This girl is nine months old and walking! She took NINE steps, unassisted today.
I predict we have a mover and a shaker on our hands.
|Daddy, dressed up for work.|
(We all cracked up, because "Daddy" is wearing no pants.)
|Reggie White, the late great Packer player.|
Why the wings? "Because Reggie is in Heaven, of course!"
Why the braids? No answer.
|Kathleen's science experiment involving density and viscosity.|
|William listens to his history lesson on Sargon of Mesopotamia while coloring his picture of Sargon.|
|Andrew does a history word-search.|
|William shows off his Mesopotamian map-work.|
|Kathleen prepares to leave for her volleyball game.|
|William and Andrew alphabetize flashcards.|
|Anna Marie gets an unexpected bit of zoology education when her snake gives birth to twenty-some babies!|
(Never did I think I'd have over twenty snakes in my home!)
|Therese can't wait for the stories to begin.|
|Therese, Andrew, and Marguerite pose.|
|Andrew and Marguerite|
|On our post-stories walk, Therese fed Marguerite green beans.|
|On our walk, we met up with William who had just finished helping Dad put up our sign|
supporting Big Kurt for State Senate.
|This is how our kitchen looked all day.|
|Think this will be enough cookbooks?|
|Awww, poor, unhappy girl!|
|When is my mom going to get me out of here?|
|Much better! Safe on dry land!|
|Whew! I hope we don't have to do that anytime again soon.|
|Claudia took this great shot of Kathleen in her favorite reading perch.|
(The rope ladder was actually a birthday gift back in May.)
|Claudia took this great picture of Anna Marie, wearing Jen's old sweater. |
Thanks, Jen! Cute, cute, cute!
|Anna Marie, Therese, Marguerite, & Claudia around the campfire.|
Claudia's visits bring out the festive in us; a campfire was definitely in order.
|Here is Kathleen with her favorite dairy-free ice cream alternative.|
|Kathleen helps amass the ingredients for our first run at homemade hair products.|
|This is what the shea butter looks like at room temperature.|
It's not hard as rock, but it's not soft like butter either. It takes some effort to mix it.
|The thin every-day leave-in conditioner is on the left.|
The pomade (for styling) is on the right.
The leave-in conditioner (in the tall water bottle) and the pomade (in the little container on the right) will be stored in our bathroom and used for many a hair-styling adventure for Miss Marguerite.
|The kids made Anna Marie a fun birthday poster.|
|Books... Lots of books!|
Anna Marie received "Writing Fiction for Dummies."
She also received the authoring software, Storyist, to assist her in writing her ongoing novel.
|Star Wars Trivial Pursuit.|
(She's only been begging for it for a year.)
|Happy birthday, Sweet Anna Marie!|
|Showing off the Star Wars dessert plates.|
|Super-Dad does Marguerite's hair.|
|It's best to work through her hair while it's soaking wet -- thus, the wet face.|
|She actually enjoys this, though you'd never know from this photo.|
|Yes, Joe's body hair rivals Marguerite's head of hair, doesn't it? It's an Italian thing.|
|All done! Thank you, Daddy!|
|This is when I first caught site of William, coming down the course in the lead. At this point, they've already been running for about eight minutes. William holds the lead (although it was a tough battle) between here and the finish line.|
|William and his friend Kurtis battle it out for first and second place.|
I was monitoring this top part of the course, so I didn't get to see the finish, but apparently it was very close.
|That's Andrew in the tie-dyed shirt. He was racing with kids twice his size, bless his heart. He is such a trooper!|
|Here is Therese (in purple, on the right) preparing for her pee-wee race.|
|The pee-wee race participants gather.|
|Quick photo of Therese with her foot on the starting line.|
She came in 4th place. Go Therese!