I love it when these girls will let me take their pictures. It doesn't happen too often and is usually accompanied by some grumbling and eye rolling, but that only makes me love the end result even more. Middle school girls. It wasn't so long ago that they were little kids themselves, and I know I say it all the time and I must sound like a broken record, but please remember that time will not slow down. Kids grow up much faster than you think they will and certainly much faster than you'd like. There is no going back.
I love hanging out with them, they are so much fun, and after a long day of baby duty it is nice to settle in with just a few of the older kids, even if it's just for a couple of minutes. They are so smart and funny and it's interesting to hear their ideas and their perspectives on things.
Sidhe and I recently decided to flat iron her hair. It's the new thing. And while it takes about 30 minutes each time, I told her I'd help her as often as I could. Plus I think I can get it down to 20 with a little bit of practice. And eventually she'll have to enlist the help of her sisters, Maija already offered, but can I just tell you how hot the iron is? I mean, it's HOT. We'll keep practicing.
Ruari was kind enough to let me take some pictures of her this morning, sporting her new haircut. She is off to a great start in 6th grade and I love that she gets to have one year together with Sidhe and Maija before they move on to high school. The past 2 years they've had different schools and separate schedules so it's nice to be back on the same page.
Of course nothing says fall better than baked goods. Our neighbors brought us an apple pie the other day and it was delicious. It was also gone almost immediately, everyone loves pie!
Oscar and Saoirse have been hanging out a lot more lately. Reading books, playing dinosaurs, stuff like that, and while there's still quite a bit of bickering and the occasional pinch or foot to the face, I've noticed them engaging in quite a bit of peaceful creative play that involves problem solving and negotiating. It's really lovely to witness.
Maija was insistent upon going much shorter than usual and really wanted some layers. I think she knows what she's talking about.
The hairdresser asked me if I was her sister. Ummmm. No, but you did just get a bigger tip you crafty hairdresser you.
Otherwise, it's life as usual around here and I am grateful for it as always.
Everyone is at school and this little girl is trying to convince me that she doesn't require a nap today, but I'm not so sure....Time will tell.