The Lonely Bear

We found a lonely bear at the park today. He was lying in the dirt, and I'm certain a child somewhere is missing him just as much as he is missing them. We decided to keep him company to cheer him up while he waits for his owner to come back and find him.

After brushing him off and introducing ourselves, we pushed him in the swing.

He liked gentle pushes the best, but he's a brave little bear and let Abigail swing him super high - up, up in the sky. They both giggled when he flopped over and peeked at her through the leg hole of the seat.

Seeing how brave he was on the swing, we decided to put him up at the tippy-top of the slide. He is a brave little bear, but the slide was quite intimidating. He said the dirt at the bottom of the slide reminded him of lying on the ground before we found him. He enjoyed the view from the top.

Little Bear was feeling happy about meeting new friends, but tired from all the excitement. He rested until we had to go home.

We didn't want little bear to fall from his hammock after we left, so we settled him onto the bench nearest the road, hoping that his owners will see him soon. Bye, bye, lonely little bear!

(If he is your bear, I hope he's still waiting for you at Freedom Park.)


Abigail, while eating her toast, exclaimed "Hey, look! It's the United States!"


Lucia watching football with Daddy

A few minutes coloring, singing, and talking with Eliana & Joelle

                                     Eliana over here                                              Joelle over here

Curly Girls

(Yellow clip = Joelle; Blue clip = Eliana)


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Lucia stacking jars

It's fall!

It's finally feeling like fall around here, so after a chilly morning playing in the backyard, we enjoyed some quick & easy apple "cider"

Autumn Apple Juice
(all measurements very approximate - I just eyeballed it)

In large microwaveable container, stir together:

4 cups Apple juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or a small piece of stick cinnamon)
1/2 tsp allspice
2 cloves (or 1/4 tsp ground cloves)
1/8 tsp ground cardamom

Microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Keep going in 1-minute increments until hot enough ( I think I only did 2 or 3 minutes, because the kids don't like it too hot.

For our girls, I poured it through a strainer lined with a paper towel, so the spices weren't floating in their cups.



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Lucia's birthday

Lucia turned 1 on Aug 31. We did celebrate with cake, and managed to get a couple pictures.

(Our rechargeable batteries for the camera would only hold enough charge for a handful of pictures, and they would lose all power after about 10 minutes. Sorry for the lack of pictures. It took a month before I finally got some new ones. We should be back in action now :) )

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Hello, we're still here