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It took us 11 hours to get out of the house today. Does that happen to families that don’t have little children running around everywhere? I can’t remember. I don’t think so.There was playing to do in the back yard, the baby wanted to be rocked while she slept, and the bigger kids took long naps in the late afternoon. Meanwhile, we picked through our blueberries (tiny snails were hiding in their blossom ends) and got a pot of blueberry jam simmering. The children tasted it many, many times. It doesn’t sound busy, does it? Today, it was all-consuming. We got to the park with all our bikes and scooters in the evening, just in time to ride the lakefront loop and have a picnic dinner on our girls’ favorite hidden beach at sunset.