"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Friday, February 29, 2008

LEAP Day for the Leap year!

What better way to celebrate than by bouncing and leaping the day away at Festive Party, the indoor bouncy house place!? We were able to rent the space and have it all to our 25-kid-selves! (I had to beg Gabriel to pose with his LEAP shirt in full view.)See how well we stuck to the "3 kids at a time" rule?Even the mommies were good role models!Simone slowed down here and there enough to color and help me put the giant floor puzzle back together.

Caden helped too in a Caden sort of way...
Afterwards we did our usual potluck & playing for the rest of the day at our friend's house where clearly I was too busy eating to take any more pictures other than this.

Happy LEAP Year & Day!

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