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The Sweet Spot

School starts in less than 2 weeks.  The weather is unbelievably beautiful.  My kids have re-bonded from being together all summer.  It is the first time in 17 years that our youngest is turning 5 and we don’t have a baby or one about to be born.  Aside from wiping the occasional tush, everyone is toilet trained, can get in and out of their own car seat,  put on their own clothes and shoes, and even help with chores.  There are no more strollers or cribs or baby bjorn to lug around.  In fact, we can even go out for an activity without having to carry the kitchen sink!  We actually just get in the car, I start it and we go.  Life is good.

So after leaving my kids in charge of each other while I ran 6 miles and then picked up food for dinner today, we went for a long hike in the woods.   It was heavenly.

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It was only a matter of time before they found water.  And then only a matter of time before the shoes came off and everyone was in the water!

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Then it was only a shorter matter of time before Zeke was completely wet.  You will notice the water line on his shirt is up to his chin.  Hannah soon followed.  They found live craw dads and had a few playful dogs join them in the water.  There was lots of screaming and laughing and…

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Mud 🙂  lots of mud!

It was just so much fun.  I am not sure how it could get any better to be honest with you.  I guess if Noah had been splashing around with them instead of working it would have been perfect.  But having my big guy growing up so beautifully is also perfect.

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The sweet spot.

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