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July Family Vacation and More


Toward the beginning of July, we made a little trip to Indy to visit friends.  Nostalgia.  That is the word I felt. Seeing dear friends and neighbors and our old stomping grounds got me nostalgic, sad and reminded me what I love/miss about Indy. For some inexplicable reason, I don’t think I took any pictures??

A couple weeks ago we went to Clifty Falls State Park for the CL vacation.  I took these photos from my friend, because I forgot to take pictures.  It went surprisingly well this year.  The 3 kids were already used to sleeping in a queen bed together, so they shared one in the hotel with no problem.  I put Simon’s pack n play in the bathroom, which worked out well.  I was much more relaxed this year probably b/c I went into it with very low expectations and didn’t try to put anyone to bed too early.  One morning we did a 2 1/2 hour hike in about 90% humidity.  We all enjoyed it.  As you can see from the pictures, we were an enormous group.

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I took these pics of Simon one day while we were rolling around on the kids’ bed.



Auntie Danielle and baby Graham paid us a visit and brought what every guest should bring — home-made lasagna!

We were tired of Simon causing all sorts of trouble, so we hitched a baby swing to the roof of our deck. If Simon doesn’t love roller coasters when he gets older, it’s through no fault of Theresa and Silvia.


I’ll swallow my pride. Joe predicted this one…the kids are back in the same room (after laboriously rearranging the rooms for the second time).


The “garage swing” lasted about a week until it found it’s home in the backyard


Doing what I do best…drinking cocktails, reading, and neglecting chores.


Sundays, where we try not to work, but really Joe and the kids make a gigantic mess all day only for me to clean it up on Monday!

These sick winter months


At the end of January we attempted a trip to Indy to visit friends. We were having a lovely time, had put the kids to bed and were playing games, drinking wine and eating no-bake cookies (Yum!).  As we started to get ready for bed, Theresa began coughing and then puked.  And then it just went on all night.  It is no fun having a puking child, but especially when you’re not at home.  Thankfully, our friends were so gracious and helped us clean up the mess and did lots of laundry. We left town early, but our former neighbor girls in Indy still wanted to come with us, so we picked them up. After we got home, nearly everyone in our house came down with some sort of bug one at a time.  Thankfully, most of us started feeling better after about a day.  Theresa was the only one that puked off and on for a week.

Before we knew what was to come of the night….

Theresa’s gotten the hang of the balance bike and wants to ride it instead of the stroller now. Which means our walks are a little slower 😉

Playing at the park a couple blocks from our house

She is saying “shhh” to me.  Whenever I start to sing she tries to “shhhh” me

Getting closer to crawling

One of the few snow days we’ve had.  Not enough snow for a snowman.  I tried.

He spent a while trying to break the ice free

Leo finished his Reading lessons book and is reading books now.  Mostly level 1’s and 2’s.  He can read Danny and the Dinosaur and Nate the Great. But I’m trying to find a book that will get him really  excited. I bought the Story of the World audio cds for us to listen to in the car.  Leo is enjoying it. He has had plenty of “history” this year as he has learned so much about prehistoric animals and the ice age.  But since history is so fun, I thought he’d enjoy Story of the World as well.  Also, I’m in the midst of figuring out a home school room in our house.  And trying to plan curriculum for him for 1st grade.

Theresa’s talking more profusely.  Stringing several words together.  And riding her bike.  Simon is getting more active and is very close to crawling.  Nothing new with Silvia.  🙂

Next post will be about our trip to CO.

2 vacations, a day trip and visitors….July


We started off July with a visit to Columbus for a 4th of July 5k run for Joe and a kid’s run in which Eliana and Leo participated.  Silvia bailed last minute.  The kids had a great time playing with our friends, the Bonds, and we spent a few hours at their house after the race.


All 5 of them playing at the park while the dads ran.  Waiting for the kids’ race.

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Lunch at the Bond’s house


Leo and Silvia were enjoying giving Theresa wagon rides down our street.

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Leo participated in a free Safety around water class at the Y, which they didn’t actually teach much swimming, but he still enjoyed

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It was just Theresa, Joe and I for 3 days when Leo and Silvia went to Ft. Wayne with their grandparents and cousins.


Thankfully the kids made it to the zoo this summer at the Ft. Wayne zoo


At the Ft. Wayne zoo with their cousin Zain


Their grandparents took them and their cousins to trampoline park

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I sadly only have 1 picture from the CL weekend vacation at Clifty Falls State Park.  I guess we were just too busy DOING.

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Our former neighbors from Indy came for another visit.  Jemima reading to Theresa

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The homeschool co-op group we’re apart of hosted the summer Olympics.  Leo & Silvia didn’t win anything, but here is a photo op of them pretending like they did.

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One of the games was the balance beam (in background)

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Silvia and Theo are 5 weeks apart and played together some this past weekend at the 1st Rose vacation at Lake Erie


Theresa and Cora (who is behind her) are 6 months apart.  Not playing together yet


And here’s a few pics from the Lake Erie vacation.  It has been a very busy July.  August is looking like it’ll be just as busy.  Oh yea, and August will most likely include a new baby as well.  EEEkkk!