Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fern's Shop

We've been on summer break for three weeks, and I love having the chaos of having all three with me all the time. However, as school was ending for Burl, I realized how much I was going to miss my one-on-one time with Fern that I got everyday. While Burl was at school and Ridge took his first nap, Fern was an only child. Sometimes I would let her watch TV, but sometimes we spent the time playing together. 

Fern often needs plenty of space to become herself, and this sweet daily time was perfect for her. She's always been good at playing on her own-and I've always been good at secretly watching her play. 

This particular morning we took the tent outside and she packed a bag full of little treasures (oh this girl and her bag of treasures!). She carefully and precisely set up a shop for me and invited me in to make my choices. (I asked permission to take pictures of her creativity and she proudly obliged.)

We played that for a while until her wild switch was flipped and she was doing sweet tricks off the mini-slide. Her creativity and playfulness are a treasure to me!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

First Pool Day 2016

Today was our first pool day of 2016 and Ridge's introduction to our luxurious baby pool. 

Things were wild. They're no "lounging by the pool" type of children (but what children are?). 

 Ridge was happy as long as he held the hose. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Our Happy Third

Ridge's birthday has been surrounded by a chunk of processing and overthinking on my part. (I know that his birthday was 2 1/2 weeks ago, but it's still worthy of noting. What was it like having a third? How did we do? How did I feel? How has this year been? 

The answer is that this year has been wonderful. Adding Ridge has been a delight. I often remember the prayer our OB prayed an hour after Ridge was born. He asked that the Lord would give our family more love. That prayer has been answered in so many ways. The way Burl and Fern love Ridge, the way we love another child, and the love that Ridge has for everything has been such a gift! I almost cry when I remember that prayer because MORE LOVE is the perfect theme for these past twelve months. 

Ridge is a delightful baby. While all my babies have been laid back, Ridge is by far the happiest. His resting face is smiling. That's our boy! Always happy, always smiling. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ridge's Twinkie

Fern picked out a treat at the store, and we decided to let Ridge have a go at one. It was a true culinary experience for him:

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