Ted is a first-grader!

Today was Ted’s first day of first grade!


Sarah would very much like to spend time at school, too.

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He’s grown quite a bit since last year!

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The Google+ website takes similar pics and merges them into these animated gifs. Sometimes they’re great, sometimes not, and sometimes they’re just weird. Like this one.

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Forth of July Parade

Some pics from last month’s 4th of July parade!  It was damp, but lots of fun.

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Auntie with the kids.

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Sarah is thirty-two months old

I’m not sure what thirty-two month old Sarah is doing/thinking in this picture.  We were out at the local park for a town concert.  Maybe she’s thinking really hard about the msuic, or maybe she’s pointing to her teeth.  Who knows.

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I do know that there’s just about nothing better than the kid-rushing-into-your-arms-at-the-end-of-a-long-work-day feeling.  It is the best.

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(You know what else is the best?  That red car in the background.  So happy with it.)

Sarah likes to paint!  Watercolor is her medium of choice.  Thirty-two month old Ted liked chalk. Sarah, Ted, & Kate are more than halfway through the summer now, and it’s been super busy, with lots of activities (like painting), friends, and stuff going on like every day.

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Sarah’s first cassette-tape book-reading here, one of Kate’s Disney books from her childhood.  The story was a little spooky, but we think Sarah handled it well.  On the literacy front, we’re pretty sure she knows that letters in books are letters (she points out the letter O a lot) and that numbers are related to counting.   She also has started memorizing the lines to favorite books, and repeating them to us when we read to her.

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Attempted pigtails in month thirty-two.

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More thirty-two month old Sarah notes:

- She registered a nightmare where I apparently had a giant nose. It must have been huge based on the way she described it.

- Month thirty-two had Pops and Gram visiting, and us visiting our northern friends and family.

- Potty training!  Month thirty-two was challenging.  Month 33 is off to a better start.

- Sarah went bowling for the first time this past month and did well.  She also went to library story-times a couple of times and loved it.

- Lots of trips to the local pool this month.


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Sunday afternoon Lego time



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Ted is seventy-six months old

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It makes me happy that seventy-six month old Ted isn’t too cool for a Batman mask.  He’s been sporting superhero gear for years.

With great power, comes great responsibility – like yard work.  Here’s Ted raking some rubber mulch around the play set.  Your old tires are recycled into bouncing nuggets for our kids and neighbor’s kids to wipe out/crash on.


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During Ted’s seventy-sixth month, he got to go to Camp Invention – science summer camp! It was cool, he got to take apart things, design new inventions, and even make an electric car.  Pretty cool.


Ted also got a hair cut in July.  It was time! Here he is before:

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And right after.  Handsome dude.
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Other Ted-notes:

- No sign of any new lose teeth. Those first two came flying out, but nothing since.

- Big month for swimming.  Took lessons and swam on his own for a little bit!  We joined our community pool and Kate and the kids (and their friends) have been spending lots of time there.

- Also a big month for family.  We visited lots of folks up north, and then Pops and Gram came up to visit us too!


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Dance Party

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