Photos from the last 3 days.
We mostly stuck around the house on Thursday, trying and failing to make much of a dent in the chores that needed to be done. I did manage to run 2 loads of dishes, but that was about it. It was the first weekday in a while with no errands or out-of-the-house plans, and everyone was a little stir crazy by about midday. Things got a little crazy after the kids ate their afternoon snack of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.
Friday was, as previously mentioned, Eleri's half-birthday and 18 month doctor appointment. In the evening we went to a birthday BBQ at our friend H's house. The kids love H's backyard (Soren said, "H has a park at her house!") and were really quite well behaved, all things considered. Around 9pm, Soren started going around to all the party guests and saying goodbye. I assumed Tom had decided it was time to go and had told the lad to bid his adieus. So I followed Soren back to where Tom & Eleri were standing and said, "Time to go?" Tom said, "Is it?" There were chuckles all around, and I told him what Soren had been doing. We decided to go ahead and take Soren's hint and be on our way. ;)
Another great pony day for me. I had a nice ride on Andy, who's been getting more regular and frequent work lately, so he's improved a ton in the 3 or so weeks since I was on him last. On the one hand, that makes him less of a challenge now, so the shining moments are maybe not quite as rewarding as they were before. On the other hand, it's easier to get him going nicely, and to sustain that for longer, so it's probably more fun overall.
In the afternoon, the kids were snuggled all sweetly on the couch for a little while, sharing the iPod. They are awfully cute, those two.