Friday afternoons are the only weekdays when all the kids are home in the afternoon now that Ben and Lily are in the 4day class at Explorer which meets in the afternoons Monday - Thursday. It has been tough...Ava fights her nap every day these days. She seems to be on the verge of dropping the nap altogether, which would be nice in some ways, but she does still need the rest a few days a week at least. Oh, and let's be honest, the rest of need us a break every now and then from the constantly-in-motion, often-destructive-to-elaborately-built-train-tracks/stations, getting-into-her-sister's-stuff, me-too!-ness that is Ava at 2 years and 4 months old. (By the way, Ava is now the exact age Ben and Lily were when Ava was born - I often wonder "how in the world did I not go insane with two of these little ones?! Plus a newborn that was ill?" But I guess I just did it.)
Anyway, so on Fridays, we have decided to just go with the No Nap! thing for Ava and just go out and do something fun that we don't get the opportunity to do during the week when Ben and Lily are in school, I am working, etc.
Today we went with Nana Karin and Papa Silly (Ben and Lily's new nickname for Grandpa Steve) to Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay with my BFF (and former Co-President) Linda from Gemini Crickets, whose twin girls were born on Ben and Lily's due date. The kids are very close in age and we were in the same playgroup, where Linda would constantly be snapping photos of all the kids. Linda used to have a scrapbook paper design business and she would get us together for marathon scrapbooking days/nights. Then she taught me to digitally scrapbook - that's how Robin and I did the 70 Stories scrapbook for my Dad last year. Then Akemi and I got Linda in blogging. So many amazing photos have been taken by Linda that us Mommys started to tell Linda that, really, she should just do this for a living. And now she has - Solheim Photography has officially launched and Linda is booking for the holidays. If you're looking for a children's and family photographer, check her out. She has a great eye and is so much fun to work with.
These photos are the ones I took at Lemos Farm last Friday - Linda took a bunch more and I will share those when she puts them up on her blog or however she shares them with me. Her photos are, no doubt, a lot better than mine. But for now, you will have to put up with enjoying the sights taken from my iPhone...