Summertime and the livin is easy…

Well, maybe not all of it has been easy. If you’re reading this from around Minnesota you’ll know that we’ve had more rainy days than sunny days. We happen to live on a block that sustains flooding every time there is heavy rain. We’re lucky that our house sits higher than the lower part of our back lot so it doesn’t flood, but it’s a pain nonetheless. Summer 2013 iPhone 153

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We’ve been keeping busy as much as possible. Annie is in swimming lessons and Tball. We also hit the library a couple of times a week for the summer reading program, story hour,  arts and crafts day and some other events that they have happening during the week. Our town is small and we don’t have a lot (or any) of the things that the “big city” has, but I do give them enormous credit for their kids summer programs. If you wanted, you could go to some kind of event somewhere in the city almost every single day and 99% of them are free. We’re taking advantage of as many things as we can.Summer 2013 iPhone 156

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This was story time and Arts and crafts day at the library. Later the same day Meagan brought her back to the library for a magic show – no pictures though.Summer 2013 iPhone 159

This is a very good representation of what Annie looks like at the end of each day. You can tell how successful a day was by how dirty the bath water is each evening.Summer 2013 iPhone 161

Annie has a definite preference for shorter hair. As soon as it starts getting longer, she starts complaining. So – a new haircut and dinner out with Mom was in order last week.
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She’s trying to master the monkey bars on her swing set here at home, but so far success eludes her. We were at a graduation open house for a friend of our family and Annie was thrilled that she could do this glide thing all on her own. All she had to do was jump off the ledge and hang on. Summer 2013 iPhone 181

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The slide seems to have gotten the best of her though. 🙂Summer 2013 iPhone 183

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Our plan is to spend as many days at the pool as the weather will allow. We’ve had ONE…yes, ONE day that was nice enough to spend the afternoon at the pool. Here’s hoping that the rest of the summer’s weather will be more cooperative. This is Annie and Kasen – he lives across the street and we spend A LOT of time with him and his sister Kari and their parents.Summer 2013 iPhone 205

Another day at the library. A local reptile zoo brought a few animals for the kids to check out. Annie was so excited to touch the snake. Me?…not so much. It’s a good thing I was in charge of getting the photo evidence. 😉Summer 2013 iPhone 217

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The girl has no front teeth and two missing on the bottom as well, but she’s not letting it slow her down. No teeth? No problem.

Summer 2013 iPhone 222Here’s hoping that you all are enjoying your summer thus far and keeping busy. The 4th of July is just around the corner. It won’t be long and I’ll be sending Meagan back for her 2nd year at the U of MN and Annie off to kindergarten. Time sure flies!


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