"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Could it be?!

We're not getting our hopes up or anything ('cause I hear a cold snap is on it's way for the weekend) but with a 45* afternoon, it was almost, sorta, kinda like Spring-enough for bikes in the driveway! And just barely recovered from the worst flu of my life only hours before, martyr that I am, bundled everyone up for some fresh air.

Does this look like the face of a boy who was barfing and feverish just 6 hours earlier? (Believe me, it is.)
And this face... well she stopped two days prior so rest assured, she is on the mend.
This particular face was what started our downward spiral last friday evening (and saturday evening and the following sunday etc...). Never has this house seen more laundry in a week's time and we have plenty more than our fair share.
But things are looking up. With our resident bike expert giving out free tune-ups...the bikes began to fly...
and yes a few spirits soared.
(And now I realize the sap is starting to leak. Time for more bed rest.)

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