I just wish she'd could come over to my home and de-clutter my life the way she de-cluttered my blog.
And now, I need to announce the winner of the October Giveaway, a Grumpy Fairy book. It goes to:
And a giveaway for the Artist Class paper doll supply kit goes to:
(more drawings coming for that one, too! If you want to enter, details are in my sticky post at the top of the blog)
If you are ever wondering when the perfect time to visit the beach in Jacksonville is, I think I've discovered the answer. Late October, midweek, mornings are PERFECT!
The water was just the right temperature, there was a gentle breeze. The sand was warm, but was comfy, no running tip toe and trying to keep my feet from frying like I have to do when I been on it in the summer.
Plus, we were just about the only people there. Sugarwings called it "her beach".
The only company we had was from these guys.
Because the beach was so bare, we could let our fairy fly free, and she ran up and down the beach pretending to be a bird, with no worries of kicking up sand on others or stepping on sand castles. (or being hard to keep track of, we couldn't miss her, she was the only thing out there!)
She found balloons that had washed up on the shore, and you'd have thought that it was Christmas morning. Little gifts can sometimes bring the most joy, huh? (we popped them and threw them in the trash as we left, so no fish or birds would choke on on a balloon left to float)
Everything about the part of our trip to Jacksonville was just the best. Uncle Randy has a beautiful garden, designed just for fairies, so Sugarwings fit right in. He even bought her a new fairy gown to wear, as well as wings for the rest of the family too. (I got to be an angel, that was a twist for me, I'm usually a trouble maker)
Uncle Randy gave her a flute to play to entice fairies to come and dance with her.
Everytime I visit Randy and Kevin's home, the garden gets more beautiful. Its a vacation in itself to sit out there and sip a glass of wine and just relax and take in the view. Of course, the gourmet cooking that those two guys spoil us with doesn't hurt either.
Their garden is welcoming and interactive, so many hidden treasures to find in the plants. But knowing our rough and tumble, curious little pixie, Randy was kind enough to give her an area to dig and make mud cookies too.
Sugarwings thought that Tillie was dressed in a party hat just for our visit, and told her over and over how beautiful she looked in it.
I missed having my good camera with me on the trip, but we decided to be very streamlined in our packing, since we were traveling with a 3 year old. So, I kept a small, light weight camera in my pocket instead of the heavy (but adored) Rebel that fills my purse.
I'll leave you with some photos of Randy and Kevin's home. You can see why I looked so tired in the photo of the three of us on the swing. There is a lot of stuff in their house that attracted Sugarwings, and I was on high alert, two steps behind her, and keeping her busy so she didn't indulge herself in exploring all the pretties!
And my favorite thing about Jacksonville?
The most fun baby brother anyone could ever have!