a beautiful friday outdoors

And my first sunburn (the peeling kind) in decades.

First, breakfast at The Dutch. Béla put Cholula all over his Dutch Baby.

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Then we went to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.

I had expected we’d just spend an hour or two there — had packed sketchbooks and whatnot. Someone from the grounds told us where we could go find a bald eagle in a tree, and we went that way, and another family — a mom and two boys our kids’ age — ran toward us. “Oh, are you other homeschoolers?” asked the mom.

And our day got much more fun.

And longer! I really did get a good burn.

It was the first real warm day of the season, and we came home, sweaty and tired, and the kids went right back out to the newly-forming “Friday pizza picnic in the park” event… and stayed outside until the park lights came on.

Until after dark. My kids.

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It’s great to live in a house that faces the playground my kids play in. I can hear their voices in the din sometimes. Hey, it hasn’t stopped the worst-case-scenarios from happening — it’s still less than a year since we ran over there to see Béla, immobilized and being put into an ambulance — but overall, it’s a great situation.

For the first time in YEARS, Claudia was asleep before 11PM. In fact, she’d fallen asleep twice before that time.

It was like a day from my own childhood. My kids have not had many days like that!