I hardly ever have pictures of Simeon because he doesn't like to have his picture taken. Of course, he enjoys sneaking my camera while I'm not looking and taking goofy pictures of himself. Go figure.
Yesterday Hope was pulling Ava on the little wagon. Just as I yelled, "SLOW DOWN- AND MOVE TO THE GRASS!", Ava toppled out of the wagon smack-dab on her face onto the driveway. She cried for maybe 30 seconds at the most, and then when I picked her up she snuggled in so sweet to me and smiled, clearly comforted in mama's arms. It was a wonderful feeling. I am sure glad she has a high pain tolerance, with so many brothers and sisters who love to tote her around and give her rides on things. I did send a note with her to school explaining the bruise on her forehead, and scrapes on her nose, just in case there were questions.
Liesel is my emerging scientist, always looking for fossils, or wanting to look at something under the microscope. Here she is making a fossil stamp. Yesterday in her journal she wrote that she loves science and art. It's fun to think about what the future holds for each of my kids. Piano for the boys, maybe?
Trisha asked recently what the younger kids do while the older kids are doing school. Well, here is what Ava likes best: crawling around, looking for markers without lids to chew on and make marks on her clothes and carpet with.
Yesterday she removed the basket of Legos from the bottom shelf of the school room, and after flinging Lego's around for a little bit, she crawled up on the empty shelf just like this:
Hope thought it looked like so much fun that she removed the craft box right above the Lego shelf, and made her own little cubby to hide in.
Here is the inflatable slide from last weekend that Ava loved so much. We really need to get a slide for this girl!!!!
My friend Melanie recently had a baby girl. Her name is Mikaya. Isn't she beautiful? She graciously let Hope hold her. I got to hold her too. What a treat!
And guess what I've been doing all day today? Thank goodness for washing machines!