We've been doing summer a little differently this year. Last year we spent several days each week at the pool in the mornings, and were outside playing constantly. This year, with the arrival of Baby Sis, plus Miss having school on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, swimming on Monday and Wednesday mornings, and our standing play date on Fridays, and with naps in the afternoons, well, we haven't been outside as much so far this summer (except for the two weeks we've spent at the Farm already, of course). This summer we've been chilling out around the house a bit more when we are home.
It's different, but still fun. The big girls have taken to putting on their own dance parties.
The little baby play table next to Miss is what she was playing the music on. My little budding DJ...
Lass initially just wanted to watch.
I won't dance. Don't ask me.
But of course she started to get into the music before long.
And eventually really let loose.
Miss is really into playing her games and being crafty.
She and I made the "crown" she's wearing from rolled up strips of a Snow White page she colored and yarn. The idea came from our summer babysitter, who brought over this craft and made necklaces with the girls one day. Yep, I now have a babysitter who does crafts with the girls. Her own crafts, that she prepares and brings with her. And cleans up. This is huge. I love this.
Baby sis is just such a little lover. She's the happiest little baby.
She has started to giggle a tiny bit. Here is the progression of one of her giggles:
Miss takes an art class on Wednesday mornings before her swimming lesson. Yesterday Lass and Sis and I ran a few short errands and then sat outside and had a snack while waiting for her class to finish.
It was the perfect spot for a little snack picnic.
So far summer has felt very full. Maybe it has been a little too full, with school and swimming and art and play dates and travel and all the other day to day stuff that has to fit in there too. But it has been good. Today was Miss's last day of school for the summer, so we will have a bit of time freed up for pool and park mornings or just playing outside in our own yard a bit more. Tomorrow we leave for Kentucky to visit my parents. My Grandma will be visiting them too, so we will celebrate her 90th birthday and have a family reunion this weekend. I can't wait for her to meet Sis. My parents haven't seen her since the week after she was born. She's three months old today.
It's gonna be a great trip.