I’m not sure exactly when it happened or why, but somewhere along my nieces lifetime she became totally smitten with Noah. She was with us last week and when we’d drop him off to work she’d cry and say “Oh I’m going to miss him, I really love him so much.”
“Are you listening to me Noah?”
Before letting the week get away from me I called them outside for a few snaps for posterity. We have pictures of her as a toddler up on his shoulders and I want her to be able to track her life and see that Noah (and by extension, all of us) were always a part of it.
These were purely for our enjoyment and for documenting here on the blog, in no way can I claim these as great portraits but they do well in capturing the relationship between my big boy and my little niece who still slips up and calls me momma every now and again.
Rachel has been home schooling all the kids together since Booker started school; Booker and Lily are almost the same age, at 6 and almost 6 respectively, there birthdays are just a few months apart. Before that Tucker and Harper had been at the fancy private school in town, but then when Nikki started to travel with her book signing, it was really inconvenient to have to pull them from school and take them with her, hire a tutor to come along and eventually she started to consider “home schooling” them, which for her meant to hire a full time tutor/nanny. Once Booker turned 4, Rachel suggested letting her start homeschooling them all together, besides, she’d already been taking care of Booker as an infant alongside Lily, practically raising him as Lily’s twin brother, this felt like a natural progression. It was a bit more to handle than she realized at the time, but as with all things mommy related, give it time and the kinks work out. Not long after the kinks were worked out Nikki called and said she was expecting another baby, and would Rachel mind taking care of this one as well. In case you were wondering, Nikki does pay Rachel, she doesn’t pay her “professional” nanny fee’s mind you, but she does more than enough to cover the food that the kids eat, the electric that they consume and all the school supplies that Rachel goes through, and even enough for Rachel to set aside enough for that one rainy day when she can finally be a little selfish. In addition, Rachel and Lily get their “Without them I couldn’t have written this book” credit at the beginning of each and every one of her lovely children’s books. Yep, without them, tending to her children, she couldn’t write children’s books. Whatever happened in her life that left her so devoid of emotions for her own flesh and blood? That’s fodder for another book my lovelies, back to this one.
I love these pictures, because they’re of my boys. But man do they break all the rules or what? Cutting off limbs at the joints, the focus walking out of the frame, etc. But heck, it’s my blog and I get to play it how I like.
I apologize sincerely if any of these pictures are redundant. As I see it we can all use a little visual peace, and my fire and sunset pictures are nothing if not peaceful.
So as I mentioned Saturday, last week Noah had a friend come up from North Carolina. He drove a long four hours to stay for only thirty six hours, sad face. It was a good time however and we did a LOT more than I photographed. And the above picture is horribly blown out. That’s what I get for waiting until last minute at 7:45 in the morning before he’s got to head back home.
fire pit against the post sunset sky
Both nights that he was here we had the fire pit going. The first night for s’mores but the second was just for kicks and giggles. We aren’t in a city and have to street lights so we have the best view (of my life so far) of the night sky, and thankfully the first night he was here was also had clear skies.
So dark, warm and smokey. I love going to bed with the smell of campfire in my hair and on my skin.
pinks and purples and blues, oh my
What an amazing sunset we had too. We’re always so glad when our friends can come and share in this glory that God has given us.
Scott was home both nights (oh have I mentioned I LOVE his new schedule!?!) and was able to get out the fishing pole and play around a bit. We have yet to catch a fish off our bulkhead, but one day we will, I’m certain of it.
Last week Noah had a friend over. They were “too cool for school”.
All the cool kids
Caleb and Noah
I’ll post a few more Monday. I’m taking Sunday off y’all. Have a good rest of your weekend!