Yesterday we spent the day at the botanical gardens with new friends. It was lovely to see the kids run, play, talk, and create for hours! We have so very much in common with this family. Their boys are J (8) and S (11). e was worried she'd get left out as the youngest, but these boys have big hearts for including everyone. Above is one of the houses they built using magnetic blocks in the children's garden. We also spent quite a bit of time in the enchanted forest, where e collected acorns and everyone kept an eye out for fairies and elves. K (the boys' mom) and I managed long conversations out of earshot of the children, which was lovely and did me so much good- hopefully her also. Homeschooling can be a lonely endeavor in a new place.