A Great Swim Season

Ben’s Junior Dolphin season wraps up on Friday, and I’m already looking forward to next year. Ben has learned so much and had such a great experience. Go Dolphins!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Finishing up 25 meter freestyle…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlmost there… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe did it! (Finishing a full lap without stopping = one of the only times I ever see Ben let out a “Phew! I’m tired,” sigh.)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn to backstroke… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo proud of his trophy… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Great job, Ben!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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The Wolf Becomes a Bear

Ben had a great time at his Cub Scout Advancement Ceremony (and the pool party that followed) on Sunday. I’m so glad he had fun. He is now a proud new Bear Cub Scout. 7_27aa 7_27b 7_27c 7_27d 7_27e Cub Scout handshake, of course…7_27fThe proud, new Bears (minus a few who couldn’t make it). 7_27g


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Va Living Museum with Friends

I accidentally turned off my flash for this first picture. I’m normally not a fan of anything blurry, but I think this is actually a pretty accurate depiction of the speed at which these two travel…DSC_0001I love her detached Princess expression here, atop the…dinosaur. DSC_0007

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And…poof! A pouf!

I sewed up a really quick little pouf/ottoman/kid-sized-seat on Friday, and I’m so happy with how it turned out! I wanted to make the larger 24″ size, but I only had enough coordinating fabric scraps for the smaller 18″ size. Once it was done though, I was glad I made the smaller size. To keep it a no-cost project, I filled it with every last not-big-enough-to-sew fabric scrap I could find (I keep everything, for just such a purpose). That means it’s pretty heavy, but it’s also sturdy. I love sewing projects like this one – cute, functional, free, and really fast!pouf1 pouf2Not sure why, but this is what I got when I asked him to let me take a picture of him… pouf3

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Three Cheers for the Waterproof Camera

Amelia in goggles – not to see underwater (she’s not a fan of her face in the water yet), but, of course, because her big brother wears them.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpeaking of putting her face in the water, Amelia’s underwater pics, while still cute, will be much less odd once she’s not headless in each one, i.e. when she finally decides to fully submerge. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Big Brother…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Amelia is slowly outgrowing her floaty, both literally and her interest in it. She can touch the bottom in most of the shallow end, so it’s not nearly as imperative as it’s been for the last few summers. Perhaps we’ll have a little swimmer on our hands by next year. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShe and I both love her new $3 thrift store swim suit by the way. It’s in perfect condition and fits great. I’m not a fan of thrifting an adult swimsuit, but for kids, I’m game.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Windy Beach Day

We didn’t stay too long at the beach the other day because it was really windy and chilly. The kids were apparently immune to the chill though, so we gave them about an hour to run and dig before we headed home. They still had a great time.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Fun in the Country

Glad for a great day with friends out in the country, a.k.a. Pungo…7_20aHappy dog… 7_20b 7_20cMore happy dogs… 7_20d 7_20eThe explorers… 7_20f 7_20g 7_20h 7_20i 7_20j This gorgeous, smart, and super sweet dobe reminds me so much of another such dobe we grew up with. Leah – one of our best dogs ever!7_20k 7_20l

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