We've been hoppin' here in our corner of the world! August is chock full o' birthdays in our family -- both of Peter's parents, me, and Aaron all celebrate birthdays. The birthday cake photo in Peter's previous post was taken at a combined family celebration for Grandpa, Aaron and me.
Sunday was Aaron's official birthday. It's hard to believe he is eight years old. When he was an infant, so many people told us to cherish every minute because it would go by quickly -- and they were right.
He has grown into such a mature, kind, thoughtful, funny boy. He has always been one of those kids who is wise beyond his years, and we can't wait to see what the next eight years hold in store for him . . . besides his newly-minted driver's license -- yipes! Aaron, we love you so very much, and are so grateful that God placed you in our family.
In addition to our party with the grandparents, Aaron also went to an indoor amusement park with Dad, Nathan, and his Uncle Mark. Later that weekend, my sister drove into town for the afternoon -- which included a fun present: ladder ball, a game Aaron loves!
Today was our first official day back to school! For the first time in two years, I do not have a kindergartener: Aaron entered second grade, and Nathan started first grade. They were very excited, and ready to leave 10 minutes early! This mama, however, was a little teary-eyed. I was more aware than ever that another year has gone by . . . and I was so very proud of my two little men as they set off on a new year of adventures.
Anya Rashi really enjoyed our morning together, but asked for her brothers after her nap. After having them home for three months, I think she thought it was just too quiet here without them. She is so smart -- I was folding laundry today, and she took pieces of clothing from the basket and told me who they belonged to. (I'm not always sure Peter knows whose clothes are whose!) In other adventures, she climbed up the slide on our backyard play set. Clearly, this girl has athletics in her future.
She has also been having fun after bedtime removing various parts of her pajamas. Last night it was her socks and shirt, and previously it was her pants. Next stop, diaper?! Horrors! I can't wait for footie pajama weather -- although, I think I'll have to be one of those sneaky mamas who puts 'em on backwards so Anya Rashi can't take them off!