Since I had today off, I took Anna to the wading pool down at one of the city parks this afternoon. She is truthfully getting a bit big for it - I think that she would probably enjoy a real pool more than just a simple wading pool, but this is cheap and easy and there's very little chance that she will drown in (a maximum of) 18 inches of water. So to the wading pool we went. She was ready to go long before I was - complete with goggles in case of a flash flood.
Anna is a giantess among the kids down there, even though she is not all that much older than some of the kids there. Sure, there are a lot of really little kids - 2 and 3 year olds, but there are a few 4 and 5 year olds from what I can tell. But she literally towers over all the kids there - so much that I'm sure the other parents are looking at me disapprovingly, muttering under their breath "why is that 8 year old here with all these little kids??" It's because she's TALL, that's why. It will serve her well later, even if she will be unable to buy clothing.
She does truly love it down there - although the novelty of having me there instead of Heidi proved to be too much of a temptation to resist. She kept on coming over every 2 minutes to talk to me which interrupted my reading and consequently, I didn't get a whole lot of reading done. Oh well - what can you do? And how can you be upset when someone is as happy as this?
And that's actually a semi-candid shot! Candid in the fact that it was unposed, semi- in the fact that she was fully aware she was having her picture taken.