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  • Writer's pictureElijah Ricks


Merritt has been giving some awesome smiles lately. I recalled that Avey would often smile at herself in the mirror around this age, and I thought I’d see what Merritt would do with it. Luckily, Avey was nearby with her tablet and caught his delight at seeing such an adorable baby boy.

His joy was outdone only by ours. It’s so much fun to see him grow and learn. He is cooing more, holding his head up more, and making all sorts of fun facial expressions.

Avey and Carver have kept themselves busy with swimming lessons each morning this last week, and they have one more week of that. I took them on Friday, and that was a lot of fun to watch. Avey is really building her courage, and Carver is a total chatterbox. He waited his turn in line by the side of the pool, and engaged a little girl his age in some conversation I couldn’t make out from the bleachers, but he sure kept her entertained. Then, when his turn came to be in the water with the instructor, he was apparently telling her all sorts of stuff, because I don’t think his lips stopped moving until he went under water, and only then did they close long enough only to hold his breath. Even if he won’t be swimming like an Olympian after this week, at least he’ll have made a ton of friends.

I finished up teaching my summer course on Thursday, so that’s a relief to have done. Now I can be home more and have more flexibility for when I complete my other school projects. Kira is also looking forward to having another adult in the home more often, hopefully so that she can get a nap here and there. We’ll see how that works out…

#Happenings #LittleGems

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