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Three positive things, day sixty three

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Back on a normal schedule again, today was the first work day of my week, and Tuesday.

The first positive thing was something that happened with #awewsomewife when she took Aidan to his apple-picking job. There were so many apples on the ground that she went from walking around with Kian to helping Aidan pick apples. She also asked Kian to help, and he'd walk around, see an apple and then say "apple - peekabo, I found you!" I wish I could have seen it, but it was quite the story :)

The second positive thing was Liam and Kian doing their "I'm Batman!" / "I'm Groo!" duet at lunchtime - it helped perk the day's mood up a bit.

The third positive thing was.. being Tuesday - my ukulele class of course :) Tonight we focused a little bit on some tunes that the instructor's hoping to have us join him in playing at a local community event ran by a local church this weekend; I'm not sure we'll be going, but it was good practice.

Three positive things, day fifty nine (catching up)

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(posting a few days late)

Hello Friday!

The first positive thing was Aidan's first day at his first job. Yes, you read that right. The day before their mom took them to an orchard a few miles out the road. They got talking with the woman who runs the orchard when she jokingly mentioned that Aidan could come over to pick up all the apples off the ground before other people came to pick them, and he said "ok". So #awesomewife decided to use it as a learning exercise for him. Every weekday morning he has to show up at the orchard and pick up the fruit that has fallen since the previous evening, and he gets paid a few dollars for it. We're not making him cover the cost of the gas to 'n from the farm as it's only a few miles away, which is also part of why his mom agreed to it. We'll only do it for a week or two, because they were having enough difficulties juggling the week, but it's still working out to be a nice learning exercise for him.

The second positive thing was finishing a busy week at work.

The third positive thing was getting in some ukulele practice, and continuing to formulate a plan to teach the kids a tune.

Met some new friends

My friend Carlos.
My friend Carlos.
Carlos likes grass.
Carlos likes grass.
Jealous Carlos is jealous.
Jealous Carlos is jealous.
Aidan teaching goats how to climb.
Aidan teaching goats how to climb.
A friendly cow.
A friendly cow.
Sad cow is sad.
Sad cow is sad.
Mom, I want Boo.
Mom, I want Boo.

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Today I met some new friends. One of them, Carlos, is a Red Brahma / Red Holstein cross that's so large their measuring tape is to small and they need to get a new one, which meant he weighs at least 2,500lbs; his back was up to the top of my head, which is larger than any bovine I've ever met before. Crazy. Even when we met Carlos' brother, who's about 1,000lbs lighter, he couldn't stay away. Jealous Carlos is jealous.

I also met an extraordinarily friendly small cow (forgot to ask what breed she was, or get her name - sorry) who just loved scratches. When I turned to walk away I saw she was already crying.

Then there was a pack of piglets and their mom - one of them was hungry but the mom would just not roll over enough to let down some milk, the little thing spent several minutes trying to get something but didn't seem to be having much luck.

There were also goats, and Aidan took the opportunity of teaching them how to climb onto a large tractor tire that was left in their yard - he's helpful like that.

Three positive things, day fifty four

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Today was another rather busy day.

The first positive thing was .. hitting the beach again! After #awesomewife woke up she and I discussed what to do for the day - I was eyeing getting busy on some chores and cleaning the house up a bit, but she wanted to get out and so we looked up some beaches in NH. She found one site that listed the top beaches in NH (there are a bunch, though obviously most of them at lakes) and, after skipping the majority as they were a two+ hour drive away, we settled on a public beach at Lake Sunapee, which was only about a 45 minute drive through the gorgeous hills of mid-West NH. We got there when there was only about a dozen cars in the parking lot, set out our blanket & over-sized beach umbrella, then we all hit the water for an hour.

The second positive thing was doing the parental summertime-at-a-beach thing after a small picnic lunch - having a (brief) nap while the rest played ;-)

The third positive thing was arriving home after it all, everyone happy from the fun day at the beach, and discovering places where I hadn't quite gotten enough suntan lotion on - I had patches of burnt-red skin over my torso and limbs, the worst spot being my right shoulder. Why am I considering this a good thing? Because it has been so long since we've just spent the day outside playing, it felt like an achievement! A very red, sore-looking award. That has had a bunch of Badger After-Sun Balm applied multiple time. But an achievement none-the-less :)

Three positive things, day fifty three

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We had a pretty good Saturday.

The first positive thing was Kian running over to me and saying "Daddy, I have a neen na-neen!" - I have a green dragon. While we haven't been pushing him to learn colors, it's neat that he's picking them up on his own.

The second positive thing was getting a really great picture from #awesomewife of all three kids together, with all three of them smiling and not pulling silly faces :) I've set it up as my laptop's desktop pic and will probably see about framing it, it's that good!

The third positive thing was Kian having his first apple. Now, he's had apple chunks before, but this was the first time that he got to sit down and just chew into a full apple on his own. And oh my but did he enjoy it! I had to direct him on which parts to eat because he was working his way through the seeds in the middle, and he had a shower afterwards because he the apple juice got everywhere, but he now has a renewed interest in apples :)

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