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We haven’t played in the park much recently. Sometimes it just seems like too much work to get the kids ready and out the door.

But it’s always worth it once we get there!  (I’m linking this to Tuesdays Unwrapped at Chatting at the Sky because I’m learning to take time to enjoy the little things.) Look and see:

Running to play.

Running to play.

Ready to slide down.

Ready to slide down.

Smiling at the top.

Smiling at the top.

Made it all the way down.

Made it all the way down.

Climbing back up the slide.

Climbing back up the slide.

Climbing up a ladder.

Climbing up a ladder.

Sisters on the slide.

Sisters on the slide.

Down again. Sweet girl.

Down again. Sweet girl.

My little climber.

My little climber.

Riding a turtle. (I think it's a turtle.)

Riding a turtle. (I think it's a turtle.)

Here he comes.

Here he comes.

Smiles for the camera.

Smiles for the camera.

All three "together" in one picture.

All three "together" in one picture.

So much fun.

So much fun.

Swinging. (Paused for the pic.)

Swinging. (Paused for the pic.)

Tire swing - no stopping for a picture.

Tire swing - no stopping for a picture.

Sweet and silly.

Sweet and silly.

Is this too many pictures for a couple hours at the park?

I didn’t think so. But maybe I’m biased. We just had so much fun that day and now looking at them again makes me want to share all of them with you. And, believe it or not, I did not post all the pictures I took!

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(Thanks to SouleMama and her Winter’s Manifesto for inspiration.)

Catching sunbeams that come in the window.

The potted plants growing in front of the south window.

Playing outside on the unseasonably warm days.

Play-dough. Paint. Crayons. Baths.

Looking for snow every morning. Recovering from disappointment.

Cuddling early in the morning.

Having an extra child on my lap while nursing the baby.

Hand sewing birds.

Seeing new life in old and new friends.

MOPS.

The Storchenwiege.

Singing, dancing girls.

Exercise.

Cloth diapers hanging to dry.

Baking monkey bread.

Starbucks coffee in my coffee pot.

Frozen snap peas. Avocados.

What is keeping you sane in these winter days?

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Ok, so this post really needs pictures or better yet, video to accompany it, but I just can’t get what I want so words will have to suffice.

I started thinking about walking more and how to do that in my life – mostly because I stepped on the scale at the doctor’s office the other day in an attempt to get Meg to do it. It was her checkup. But I made the mistake of glancing at the number. Even if I attribute more than is fair to the fact that I was holding Daniel, there was still some “extra” if you know what I mean.

So I’ve started walking up and down the block while the girls play outside. In full view of the second busiest street in town. In my sweats. Again. And again. Hoping to get back to my new “normal” after three sweet kiddos. According to my sweet husband, yes, it is taking longer this time to get rid of the baby weight, but this  time I’m not on the Total Elimination Diet (just like it sounds you can eat only very limited food for a few weeks) like I was last time and the weight just melted away without any effort.

So walking is it.

And as I walk I watch the girls play, give wagon and piggy back rides, carry Daniel in the Stork and sometimes they walk with me back and forth.

So I watch them.

Kate minces, hops and dances along. Sometimes I laugh because it’s so cute and girly. Sometimes I grimace and hope she doesn’t still walk like that as a teenager!

Megan strides, struts and gets where she needs to be. Also very cute, but in a linebacker sort of way. I imagine she will grow out of that … if not I’ll learn to cheer for my daughter the football player. Oh my. (Of course, it was Megan who tackled her sister to the ground while I tried to take their picture in Christmas dresses.)

As I watched Meg walk today, and walked myself incidentally, I laughed aloud at her longer-than-expected strides and strong, slightly stiff, purposeful gait. And then I stopped – both walking and laughing – as I saw myself in her.

Oh no. Is that how I walk?

I can’t say I want to look like a linebacker. But maybe …

It’s more like Meg Ryan in French Kiss when the guy, Luc, tells her to “walk her little walk” when giving back the necklace (is that how the plot goes?). Anyway, she gets all offended and stalks off doing this super cute, if not super-feminine, walk. I hope I walk more like that. But probably not.

But maybe Megan will. Maybe she’ll grow into a Meg Ryan type walk. Or just a Megan walk. Either would be great.

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captain's hat, snowflakes, jungle animals, ring/bracelet and a long strip of paper.

Clockwise from top left: captain's hat, snowflakes, jungle animals, ring/bracelet and a long strip of paper.

Yesterday Kate had scissors and paper and was attempting to make paper snowflakes. But she did NOT want any help from me in the folding or cutting. Except after she cut many slits, opened the paper and it still looked like a full sheet of paper! Then she was willing to listen as I tried to describe how she could cut to make it look like a snowflake.

She stayed busy for quite awhile – and tiny bits of paper littered the floor.

Later I told her and Meg to clean up – always an adventure – then continued to feed Daniel/clean up/blog until Kate came over and handed me a snowflake, then a captain’s hat, then something to wear (sized between a ring and bracelet), then a procession – or maybe a herd – of unpronouceably named jungle animals. All made out of paper. Each animal came with a name (made up word with multiple syllables), and a description, “This is a blah be da ba wabba. It’s an animal. It lives in the jungle.”

So I oohed and aahed over each one. But on the fourth or so animal, my true enthusiasm started to wane. So I cranked up my “smile and nod” a notch. Because really, who wants to disappoint that almost-four-year-old sweetness by not being excited about paper jungle animals?

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Kate’s learning to play baseball with Daddy. Meg mostly just carries the bat and ball around.

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The girls started hugging and staggering around giggling until they fell down the other day. And again. And again. And again. Here’s just one example:

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This was the last day we went to the pool before it closed for the season. I’ve been glad the weather has been cooler since then so we play outside without getting too hot! All three of us girls really enjoyed the water all summer long.

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