Another great day! Tonight the girls were talking about missing their mom and dad and I pointed out that we are already halfway through the week and that I was a little sad about that because I am so enjoying having them here. K was rather bothered by that; she said it was kinda mean because I should be happy for them! She does have a point. :)
We opened today's goody bag right after breakfast this morning since my early-morning sneak peek revealed IcePops that would need to be frozen. Here's a birdseye view of the unveiling.
After morning jobs, we had playtime inside so that I could get some housework done. The kids compiled David's castle/knights stuff with Abigail's princess stuff and it was very amusing to listen to the interaction. David's guys, of course, were busy shooting bad guys and locking up prisoners. K finally had enough of that and told him to stop shooting princesses. Shortly thereafter, I heard A sweetly informing her princesses, "Girls, whoever falls out of the castle gets to be shooted."
K and A put the very-pink liners in the pans.
Everyone got a turn to help with the beaters (don't worry, I helped everyone...I just stepped back far enough for a picture while David was beating).
We all know what the best part of baking is!!!
After the great cupcake bake, we packed a picnic lunch and took it to the pool. That was a big hit! We had the pool to ourselves the whole time we were there today and it was great.
A has been very busy practicing her jumping and swimming (and today she practiced sticking her head out of the water for a breath while she's swimming).
K was fascinated with how David can swim to the bottom of the pool to retrieve his toy torpedoes, so they have been working on that together. K is catching on quite well and can now get a toy from the bottom of the three-feet-deep end of the pool!
The whole group, all holding still for two seconds. :)
When S wasn't swimming with me, she was busy playing with -- uh, getting a refill of -- the lemonade!
We came home from the pool and enjoyed two -- yes, two! -- IcePops each out on the deck.
By the time we finished those, everyone was pretty well calmed down. We took real baths today :) and then had naptime. This time everyone took a nap in preparation for a later bedtime due to church tonight. Even I took a twenty-minute special! As soon as K woke up, she set to work frosting and sprinkling her cupcakes.
The girls were all very excited about having matching 'two braids' to wear to church tonight. How cute is that?! (...excuse Bruce and David in the background...they were being silly so that S would hold still long enough for the picture -- she kept turning around to look at me!)
We came out from church to the sight of this beautiful rainbow. We could see the whole arch, and sometimes its double. It was precious to ride home with that view out of the front window and the sound of all five kids singing Bible songs in their sweet voices.
And, after a full and wonderful day, then came bedtime. Well, almost. I have been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to them after teeth are brushed and pajamas are donned...tonight they also took turns standing on Bruce's feet/ankles. I'm not sure why; just because they're kids, I guess! Tonight S told Bruce, "You a dazy [crazy] daddy!!!"
Crazy isn't a bad thing...in our household, in fact, it's rather a revered thing. But earlier, when Abigail and A were comparing their mommies' ages (we're the same age), A turned to me and said, "You're taller [than her mom], but you're both old." From the mouths of babes! :)