Much Better

Thanks for commiserating with me over yesterday.  I really appreciated all your words even if you just took the time to tell me, “hey, me too.”
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Today was another beautiful day outdoors and we made it our off day from lessons (we homeschool four days/week). I spent the first half of the day cooking, and then took a few hours this afternoon to hit some thrift stores with Keats (for any of you thrift store junkies out there, I scored a beautiful, big, striped, wool blanket in perfect condition for two bucks!!!)I rotate who goes with me on errands when I can, to give the kids some alone time. I always take whoever is with me for a special treat. Keats got a donut from the best local bakery in town. Lucky devil. I just watched him eat it and thought that I really need to make some gluten free donuts.  Actually, I thought more about the times he and I used to sit in that bakery eating donuts after dropping Seth off at his Montessori school, years ago.  Years ago when I only had two kids.  So weird.

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I managed to get a picture today, maybe not the best, but a picture anyway of Keats with short hair.  Short sticking up hair and dirty knees.  The haircut is not so bad now that it has had a week or so to grow a bit.
**Seth’s hair is still long. That’s probably not going to change any time soon!
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Keats found a spotted salamander today.  I don’t know anything about salamanders.  I had a friend in forestry school whose big area of research was salamanders, but I never gleaned any information on them from her.
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This one was very slow moving, don’t know if that’s typical, and really very cute.
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And I did stay up last night and sew.  I made a peasant style top using a pattern from Making Children’s Clothes.  I made a very very big peasant style top, I should say.  Luckily I used cheap cotton gauze and will know how to modify the pattern for next time.
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Despite the shirt’s hugeness, Larkspur wore it anyway.
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Before I could comb her wet hair after her bath, she had donned one of her signature headbands and was outside running around,
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spinning circles, and dancing.
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Until “her legs got tired” and she started begging me to carry her.
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She’s the dramatic type.
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I carried her inside and we sat down for a very serious heart to heart.
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I am sure she gave me this look after telling me that next time I sew her something it really ought to be pink.

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