We said goodbye to our trees today. Secretly I hope this day would never come because I love trees...but they were creating problems in our yard. We really need to put some terraces (and some drainage) in the hill in front of our house but we can't really do that with the trees there. And the trees hadn't been tended to well and were sickly (sicklier than we thought). So we said goodbye.
Here are some farewell pictures we took yesterday afternoon by the big maple tree:
Zoë is re-reading The Princess in Black for the millionth time; Benjamin is reading Out-Sniffed, the second book in the Doodlebuged mystery series by Susan J. Kroupa. Alexander was told to just lie still and go to sleep because (1) he was a tired boy and everyone had already read him a million stories and (2) he likes me to stay by him while he falls asleep—even when he's surrounded by siblings—and honestly if he wants me to sit beside him while he falls asleep he'd better be working on going to sleep, not staying up later to read. Like, if he wanted to stay up late looking at books that is fine by me...but he can't hold me hostage while he does so. So it's not like he was forced to not read. I merely gave him an ultimatum: me or books.