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A Nice Birthday

Rolling candlesThat's really how I would describe the day.  It was quiet and we didn't do a whole lot and that was plenty.  I made sourdough pancakes that the children were too excited to eat, but that's alright.  Mike went off to work and I tried to keep things festively normal.  We had a birthday circle time, where we played a couple of favorite games, and read "My Nicest Birthday" from The Children of Noisy Village.

We went out to lunch at our hospital's cafeteria, which sounds so boring, but the children love it.  The food is so affordable (because you've already paid for it in bills, I say) and they have fun vending machines.  We saw a few people we know (this place draws in crowds) and Willow proudly told them it was her day.  Roan said, "I'm still three!"  It was also his half-birthday, so I gave him his flannel-lined pants to wear and he did so proudly.

The first library booksAfter lunch, I took Willow to the library to get her library card and check out her first books.  She chose Eloise at Christmastime and Richard Scarry's Best Christmas Book Ever and The Woodwright's Workbook for Roan.  She has been writing her name very small lately, so I let her fill in that part of the card form.  She was so proud to get a card, but Roan was struggling a little with it not being his day.  Back at home, they read their books for a little while and all was blissful.

There were a few negative emotions toward supper time, but I helped Roan remedy his by having him help me to make the cake.  He was very pleased to open the butter, measure the honey, crack the eggs and sift the flour.  And then he took a nap.  Becky joined us for a tired supper and we ended the day looking at the stars.  I think that's going to be a part of our evolving rhythm as we shift to shorter days.  It's already dark before 7:00.

Tonight, we watched the sun set as we raked leaves and we're enjoying a last little bit of time with Mike before he leaves for two nights.  The days are harried and full with the simple tasks of home and child care, but we are chugging along.


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Oct. 29th, 2014 03:14 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great day!

Baking always resets moods around here. We bake often...
Oct. 29th, 2014 07:15 am (UTC)
It sounds like it was a pretty special day. :) I like your idea of going out to look at stars before the bedtime routine. We might try that on clear nights.
( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )

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It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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