A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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David / It’s been a huge summer for David. He learned to swim, and now he can ride a bicycle. It took about three lessons and now he’s off! (Riding a balance bike for two years really was the best teacher.)

This photo doesn’t show his speed, but it does show his focus, which is what marks this stage for him.

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Mary Virginia / David got a new bike for his birthday, which means Mary Virginia inherited David’s balance bike. She’s shockingly enthusiastic about riding her bike, even though she’s slow, and she already took a tumble, and her brother heckles her clumsiness. (And when he does, I whisper in her ear that she’s already riding better than he was at her age.)

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Thomas / He isn’t riding a bike, but he is doing this. He grabbed the Sriracha off the counter and started sucking on it. I snatched it away BECAUSE IT’S HOT SAUCE, YOUNG MAN! When I stuck it on the table he just climbed up and grabbed it.

This is why the eye roll emoji is always in my most frequently-used set.


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