{some} of July 2014

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Bike rides at Lake Murray – less than 2 weeks after learning to ride a 2-wheeler, AJ was going off sweet jumps on his bike.

Nicholas continues to secure our house from bad guys with his arsenal.

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Grandma & Grandpa have stopped by for dinner or a visit throughout the summer.

The preschool Summer Fun program had a fabulous parade & picnic for the 4th of July. Nicholas & the older kids ran a lemonade stand to raise money for the end of the summer party. We were so impressed with how hard NCL was working and trying to sell. He was very intent on selling all the lemonade 😀

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Daddy & AJ relaxing on the couch one night.

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We spent the 4th of July at Aunt Patty’s pool party. It was a nice afternoon.

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We drove out to Santee to see fireworks that night (with a secret east coast visiting friend) and the boys fell asleep on the way home.

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We had a family movie day and saw How to Train Your Dragon:2. Always fun to go to the theater.

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We met up with dear friends this last week when the Mion’s were in town. Fun to see the kids growing.

Silver Lake: The Rest

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I pretty much gave up blogging after the first few days at Silver Lake. Although we had a connection, it was PAINFULLY slow to upload pictures…so, I moved over to Instagram to post pics.

Here is the rest of the week in pictures:

Day Trip to Bodie with the Camping Gang.

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Fun at the campground.

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We spent the day in Mammoth towards the end of the week. It was GREAT fun. Joe bike-rode the mountain the entire day and the boys got to try out rock climbing, bungee-trampoline jumping and zip lining! They LOVED it all!

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It was a great week with friends and family. We so fortunate to have a great group to travel with. All the kids had a great time together and the adult got to have some fun, too. It’s always hard to end our annual RV road trip. This one was shorty than normal for us – but that’s because we had to save a bit of vacation time for our big trip to the East Coast – only weeks away now 😀

Thankful

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I am so thankful for Preschool Artwork made with love (and little boy handprints).

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I am thankful for school aged projects that make my son think about the things that he is most thankful for. Included in his collage were: Darth Vader (because “he is an awesome bad guy”), our family – including Lucy, kiwi (his favorite fruit), yams (his favorite veggie), and the Fort & Brother combo.

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I am SO thankful for friends. Jen dropped off these awesome pilgrim hat treats for us the other night. We are so blessed to have amazing friends surrounding us.

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I am thankful for sweet naps with Anthony. He is such a joy to rest with. So snuggly and warm. My sweet baby boy.

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I am thankful for ‘dates‘ with my two little guys. It seems to be so much easier and fun to go out with the boys. I can take them shopping or to get (me) a pedicure or coffee. They ‘usually’ behave pretty well (definitely when I just have one of them, alone). The 1:1 time with the boys is so special. I love it.

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I am thankful for protection. Thankful to all our troops near and far – for protecting our country. As you can see from above, the boys also like to protect our house ‘from bad guys’. I am thankful for their bravery.

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I am thankful for family. ALL of our family, near and far. I am thankful for the family we have just up the street – and thankful for impromptu story time when we stop by to drop something off. I am thankful for FaceTime/video chats with our family afar.

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I am thankful for our weather in San Diego. At the end of November, we are still out front riding bikes and working on chores. We are SO fortunate to be able to do this every month of the year.

*I don’t have a picture of Joe & I on my phone (currently) but I am (always) thankful to be married. And not just to have the title or the status — I am REALLY thankful to have a ‘partner in crime’ to join me on this great life adventure. It is a lot of hard work — but our life comes with so many amazing rewards. More than either of is could have ever imagined. I am thankful that, 15+ years ago, that he loved me.

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Here are a few pictures from our Thanksgiving festivities.

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