Despite how different they all are, they very much band together and look out for each other (sometimes too much so, being bossy towards each other or too defensive of each other with kids outside our family).
Karen had all the manger scene pieces in a straight line, but Marcie insisted they needed to crowd around Jesus, because "Everyone wants to see the Baby Jesus!"
Then Marcie introduced a small wooden pig into the crowd around baby Jesus. We haven't taught her about Jewish dietary laws and "unclean" animals. :)
David is our analytical rule-follower and self-appointed enforcer. He's the loving Alpha Male of the group. He's so responsible and aware, it's actually really great to have him looking out for the others and telling them what to do - and what NOT to do! He's amazingly trustworthy for a four-year-old. Of the quints, he's the most reticent with his affections (but loves DEEPLY). He's also the most verbal, our biggest question-asker, easily excited by presents and outings - complete with a little happy dance, rapid-fire giggle and enormous grin, and just an intensely interesting little person. He seems older than his years.
|David rolling in the grass|
|David and Seth being "bridges" over a small ditch.|
Gracie is the definitive "winsome" child. She skips and sings through life, chuckling with a darling belly-laugh, is quick to run and give hugs when greeting people, and is very eager to learn and do new things. She is our most independent child. She dislikes being helped unless it's absolutely necessary, e.g. with her clothes. She's currently in a very bossy phase, standing up for herself, her things, and her personal space in a loud, demanding voice. She is very affronted if someone tries to mess with a sibling, too! Thankfully, overall she's a sensitive pleaser, almost perpetually happy.
|This reminds me of the sister act in the old movie White Christmas|
Will has such a sweet heart! His feelings are easily hurt, but he's the quickest to forgive and move on. He frequently doesn't even make it over to us for comfort if a sibling hurts him, he's so quick to want to jump back into the game! He's physically the biggest, but David has the strongest force of will and can easily lord it over Will. Will is PASSIONATE about food and TV shows. If he's hungry, life isn't worth living as far as he's concerned. I feel like I'm feeling him all day long! And he's the most keen on watching Bubble Guppies, Paw Patrol, or Octonauts (the current quint favorites). He's also our biggest loner, obviously needing some downtime by himself. He'll disappear to somewhere quiet and play or draw for sometimes an hour at a time. He's also crazy about his brothers and sisters and upset if he thinks anyone is being left out: "Mom! We forgot ______! We need to go get him/her!" He's the most protective of the quints.
The kids really enjoy group hugs. They find them hilarious! (Seth and David were too busy being bridges to participate in the hug.)