Sunday, November 20, 2016

Picture Perfect

"Mom! Come take a picture of us, Mom! We look so cute!"

Yes, yes you do!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Water Fountain

Older brothers will give you a boost for the water fountain.

And they'll also laugh hysterically with you when the water squirts you in the face.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fall Leaves

Fall is my favorite around here.  I love the leaves changing, the golden sunlight - and I love these faces the most!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

My daughter.

I never could have imagined we'd have a baby who fit into our family so perfectly, so smoothly, and so easily.

This darling girl is sweet, gentle, and peaceful as can be.

She's an amazing sleeper - quick to fall asleep on her own in her crib, and sleeping at long stretches at a time.

She nurses like there's no tomorrow, and always has.

She is easygoing and happy to no end.  She loves her family, her books, and sucking on her two first fingers.

Even though it's only been six months, I cannot imagine life without this sweet, darling baby! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Mint Tea

he'd been saving his pennies for weeks

patiently hoarding his coins, counting and re-counting to see if he had enough money

he wanted a mint tea with honey, from the school Snack Shack.

he tried to buy one two weeks in, but didn't have enough money.

"I need two dollars to buy the mint tea, Mom." he told me.

"Maybe tomorrow I'll have enough."

"How much money does the tooth fairy bring me for my tooth?  I'm saving for my mint tea."

finally, the day Gram sent him a card with a dollar bill tucked neatly inside, he had enough money.

the joy on his face was ridiculous when he discovered he had two dollars for his mint tea.

off he went to school, "Bye Mom! I'll have a great day because today I get to have my tea!"

when he came home, I asked him about it: "How was your much-anticipated mint tea?"

"Well," he said, "I was on my way to the snack shack to get it... and I saw my friend Ben.  He didn't have any money for the snack shack, so I gave him one of my dollars and we both got bagels."

"You didn't get your tea?"

"Nope. But Ben and I got bagels because they were only a dollar and we could each have one."

he saved for weeks, anticipated his treat... and the day he was finally going to have it, he shared his money with a friend.  he didn't boast or brag or even quite realize how generous it was of him.  to him, it was a simple statement of fact: he could share with a friend, and so he did. as natural as breathing.

I never knew I could be so proud of my son.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from our Hogwarts family!

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hedwig the Owl, Professor Dumbledore, and Professor McGonagall.

 Trick or treating with some of our closest friends - so great!

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