Girls’ First Day 2014

First day of school, take 2!  The girls have now started Kindergarten and Pre-K.

They are beyond thrilled.  New outfits, Frozen lunch boxes AND shoes, matching braids= smiles all around.

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Z’s Motto

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This was what I saw on the wall went I went to visit Z’s 4th grade classroom this week.  It is his personal motto.

He refuses to get a haircut, and he prefers to wear a fleece in the summer heat, but this guy has an incredibly amazing heart. Man I love this kid.

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Back to School

Here it is.  The first day of school.  4th and 2nd grades.2014-08-18_0001 2014-08-18_0002I missed these guys so much today.  They were both really nervous this morning, but came home with great reports.

Z said this morning, “Why did they do this to us? Couldn’t they have given us some warning that summer was ending?!  I mean, it just happened so SUDDENLY!”  I second that!

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Good-bye Summer!

Here it is, the bitter end of summer. :(

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I love summer so so much.  I love the long days.  I love not rushing in the morning.  Actually, I love the not rushing most of the time.  I love being able to lay around and snuggle my kiddos in the morning.

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I love us all being together.

I love spending time swimming, bike riding, playing outside.

Swim meets.  Tennis practice.  Neighborhood Fun. Best friends.

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I love having the time to sit and read and play games with the kids.

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I love going to the mountains.

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Time.  That is what it all comes down to.  Time for the zoo.  Time for the Children’s Museum.

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Time to teach kids how to swim and how to ride a bike without training wheels.  Time for vacation.  Time for rest.  Time to say, “yes, we can do that today”.

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Sigh.

At least we have an upcoming trip to China to ease the pain.  Next summer should be a definite adventure!

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Alaska!

Last week our family returned from a trip that I have been wanting to take for as long as I can remember, to Alaska.  It is going to be difficult to put into words how absolutely amazing this vacation was. It will definitely be remembered for a lifetime.

2014-08-16_0009We started out on a cruise with some of our very favorite family.  We enjoyed every minute on the boat.

2014-08-16_0013We saw a Lumberjack show in Ketchican.  The rainiest city in the U.S.2014-08-16_0002 2014-08-16_0001We saw a breathtaking group of whales in Juneau.

2014-08-16_0003 2014-08-16_0004We panned for gold, met an Iditarod Musher, and got to play with sled dog puppies in Skagway.2014-08-16_0007 2014-08-16_0006 2014-08-16_0005

We were overwhelmed with our views of mountains and glaciers.

2014-08-16_0012We enjoyed good food, but mostly good company.

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After the cruise we took a land tour through Denali State Park.

It was too cloudy to see Mt. McKinley (Denali), but the views were still incredible.

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We ended the trip in Fairbanks.  This trip was absolutely a dream come true.  It made our summer!2014-08-16_0011

 

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