MT was just amazed! He was so excited to see his brother’s lost tooth, and while looking at the tooth, Maggie casually remarked, “MT, you’ll be losing teeth soon too.” Now, that surprised me! How in the world could he be approaching five? Where did those years go?
FRitW has more empty spots than teeth!

He was surprised too. I guess we’d never talked about him losing teeth, so I called him over. “MT, let’s see if you have any loose teeth.” He opened his mouth. He does have one loose tooth – it is right next to the empty space where his first lost tooth was. We don’t know exactly when he lost it, but there is no sign of that tooth anywhere.
Look at that tiny gap!

When Dad got home, MT showed him the empty space and immediately wanted to look at Dad’s teeth. “Your teeth are not gone,”  was his remark (made with a mixture of confusion and disappointment). We explained how new teeth would grow in to replace the ones that fall out.
MT is still a little unsure about this turn of events. And looking at these growing children that so recently were tiny babies – I have to admit to feeling a little unsure myself.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Not My Garden

Well, my title says it all - this post is not about my garden. In fact it isn't really about a garden at all.I simply want to share some photos of some plantings that made me smile.

Last weekend, Dad and I celebrated our 18th Wedding Anniversary! We took a long weekend trip (without kids!) to Little Rock, Arkansas. We had a wonderful weekend exploring the city.

We walked across the Junction Bridge and found ourselves in North Little Rock. We were searching for a pie shop (that apparently had moved to another location) when I noticed the street corners. Each corner was lavishly decorated with these gorgeous plantings.

I loved the mixtures of colors and textures! Aren't these beautiful? (are you smiling?) I have always enjoyed a less manicured, more natural look in landscaping - so these planted corners really appealed to me.

I'm linking up with The Garden Path today and you can too. I'd love to read about your garden, or plantings that inspire you - and I bet others would as well!