Are the days getting longer? Working on staying focused...25 days to go. Then, we can turn our backs on 2012 and make 2013 a little more dialed in, warmer perhaps...
Speaking of warm - today, the bambini were treated to an afternoon and evening hanging out with Mary. They went to her mom's to pick up Brinley, hit the store (and the bambini got ice cream!) and then back to her house, where they played with Brinley. Autumn had fun going out back with her "Brinley likes to stack rocks!" she told me. They enjoy there time with her. "They are really, really fun!" Tonio told me later, as I was tucking him into bed.
Mary made us dinner, telling me that it was nice having Autumn and Tonio there to play with Brinley, so that she could actually cook! And she can cook - she made us chicken fajitas sorry, I didn't get the recipe to post here!), rice and beans - allowing me to run some 'errands' while she and Emilio made dinner.
Brinley ate like a champ, shoveling the rice and munching on a quesadilla. When she was done, she walked up to each of us, waving and smiling, and just hung out. I picked her up and she'd slide back down to the floor, walk to see the kids, come back to have me pick her up and slide back down - she's a sweetie. We extended a trade offer: Brinley for Bella, straight up. But I don't think Mary and Emilio took us seriously.
It was a perfect way to end our day!
And still, I keep coming up with photos of Kimmy...
Kim and our niece Kaitlyn somewhere in Pennsylvania.
Autumn's 1st birthday, at Bushkill Park in Easton, PA. Our friend from high school, Karen came with her two little ones, Kallie and Matt. I remember the first bit of conversation we had was 'We have children. Who would have guessed, back in high school, that we'd have children?' And just the oddness of it - like you still see each other in your minds eye, as 16 and 17 year old high school students.
Valley Forge, PA. We walked in the footsteps of Washington.
Outside my mom's condo in Bethlehem.
Standing clear of the canons at Valley Forge, PA. As we walked across these battlefields, we talked about how it must have been back during the Revolutionary War, covered in several feet of snow, the soldier's feet wrapped in rags because they didn't have money for new shoes...
Kim loved her little Autumn so much!
At the pumpkin patch
Always with that smile - so bright, so warming...