This morning I joined the family for "morning exercises" (a few minutes of stretching before breakfast). I groaned as I tried unsuccessfully to touch my toes. Easton thought he'd be my little helper. He ran over and touched my toes for me! I may not be limber, but my toes have officially been touched! What an adorable kid.
Emma is soaking in the return to routine and becoming her cheerful self again. The other day it was time for chores and her legs were mysteriously tired (this often happens at chore time). I told her she had no choice but to work anyway. A few minutes later she came to find me with a glowing report: "It's amazing, Mom! I reached down to pick something up to obey you and
Eliana is (gulp) almost double digits now. She's been making big plans for her 10th birthday for over a year now. Those of you who know her well know that planning parties is the highlight of her life. It's been so fun to see her maturity this year in planning (the ideas are becoming more reasonable and thoughtful). To help her celebrate we took her to Party City and let her pick out the supplies she needed. We majorly splurged, spending $30 on decorations to fit her red star, American Girl theme. (Normally we make do with what we have). I would do that 10 times over just to see her face light up the way it did. The next morning I was headed to Wal-mart to find a few things we still needed. She stopped me and looked me right in the eye: "Ok, Mom, now don't go all out. We already had our shopping spree. The party is gonna be just fine." Gotta love that girl.