Today we Skyped with the princesses and their mommy and daddy! We miss them so much and what a joy it is to see those sweet princess faces. I am pretty sure they feel the same way…. about viewing their faces that is. In fact, they spent a large portion of the time amusing themselves by making faces into the camera. I can’t say that I blame them because they are immeasurably more fun to look at than Grandma and Papa!
Princess number one is counting down the last half of her kindergarten year. She is growing up so fast and is now sporting an age-appropriate missing tooth in her smile, which she displays with pride. Her conversation is filled with important aspects of her life, interrupted by the giggles brought on by viewing the silly antics of her sisters and her on camera.
The best part of our conversation was when the eldest informed us that, “I have been crying about wanting to go to your house”. While thinking of this precious child crying gives me no pleasure, I am happy that she wants to come to our house for a visit. It is an almost yearly event for their young family to travel to “Papa’s house” for a little summer vacation time, and I am happy that she is forming fond memories of the times we spend together there.
Thinking of summer makes me long for those peaceful sunsets on the lake. To help me dream of wonderful summer evenings, I used simple shapes and Inkscape’s gradient function to create these scenes. I’ve posted an Inkscape tutorial to show you how I created the background. Take a look, and then please let me know if you find it helpful.