Annabelle loves to play barbies and is so kind to include her 3 month old baby sister. Jane looks a little worried in these pictures. It's not an unusual expression for her to have on when her siblings are near.We've had some neighbors move in next door that have three children. The oldest is a boy and is 6, and there are two daughters ages 4 and 18 months. Elisabeth and Charles LOVE having neighbors right next door that are their age. They play every day, sometimes several times a day. They love being able to go over by themselves and knock on the door to see if they can play.
We have lots of little friends in the neighborhood besides these next door neighbors, but I don't let my kids cross the street alone or play somewhere that I can see them well, so they're sort of limited to playing at the houses right next to us if Mom is busy and can't come outside. When they're a little older they'll have more freedom, but for now, this will have to do. And it does. And it's so nice that they can still play with their friends outside when I'm in nursing or cleaning or cooking while a baby is sleeping. Here are a couple of pictures of the kids playing together in the backyard.