Saturday

What did I love about today? That E got his shoes on all by himself without much prompting and without help getting the correct shoe on the correct foot. It’s a sign of his growing independence that the little things he takes on himself.

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That L helped him put on a hoodie that he was dying to wear without me even knowing she’d done it. It must have been a frustrating task, because the neck of that garment does not slip easily over his head. But instead of hearing any fussing, I heard nothing at all.

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That they both found a way to entertain themselves. That E did so by working — his favorite type of play — and that L still is in love with skating.

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That I discovered K is right: watering the flowers can be a delightful job. The Boy was eager to turn play work into real work. And I love that he’s always willing to lend a hand.

“Sure,” he always says.

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That we have a small fire pit in the backyard. With it being so dry, it’s always a bit of a risk to have a bonfire, but we keep it small (despite the appearance of this — it was built up for the picture and for E to help) and have a hose at hand.

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That life in our family can be so hectic and yet peaceful at the same moment. That our kitchen is done. That I managed to eat Brussels sprouts tonight.

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That the Girl is so interested in crafts. Nana and Papa bought her a small sewing machine for Christmas some time ago (last year? year before?) and perhaps she was too young, because she’s just now getting interested in it.

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That my family is my family.

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