Well I guess I should also mention what has been up with Anna and I this past week, because it has also been full of new beginnings. Each week we get to enjoy 7.5 hours in a girls only zone. We've used our time to go on walks and she even sits quietly on my bed while I take a shower afterwards. I can clean a bathroom or do some laundry without having to break up any arguments. It's really very nice. So far she's been pretty low-maintenance.
The biggest change this September is having Conner gone for 6.5 hours every day. Let me tell you, it is weird. That's really the only way I can describe it. But also nice. On Tuesday we went to Costco and Old Navy in the middle of the morning. It's been over a year since I've been able to do that. Another bonus has been discovering how quiet and low-key Payton is without his big brother around. Our days have just been so . . . . pleasant. The 12 hours of chaos, screaming, and running that I grew accustomed to during the summer has been limited to just 5.
The only down-side to this new schedule is that I fear Anna's nap is on the endangered list. Conner's pick-up time falls in the middle of her nap time. I tried putting her down earlier one day, but that did not work (she ended up with no nap at all). She does get a good 1.25 hours in, which is decent. And on Saturday she made up for it by napping for 3 hours. So I guess I just have to accept a little give and take.
Speaking of that girl . . . here she is in her red sailor dress for church today.
And what a nut, as I'm scrolling through these pictures on my computer she is just laughing and laughing at herself.
One more note about Anna . . . I pulled out her BYU shirt to wear today and she just freaks out! Screaming (the ear-piercing high-pitched one), going nuts and saying, "U, U, U!" Then she's patting her cheeks and saying "cheek, cheek" -- remember the BYU tattoos she wore on her cheeks at the football game? It looks like we have a true blue Cougar fan on our hands.