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March 1, 2012

Sometimes it comes in handy to be married to a guy who works in a newspaper and radio newsroom.  Yesterday I happened to pay him a visit at work.  One of the reporters, seeing Pea, mentioned that the local botanical garden was having a Leap Day celebration involving frog and kangaroo crafts and activities.  So our weekly playdate with friends was quickly diverted from its planned location to the gardens instead.

Our 4 boys were slightly more, ah, enthusiastic about their hopping around the room than the other kids, but everyone had fun and no one kicked us out.  The kids joined a “frog chorus”, learned about the frog life cycle, and tried to jump as far as frogs.  And we left with a mountain of completed crafts – a kangaroo planter, origami hopping frogs, a frog coozie, a froggie visor… I think they used their weight in glue.  They certainly hopped off enough calories to eat extra-large dinners last night.

And what a nice surprise to find pictures of our fun afternoon in my email – I didn’t even notice my friend taking them.  Here is a picture of a 2, 3, 4, and 5 year old trying to do origami.  Yeah, right.  But after a morning that included a clogged toilet that flooded into the basement, a dumped mountain of legos, and increasing cabin fever, it sure beat an afternoon at home.  I am so thankful for my sanity-saving friends.  When the going gets tough – get out of the house!

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