This picture was taken on Tuesday when Joel and I went to open a savings account for him.
All is going well. Gardner has adjusted pretty well with eating and sleeping patterns. All of the kids are enjoying their time off school and plenty of play time outside.
Did you know that cedar trees have an acid in them that makes it difficult for grass to grow (if not impossible)? Did you know that where no grass is, there is dirt? Did you know that where there is dirt, there is also a magnetic attraction to little boys? Did you know that when little 3, 5, and 6 year old boys have seen their oldest brother play baseball and slide into 2nd base, they see no reason why they can't do it at home in the dirt, where there is no grass, where the cedar tree used to be? Yes, it looks like what you can imagine . . .
I was at the bank earlier in the week. On of the tellers said of an acquaintance, so and so "has three boys. Can you imagine having 3 boys, I think I would pull my hair out!" I interjected, "I have five boys." She and the other two tellers looked at me with huge grins of almost disbelief. A few minutes later, the same lady walked backed by and said, "wow, 5 children!" I answered back, "no, I have 7 children total, 5 boys and 2 girls." From now on when I go into the bank, I'll be known as "the guy with 7 kids!" I smile thinking of it - and I'm glad; I can think of little else that I would rather have occupy my time than my family.
The following picture is Laura's handy-work. She likes to dress Kara up; I'm still not sure if Kara likes it.
Just had to put this video on here. Gardner is learning to "coo" and smile.
It is about 2 minutes and he smiles real big at the end. By the way, "cheese sticks" is not a nick-name for Gardner - Carol had asked me what I would like for a snack :-).
I'm not sure that the video loaded correctly. If it didn't, someone let me know and I'll try again later.