Ben’s thrill of the evening – seeing “wildlife” on our back deck…DSC_0001 DSC_0003He was so excited. He even insisted I get my camera. Clearly, he’s not growing up in the country.

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Our Own Backyard Mermaid

Inspired by the mermaids found all around Norfolk…mmChrysler mmHalfMoonCrsTerm mmNauticus mmPagoda mmTnPtPrk mmYMCAI decided to make one for our own backyard. I love how she turned out…DSC_0001 DSC_0005


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Pool Time with Dad

You can always count on Dad to make the pool even more fun than usual…8_12a 8_12b 8_12c 8_12d 8_12e

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A Born Climber

I know this won’t surprise anyone who knows my son, but guess who loved rock climbing on Friday…for two hours…non-stop. Here he is right after getting suited up. He couldn’t wait to get started…DSC_0001 I love the expressions on the kids’ faces here as they wait their turn. DSC_0005 And he’s off…or rather, up.Picture1 Fearless. Completely fearless.Picture4A born climber… DSC_0043 Notice this wall is actually slanted out a bit, making it all the more challenging, but he hung in there…literally.Picture3 DSC_0035 DSC_0030 Ben especially loved bouldering – free climbing on lower walls. Again, notice his favorite route was up one of the walls that sloped out.Picture2 Such a happy kid…DSC_0024

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Day Trip to D.C.

Such a great day trip to Washington D.C. on Wednesday! We got to the Mall around 12:30 and didn’t leave until 7:30pm, so it was a very full, fun day. The weather was perfect, and the kids loved running around and seeing the sites. Ben was mesmerized by the Museum of Natural History, even more so than I’d expected. I’m very grateful for a fun day with family, just before Back to School time arrives.

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Reading to Her Little Lambs

I asked Amelia if she wanted me to read her a book the other day, and she answered me very decidedly, “No! I’m reading the book myself! To my lambies.” Okay then…8_7a

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A Mini Wagon

Another thrift store find – a $4 miniature wagon…DSC_0006 It holds a couple of shade plants right now, but I can already see it filled with miniature pumpkins in the fall and Christmas decor after that. Makes me happy…DSC_0007

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