Gettin’ After It

Alright, two-wheeler…you ready for this?!

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We’re working on the balance thing (did you know teaching a kid to ride a two-wheeler is even more exhausting than learning?), but it won’t be long. And anyway, it was time, because THIS fella has been dying to ride a bike, and turns out, what used to be Charlie’s bike is just great for him. He’s a biking machine.

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Happy birthday, ‘Merica! We had a gathering at our house, which was lovely, and I was lucky enough to get to celebrate with Julia.

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She and Francisco really took the lead on the sparkler-type thingies we got, because I was too afraid to light them. The instructions said, “light end and get away,” so I skipped ahead to the “get away” part.

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Turns out, they weren’t so scary.

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Four mornings a week in the summer, Charlie has done swim lessons at Southwest High School. It’s been a wonderful way to start our days, and a great place for Charlie to learn about the water.

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And it’s been a special time for Pookie and me to hang out and entertain ourselves. Last summer we did a lot of Mother Goose, but this summer he’s been going for books about animals. The other day he took 45 pictures with my camera.

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Including this nice one of Charlie doing the back-float.

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This weekend was Joe’s cousin’s graduation open house, which was right by a Lebanon Hills regional park. Naturally, he took us there first, and we had a lovely adventure.

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There was a creek…so…ya know…

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When he makes this face and motion, he is invariably saying, in a Muppety-voice, “Hallo Mama!”

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Henry asked Joe if they could build a dam, and that’s Joe’s favorite thing in life…so, again…ya know…

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The bath at the end of the day, I believe, must have felt quite good. Especially since bubbles were requested.

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Today was another busy day. After church, we went straight to birthday gift-shopping and then soon after headed right to a birthday party of one of Charlie’s friends. It was a bunch of 2nd grade boys in a backyard with water balloons, a hose and a trampoline.

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Good recipe

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After that, Charlie and I picked up Joe and Hennie from the creek, where they spend the bday-party-time, and headed to St Paul to enjoy the Little Mekong Night Market off of University & Western. The food was delicious, and the company was awesome.

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Charlie even got to sit in the driver’s seat of a police SUV

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We did family-style sharing of everything so we could try a lot. Including an appetizer of…ice cream sundae?

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Which came with a lollipop stuck inside

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Find a cuter kid. I dare you.

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Alright…it’s a tie!

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