|This kid is getting more and more adventurous and likes taking off his floatie in the kiddie pool so he can dive like Ruth does. Swimming lessons are on the docket for this summer and I have a feeling he'll be floatie-less by the end of this summer and I am excited!|
|I love capturing splashing water!|
Molly is so much fun lately. She crawls into bed with me every morning sometime between five when Sterling leaves and six when my alarm goes off. She reads while I read my scriptures and she snuggles and smiles. She always wakes up starving and reminds me several times that it's time for breakfast. Probably because she never eats her dinner. Even when enticed with dessert--which always works, right? Nope. She just shrugs and gets down from the table. She loves pink and sparkly and barbies. She also loves dolls and babies and books. She doesn't take a nap at all anymore unless we happen to be driving at 4pm (which we hopefully never are, horrible traffic) and then she conks out. We've been taking her on night time walks every single evening (Sterling lately because I have too many contractions that late in the evening) and it has become such a treasured time. She chatters about the airplanes and the trees we climb (have climbed in the past) and the fire hydrants and the colors of the flowers. She explains all sorts of things in her little prattling voice and I just love it so much. She lays down for sleep way easier--and I think it might be helping with her waking up at night. Not always, but things the last week and a half or so have been MUCH better. Surprisingly, the other kids don't really seem to mind that she gets to go on a walk. Ruth just reads and Will falls asleep, haha. That boy loves his sleep! So it's been working out really, really nicely.
A couple sweet head shots of Molly:
|Diving for dive sticks without a floatie in the kiddie pool!|
I tried to take some head shots of Will and this is all I got. He was super cheesing in every single one. I buzzed his hair the other day and he was SO good. Sat so still and didn't move a muscle. He follows the poem "when (s)he was good he was really, really good, but when he was bad he was awful." Yup. Today at my OB appt he was an absolute angel. He opens doors. He says please and thank you. But other times...ya know, last night he went to bed immediately after dinner. Listening is such a hard thing when you are four! He is getting so smart and colors so well and plays SO well with Molly. They have whole villages of little playing people and stacked towers. I just love mornings when we are home and they are just on the rug playing forever! He still talks about basketball all the time, haha. I told him this summer we are doing swimming lessons, but maybe next year. He is also SOOOO ecstatic for school this fall---crossing our fingers we get accepted to the ONE slot program we applied to. He's going to love it! He also gives the BEST hugs and still has baby soft cheeks that I have to rub regularly. Love him.
|Andrea---this makes me think of Cowen.|
|I love this swim outfit of hers!|
We had friends over to swim on Saturday and the dad had Ruthie hold onto his neck while he dived down at the deep end. It made Ruthie realize that she could dive that deep too and now that's all she wants to do! Runs straight to 6 ft and jumps right in. It's the absolute cutest. I also love how much faith Will has in her "Don't worry Molly, Rupee can get your stick!". Ruth is SUCH a great helper these days. She loves school, and I'm a little worried about her getting bored this summer, but she never says no to helping out! When our dishwasher got replaced, water splashed all over our stainless steel appliances. I hate cleaning those things, but Ruthie sits there with a rag and her baking soda and rubs it until my kitchen looks like it is brand new! She has also been learning to sweep because she has mirrors and sinks and tubs down. She is a pro at clearing the table and I really need to get her washing dishes more often...that's just laziness on my part because I know I'll be faster. She's picking up reading like crazy and spells out every single word she can read anywhere we are. Her hair has been really stringy and difficult lately and I switched her to adult shampoo and conditioner. I don't know WHY I didn't think about my almost-6 yr old being too old for baby 3 in 1 shampoo, haha, but it was sort of a revelation. I also got her a new hairbrush since our brushes are practically nonexistent. It has made a WORLD of difference and her hair is so gorgeous and soft and sweet-smelling lately I feel bad pulling it up every morning. Until our friend posted about lice at their school and I was reminded why I never let her wear it down to school. I have a feeling she's going to be the BEST when our baby comes!
Some shots of Ruthie:
|Cutest little kids ever!!!|
|THOSE CRAZY TEETH!!!!!|
|She is just too cute!|