I snapped a few shots of the boys as I was getting ready to leave yesterday.
The garage light was too bright. But I was getting used to my camera after being separated from it since March. I was not on my A-game.
Group shots. Hardest to shoot.
Always such a blessing to get.
Bright. Spunky. Independent.
He talks in complete sentences..but you have to be in his inner circle to join in the conversation.
He likes to dress well.
Annoyed by tags.
You may remember Asher.
So Smart. Helpful. Mature.
Lover and defender of Michael Jordan. GOAT.
Smartest kindergartner that I know.
Clever. Playful. Funny
He's the life of the party and has the best smile in the world.
Many bruises on legs. :o)
Katie, Emma and I had so much fun watching the boys last week. They (the boys. haha) behaved so well and got used to all of us quickly. We stayed in a lot when the temps neared 100, venturing outside only for sprinkler and slip and slide fun.
Saturday was for baseball games.
Asher's age group resembles a baseball team.
Malachi's age group does not. (No one remembers to run after the ball is hit.)
The weather was perfection and the boys made it easy on us by sticking close in the parking lot and listening well. (These are the important things, you know.)
I used some techniques I learned at school 'on the boys'....
Timers for sharing and lots of noticing when they were doing things right...pointing out their GREATNESS. They looked at me a little strange at first but I think they liked it.
It made me giggle to emulate the teacher's from our school who work hard on the Nurtured Heart method.
Plus, I go with the Esther Jean school of child rearing....
Matthew teased me about a brown patch on the lawn and my recycling methods...but I said,
I remembered their medicine every night.
AND THEY ARE ALIVE.
How well they behaved for us and followed the family rules is a testament to Matthew and Melinda and their hard work with the boys.
It's easy to forgot how tiring it is to be on the go from sun up to sun down.
Katie was a little stressed, worrying about the boys. She being our baby has not had much opportunity to be around children in their natural habitat.
Emma is the best with children and is much more fun than ole Yaya.
She is always ready to head outside, read a book or tumble on the floor with them.
Matthew and Melinda had a wonderful Anniversary trip to Waco Texas.
They went to see Chip and Johanna's Silos. They were happy to see it but it was so overcrowded they could not even get a cupcake. DisneyWorld-like lines to get in the bakery. Lines one hundred people long. UGH. Happily this did not spoil the trip for them. (It would have for me. Totally) They found many other nice things to do and enjoyed the cozy Air BnB they stayed at.
They came home happy.
Which made me happy.
I heard the most beautiful quote this morning as I finished watching Genius.
But like I said, more about that tomorrow.
p.s. GOAT means Greatest of all Time.