Real life took off like a shot after we got back from vacation. We got home during our temporary resident's stay (Katy needed a place for a week between leases and had moved in during our vacation) and a few hours before our long term boarder arrived. Nikki is a Parkland freshman staying with us for the school year. Very soon, she will be an expert at the local busing system. She is also using Clara's race bike to do some multi-modal commuting.
Clara and Janny started preschool already. This is Janny's first year and Clara's last. They are in the same class at Wee Disciples, just down the road. Jill say's the couple hours without the kids goes by VERY fast. This photo was from the first day of school, 2014.
Clara now has a career path picked out: she wants to be an artist. For now, I'm doing my best to teach her to keep costs down. Janny is not quite clear on the concept: she wants to be Sleeping Beauty when she grows up. At first she also wanted to have white eyes, but just today she accepted that her eyes will remain brown. I've yet to figure out if she wants to the sleeping phase or the post-waking up phase.
Below is my favorite Clara project to date. She found a double-kinked stick (which she then lost amongst hundreds of similar sticks, but daddy found it again after a few minutes), and came up with the idea to make a Pteranodon. In the photo, the leaf wings have dried out compared to when new.
Having a boarder and growing kids inspired us to reconfigure the bedrooms. We had a local guy build a loft over a queen bed. Clara sleeps up top, and tiny Janny gets the queen bed. When guests come, we'll move the kids to our room so that guests can use the queen (or the loft, if they want).
Jill continues to be excited about gardening. Check out her latest project:
Just kidding! That's the arboretum! We paid a visit to be inspired and grab some ideas. I'm hoping for some Lantana and a blueberry bush. I'm still scheming about the best place in our yard for the blueberries.
Fun fact: both Clara and Nikki were born on Labor day! Soon we're off to celebrate with some canoeing on Crystal Lake.