Katie spent the morning making a pumpkin pie with the kids...the girl has more patience than I've ever seen!
I saw "fly-swatter painting" on Pinterest and thought it looked like a cute idea-clearly didn't have my mom of multiples brain turned on during this thought! Hahahaha...while it was a lot of fun it turned out to be a huge mess. I guess sometimes the fun is more valuable than the clean-up!
We love our "Bittney"! She stopped over Wednesday to deliver birthday presents but ended up getting wrangled into swim lessons too! Haha
So many people have mentioned Vanni's scowl with a smile hidden underneath that I had to share this side-by-side Amy sent me today. Looks as though he has had this look from the very beginning!
Can NOT believe it has been three years in this crazy life already. While the day-to-day routine is hectic and feels like a whirl wind I can't imagine life any other way. Seeing these two pictures side by side brings tears every time simply because of what we have made it through as a family. The stress level is high but so is the reward level!
Tonight I planned on taking all the kids to watch Jacob play basketball for a school event...only three made it out the door with me! The other two stayed home with Lexi-thank God she is able to manage them on their own and enjoys doing it!
The second night of swim lessons went much better than the first. Brooklynn of course went right in and listened to everything her teacher said. Jade and Leighton were partially participating by the end of class. Kens sat at the edge but refused to even crack a smile. Giovanni never left Katie's lap but did manage to stretch far enough to get his toes wet.
We celebrated the third year in this craziness a little early this year. Its amazing the difference just a year makes...they were a little less overwhelmed by the people, a little more excited about presents, and far more cranky by the end of the day! We never seem to get a "great" group picture but every year we capture some great memories:)!
See these pictures larger on the page titled Looking Back.