+ my stack of library books all about toddlers. the library always has a boatload available. i highly recommend this one. i am learning to keep my cool when benji has lost his. lately i can count on one random outburst a day, usually close to naptime or mealtime. luckily they last only a short while and we forget all about it and move on. i try not to chuckle at the things he gets feisty about; the other day he was all worked up about not being able to drive us home. but i wanna drive the car!!
+ tending my four little nieces all day + one benji was a hoot! we packed in a whole bunch of activities to keep busy. they loved: making movies and then gathering around my camera to re-watch them, doing a rainbow milk experiment, a scavenger hunt (the prize was a basket of treats to enjoy while watching HSM 3), a read-a-thon, making a welcome home banner for mom, and helping me make a schedule for the day (a tip from oma! / kids love planning).
+ a beloved anna quindlen quote framed and perched on my sister's kitchen sink windowsill. a perfect reminder for a very busy mama.
+ miss whit and nephew dylan / in stripes. so fun to be in the same town again.
+ three girls with three boys watching the sun go down (and a spontaneous kiddie talent show) at a family BBQ. aunt polly, her grandbabes and her girls whit & abby.
+ benji rolls trucks across polly's picturesque garden.
+ benji and olivia stop awhile for a Popsicle in grandma's yard.
+ celebrating dave's birthday at a kid-free fancy dinner at cucina toscana, the best italian place in the city. i marveled every bite. (lookie, dave, you're on the blog!)