My daughter amazes me. She is much more brave than I was at her age. I was lucky enough to spend two days chaperoning her school field trip to camp last week. She got to enjoy lots of new experiences, including taking a daring ride on a zip line from 40 feet up. With my feet firmly and safely planted on the ground, I had a perfect opportunity to capture the moment in this photograph.
The Princess is either lucky or unlucky, depending on how you look at it. Her mother is dedicated enough (or is that crazy enough?) to notice things like how cute that braid looks with that hat on a cold morning at the bus stop in just the right amount of sunlight, and just happens to have a camera in her pocket to record the moment for posterity.
We had a very unusual pre-Christmas snowstorm here, with about two feet of the white stuff! Of course The Bossman and I took the kids outside to play. As I was helping my three-year-old Superman down the hill, I urged him to walk in the footsteps left behind by his older brother and sister, for easier footing.
Looking up at me, he shook his head and stated firmly, "I want to make my OWN footprints." And that really got me thinking. My son might follow his older siblings' lead in some areas of his life, but he is indeed his own person and will do things in his own way, blazing his own trail. And that is a wonderful thing.
Ready or not, summer is coming. That means soon we'll have lots of time to do things like catching and observing bugs...
...And probably bugging each other a little too. (But hopefully not too much!)
If this summer goes like most summers around here, it will start with well-planned educational activities and fun outings, and conclude with me bribing the kids with sugar and contemplating dropping them off at school two weeks early. But somewhere in between, we will experience the best thing about summer vacation: time to relax, reconnect, and just be a family. Bring it on!