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A new patio

We realized early on that we could never have a garden the size that the previous owner of the house had cultivated. I can barely keep the garden we have alive, so more than doubling it was just not going to work. So we just left it filled with weeds (“the meadow”) and discussed all the many possibilities for the space in the future. Nana arrived and while she was putting my garden back in order – no weed survives when she is nearby – I mentioned how nice it would be to have a little patio there. A week later she had dug up all the weeds and cleared the area for a patio. Amazing!

So last Sunday, with rain clouds threatening overhead, we started leveling and preparing the area for the bricks. Unfortunately it quickly became apparent that the area really isn’t square as much as a parallelogram. After some difficulty start, we left the Daddy to finish and the rest of us headed indoors. Voila, our patio was done!

It looks great and now has our newly refinished table and chairs with a new umbrella. We ate dinner out there – pizza and watermelon.

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Giggling

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Outside quiet time

Every day the boys spend 45 minutes to an hour reading. It’s a great break (for parents and kids) and everyone seems to feel better after a little rest. As a special treat we will occasionally enjoy some backyard quiet time.

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Frog Pond Yoga

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The Kings in their Kingdom

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Soccer Nights

At the end of June, Mr. 6 went to Soccer Nights which is a nightly soccer camp where kids learn good values and play a little ball. It’s put on by a group of local churches and the coaches are enthusiastic and energetic. Mr. 6 had a blast and when the second round came up last week he was excited to don his shirt and head over.

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The first night he came home and told us he had a new best friend. He spend the rest of the week enjoying his new friendship with Clare – and playing some great soccer.
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Helping Daddy

After many weeks of Master 0 staring sadly up at the fan in the living room, we decided it was time to actually get one that would spin. The older boys were eager to help Daddy install the new fixture and took turns climbing up the ladder to help.

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Master 0 is very happy with the results.

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The Bumbo seat

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Meet our new centerpiece. He is very interested in what you’re doing (especially what you’re eating) and full of smiles and interesting conversation.

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Thank you Nana

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We’ve been lucky enough to have Nana stay with us for the past two weeks helping out with the transition of going back to work. There have been lots of bike rides, time in the pool, imaginary battles, and other fun that we’ve heard about each day at dinner. We also came home to clean laundry and dishes. We were all very sad to have to take her to the airport today. Thanks Nana for taking such good care of all of us!

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