|Started with a 25.5 mile bike ride to Independence Lake|
|Flowers from the kids. Got some nice presents and cards too.|
|Like that Scottish moss|
|Exercise ball was a big hit for the 4 older kids|
|I love Oliver's smile|
|Maya's aunt had braided her hair earlier|
|The adult table. Julie's father joined us|
|Brought the Ziggle and the balance bike. Oliver was especially good on the ziggle|
|Allie woke up after dinner. Her hat was Naomi's|
|My grandbaby rainbow|
|How to get 5 kids to look in the same direction|
|Even harder when you throw 7 adults into the mix|
I brought the balance bike and the Ziggle to Josh's. New sidewalks, a courtyard to ride, a new sub nearby that has the streets blocked off: a good place to ride. Unfortunately neither Daniel or Maya was very adept with the balance bike. The Ziggle was much more fun. Even Tessa wanted a turn though she had trouble understanding that she had to wiggle to get it going. What she would do is say Wiggle, wiggle. The kids spent a good portion of our dinner rolling on top of a balance ball down the hill in Josh's backyard. It was fun watching them all have fun together with very little tears. Tessa jumped right in roughhousing with the older kids, a tough little girl.
Allie joined us after dinner all pretty and smily. I am so blessed.