At some point yesterday afternoon, I noticed that both of my children were wearing items of clothing my sister had given them for Christmas. It seemed like a good time to take advantage of the afternoon light and photograph those two. Thanks for the clothes Auntie Shannon!
I'm not sure I'll ever see a series of photos that so accurately demonstrate the divergent personalities of my children. Harper is all drama and cheese and silliness and fire, whereas Michael is Mr. Mellow Man, just hanging out, usually happy, along for the ride.
In all fairness, I should also share the gentle and kind side of Harper's personality with a little story...
This afternoon I was on the phone with a friend who was having a really difficult day (but that's not my story to tell) and I was letting some tears slip. Harper came into the kitchen and saw me crying. I tried shushing her and sending her back to the living room, but she said, "Mommy, if you don't tell me what's wrong I won't know how to help you."
I again motioned for her to leave and she whispered, "Lean down." I complied and she gently reached up and brushed a couple of the tears off my cheeks saying, "I'm wiping your tears away Mom." And then she pranced back to her play dough.