We are busy with swimming lessons and baseball but there is a beautiful lull surrounding it all.
Our school year was a rough one with one child's first middle school year on one end of the seesaw and a sweet newborn on the other end, and five children in between. Come to think of it, this year was also Josiah's first year in our co-op's K-1st grade class, Mercy's first year in the 2nd-3rd class and Michael's first year in the 4th-5th class, so adjustments and growing up for everyone in the school department.
To celebrate and document the peace that accompanies our morning trips to the pool and our evening dinners out at baseball practice, I am posting some pictures of what I've found on the camera between now and January. The arrival of the sweet newborn and our holidays seem like they need a post or two of their own but before too much more life happens, I better get on with it. What I really mean is that I have time to do this now, so I'm going to do it.
Mercy turned 8 in January. Grandad and Grammy finished the dollhouse kit that my dad and I began when I was a little girl. I don't know who was more excited; my parents had such great fun giving this gift and Mercy loved receiving something special made by them. Around this time of year, Mercy began to truly read independently. I am so happy for her to finally be able to love reading too. She has begun to read Little House books and American Girl books. She reads to all her younger siblings and she enjoys it. She has joined Daniel and Michael in their long afternoons lolling on the couch with a book. What a gift!
Also, in January, Reuben fell from atop James' bunk and broke his arm. See that little arm up there? It doesn't look broken, does it? When he fell at bedtime one Sunday night, we thought he'd hit his head, not his little arm. It wasn't clear until morning that it was really his arm that was injured.
Slate kitchen floors don't mix well with anything. Our kids do the dishes. A few years ago I invested in nice plain white Corelle dishes because they are practically unbreakable. Except if you have slate flooring in your kitchen. This is a common and unfortunate scene depicting the loss of 3-5 bowls, depending on who you ask.
Reuben also loves playing music, this time with a sword as a guitar. He is serenading James' bath.
Little Pinky is growing! I think she is 2 months in this picture. Bob says he thinks she has been the easiest baby of all of them. She is very content, sweet, and sleeps and eats very well.
Eden is wearing some of my favorite tiny clothes: a little set of onesies and leggings with kitties on the tops and ruffles behind her on the bottoms. I squished her into them until she couldn't fit anymore.
Reuben's funny pouty smile is evolving into something different. His lower lip doesn't stick out quite so much. He still loves sink baths when he can get 'em.
Eden's newborn hair was pretty fair but the baby hair that is now growing is much more golden blonde than her siblings. And this how she looks most of the time. 0.0
Easter. This was the best picture of them all. Daniel is 11, Michael is 9, Mercy is 8, Josiah is 6, James is 4 and Reuben is almost 3. Eden is 4 months.
A job change and a move brought us some new close-by family members this year and these two have become such good buddies. What a treat! They are both enjoying a snack of Hannibal's elephants at co-op during the unit I taught this year.
At our co-op End of the Year Program: Michael was a Tap Root, Josiah was dressed as Howard Carter and the rest of us were just so extremely glad that the school year had come to an end. And honestly, this year was the first year I have ever felt such a relief and a joy to say goodbye to the school routine. I will need it desperately again before it's truly time but for now, the summer, filled with a different kind of busy, full day is here!