Chameleon

Ninja Turtle shirt?  Check.

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Froggy friends?  Check.

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Changing from cute and fancy girly girl to a rough-and-tumble, toolbox-toting little lady who hangs with the boys just as easily as she plays with the girls? Check. Little H is quite the chameleon!

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Whether it’s accessories or amphibians, she does it all.

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Contagious

A mom of one of Em’s friends jokingly accused me the other day of turning her more athletic daughter into a “girly girl.” Apparently hanging out with Em makes people more girly.  Hmmm…I’m not sure about that.  Let’s examine the evidence.

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Okay, girlie, yes, but that’s not necessarily compelling evidence.

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Oh, right.  So maybe Em’s girliness is a bit contagious.

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Hmmm…it may be more of an epidemic than I thought!

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Three In A Tub

These three babes in one bathtub always remind me of the rhyme Rub-A-Dub-Dub.  So much so that I have written about this exact scenario more than once, with striking similarities!

It’s like deja vu!

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2015

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Even though I keep telling myself it’s not worth it to put all three of them in the tub together with the squabbling over who sits next to the faucet and the fact that they’re just running out of room, every now and then I give it one more try for the sheer joy that I still can.  Privacy and peeing in the tub and arguments about Paw Patrol squirt toys be damned.  It’s still worth it.

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Ebb and Flow

Summer vacation is here and our days have really slowed down: casual afternoons at the lake, spur-of-the-moment trips for ice cream, lazy mornings after late nights.  I think the reason I haven’t gone crazy with three kids at home is because our weekends have been packed to the brim with family, friends and getaways, traveling every weekend so far this month.  Looking forward to some time at home, but happy I’m able to capture these small moments with my three before the pace of summer picks up.  The pace of summer is one of my favorite parts of the season, how a slow morning in pajamas can be followed by a sing-a-long at the library, pizza with friends and then riding bikes until dark.  I love how summer is both fast and slow.

So around here we are enjoying…

…playing with my photography (especially my 365 project), challenging myself to shoot and edit in different ways, especially when inside.

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…Little H growing into a real ham, hands on cheeks when distressed.  “Oh no!”

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…spending time with family (and sharing some family resemblance).

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…spring concerts and spring dresses.

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…bright colors (in all things, but especially our t-shirts and our crayons).

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Enjoying the summer, enjoying each other, enjoying the ebb and flow of our days.

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Fingerprint Garden Art

The day before my birthday last week, JDubbs picked the big kids up from school and they went out to do some last minute shopping.  That left me and the baby with nowhere to go after nap, a luxury for us after I had to wake her up so many times over the school year to get to pick-up on time.  My tired self was voting for an extra episode of Paw Patrol, but I knew that a quiet afternoon with just us two (a glimpse into what life will be like this fall!) was so special it deserved a little effort.

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It was a toss-up between painting and Play-Doh, two activities Little H loves that I am guilty of avoiding because it takes a lot of work to set up for two or three kids.  Since I would pretty much rather do anything than clean teeny pieces of Play-Doh up for the next several days, I busted out the art supplies and an old favorite craft–using hand and thumbprints to create a garden scene–and I’ve never seen Little H so thrilled to have me to herself.

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First, you draw or paint some stems for flowers.  Knowing Little H is a painting novice, I didn’t want her to inevitably smudge the stems as she painted.  So I drew them with marker, which I think helped her understand what we were trying to do and kept the garden from getting too smudged too quickly.

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 Then she was “all thumbs,” in the very best way, to make colorful flowers.

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We had to take a short break from our plan for some less structured paint time, because she was getting antsy to just dive into the paints with more than just one finger!  Five will do!

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Once I got her back on track, I asked her what we needed in our garden.  We agreed no June garden is complete without sunshine, so a handprint sun was born. Just make several handprints on top of each other to make the rays.

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Lastly we added some bumblebees (a Little H favorite)…

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…and our glorious garden was complete!

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A beautiful product created from some truly beautiful time together, just me and my littlest girl.  She deserves just as much energy as the other two received at her age.  I’m looking forward to being reinvigorated by her enthusiasm as she grows, spending time with just me and my girl!

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Our Super Family

Little H is a quick learner.  She already knows that it’s not all about princesses in this house, although they get their fair share of showtime.  In this house, girls don’t always need to be rescued.  Sometimes they do the rescuing, too.

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And in this house, children have many powers, especially my favorite–the power to read!

Super Why, to the rescue!

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My kids are always ready to vanquish interloping pirates (or visiting Grampys).

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Let the adventures begin!

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Jolly Playmates

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Oh jolly playmate, come out and play with me

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and bring your dollies three.  Climb up my apple tree.

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Slide down my rainbow into my cellar door.

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And we’ll be jolly friends forevermore.

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