All three kids are going to be ninjas for Halloween. My wife got the costumes and plastic swords for each. Lily has gotten REALLY carried away with her sword, imagining that she is a ninja in real life. So, every so often around our house you see something like this.
E was in kitchen helping make brownies and he grabbed one of those measuring spoon sets that has different-sized spoons on a ring, like this:
When he started to move around with it, the spoons clinked against each other like a little wind chime. E noticed this and immediately began to play it like a tambourine.
Within a few seconds, he started dancing with his newly-discovered music spoons...just dancing away like mad by himself, in one spot, in front of the refrigerator.
I saw this and started singing "Spoon dancing! Spoon dancing! Look at E, he's spoon dancing!" and this set E off, out of kitchen and around the living room, shaking his body and playing his spoons, all the while laughing with an enormous smile on his face.
Sometimes, that kid is just like a shot of pure joy injected into my life.
E's first lesson in girls and hair decoration: Some visiting friends brought over a few small gifts for the kids. Mom asked E "what gift did Lily get?" and he answered "a bunch of flowers with really sharp teeth."
Lily keeps asking to see "baby Lily!" and "more baby Lily!" so here she is. This was the first time we attempted to take a pic of all three of them together. Notice how the boys didn't want to hurt their new baby sis: Ryan wouldn't get too close and E stayed completely straight.
I have thee children: Ryan (10), Ethan (7) and Lily (4). One is autistic, one gifted and one adopted. This is a record of some of the amazing things they say and do. I try to stop and look around at least once a day.