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One Fine Day by James Marshall
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Big Work MachinesBig Work Machines: 11/23/06

Big Work Machines is the last of the books from Connor that I've read and of the four I've read so far, it's my favorite. Since Sean was about two, he has been fascinated by construction machines and other big trucks. He comes by it naturally; I've loved them too since I was a toddler. "Big Work Machines" as Relf calls them have been a favorite topic of conversation since Sean's been able to talk. Unfortunately neither of us have known all the proper names for these machines but now with this book, we do! The book is divided up by different sorts of tasks from construction to mining and other jobs. Each section is beautifully illustrated to show the machines at work.

South Pasadena:

Yesterday we made the long drive (along with half of the Bay Area) to southern California for Thanksgiving at Judy and Charlie's home. This drive was Harriet's first long distance road trip and she did great! Both Sean and Harriet were so good and patient in the car.

Traffic was really thick but the worst was in the usual spot on the 580 through Livermore. I did the first couple hours of driving but Ian took over after dinner in Santa Nella. We stopped twice, once at Pea Soup Anderson's for dinner and again in Lost Hills for gasoline and drinks.

We made it in at eleven thirty. After nursing Harriet and giving Sean a box juice we got the kids in bed. Harriet is sleeping in a crib in our room because there isn't room for a bed and a crib in Glen's old room. I went to bed when the kids did because I was exhausted. Unfortunately I didn't any sleep. I was too worked up from the drive and then Sean's cold was bothering him so he woke up three times in the course of the night.

Ian and I finally got an hour of proper sleep right around dawn but then it was Harriet's turn to wake up. We were so tired! A half hour of nursing got Harriet calmed down but she didn't want to be in the crib any longer. Fortunately she was willing to sleep in her chair for a while longer. Sean then got up but he played quietly downstairs with Judy and Charlie allowing Ian, Harriet and me a little longer to sleep.

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