...what this pair will be like in another 5 years.
The Manthei egg hunt! Some how we have managed to worm our way into the family next door. I remember Irma telling me back in March that Frank said it was time to start getting the Easter baskets ready. He puts together anywhere from 7-12 of them depending on who all is in town and our kids and August are always included. They are so sweet to us.
Look who came! Engine 11! They did not actually come for the egg hunt, but they run their workouts through our neighborhood now and happened to be parked by us for the morning. We are actually getting to know these guys pretty well. One of them has visited the church and ever since he honks whenever he drives past our house. Makes the kids feel pretty special. Well, let's be honest - I think it is pretty cool myself. We got to see them in action a couple of weeks ago when August's house caught fire. It was the real deal - 8 trucks, 6 police cars, axes into the side of the house, etc. Everyone is okay and our kids slept through it, but it was scary for a minute. We do love Engine 11.
Again this year I didn't get a single picture of Olivia. This girl works the crowd. I saw her when we loaded the van and again when we got home. She is in her element at these events.
Mother and daughter wrapping up another year at the hunt!
I remember going to the San Diego Zoo (this is the Wild Animal Park) for the first time and watching a baby gorilla crawl all over his mama and thinking to myself, "I know exactly what she is thinking." It was pretty cute how he confidently climbed over her head and back. She would lovingly swat him away, but he would just roll over and climb right back. I am always surprised by how much of human family life seems to be played out in the animal world. There as here the kids seem to sass their parents, give funny looks, express independence, but still confidently express need (confident that the need will be met).