Melanie learned how to climb out of her crib today. Or maybe she's known all along how to do it, and was secretly plotting all these months to show us when our guard was down. A few days ago she mastered door knobs and dead bolt locks (was found in the front yard by a neighbor -- I won't say which parent was neglectful in not keeping an eye on her) so out the crib she goes, and then out the door. Luckily we were around and noticed before any trouble was gotten into.
This afternoon she found a paint set of Lisa's (we won't go into the details of how Lisa got a paint set or the reasons it was left at Melanie-level) and decorated the study carpet, the desk, the filing cabinet and the big easy chair with a rainbow of colors. The person who once again let Melanie fall off his or her radar shall remain nameless. Suffice it to say that from this day on, Melanie has a pair of eyes on her at all times.
Lisa & Christian are enjoying Vacation Bible School at their friend Natalia's church this week. As we have been anticipating for several months, they are all four off to camp this Sunday through Friday. I don't know who is more excited ... them or me! I fly out on Monday to Louisiana with Melanie, leaving David to "bach" it, and to be on standby for any camp emergencies. Actually he has a gig playing the drums for a group one or two of the nights we are gone (at a church, don't get your dander up ... no sleazy bars for him!) so he shouldn't get too lonely.
Branch ... out!