April 4 – 17, 2017

It’s Spring at last! Oddly, Linus is celebrating it by wearing his winter hat indoors.

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Isn’t this a beautiful family photo? I look at this one a lot while I’m at work. Keeps me going!

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We call this gesture, “Please, may I have a pony?”

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Two goofy kids. They still love playing in pillow and blanket forts on the couch.

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Mina’s hair is getting crazier, but I don’t want to cut it again for a while. I want some summer ponytails!

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Mina’s kisses are open-mouthed affairs. But the kids are little sweethearts who (mostly) love each other.

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“Just a minute – I have a question.”

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We’ve been getting out for early Spring hikes the last few weeks. We don’t bring a backpack because we were pretty sure she would refuse to allow it. We were absolutely right. She managed to walk most of the trail. Of course that means we spent an hour going a mile. But who cares?

Burlington landlocked forest

We like this particular trail because it’s close to our house and has quite a few boardwalks. Linus spent a long time tossing sticks in to see how fast they floated away.

Burlington landlocked forest

Burlington landlocked forest

Burlington landlocked forest

Burlington landlocked forest

Linus couldn’t resist climbing on the skid steer parked near the trail.

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Look at these shorts! I figured they’d be too short, but then I forgot that Mina has about a 10-inch inseam.

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Mina loves her new chair. We just have to keep her from eating popsicles while she sits in it.

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The squirt bottle came out because we had an 80-degree day, but Linus refuses to put it away.

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Linus has gone from occasionally asking to wear one barrette to bringing me a handful asking to wear all of them. He ends up looking like he’s wearing curlers.

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Another walk! This time we went to my old favorite, Ipswich River.

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

 

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

There’s a big hollow tree at the Sanctuary. Of course the kids had to take turns crawling inside.

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

Someone has made a little cave out of logs. Linus was kind of freaked out, but Mina wanted to walk right in. I tried to swallow visions of snakes, spiders, and ticks. In the end she just looked and then kept moving.

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

Ipswich River wildlife sanctuary

The next day was Easter. Our friend Van invited us over for an Easter egg hunt. Mina got all dolled up.

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Linus wore his glasses as usual.

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Easter egg hunt at Van's

Linus took the hunt very seriously. Even after we told him the eggs had all been found, he refused to call off the search.

 

Easter egg hunt at Van's

Easter egg hunt at Van's

Lots and lots of truck playing going on… all day, every day.

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