Summer Wrap-Up

The last few weeks of our summer all wrapped up into one post.  Here goes….

We got ourselves out of the house one morning and headed across the town to go roller skating.  It was Brendan’s first time.

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He loved skating…as long as Kirsten was pushing him around the rink.

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Skate Daze is more than just a skating rink.  There are video games, an indoor play area, laser tag, and a mini roller coaster.  The roller coaster happened to be a train and he still talks about it three weeks later.

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First game of laser tag.  He got scared and Kirsten had to carry him the whole time.

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His favorite new game is “shooting the bad guys.”  This is something I’m not especially thrilled with, but these two love it.  He creeps around the side of the house, usually telling his partner to “get behind me!” so he can surprise the bad guys.

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I think they got them this time.

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This girl thrives on one-on-one attention, mostly from me.  Unfortunately, with a 3-year-old brother around, she doesn’t get a whole lot of it.  One night we asked Dad to watch Brendan so we could make a dessert – S’mores Rice Krispies Treats.  Yum.

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She takes “licking the bowl” to the next level.  She needed the towel because they kept getting stuck in her hair.

Watching Nanny McPhee.

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Now that Brendan is a big boy and is in the preschool room, his class does tons of fun stuff.  I was invited to a picnic a couple weeks ago.  They requested RSVPs because each kid made their parent’s sandwich.  I had the best turkey sandwich (with gobs of mayo) of my life.

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This summer Brendan has developed a love for baseball.  He has been to two Storm Chasers games and lasted for the duration of the games.  He loves to hit the ball off his tee in the backyard.  He’s learning the concept so do you know what was next?  He had to learn the “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” song.  I got him a book from the library that just so happened to have a CD included.  He now knows all the words.  Reading the book one night before bed he told me, “Maybe I need a baseball glove.”  I casually mentioned that to Tom one afternoon and within an hour he had new gear.

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Much to my dismay, they decided they needed to practice in the house.  ???

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Can anyone else tell by this picture how much this little boy adores his daddy?

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Outside – that’s more like it!

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One weekend we headed to Fontenelle Forest for a family hike and picnic.  In the main building they had animals on display.

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Two kids were fearless; one was not.

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Arguing over the xylophone…even though there was another one right beside it.

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Now pouting about it….

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Smiling with the success of irritating her sister….

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Now she has gotten her way and all is right with the world.

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I forgot to pack Brendan his own sandwich.  Mom fail.

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This kid has a rough life.  Movie and snack first thing in the morning.

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More baseball.

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Dad took this – because she’s constantly on this phone.

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Both girls were invited to sleepovers their last weekend here.  I think it’s safe to say they made a few friends.  On our last night together we had dinner out, and the three of us went for ice cream after Brendan went to sleep.

Some last day play time.

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And a few snuggles, too.

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The girls’ departure wasn’t too dramatic.  Brendan, Makayla, and I spent their last morning at the farmer’s market.  Kirsten had to stay home and pack since she had waited until the last minute.  When the three of us got home it was time for Brendan’s nap.  He hugged and kissed them goodbye and they were at the airport when he woke up.

I’m taking a poll.  I’m working on learning to cut Brendan’s hair.  What do you think?

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We’ve been doing our grocery shopping together early in the morning on Furlough Fridays.  I let him choose the ice cream and he was thrilled to spot chocolate ice cream with M&Ms.  That is his request 99% of the time that we go out to get ice cream.

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He and his big sister are definitely cut from the same cloth.  Neither one can listen.  Tom and I both told him to leave the ashes alone and he refused until he was covered.

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This cool dude insisted on wearing his sunglasses to school.

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A little early morning bowling on the Wii.

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On our last Furlough Friday together I wanted to do something special.  First I made Brendan go with me to Lowe’s to order the new refrigerator for our new house.  Then we went to paint pottery.

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At the Creation Station you choose your piece, then your colors and go to town.

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Had I known when he chose it that this racecar bank was 25 bucks we would have chosen something different.  But oh well, he’ll have it forever.

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This is what I call a true work of art.  We’ll pick up the finished product this weekend once it’s finished being fired in the kiln.

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Whew!  In the moment it felt like the longest summer ever but now looking back I can’t believe it went by so quickly.

 

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One Response to Summer Wrap-Up

  1. Adam says:

    Before long, Brendan will be wanting an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle! 🙂

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