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The Smell of Spring/ El Olor de la Primavera

We finally had a day that was not freezing cold, and so we headed over to a nice park, and after a little bit of time on the playground, we explored the more 'natural' areas of the park.  It was lovely, though quite muddy.  Little Man wanted to chase the geese, and then a squirrel.  This led us to finding a nice little area that is perfect for play and a whole lot of activities - even lessons in the park.  It almost looks like a little backyard, something I sorely miss having.  I grew up digging in the mud.  This part of the park was so lovely and private, Miss M. actually did start digging - She found some baby onions, which I was finally able to convince her to let them grow, though she wanted to yank them out.  The crocuses are just starting to pop up too, and maybe some daffodils as well, we will have to check back. I think we all felt as though we were in our own space there.  We will definitely be spending more time there as the days warm up.

Por fin tuvimos un dia que no era helada, entonces fuimos a un parque muy lindo, donde despues de un rato en los juegos, exploremos las zonas mas naturales.  Fue muy bonito, aunque llenemos de lodo.  El nino quiso seguir los gansos y despues una ardilla.  Eso nos llevo a encontrar un trocito del parque mas retirada que seria perfecto por muchas actividades - hasta lecciones en el parque y lecturas, claro, cuando mejora mas el clima. El nino empezo subir los arboles y la nina quiso jalar unas cebollas de la tierra, hasta que la convince dejarlas crecer.  Tambien estan naciendo flores, y con el tiempo averiguaremos cuales son.  


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