Cameron took Jerome to the dentist today and surprisingly he has NO cavities! Amazing. What looks like cavities is actually stains from brushing his teeth with a stick. He does, however, have to have a few teeth "wiggled" out next week in order to make room for some permanent teeth that are coming in. The dentist also confirmed what we were already thinking: that Jerome is 6 going on 7. He has permanent teeth on the bottom, but not on the top. However, both teeth on the top are loose and she said they will most likely come out in the next few weeks.
Jerome did GREAT at the dentist. He had to have a lot of tarter scraped off under the gum line, which was probably pretty uncomfortable, and he didn't complain at all. Pretty good for someone who has never been the dentist. The hygienist let him choose 2 prizes for being so good!
The girls and I stayed home, did school, and moved Elyse's clothes out of the nursery, which Haven is now in. We transferred the clothes down to the "girl's room", making her move to a big-girl-bed official. She is doing great with the transition. She does cause a little mischief at bedtime, but she wouldn't be Elyse if she didn't!
After a quick lunch of, you guessed it, leftovers, the kids played outside in "the bush", otherwise known as our woods. They are making their own "Roxaboxen"--this is the title of a great children's book about a group of children who make their own little pretend town out of rocks, sticks and such. My children have a habit of acting out any story we read. Actually, I think all children act out what they input--tv shows, movies, video games or books. My kids just don't see any tv and very little videos so they mainly use books for their pretend play. Jerome and Ruth are starting to do this, too--but they usually take on the character of whoever is assigned to them, such as a sister or a dad.
It is so neat to see Jerome and Ruth laughing, carefree, running through the yard, swinging and yelling "Mommy, look at me!" They have changed so much since coming. They played when they came, but were SO quiet while they played and didn't smile. They just played with a straight face. They didn't initiate any conversation, but only answered yes or no questions. Now, they talk continually, they dance, laugh, run and just play, smiling, as children should. It is so good to see.
Later, after "rest-time", we will take a walk, maybe go down to our friend's house to see the river and soak up some of this beautiful sunshine and warmer weather. For now, I am enjoying a cup of coffee and listening to Jonas sing "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs three, five and six", over and over and over. He and Anna don't take naps, so they alternate where they take their rest-time. Today is Jonas' day upstairs. He is singing and doing a puzzle. Anna is down in the playroom having a tea party with her doll. Oh, good--he moved onto a new song "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, sayeth the Lord, sayeth the Lord. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but overcome evil with good." See!! These things DO stick in their heads! We DO need to be so careful about what our children watch and listen to.