Mia spent at least a week reveling in the physics of this straw (she called it a "string").
She would explain,
"The drink goes up, then to this side, then over here, then over here, etc.!"
This dance-fest at the GAP should have been used for marketing.
Jasmine is always working hard to maintain the "fun aunt" title.
Sweaty loves for Dad just moments after his 24-hour treadmill run. She couldn't figure out why everyone was cheering (some sobbing), and thus adjusted her own emotions accordingly.
Mia is a climber. If I am sitting on a chair, or floor, or wherever, and she is not otherwise occupied, she will have shimmied herself up to my shoulders.
I am often fighting the urge to "shake her off," and have to remind myself to embrace these quirky stages!
Here she has made herself comfy while Dad folds the clothes:
Dad has a hard time relaxing during his time off. In order to truly seize each day of his winter break (or just about), he would hike our family up to the summit of our back-yard mountain, and have us (baby June, too) recklessly sliding down it's face on our plastic dollar store sleds. It was worth the daily hike for a solid
8 minute daily ride.
This experience illustrated the meaning behind "Once There Was a Snowman" for Mia. She was so pleased with this person she had built, and worried about leaving him out in the cold when it was time to come inside. She kept peeking out the window to see what he was doing. The next day, when his face had melted off, caused Mia some emotional trauma.
9 & 3/4
Our proud new Sunbeam.
She gets a kick out of Primary and as we are teachers for the class stationed behind hers,
we get a front-row seat.
Ice-skating with caution:
This little bit that I caught on camera (while driving, ahem) is only small sampling of what actually happens.
I was trying to record while watching the road, so the video is on its side (and I'm not tech-savvy enough to fix it). Tilt your head, or monitor, for full effect.