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Leah is away at a conference the last half of this week and I'm on my own with the boys. Well, she's not really away—she's back 6:30 or 7 every evening to handle the all-important night shift. And I'm not really on my own, since I had to work yesterday so the boys spent all day with Grandma and Grandpa. But today was all me! We had a picnic.

the three boys eating at a picnic table

cheese sandwiches

Lijah's been coping pretty well, all things considered: eating and napping as well as we could hope. He even survived me waking him up this afternoon when he fell asleep in the car on the way to get Leah a birthday present! I drove the extra-scenic route home in hopes of getting him to sleep again, and when he didn't I was pretty dismayed. Then he fell asleep in four minutes listening to brass band music (just like old times!) while his brothers played with legos. I think he was tired because I made him fend for himself all morning.

Lijah walking into the woods

into the woods

Leah's doing well enough with her 11 or 12 hours of child-free time (it has its benefits and its drawbacks). I'm not sure how she feels about spending her birthday away tomorrow, but as Harvey put it: "It's good Mama's going to be gone so we can make her cards!" Yes indeed. That's what we'll be doing tomorrow. And probably some other things too...

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