A Winter’s Walk

On a warm winter’s day in March, armed with nothing but my cell phone, our dog, and three kids eager to be outside and in the sunshine, I went for a walk.  There was nothing remarkable about this, except for the remarkable nature of small moments when I have the time and wherewithal to appreciate them.

Like helping each other gear up, without me having to ask.

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And sassy girls in cute hats, pajama pants, and rain boots.

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Nothing remarkable but room to run, with space to breathe and the warm sun on our faces, after too many months tucked away inside.

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And the most remarkable part of all: a sunny spot for selfies (with mama actually IN the picture!), and three of the people I love best.

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Even if the baby was not in the mood for a close-up, they are still pictures to remember.  Moments during Baby H’s first winter and the joy of being free to move around and explore once again, finding happiness in the melting snow and searching in vain for signs of spring.

Sometimes I leave my big camera behind, but even then, cell phone camera or no, I am grateful when I can slow down enough to appreciate all the remarkable moments in a completely unremarkable day.

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Getting Big

Our beautiful, smart, sassy girl is 13 months old.  This moment shows so much about who she is, what she loves, and how much she’s grown.

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Her chair, books, Biscuit, a necklace, no socks.  If she had a cup full of Cheerios or baby goldfish and one of her sister’s water bottles, she would want for nothing.  Plus Blankie and her (newly acquired) Binkie, of course.

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13 months, not walking, 11 teeth, great sleeper, loves her stroller and reading and The Wheels On The Bus, Old MacDonald, and being tickled.  She has so many words and counts the moments until Daddy gets home.  Our baby girl, getting big.

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Rainbow Scavenger Hunt

Pulled out an old favorite last week–looking for rainbows inside before it was warm enough to go looking for them ourselves outside!

Hunting Rainbows @ Rub Some Dirt On It

Here’s how you do it.  You write the names of all colors across a sheet of paper, and then give the kids a time limit to find as many colorful objects that they can.  You know I love a touch of literacy as an added bonus.

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Anything with a timer makes even the simplest game more fun!

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Little H happened to have a lot of rainbow-colored blocks and toys handy so it wasn’t exactly challenging, but they liked it all the same.

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Colors, shapes, counting (which pile has most? which pile has least? why do we have so many purple and red things?) and reading all rolled into one activity.  With three kids at home while Jax has vacation this week, we may have to try this again very soon!

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March Randoms

Random captures from last month, including sister laundry basket snuggles.

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Brother tough guy faces while wearing a necklace around his head.

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Not so tough, really.

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Pirate eye patches, princess style.

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And babies checking their email.

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Small things to help get us through the final few winter days!

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Watching Her

Watching her, watching my phone.  I couldn’t resist taking advantage of her quiet to capture the moment.  To capture all that she is, who she is.

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She asked me to blow dry her hair straight that morning.  I did the best I could; her hair just wants to wave.

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Those are my knee socks she’s wearing; she insisted because they match her dress.  She wore them with plastic glass slippers all around the town of Hanover to see Cinderella, the ballet, on a winter’s day in March.

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Because she’s that kind of girl.  All girl, all the time.

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And all mine.

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Friends In Colorful Places

Sometimes I’ll admit, I’m a bit more crafty disaster than crafty connoisseur.  But these wooden peg dolls that I made three years ago are still holding up and are still a family favorite!  For a baby girl whose new favorite pastime is sorting, colorful people (even colorful people who have lost half of their hair due to baby slobber) with colorful cups for homes are fantastic friends to have when waiting for dinner.

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She’s getting so big and communicating so well; I can ask Little H a question and she will (usually) shake her head “no” vigorously, because of course she knows what she wants.  Most of the time it’s food, but a lot of the time it’s these guys.

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 I’m proud of the effort it took to make them, proud of the fact that all three of my kids have had a great time playing with these wooden peg dolls, proud of the fact I created something she loves and will keep her quiet for the three and a half minutes it takes to microwave Easy-Mac.

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With vegetables!  I swear!  Okay, I microwave the frozen vegetables, but it still counts.

Thank goodness we have friends in colorful places.

To make your own wooden peg dolls, the step-by-step instructions can be found here.

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Golf With My Guy

Since Em and I had our glorious girls’ days away in NYC, my favorite little guy was feeling a little neglected.  Can’t have that.

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Nothing a date at a local fundraiser–mini golf in the library!–couldn’t fix!

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To raise money, the Howe Library in Hanover set up a miniature golf course inside and for a very nominal fee we could putt to his heart’s content (which was about 24 holes) and then eat pizza and cookies.  It was pretty much the perfect 5-year-old boy date.

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Yeah, he might have whiffed on that one.

I felt a twinge of guilt because Em definitely would have had a blast, but Jax would have loved New York, too.  It’s hard to create time alone with each of my kids, but they all deserve it and I love reconnecting and having a chance to really listen to them.  So if that means sometimes one or two of them miss out on something cool, well, I’ll make it up to them.

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 And Jax got two holes in one! I’m glad I wasn’t distracted by anything else and was his biggest cheerleader and buddy.  Days like this are just the best, especially with my favorite little guy.

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