The day we did what SHE wanted to do

Which turned out not to be what she said she wanted to do.  Somebody along the line undid all my good work and taught her how to shop.  And, shop we did.  I didn't take any pictures.  The plan was for her to take pictures, but she didn't.  She shopped for purses and bought a dress.  And, she touched every piece of jewelry in Eureka Springs Arkansas.

I had fun watching.  And, Rob had fun carrying our bags.

He and I took turns shopping with her, so we both got to talk to her and listen to her evaluate a price and decide if it's worth it, or complain about how expensive things are.  So, when she found this dress, and she liked it, and it fit, and the price was right, well, that's like the direct alignment of the planets, right? 


I didn't know she was planning to wear it today.  I thought to dinner one night, maybe, but she figured out that if she wore a cover up during the day, it could work for both day and night.

Who taught her that? 

Okay, I guess we did. 

Anyway, we're getting an equal number of complaints and smiles from a 16 year old, so I'm calling it a win.  A big win!

And, in between, I take pictures of people's gardens.


This one is terraced up the hillside.  There's a house to the left and one to the right, then up a set of stairs, there's another to the left that you can barely see peeking through the trees directly above the car, and higher than that, you could see another one on the left that was accessed from another street.  All straight up a mountainside.  Fall off one porch and hit the rest of the roofs on the way down. 

Everybody have a great Thursday.  We are off to the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR.  We went there last year, but Syd didn't want to be there, so I ran as fast as I could through it.  This year, going through it with me, using her developing photographer's eye, and talking to me about the art are her price of admission to the vacation.  I made it clear from the start of planning.  And, she's up and smiling and having fun getting ready for the day, so she must have been listening. 

Vacation is half over.  But, the fun rolls on.



Elizabeth said...

Can you put your vacation on hold until I can get there?

Sydney is turning out to be such an amazing person! Well done you and Rob!

Enjoy every moment of what is left of your time! These are the memories that Sydney will cherish the most.

xo -E

Kath said...

well Miss Sydney, you look very lovely in your new dress. How I wish I had 2 dads to take me shopping!
I did smile when I read "Fall off one porch and hit the rest of the roofs on the way down." Our garden is a bit like that. I am leaving it all grass, so my future grandchildren can have fun rolling down the hill!

Coloradolady said...

Beautiful! She is very special and you and Rob are shaping her into someone even more special!! Have a great day, it sounds like you have had a great time on your much deserved vacation!!

Becky said...

Sydney! You are beautiful!! Love the dress. It sounds like you are all having fun. Enjoy the rest of the vacation!


Carla said...

I haven't been to Eureka Springs Arkansas since I was 11 or 12. And I'm just a bit older than you I believe so it been a while. I loved the country side and the side walks in town if I remember right and that could be a stretch. LOL
She looks beautiful in the dress. Sounds like the vacation was a winner.
Thanks for sharing.

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