Hot Summer Days

Summer finally made an appearance…for three days.  What did we do?  Played in the water!

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Shelby just waiting for Patrick to come down.

Shelby just waiting for Patrick to come down.

He knows how to torment poor Patrick...

He knows how to torment poor Patrick…

Just waiting...

Just waiting…

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Shelby Thor Update

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We are beyond amazed at how fast he’s growing.  You’d think I would have been prepared for that having had two babies that grew up way too fast. But it caught me by surprise.

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1st and 3rd

The boys started back at school this week.  Man, was it time!  They are so ready to see their friends and have a structured schedule again. (A HUGE shout out to all homeschooling moms.  You are so super organized and creative to be with your kids that much.  I adore and respect you and your gifting so very much.  And envy you just a little.)

Patrick got to go in the week before to meet his teacher and take his supplies in. He was beyond excited to learn he had his very own desk.  No more ‘little kid’ tables for him. :)

Checking out all pockets before deciding on the best backpack.

Checking out all pockets before deciding on the best backpack.

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First Grader and Third Grader

First Grader and Third Grader

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American Ninja Warrior

For the last few years, Matthew has told us about a show that he likes called American Ninja Warrior.  The show has contestants work their way through different obstacle courses that seem impossible.  They get progressively harder building up to the final course that leads to Mt. Midoriyama.  He works out continually building his arm strength and constantly practicing his ninja moves.  We just thought this was him.  He was unique and loved his little quirk of ‘working out’. (The kid is really strong from all his working out and practice!)  But then we decided to tune in this season to the show and now we LOVE the show.  My boys love to practice and aspire to one day being on the show.  So when given the opportunity, they head out to the swing set and practice complete with timing each other.


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Then we went to check out my new school and low and behold, they have a Mt. Midoriyama! The boys were thrilled to conquer it.  Now we haven’t finished the season yet, so we don’t know what Mt. Midoriyama looks like, but this made my boys think of it and quickly named it that.

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Summer Recap

**Warning, lots of pictures!!!**

With crappy less than ideal internet connection out here in the country, my blogging has had to take a back seat.  I can’t upload and I didn’t have access to internet on a regular basis, so it just became non existent for a few months.  So I’m going to try to get caught up now!

Here is a visual recap of our summer:

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Sporting the CUBS face painting they got at the end of the year Fun Day at school

Sporting the CUBS face painting they got at the end of the year Fun Day at school

Sporting the CUBS face painting they got at the end of the year Fun Day at school

Sporting the CUBS face painting they got at the end of the year Fun Day at school

Patrick graduated from Kindergarten!

Patrick graduated from Kindergarten!

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Our first summer lunch at Jimmy John's.

Our first summer lunch at Jimmy John’s.

Celebrating my birthday

Celebrating my birthday

Just hanging in the backyard with gorgeous weather!

Just hanging in the backyard with gorgeous weather!

Just hanging in the backyard with gorgeous weather!

Just hanging in the backyard with gorgeous weather!

Swimming!

Swimming!

First post swimming ice cream

First post swimming ice cream

Root bear floats and a sleep over

Root bear floats and a sleep over

Cousin sleepover!

Cousin sleepover!

Finishing up our baseball season

Finishing up our baseball season

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Found a next on the ground. :(

Found a next on the ground. :(

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Helping Grandpa with yard work

Helping Grandpa with yard work

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Got a dog

Got a dog

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Coveting someone's motorcycle

Coveting someone’s motorcycle

Working a puzzle while mom worked in her classroom

Working a puzzle while mom worked in her classroom

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Played at the park

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Naps!

Naps!

Mac was a HUGE help in my classroom this year.

Mac was a HUGE help in my classroom this year.

Patrick was there too.......

Patrick was there too…….

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Roller skating!

Roller skating!

Phew. That sums it up, but you know me. I took way more pics that that. :)  You can see them all in the summer June, July, and August albums (once I get them all there!).

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