Tuesday

Corner View: miniature worlds

I was a bit alarmed to notice today that it was Tuesday again. This has been a particularly rough month for us, illness-wise, as a family. It is more or less still our first year as a family, so a plethora of illnesses is probably par for the course. That said, I am one of those people with the kind of immune system that has allowed me the luxury of having a cold maybe once every three years, no more. So the first year or two as the parent of a toddler has been a serious wakeup call for me ;)

As it happens, the worst sick-month we've had this year also corresponds to a time during which I am working hard to complete some large-scale commissions and meet some serious deadlines in my professional life.

So, when I noticed it was Tuesday and I was in need of a Corner View, I had a moment of panic. "Miniature Worlds"? What could I come up with on short notice?

Then, scrolling through my photos, I remembered that I had never posted our shots from our family foray to TinyTown last summer. TinyTown is an Eastern Slope institution, and something that my husband (a Denver native) remembers fondly from his own childhood. It is an extensive village, executed in perfect miniature, set deep in the verdent Rocky Mountain foothills just southwest of Denver.
This is TinyTown. During the two years of our adoption process, we drove past it a few times on our way in and out of the mountains, and dreamed about how we would stop here someday with our as-yet-unknown child.

And so we did. We also stopped in with our extended family of nieces and nephews, including Q's elder cousin Harrison who, even before he met her, thought she hung the moon.
Harrison was utterly besotted with the Q from the get-go. While we were waiting for permission to go to China for her, he used to enter our house peering into each corner and asking us if Q were here yet.
Apparently he was not disappointed by the genuine article once she arrived. You can see his infatuation in the very lines of his body.
Just look at the proprietary look on his face when his little sister Isacah attempts to adorn the Q with a cowboy hat!
Ahhhhhhhh...back in his arms again. Shortly after this particular visit, Harrison sent Q a package from his home in North Carolina, containing a wooden tongue depressor inscribed with the legend "Harrison Loves Q". Naturally, I put it in her scrapbook ;)
Anyways....this is TinyTown. Q was pretty tiny herself a the time, and apparently she thought she might actually be the right size to enter.
She has yet to discover the meaning of the word "school", but she seems already to know that this is something she might want to explore.
Let's hope she likes it!

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19 comments:

Angie Muresan said...

Hope you guys are getting over the worst of the late winter illnesses. We had a brief spell last week too, and I barely managed to get any work done.
I love watching friendships blossom between children. Q and Harrison seem to have that bond that says they'll be friends for life.

kenza said...

this is lovely! I remember as a child going to a similar small scale village in Cornwall (England) with my Nanny. Loved it!

Guusje said...

So adorable!
We have a miniture Netherlands in Den Haag.
It's called madurodam, some tourist go there and make pictures of the buildings so they don't have to visit the whole country. Isn't that hilarious?
big x Guusje

jane said...

i was smiling through this whole post. and i thank you for that. good luck with all your projects my dear:)

pien said...

:D

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

It's a perfect little world for a perfect corner ! I hope everything is OK for you now !renelig

Juniper said...

Love the way Q is ready to go in in! Very sweet the way Q's cousin is so taken with her. Funny how this happens sometimes, kids can take such a strong liking to each other or even certain special adults that cross their paths.

Di said...

It looks like a great day and all that cousin loving is just perfect! I hope that you all feel much better soon (hopefully spring will put paid to all those colds) and that the commissions get completed.

missvanham said...

wow so sweet.. I love it

la ninja said...

;)

Joyce said...

I hope all the flu is behind everyone.

I like how your sweet Q climbs right into those little minis. xo

Catalina said...

Beautiful miniature worlds!!!

Besos,

Ana

p.s. hope you family are getting better

Mlle Paradis said...

Precious and priceless! Love that cousin love! Hope you feel better soon!

nath said...

love at first sight ;))

Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem said...

What a loving little boy. Q is gorgeous. She looks like she's having a great time in Tiny Town.

isabelle said...

it looks like a fun place ...

Theresa said...

That's a really neat experience, and I love the sweetness with her cousin.

Ian said...

Your blog is nice and your daughter is a little cutey.

MODsquad said...

Oh, we have got to check this out! SO cute!