Happy Birthday to dear Rose! Isn't she *so cute?* She got to go on the bus to preschool with her big brother. Here she is on the porch being presented with her new backpack. She is going to be in a "special needs" room, but she doesn't get the super special needs (deluxe!) room with a one-to-one aide like Woodjie. Judging from the couple short sentences sent home, she likely sat still and wasn't sure what to do today. She got to eat GOLDFISH crackers for a snack. Elf, Emperor and I went to the *new* HyVee in town (overpriced, bad parking, no familiar cracks in the floors and 1980s decor... waah, I miss it) and then to lunch (Chic-fil-A, yumm!) and OfficeMax to buy special "Black Pearl" erasers that Elf can NOT live without. Cannot. I would say that it was eeeerily quiet with *only* two children, but it wasn't. I am now realizing that Emperor talks a great deal and seldom requires a response (that was for all you Pride and Prejudice fans). Anyyyway, I also want to wish a Happy Australia Day to all y'all who are a day ahead of us! I would have posted more pics of Rose, but it's HARD getting both the children on the bus with their stuff and not slipping on the ice.