When I last blogged, Clare was sick. It took her a few days to recover, but she used her time well. She learned how to make Baby Anne laugh. For weeks Meg has been the baby laughing expert. Clare would copy everything Meg did, but it just wouldn't work for her. Finally, she found her own funny voice and her own silly movements and she sent Anne into hysterics. That laughter was the best medicine for Clare.
Saturday was a day of festivities. We met our neighbors at our local park to celebrate their two-year-old's birthday. It was a fun birthday with animal hats, a book exchange and yummy cupcakes. Gradually all the kids worked their way over to our neighborhood festival. Arlington consists of numerous established old neighborhoods and these neighborhoods hold periodic celebrations. Many have Fourth of July parades in which kids dress up and walk the parade route. In the middle of May, the communities often have little festivals. Our festival included giant bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, hot dogs and cotton candy.
Our bounce house fun continued on Saturday afternoon when we went to our parish festival. What fun! Among the many inflatables was a giant slide.