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that time we played in leaves…

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It’s been beautiful to be in the cool, colorful, crisp season of fall again, after years of missing it while in Florida.  Oh, we did miss fall desperately.  I have to say, though, that fall has been frustrating for me here in Washington.  To find leaves to play in that aren’t wet just isn’t realistic, to find a place where the warm fall sun shines through the tall dark northern pines has been a challenge, and to muster the energy to go hiking in the unpredictable and rainy weather is not easy.  I have a big Washington learning curve in progress, which does make sense considering we’ve been here for just 4 months now.  In just 4 months we have accomplished so very much in terms of settling in, navigating our family’s reintegration (with Matt back in our lives for real this time), creating a community and finding friendships here, and exploring the area.  I gotta cut myself some slack and be proud of how much adapting I’ve done so far.

This little iPhone photo series shows a “fall” moment, several weeks ago, where we discovered a lovely little leafy glen, in the middle of a parking lot, where the sun happened to be shining, and where the kids played together.  It was just right.

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