On this first day of March I'm glad for some nice weather, yes -- global climate change is something that seriously concerns me, but this year -- with a premature newborn -- I'm not complaining much that I can take her out of the house easily without layers and layers of clothes.
Of course little e has a slight cough, most likely from the neighbor's little boys who she loves -- and who insist they are not sick -- even though I heard them coughing earlier this week and asked them to stay in their yards until they were 100% well please ... Alas. little e loves her friends. I'm sure it was more her seeking them -- they are good little boys.
I am no kind of photographer, so this above is my best attempt so far at taking a good picture for our thank you cards. It's cute -- but not thank you card cute.
On the homeschooling front, the girls are slowly getting back to work -- we're officially on our second semester of school now -- M & R had a quiz today on the proper spelling and order of the months of the year when they couldn't tell me what number month they were born in ... grr. So -- fill in the information gap, remind, study, quiz. Here's hoping it makes sense now.
M & R are a few short days away from their 10th birthday -- hard to believe! This is a *party year* for them -- since we only do friends-invited parties on the milestone years -- that means in October we had a big party because little e turned 5 ... we'll have M & Rs as they turn 10 in March ... and in August Big E will turn 13. Didn't plan that out so well. This will be an expensive party year. Oh well!
I think here soon we will take a trip to the party supply store to pick up a few things and make it feel more official -- contrary to my usual *do it myself* routine, we're renting a facility at a nature park in our city -- they'll get to feed the animals, *adopt* a pygmy goat (which I think means -- get a certificate with your name on it) -- and I don't have to super-clean the house or decorate more than a little -- or do much besides make sure there is cake and paper plates. I really can't do more, and I want them to have the party they long for. They have been so good, they deserve a big day just for them!