This afternoon, just a little while ago, in fact, the kids announced that they were going outside for a while; this worked for me because I was starting supper. But twenty minutes later, it was so quiet that I began to worry, and so I poked my head out the door just now.
This is the sight that greeted me just moments ago:
All three kids are lounging in hammocks with books!
Matthew and Lizzie are reading their chapter books, and Seth has his headphones on and is listening to his audio book. They are so engrossed that they barely even noticed me sneaking outside to take these pictures...I'm not certain that Seth registered me at all. Absolutely amazing!
Yes, I'm letting Matthew (pictured with Finn) read The Hunger Games. I've asked him to wait to read it for over two years, until I thought he was old enough; and the time came a few days ago when I said it was ok. He's still a somewhat reluctant and slow reader, so imagine my delight when, over the past two days, he's regularly been disappearing into a bedroom or outside with his book. Music to my ears that he's so enthused about a book!
Seth and Lizzie (with Charlie)...totally absorbed. This is the third time Lizzie is reading her book, Smile. She's just learned to read this year, and is improving every week!
Who says miracles never happen??!!