I can win people over…

I joined Jonathan and Isabella at East Roswell Park today to watch Grayson’s soccer game-turned-practice (when the other team didn’t show). Izzy was bored with what Jonathan and I were discussing (e.g., drainage issues at 1065 and the 7429 deck project), and she was determined to persuade dad to let her play Candy Crush on his iPhone.

It took a while, but she persisted. And succeeded.

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Baby Jacob vs cream cheese

COVID-19 Lockdown Week 5

I am so proud of daughter Sarah. She is such a great daughter, friend, and mother. (I’ll leave it to Jonathan to speak to the “wife” category. But if he wants to stay in the circle of trust, he knows what to say.)

We’ve been locked down for weeks now, and Sarah continues to provide the environment and encouragement for her sweet kids to experience joy and wonder through it all.

Here is a selection of videos she has taken of the kids being kids.

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Chasing Nickens

Yesterday, Day #29 of the COVID-19 quarantine — I’m considering Day #1 was March 16th, when the CDC’s “15 Days to Slow the Spread” guidelines were announced, even though Friday, 3/13 was the last time I ventured into the public, to vote early — was a beautiful day here in north Fulton Country.

The Seyfred homestead was, as always, bustling with activity.

Sarah Jane persists in keeping normal alive for her brood, conducting home school as always, and making sure that nature and play and fun are central ingredients in the education and lives of those 5 beautiful children.

As you may know, Jonathan and Sarah got baby chicks for the kids — 6 in the spring of 2017, when there were only 3.75 kids (Jackson Allan would arrive on June 12th; Little Baby Jacob Sawyer “Cinco” Seyfred wouldn’t show up for another 2 years) — and then another 6 in the spring of 2018.

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The Joy of Little Things

This Sunday, like quite a few since Sarah started her job at the Emory Hospital in Smyrna, I hung out with Jonathan and the kids.

The visit started with me attending Grayson’s pool attendant orientation with him. This summer, Gman will be earning real money, working for as much as an hour a day, five days a week, for three weeks, maintaining the buildings and grounds of the neighborhood pool. It’s a lot of responsibility. I think it will be a great experience for him.

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