It's sometimes nice to take pictures of nothing. So I did.
Andrew reading to Patrick.
Our neighbor who I adore and want to keep as my own because she is so nice, and normal and polite and sweet, and is just ONE more girl around here, which makes everything...perfect. Andrew and Clare are helping frosting 60 cupcakes for a party later that night.
I am getting Halloween costume magazines in the mail already! Sheez..hold on folks! But this guy loves them. (He had a haircut the next day, just so you know.)
I picked out this for him. Isn't this the cutest thing ever? He said no....
...his mind is set on this. What???? Maybe it's good we have lots of time before October rolls around to make a decision.
Abbey starts school next week and her uniform pleats were...now don't panic girls!!...STICKING OUT in a terrible fashion! I didn't notice, but I know by now that everything with Abbey has to be just so...I don't argue (well, not always), I have learned to just help her think of a solution. I knew these Time-Life Old West books we had growing up were good for something other than looking at gory pictures of captured fugitives and Indian scalpings.
A box came that day from UPS and I had no idea what it was. The kids all gathered around, and someone said "Maybe it's a bomb!" and then when I saw a little bootie at the end of a chubby leg I spazzed out for the sake of the kids and screamed and ripped the box open and threw the shredded paper everywhere to make them laugh, which really just made more work for me in the end, but was worth it. I forgot I had ordered...
...my old baby doll I had growing up. I have been looking for her on Ebay and finally we meet again. Well, it's not the exact one, obviously, but it is her...Puddin' by Madame Alexander. Isn't she beautiful?
Here is a little picture of Puddin' and I one day when I stayed home sick (I am sure I was faking it) from school. When we stayed home sick we stayed in bed-my mom was smart. She was my favorite doll of all. I know from the background you might be questioning what sort of house I lived in, but my Dad had just finished building the addition with his own hands, and my yellow and green (hugely) floral wallpaper had not been hung yet.
And one more picture:
Abbey making english muffin pizzas in the background and Andrew, my dear Andrew, acting silly. Oh boy, this boy. He is on his 4,568 question of the summer. I answered them all, mostly with, "Hmmm, I don't know", but nonetheless, they were answered.