Porter has once again beaten Will to the punch in mastering a physical feat. He can now ride a two-wheel bike. I was raking leaves in the front yard today while Claire and Porter played in the driveway when I looked up to see Porter taking off on the bike. He had false starts and fell a few times, but every time he got back up again wholly undaunted. He didn't even need my help. He was thrilled with himself. More than being proud of him for mastering the skill, I was so proud that he kept getting back up every time he fell over. I tried to emphasize to him that the reason he was able to learn so quickly was that he didn't give up.
Claire was pretty jealous and kept screaming "No! Mine! Bike!" variously but gave it up after a while and he claims of ownership turned to "Awesome!" after we ignored her sufficiently.
We had a picnic (or rather "picnic"--can it technically be a meal when very little is eaten?) on the playground out back. Porter is so sweet with Claire and it occurred to me today as they were swinging side by side and smiling at each other that we will miss Porter a lot next year. Sometimes I discount how much Claire's days will be altered by his absence since he does spend many solitary hours playing the game where he's Jack. But I guess that happens more when I am not taking them outside.
Tonight we went as a family to Will's scouting activity at school. We made a chocolate yule log cake together and he talked me into also making meringue mushrooms to decorate it with. So glad I did bc they were easy and turned out awesome. Was glad we once again won no prizes bc that meant we could bring it home. It was a gorgeous cake and I too way too many photos of it. All in all a fun and beautiful day. My only thought today was that I would enjoy everything so much more if I had my family here to live life with.