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It's so infrequent that I do something creative just for the hey of it. I need more of that in my life. This past Sunday, I took some portraits of my daughters. It's no easy exercise and I really try hard not to be monster mom when I'm taking pics of my kids. Totally not my strength to be cool and fun. But, I got them making funny faces and all sorts of expressions and in between those, I captured some sweet pictures of them. Obviously the baby was the hardest to take pictures of. She found a button and insisted on putting it in her mouth. Oh man... 

The days are long but the years are short. 

We had our first week of school last week and it went great! I like homeschooling my girls, although I won't lie, I'm tired! Our first day was a little crazy, but that's what I expected. We had a great start! Next week Holly and Greta start classes twice a week in the afternoon. I think that will be the perfect addition to our week. Maeve is in these photos because she plays a very active part in our homeschool ;)

And the living room... I may never had a tidy and clean house ever again. 

Homeschooling feels really right for my daughters this year. It's so much work so it's really important for me to have this assurance. Here we go! 

I forgot to post this sweet photos of my girls at our hosteria in Puerto Lopez. Love, love, love these sweethearts!

A couple times, the girls and I have done a little bit of homeschool on the grass by the river, while the cleaning lady cleans our apartment(!!!). The girls definitely like it better than I do. I should probably loosen up a little! But I feel like I'm yelling when I read. Again, need to loosen up! Today, we read for a little bit and then I let the girls play before Maeve's nap. All three of my daughters were 20 feet down the river bank from me. Maeve was so, so happy to just be a part with her big sisters. And Holly and Greta were celebrating every time Maeve stood up. It was seriously the sweetest and completely worth the yell reading. 

PS: we brought two headbands for Greta, but both of them broke. Greta has worn a headband every single day for years. I'm totally hesitating buying her a new one because I love her hair without a headband.

This afternoon, we visited this Catholic museum. I walked right in because so far almost all the museums we've visited have been free! We've only paid for one. But I was quickly turned around and redirected to the front desk to pay admission for my daughters and myself. Whoops. While I did enjoy this museum, I liked the building and the lighting more than what the museum contains. I think I would have a greater appreciation if I were Catholic. As a Christian I still appreciate what I saw, but I'm sure not in the same way as someone who practices Catholicism. The building itself was really beautiful. I loved the wood floors, the painted wooden doors and the ceiling in each room was painted in stripes. The courtyards were dreamy. I sure enjoyed taking photos of my daughters here. I'm always chasing the perfect photo which is harder with three children instead of two. And a baby who likes to look away and do her own thing! Oh Maeve. I'm often wearing Maeve in the ergo, which makes it a little tricky to get her into photos. It takes a little more effort to get her out of the ergo and wiggling in her sisters' arms! 

I really enjoy these afternoons when we get out and see things around town. So rewarding. 

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