Maybe it's because Clark is leaving on his mission soon, but it is the joy of my life to observe these wonderful kiddos in their lives, and work, and play. They delight me.
Here are Clark and I getting our last (for a couple years at least) pumpkin shake from Arctic Circle. We've done this every fall since he was 11 or 12. I picked him up from the Front Runner Station and we got lunch and shake together. The conversation was awesome, the company even better.
Peter was good to wear his overalls if Elinor wore her's too. And pockets in his pants are a very big deal to Peter, so he was happy with a front pocket to snack on cereal throughout the day. Elinor and Peter share a room. You might think that is unfair or unfortunate that a teenage girl has to share a room with a three year-old brother. But I assure you, Elinor enjoys sharing with Peter. They have some things worked out at bedtime and Peter always calls for Elinor before settling in for the night.
What's that? Oh, you want to go to Lego Land?
Okay, I'll give you Lego Land.
Mmm, mmm, mmm. The perfect combination of sassy and sweet.
She probably will never be spoiled with stuff, but the way this girl is doted on and loved...Sheesh! The benefit of being the youngest, I suppose.
Ever the creator and inventor, George made guitars out of Cheerios boxes and rubber bands for him and Peter. This mom's trash is George's treasure!
A little eye makeup and heavy metal training. Even Peter was getting into the action.
Then Elinor did this picture with them.
And my life is complete.
Greta under the piano tutelage of Elinor.
These little scenes I come upon that make my heart sing.
The boys having a little Heroscape game night.
He was pretty pleased with this backpack. It weighed about 18 lbs full of all his treasures.
Reading time for team Little Kids.
Putting on a pirate play at the Thanksgiving Point Museum of Natural Curiosity. This is my favorite picture of the week.
Poor little Greta was having some tummy/digestive troubles recently and Bethany was so sweet sit and comfort her while watching one of Greta's shows. When Bethany was little she struggled similarly, so she could truly empathize with Gret.
People sometimes think homeschoolers do there school work in their pajamas. This is often true, but Elinor prefers to do her school work wrapped in her favorite blanket.
A little pre-church building with Magformers. I suspect Clark may be trying to get in as much time with the littles as possible before he leaves. Sometimes that time involves teasing and screaming in delight from the little people. Sometimes it is too much and they all must go away outside. I mean, I love them, but... the teasing and screaming can be too much.
Elinor is LOVING being on the high school swim team! She's working so hard and sleeping so well at night. She's had a couple of meets and she is already improving her times.
Jumping into leaves in the fall has to be one of the chief joys of childhood.
Nice form, Cannon!
I can't say I'm ready for the cold of winter, but I can't complain that we haven't had a lovely, mild fall.
Too much air, Faith! You went out of the picture frame.
By the way, Faith has finally, reliably got her standing back-tuck! She's been working on that for a while at gymnastics, so we are excited to get to see her perform it in her upcoming recital.
Falling into leaves must be an acquired taste. So, sad, but still so cute.