Looks like we're starting on May 26th. We cleared away the kids' "wash plant" from their search for gold and it left an awful mess on the back patio. It didn't stop the kids from playing a rousing game of marbles, but I think I'm going to have to insist that the next "wash plant" be built on the dirt.
I pretty much think this girl is the cutest 2 year old on the planet. And, yes, I'm biased.
Bud has been such a great playmate for Edith since school got out for summer. They have a lot of fun together. I don't know what I'm going to do when that sweet boy is gone at his cousins' house for the whole month of July. I know he'll have a blast, though.
This is what Big and I have been doing all summer. Pretty much every day while Edith naps. I hope he'll remember it forever.
I just don't get tired of hiking with my kids. It's just too bad for Bud that we ran into so many unleashed dogs on the trail this time around.
I had to laugh when I found Edith in the bathroom with sunscreen all over her face. She's not normally a kid who gets into things she shouldn't, but earlier in the day she had heard me talk to her sister about the importance of reapplying sunscreen. Way to listen to your mother, Edith!
Big split his knee open and really needed a bandage. Edith really needed to be like her brother.
I tried to teach Edith how to ride her tricycle on June 8th, but she flatly refused. Instead, she walked her bike up and down the driveway. The best part was how as she walked her bike down the slope she would give a halfhearted "Whee." or "Yay." What a thrill.
Sometimes a miracle occurs and all three of the younger kids play well together. An occasion to be documented, for sure.
Another paparazzi hater in the house..
By June 11th, Edith was tired of walking her bike up and down the driveway. After about 30 minutes of helping her up and down the driveway so she could get the feel of how it all worked (oh, my aching back!), and using the momentum of the slope to help her coast and then continue to pedal to the back of the garage... we have a pedaler! Yessss!
I watched my sister's twin boybies one morning so she could work on a special Father's Day surprise for her husband. I wanted to get a picture of the three 2 year olds together, but they wanted nothing to do with it. Finally, I had to pull out the big guns. A bribe. The photo isn't perfect, but it only cost me one chocolate chip apiece! So naive they are! But, I know they'll master the art of negotiating better terms soon.
Here's another photo of the boybies with their parents. Quite the photogenic bunch. I just loved it when Edith was carrying them and accidentally dropped the nightingale. She cried out, "Oh, no! My Auntie Art!" Adorable.
We went on a family outing and I just had to snap a few pictures of my girls. I love each one of them, and I love how different they are from each other.
Okay, and I just love that my 2 year old has hair like this. Flip it, baby.
I know this next picture really deserves a post all its own, but I just don't have time. Pen got her braces off! Hooray!
Still a paparazzi hater....
...except for when a Monday Miracle occurs and she asks me to take her picture. Seriously, a miracle!
And when the boys played "Disguise" together (nicely!) without a third party involved? Another miracle!
Bud and I have both really been enjoying the fact that he now has a later bedtime than Big and Edith. A little Mommy/Bud time every night is nice.
Edith doesn't like it when something she does produces disappointing results (trying to draw tattoos on her arms, reapplying her own sunscreen, playing in the dirt when wet from the sprinklers...). She gets the same look on her face every time.
This next one wasn't even her fault, but the results were definitely disappointing. Dumb leaky pen.
Thank heavens for baths.
Thank heavens for hand-me-downs, too. They make everything better. Especially when they sparkle.
The last great and fantastic thing to happen (that deserves its own post, sorry Bud)...
Doesn't he look handsome in his new glasses? I knew from all the squinting that he's been doing that he probably needed them. Bud had his eye doctor appointment yesterday, and today we went to a one-hour place so he could get his glasses before we leave on vacation (since he'll be gone a month!). He is so happy to have them and adjusted right away. In fact, he says he thinks he looks better with the glasses than without. He has been so cute, running to the far end of the family room so he can read the clock from a distance. Nice specs, Bud!
Anyway, that's the past month in photos (besides those I used in other, individual, posts). Phew! It feels good to have that done before I leave.