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pond days

Harvey and Zion swimming with friends

in the deeper water

Thursday and Friday we spent some serious time at the pond.

The air was hot but the water still has that spring chill so we spent some time out of the water as well—grown-ups and littler kids especially.

Zion and Lijah and the hole we dug; Zion spitting out sand

sand out of the hole and into the mouth

Lijah loved digging a hole with me and Zion, especially once we hit water.

the view from above of Lijah in the water-filled hole

his own little pool

Thursday we were there with the Stevenses and another homeschooling family, and the kids all found plenty to do together.

the boys watch friends at work on a sand castle

friendly crowd

(Since it was a homeschooling group they also did their best to start a fire on the beach with a magnifying glass and a pile of leaves; miraculously, no one objected.)

We went later on Friday and spent the evening, sharing a picnic supper with friends. It was chillier yet as the day moved on, but Harvey still spent all the time he could in the water.

Harvey in the water

evening swim

Yesterday was cold and rainy, and today is shaping up no warmer, so we're not thinking of swimming right now—but I'm sure we'll be back before too long. At one point on Thursday I overheard a couple of moms talking about the weather and how this was the best day they could find to schedule their beach trip... which sounded strange to me. Because us, we don't "schedule" time at the pond, it just happens. And hooray for that!

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