For those of you who started reading my blog post-graduate work, James and Charlotte are the children I nannied for throughout my seminary time. I love them, and their mom and I are more like sisters than employer/employee. We get along great, and I really miss this family.
And again, for those of you who have never met these children, they are the smartest kids I have ever known -- and I know quite a few really bright kids. James and Charlotte are the kind of smart that is almost scary; I have no idea what they're going to learn when they get to school. James, at 4, does addition in his head and has a remarkable knowledge base of history. (He corrected me last week on a confusion between Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus, showing me ON THE GLOBE where Polo found Indonesia!!!) Charlotte, at almost 3, knows the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, and her favorite song is Alouette (of course sung in French). She corrects me if I miss-say a word in a story we're reading, and her ability to master-mind a situation makes her a challenge to watch - she'll outsmart you if you're not careful! :)
Anyway, I got to visit them for 2 1/2 days last week, including making a trip to their preschool for their Valentine's Day parties. So, without further ado -- James and Charlotte:
Here are three of the boys with their Valentine's Day crowns, I think they were playing swords or something. James is very into pirates right now!
Charlotte, on the other hand, could not get enough of my camera. These are just a few of the pictures of her that I took that day. What a Ham!!!