In other news:
We have made several trips to the lake: Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and 4th of July. Some lake pics:
First of all, I LOVE 4. 4 is the light at the end of the crazy-3-year-old phase. Seriously. It gets better people. I wish I would have known that when he turned 3 and I wondered if my sweet boy would ever come back. He did!! :) I love when he is sweet to Ellie and tries teaching her what to do.... I love when he holds her hand when they cross a street or when he wants to protect her..... I love how he loves snuggling with his Mommy, seriously, it's the best!!.... I love how he is putting together more and more, and asks lots of good questions, how does that work, why does this happen... I love watching his wheels turn as he tries to figure things out.... I love how when he gets tired, any of these things could happen: either his feet hurt, he just doesn't hear anything we say, and says 'what' over and over, even when we are clearly speaking, or falls off chairs. don't laugh. It's true :) He loves playing T-ball - and is so aggressive he runs after any ball hit, even if not near him, and likes to slide into home base :) It's been really fun to watch him play and he really loves it. When he's on bases, he likes to find his Mommy and do a little thumbs-up dance to me :) so sweet. Love this kid and his sweet, sensitive self. Keep snuggling with me buddy.... even when you are 45 like you tell me you still will. I love how he twirls his hair just like Patrick while he's watching TV or concentrating on something... it's so fun for me to watch. And I love (kind of) how I see so much of myself in the way he has a hard time falling asleep, and takes him a long time to wake up and get going in the morning. It's hard for me to be too upset when I completely understand. But, seriously, sometimes he will lay in bed either calling for us, or having excuses for why he needs to get up. :) He's a goof!
Oh Ells, you are growing up so big, so fast. You are talking more and more and have so much to say. You and your brother could tie in the chatterbox competition. I love watching you grow into such a beautiful little girl. You make me and Daddy laugh EVERY day. I love your scrunched up little smile, I really hope you never lose that!, and how you love to plop down on Mommy's lap still. Seriously, I will never get tired of you sitting on my lap, and it's still one of your favorite spots. I love how everything that Will does, you repeat 'I too?? I too??', and for the most part, you get to do whatever Will does. You are our GREAT sleeper, please keep this up, and you go to sleep really easy (just like your Daddy) and wake up easy. You love running and skipping and dancing - and it makes my heart so happy - when you get so excited you kind of gallop around. I love it! Your hair is getting so long, you love brushing your hair out of your face. You LOVE to take your shoes off in the car, even if it's only a 5 minute ride, you take them off and drive us bonkers :) You LOVE your apple juice and ask for it constantly, and love your Mickey Mouse. One of my favorite things though is how much you love on your baby dolls. You are such a little Mama to them, and you love putting blankets on them, and you have to lay the blanket out just perfectly, it can take you 10 minutes just making sure the blanket is arranged right, and the baby has to be laying face down. It honestly can look like a morgue after Ellie comes through the room... with baby dolls laying around the house with blankets covering them :) You like to shush your babies, rock them, and sing to them. Old McDonald, ABC's, and Wheels on the Bus are your favorite songs. Old McDonald always has to have a cow, or you get upset. When you are in new situations, like in the new house, in your new room at school, you just sit quietly and take it all in. We can see how brave you are being, and it is so sweet. You are my brave girl, you are my sweet girl, and you have a heart of gold, I can already tell. I love you sweet girl, I hope you always know how happy you make me.
That's all for now! We are blessed beyond belief, and I thank God everyday for this wonderful life. I just keep feeling more content, more at peace, and more joy in my heart than I ever thought possible. God Bless!