Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday Night

All of my littles are tucked in bed....the dishes and laundry are done....and my "to do list" is quite a bit shorter after this I"m finding time to share our Friday with you.

 My girl painted today!  It was a first for her.  If you know me well, you know I don't like mess.  My kids don't have finger paints...too messy!  You know that kind of thing...I just hate the mess.  But I'm learning to let go a little and my girl has proven to be very neat.
She took such pride in remembering to dip it in the water and then into the paint.  She created a masterpiece. It was a good day....a good reminder that she really is so smart and that given opportunity to do things and shine....she will.  (and just look at that correct hold she has going on too!)

Summer Friday Nights means a trip to the pool.  When it hits 105...we are always there.
 This year...she's walking and so the world is her oyster and she is becoming so independent.  She is curious, and cautious.  She is brave and shy.  She is blossoming into a really beautiful young lady.
Our little girl will be three in exactly two months...and we have to remind ourselves of it often.  She is still so small in size, but she really is a big girl and capable of so many things.

 We are trying to figure out the correct wording for her IEP (individualized education plan) in school next year...How to politely say stubborn and strong willed!

 She is a strong, silent type...and quite the little lady.
She's my baby and I'm trying to soak her in these days.
 Because my days won't be so full of her anymore....she will be at school...and I will miss her...
And while we want to help her grow and learn and blossom....

We also want to hold on tightly to this little peanut.
 Pretty soon, Aubrey will be hanging with the big girls and keeping up with them.
I'm enjoying where she's at, but also wondering just a bit about her future and wondering what will she be working on next summer....
Will her sisters have her standing on the edge of the pool with them?
How brave is she gonna be at the pool?
Will she still be cautious....or will she jump in with them?
For now...she's happy to hang with me and watch her crazy sisters and keep to the shallow end.  I'm enjoying it!

You'll notice that three people were missing tonight...someone made bad choices names, but they might be 4 years old and stubborn.....and when you make bad choices, you don't get to stay up after dinner to swim.  You stay home and get put to bed....and one parent will have to stay home and as long as someone HAS to stay home...well, the baby might as well too.  And that is why I got to document the night:)  Two free hands and only one little to worry about.

Happy Weekend Everyone!


  1. Way to go, Aubrey! Maybe it's silly, but I'm always so proud of her walking around independently! Glad you got a break for a while last night. =)

  2. Love her sweet little haircut and love that cute swimsuit! Dreaming of lazy summer days alongside our favorite Smiths.....

  3. Stronged-willed and stubborn is now classified as "spirited" we have one at home! Good luck!!!

  4. Those pictures are precious! Too funny- we just did painting at home for the first time a couple of weeks ago- my trick was to combine painting and outdoor swimmie pool time. Come by and see. My little girl is a little bit younger than yours, um a little bit louder from the sounds of it, but similar in disposition. I think spirited, confident, determined and sure of herself might be good IEP words!

  5. Travis says that extra chromosome contains charisma but I say it contains extra "stubborn" - trust me, Aubrey, we can relate! These are beautiful photos, by the way. What kind of camera do you use? I'm in the market for a new one!

  6. You have the cutest girls ever! Sweet! Sweet! Sweet!

    Ya just gotta try finger painting! I used to cover my second graders desks with butcher paper and let them paint with instant pudding! Pistachio is the best, if nuts aren't an issue, because the green doesn't stain and the nuts add texture! You can try shaving cream, too, but ya can't taste it like the pudding, grin. Too much fun to miss on, especially in the summer when you can paint outside and "hose" everything off when you are done!

    Love your blog, Piper's Nana, Robbie :)


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