Happy birthday to me!! I attempted my first real outing (no tricks this time, we really went somewhere) alone with all four children. We went to the mall to get Samuel’s pictures, and even extended that a little bit to get a pretzel and ride the merry-go-round. We did have to turn around and go back home before we even got there because I left the proof sheet at home, but that was my fault, not theirs. It was a success! I pushed the double stroller with Samuel and Elisabeth, and the older girls walked beside me. Everyone was happy and content, everyone obeyed, no one cried or argued. We even browsed through Children’s Place while waiting our turn on the merry-go-round, and then looked at the Christmas ornaments in Hallmark with absolutely no fussing or crying on anyone’s part. It took 6 1/2 weeks, but I finally ventured out alone. Since we all came home in one piece and in happy moods, I may do it again in another month or two!!