Out Little Mermaid

Amelia has truly become a little mermaid this summer…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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A Great Beach Day at the Bay

Spent a beautiful day at the beach on the Chesapeake Bay today with the kids and a friend…8_13e 8_13f 8_13o 8_13t 8_13v 8_13w 8_13z

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Smiles at the Sound

Back from another wonderful trip to Long Island…8_6j 8_6o 8_6q 8_6u 8_6w 8_6y 8_6z 8_6zc 8_6zj 8_6zn 8_7d 8_7k 8_7l 8_7q 8_7z 8_7zb

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Swim Princess

Up until this summer, Amelia had refused to put her head under water, but this year she’s fearless, dunking with me and on her own. Swim on, Amelia!8_1a 8_1b 8_1c 8_1d 8_1e

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Turtle Rescuer

Some of Ben’s swim fun on Saturday…8_1g 8_1h 8_1i 8_1j 8_1k 8_1m 8_1n 8_1o 8_1p 8_1q 8_1r8_1l

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Lessons for Amelia

Amelia started swim lessons a few weeks ago. These pictures are from her first lesson. You can see┬áhere how her teacher gradually got her to jump into the pool (something she refused to do beforehand). First came sitting, then standing, but she would only do it if she could hold her teacher’s hands from the side. That was about 3 weeks ago. Now she’s jumping in on her own and happily going under water, blowing bubbles, learning to kick properly, etc. A happy little fish…I mean, mermaid.7_21a 7_21b 7_21c 7_21d 7_21e 7_21f 7_21g

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Another Reason to Love Summer Evenings

Backyard lights! I’ve actually had these hung since last fall, but up until a few days ago the poles were an eyesore – white PVC…adequate, but not cute. Earlier this week I finally replaced the PVC poles with wood 1×2’s that I painted to match our deck. End result – lovely! Much sturdier, much prettier. This was such an easy and inexpensive upgrade; the backyard suddenly feels like an outdoor cafe every evening. Love…yardlights2 yardlights4yardlights3 yardlights5Also, thanks to an outlet adapter, I can now turn the lights on and off with the flip of a switch – so much nicer than plugging and unplugging an extension cord.

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