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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. 

Today was the second time the girls and I have visited this museum (it’s called Centro Interamericano de Artesanías y Artes Populares or CIDAP). Honestly, I think they like the gift shop next door more than the museum. I really like this little museum. It’s super close to our apartment, on the way to our favorite park. When I get home, maybe I will actually use the loom I bought and learn how to make some wall hangings! I definitely want to every time I visit this place. Today we walked through, strolled through the gift shop and then picked up a snack at the next door cafe. It’s these moments that are so wonderful. 

Maeve, oh Maeve. Tonight when I was telling my mom about Maeve, she pointed out that one of the challenges this big age gap gives us is that Maeve is going to want to do what her sisters do and feel frustrated when she’s too young! Fortunately, the big sisters are really patient most of the time. I couldn’t help but snap a couple of photos of Maeve “helping” sweep. Add a couple annoyed squeals when she doesn’t get to do it her exact way and that’s my baby! Reminds me of Holly vacuuming when she was two.

We don’t have a dishwasher in our apartment which is kind of awesome. Conor and I keep meaning to give our girls more responsibility, but it’s easier to do everything ourselves. Here in Ecuador, the girls take turns doing dishes, wiping the table and sweeping. And it’s awesome. Of course, we sometimes still help them with dishes. But it’s been so great to have them pitch in more!

Also, those cheeks! 

Almost daily, I find all my daughters hanging out in the pantry. I’m not entirely sure what is so amazing about this room, but it seems to lure them in. Maeve is constantly getting in there to chew on whatever she can find and when Holly and Greta are in the pantry, Maeve will throw a big stink to be included. Maybe it’s the microwave? We haven’t had one in our home for over 5 years so I think it seems to be magical to my daughters, Holly especially. Holly has heated up countless mugs of water and the girls like to make “carrot cake” by slicing carrots and microwaving them. It’s hilarious! I couldn’t help but capture a few pictures of my three girls all hanging out. It’s really sweet to watch their sisterhood grow. 

If someone is brushing their teeth within view of Maeve, she has to have a toothbrush herself! The other day, I found her sitting on the couch with Greta giving Greta’s teeth a brush and occasionally her own. I had a good laugh about that. Maeve is developing a stronger sense of self right now. And we totally indulge her!

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