Visiting John at work tops the charts as one of our favorite hobbies. We all love it. I've wanted to capture the kids before, but I've never had my camera on me. I happened to have the camera yesterday.
While we are waiting, I love how they park themselves in the book aisle and become completely immersed in the books. Last time we visited John and were waiting for him to finish up with a patient, I watched the older seven kids lined up all on the same side of the aisle, all their heads were down, and so enamored at the book they were reading. It was really sweet and regret so much not being able to take a picture outside of my memory of the event.
Getting out of the house especially when it is arctic outside should become an Olympic Sport. Bathroom, hair, shoes, socks, coats, hats, bathroom, drink, etc., etc. The older kids are such a help, but it usually feels like I am herding cats around.
For example, Exhibit #1: Vianney thought she was ready to go in the above ensemble. Well, the temperature was 1 degree out so the bare legs probably won't hold up long. I thought she looked darling with her little white legs, white socks, and Mary Jane shoes.
Exhibit #2: Damaris was convinced she was ready to "A-go." She wrote on her legs with pen, but man the slippers were perfect for sub-zero weather.
She finally pulled it together and was as precious as could be.
My favorite little kid trait: the smiling eyes smile. I adore her squinty eyed smile.