I'm participating in Ali Edwards' annual Week in the Life documentary project, and here are a selection of photos from Saturday!
Saturday mornings are no longer sleep-in mornings as Maddie auditioned for the Albuquerque Youth Symphony program, and Saturday mornings are rehearsal days on the other side of town. It's a pretty impressive operation they're running—and though the ensemble she really wanted to be in was full (most kids audition in the spring, only a handful in the fall round) she's going to give it a shot. We did not make the best impression on the first day of rehearsal, as there was a big accident on I-40 and we got stuck in gridlock and showed up 25 minutes late. Blergh.
After dropping Maddie off, we made our way to the farmers' market by way of the Flying Star Cafe, which Gracie spotted. We have now been to 2/7 of their Albuquerque locations.
Bee is fighting off a beginning-of-the-school-year sore throat so we all had fresh-squeezed orange juice....
...and split a cinnamon roll.
High voltage sisters indeed.
We love farmers' markets with all our hearts, and the Albuquerque Downtown Growers' Market is no exception. There is some high-quality people-watching at this market. And today, some very good music.
I am beginning to establish my favorite booths; this flower lady has one of them.
The Red Tractor Farm booth is another favorite. They have the most beautiful tomatoes and peppers. We are eating our weight in tomatoes right now.
After loading up on tomatoes, tortillas, zinnias and gomphrena, a cantelope and one weird looking cucumber, we went to get our BioPark membership set up. We only had time to peek at the flamingos and the alligators before we had to go back to get Maddie.
I am a fan of interesting walls. This one is in the parking lot of the zoo.
After all that activity everyone was beat—Gracie knitted until she got so sleepy she had to take a three hour nap (sleeping off the first full week of 5th grade, no doubt).
I have taken to making hummingbird food from scratch because there are some extremely hungry hummingbirds in our neighborhood and we ran out of the storebought variety.
Maddie and Ellie disappeared to hang out in my bedroom.
Still getting used to the backyard with all its gravel and rock and cement block, but there are a few pretty things blooming. This purple flowering thing is like a cross between a crape myrtle and a lilac bush. I'm not sure exactly what it is.
My favorite variety of dinner: the summer farmers' market dinner. Corn, white peaches, tomatoes, and naan with local fig preserves.
Gracie tinkered some more with her newest Tinker Crate after dinner—this remains one of the best birthday gifts ever. I have been tasked to locate some extra citric acid for her so she can do a few more of the extra projects... this is not something I have bought or even seen available anywhere (maybe I'm not looking?) so if you know where I can get some, let me know.
And finally, bedtime. Sometimes it's just too tiring to sit up and listen.