Esther has had some great new experiences in the past few weeks! First off was going to the Lynden City Fire Department for a tour. She got to sit in an ambulance and a fire truck and even got to take home a fireman's hat. She loved all the firemen, but got a bit board when they talked for too long and she tried to run out the big doors...but we caught her before she got very far!
Esther also got to spend two days at the lake, playing in the sand, the waves and exploring our friend's back yard even thought it was a cloudy day and it even rained a bit. She got really cold, but her sister, Rebekah helped warm her up by putting her in our Ergo carrier on her back and putting mama's coat over them both. She also enjoyed posing for the camera during our dinner on the deck.
Riding on her sibling's backs is one of her favorite things to do. Riding in her car seat is always fun because Esther knows that going in a car/van/truck means going to go do something fun, usually. When we leave with out her she is so depressed. She cries and cries. This trip she was upset about something, but she then consoled herself by her usual way - sucking her thumb. I know, she's almost 4 years old and it's getting time to start breaking her of the habit, but I just can't do it yet.
Esther also got to go to a birthday party and she sat up at the table with great manners and made her mama so proud!
Esther has many talents that keep us entertained. The older kids made up some ribbons on sticks and Esther loved to spin them around, especially when she would get two of them. She was moving them so fast that I decided to try to do a blur action photo and it worked wonderfully. Her symmetry of motion with both hands was amazing!
At the dentist's office she did so well that she earned a sticker, and it was such an appropriate sticker because Esther smiles so much of the time. Her and her sisters had a lot of fun with this sticker, that is for sure.
Speaking of sisters, Esther has 5 sisters now and she got to have her picture taken with all of them recently. Three big sisters and three little sisters, isn't that just wonderful?
Esther loves to smile, as I've said before, and she also loves to pose for the camera. Often she's making funny faces too or making weird poses, but this is Esther through and through!
Recently I resurrected my I-phone and found some photos on there that I had never taken off. This is Esther when she had pneumonia. She was 2 1/2 and spent 5 days in the hospital. I know it was March 12, 2011 that she was admitted because I got to watch all the events unfold in Japan when the huge earthquake and tsunami wreaked such devastation there. She was one sick cookie! Since then we have been using breathing treatments whenever she gets a cold and she hasn't had any major problems with breathing when she's sick.
In the next photo you can see when she was starting to feel better and starting to eat again, but you can tell by her eyes that she wasn't herself again yet. In the next photo you can see that she is ready to go home. She's cleaning her hospital room! She was a very busy lady who wanted to get down and play on the floor and take everything out of the drawers. I knew she was feeling better because she wouldn't be content in her bed anymore!
In these next photos, you can see when Esther fell and cut her head. She had just learned to walk well and tripped and fell while holding a plastic cup. Her head landed on the edge of the cup and it cut through right above her eye and left a round bruise under her eye. She was quite the little trouper at the hospital, but she did not like having the cut irrigated, not one bit. But between Jessica and I we were able to comfort her through it all.