|Loves smiling for the phone/camera!|
|Hanging out with Jesus|
The kids love going to the "Jesus Park" (which is part of a local Catholic Shrine). They added a water feature a few years back, which is great on hot summer days. Not so great for today, I spent some of our park visit warning the kids to "stay away from the water"!
|"Sliding" photo, static hair and all!|
Other favorite activity, the swing. What a difference two years makes! The two older boys are at church camp this week, so I just have the "littles" at home (ages 2/5/8). Doug and I always find the change in the family dynamic fascinating. Life moves at just a bit slower pace when we only have the younger ones to parent. I find myself going to the park more often, feeding the ducks, making sure to be home for nap times, etc. In other words, things I used to do when I just had little ones (3 under 5). I enjoy the change up, even if it can be a bit more exhausting because I don't have the older ones to help out and entertain the young ones (say, when I'm cooking dinner or taking a shower). Although, at 8, Game Boy is a help. He tends to step up to the challenge when his older siblings are gone. He takes over the helper and protector role and usually becomes more responsible (if only for the week).
Thankful today for the beautiful weather and the time to cherish my three younger children, praying that my older boys are enjoying church camp, and looking forward to seeing extended family this weekend!