Full House

"Whatever happened to predictability? The milkman, the paper boy, the evening tv..."

No, not that Full House!

I'm talking about the full house that we've been experiencing for the past year and a half. We've been so blessed to have tons of kids in our neighborhood. Of the 20 plus buildings in our complex I cannot think of one home that doesn't have at least one child living in it; and some nights it feels like we have the whole neighborhood in our tiny apartment. Laughter, screams, drawing sharks and sting rays from the "You Can Draw" book, coloring and cutting hearts to be placed amongst all the others on our fridge, La La Loopsy (Thank you Uncle Brad, Aunt Monica, and Cousin Sydney for your wonderful hand-me-down! It's sure getting a ton of use!), Anna's baby toys. Everyday I can count on a visitor to come knocking asking to play with Anna. Melts this Mama's heart! But then I realize all he really wants to do is play with Anna's toys and draw sharks. It's okay though, Anna doesn't mind and I don't either. Anna loves having other kids over. I've been wondering if I would need to place Anna in preschool in a few years so she can get the social interaction but I'm realizing as she gets older and is interacting with our neighbors that she's getting "preschool" in her own living room! She hears the kids running and screaming outside and she immediately goes to the window to see who's out there. She tries talking to them and bangs on the window to get their attention. And most of the time the kids will run up to the window talking back to Anna, trying to find and look at me with eyes that say "can we please come in and play with Anna?" Who can say "no" to that? I definitely have my moments where I long for peace and quiet, and thankfully now that the kids are back in school I get that time during the day but the best part of all of our day is when our door is open and the kids are flowing in and out.

Our next door neighbor has a daughter who is one week younger than Anna. Anna LOVES Sheila! Every time they see each other they both scream and start talking to each other. They have their own language, I swear. A few weeks ago Anna leaned toward Sheila and gave her a big kiss and three hugs. Oh, my heart fell out of my chest right there.
Daykulay, who comes over to play with Anna's toys and draw sharks is behind the girls. See, playing with Anna's toys. 

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Baby kisses!!!
Daykulay's little sister, Mary, is just precious and loves to play with Anna's toys too!
Seriously, I can't think of another neighborhood I'd rather live in during this time in our lives...or really any time, for that matter! 

Sorry for putting that song in your head. It's now in mine too! ;)

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