Last July 4th, I was home on the farm and enjoyed watching the kids celebrate with fireworks and games during a perfectly warm Summer evening… Since it is Memorial Day weekend, I thought it apropos to share our festivities as this time of remembering and honoring our veterans who died in service is also often accompanied with patriotic celebrations of red, white & blue!
Patriotic themed face-painting could be a fun addition to your Memorial gathering this coming Monday (after paying your respects, and amidst BBQing and yard games)! I’m always the auntie who shows up with a bag of tricks, and this was no exception. So my nephews, nieces and I painted red, white, and blue designs on our faces and arms with Ben Nye theatrical makeup.
The youngest decided she should paint MY face. Although not entirely on board at this moment, I do encourage their own expression of creativity. I do!! [heh]
Reclaiming the brush was a bit like land ownership talks between Nations. Two-year-olds are tough negotiators!
She thought she was hilarious, and in all honesty – I thought so too.
Thank goodness I brought along a gentle, sea fennel, eye makeup remover by Gabriel Organics that worked really well on removing the face paints!
This young lady thought it very important that I paint my face as well.
And so I succumbed, like any aunt (a.k.a. sucker for her sister’s kids) would. …And she roasted me a marshmallow. It was a fair deal, I thought. 😉
That morning my dad, aunt & uncle and I went for a long horse ride through protected marshland and noticed these pretty wildflowers or “weeds”. Later in the day we couldn’t resist hunting for them again, and cutting a few for our gathering. Specifically known as Asclepias Purpurascens (or Purple Milkweed), this classic Minnesota Milkweed is great to plant in your wildflower garden to not only attract vibrantly colored Monarchs but to house their eggs and help grow a fluttering population near your home.
Turns out you don’t have to go on a four-hour horse ride, and trek back to find these beauties (although, I think that’s fun!). You can find the seeds in stores & online…
If you’re considering adding to, or creating a butterfly garden, this site is a great reference to find which milkweed varieties are native to your state.
Whether you’re boating, backyarding, fooding, or fireworxing with family & friends this weekend. Or attending a service this to honor those who have passed in action… I hope you have a lovely time and consider playing with paints for the occasion (or, perhaps, decide to plant a butterfly garden now that Summer is right around the corner)!