Monday, October 04, 2010

Tea for Three?

As the weather cools Zach and I have jumped right back into our daily tea habit. I am downing insane amounts of red raspberry leaf tea (good for birthing, that is, if I ever get to birth) and he loves his "polar bear tea" (herbal kids tea that helps with colds but tastes good any time).

Except for actually lighting the oven to boil water (which on a boat is just tricky enough that even many grown ups can not get it right), he is able to set up tea time all on his own, which he LOVES doing. It's become his ritual and he wants to make it just right without any help. I am fetched when the tea is steeped and the sugar is in small china bowls (and suspiciously all over his fingers). He asks me in his fake English accent (which comes out more and more these days) how many lumps I'd like and which cup I'd prefer.
(The gorgeous dragon tea pot was a birthday present from his best pal Miss T. He cherishes it!)

Our sweet little tea set has been a work in progress over the years. Every time we hit a thrift shop or the Good Will I usually give him a $1 budget to pick out something for his tea set. These shops usually have rows and rows of mismatched china for 25 cents and 50 cents. He loves working with his budget, picking out something just right, and using the real thing rather than a "baby set from the store" as he calls them. Sure, sometimes bits get broken and cracked... but at less than $1 a pop, no worries.
 So we steep. And we pour. And an extra setting has even been added for the Little Miss, just in case she decides to come and make an appearance any time soon. I mean, who'd want to miss a tea time like this?

10 comments:

gardenmama said...

we too have been enjoying tea time once again now that the cooler weather is here. your little miss must be verrrry cozy! good girl drinking raspberry leaf tea! (the dragon tea pot is wonderful!)xo

Red Charlotte said...

This is just too precious for words!

Holly @ Domestic Dork said...

Every single thing you write about your son makes me believe he is magical {and I read all your posts, even when I don't leave comments}. And I suspect that much of a child's wonderfulness and magic comes from the type of parenting s/he receives. So, what I'm saying is you seem to be doing a bang-up job raising your boy and his little sister is in for a surprise when she finally comes out and meets her parents!

You're welcome to guest post on my blog whenever you'd like. I'd be thrilled to have you back again. Only caveat is that you can't do it during your babymoon! ;)

Erin J said...

I haven't commented for a while, but I still read all about Zach's adventures and I am SO excited to meet the Little Miss too (as I am sure you are too!) I love the $1 tea set idea... might have to begins doing that with my little ones. :)

lily boot said...

I must agree with Holly - Zach is such a dear boy. I love his tea set - he must have enjoyed the Englishness of the Folk of the Faraway Tree! And I'm sure they took tea too :-) Oh I do hope that raspberry tea brings on some good strong contractions soon!

Mike said...

Love that Tea Pot. Say hi to Zach for us!

Mike

Joy said...

love, love, love the dragon teapot. What a special gift! I hope little miss joins you for tea soon. :) Great idea with all the teacups & saucers. It looks like such a festive tea!

Laura and Hans said...

When my kids were little we had tea parties too (we were very deep into Ann of Avonlea!) and it's nice to see that the tradition is being carried on!

City Sister said...

My first set of china was from goodwill too...pink as pepto bismal...Oh how I miss that set...Your pictures of his goodwill finds brings back so many memories.

kim said...

I always had my raspberry leaf tea for weeks before my babies were due, HOPING it would make me do something before the baby was due, nope always 2 weeks late for me, but the tea was still yummy!! Love your Blog can't wait to see baby dear~
Kim (
we are another family out here on a sailboat :O)

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