Being really American in our stars and stripes and being really cute without trying.
Giant bubbles for the semi-win. As in, kept the kids busy while cookies were in the oven, but it was difficult for the little hands to be steady enough with the wand.
I'm going to go ahead and say that watermelon season is the best season, as far as these two are concerned.
Debated several festive activities, but sometimes (okay, frequently) the easy option wins. So we packed up our stroller and walked across the street and had a lot of fun.
Edwin's size didn't overlap with US Marshall blazer season so we used a rainy day as an excuse to let him wear it.
Yahtzee in bed (and that is a Yahtzee!) with the husband. Probably as close to a date night as we've had in awhile.
Cultural outing. But then it turned out the play area was closed so we took a decent walk to a playground in the Fan. Overall, good morning!
Seems fitting that Ducky bought a giant duck. Leena is pretty skeptical unless it is in the grass. It took a lot to get her up there.
Meanwhile Andy and Henrico Station 7 are helping City of Richmond fight some fire. I think they look a little too excited to be standing next to a red engine.
First s'more roasting of the summer! And Leena's first time to roast by herself!
(Her dress is on backward. Oops.)
I don't even know why we are at the doctor but I'm sure it has something to do with Edwin's millionth ear infection. (Leena insisted on wearing knee socks even though it was 97 degrees.)
Getting an Ikea closet installed is no joke. Even when it is just a few pieces. We survived and didn't even yell at each other. So consider it another successful date night.
Fell asleep in the car. Moving him was enough of a risk so I definitely wasn't going to try to take his shoes off.
Then he woke up and was hungry.
Tile work getting done. Check.
Friends at the park. Even though they don't look it at all.
Tile work nearly complete.
Leena got a hold of my phone and took this beauty. I will say, her pictures are beginning to have purpose rather than just ceilings and floors. Still the occasional 157 photo burst though.
Jumping. Over and over. And brother could care less.
Sharing popsicle-eating tips, especially when it comes to getting the juice out at the end.
Naps are harder to come by these days so if she passes out in the middle of her floor, fine by me!
After a cancelled flight and an unexpected day at home, I'm off to Denver for a Roller weekend. Meanwhile, back home everyone is enjoying after dinner popsicles.
Hiking with my high school besties = the best. We are all staring at Tucker and I have a death grip on her harm because she just lost her balance and almost went over the edge.
I don't remember what the brewery was called, but it was obviously fate because this mural was on the wall. That's an "r" in sign language. It's also the Roller symbol we gave ourselves many years ago.
All the other Rollers have left for home but I've got one more day. So I met my cousin-nephew David Larkus and hung out with Pam. Nothing beats a vacation where you get to see/spend quality time with so many people you love.
Paeonian Springs, VA
As I fly back across the country, Andy hangs with his cousin and all our kids hang together. They had a wild time on the farm!
Here we are again for the summer of ear infections for Edwin. Leena doesn't mind because it's basically meant an unlimited supply of Dum Dums.
Trying to get a passport photo for Andy and failing miserably. Instead he's making fun of his daughter's goofy teeth and scoring a nice family photo.
Just some East End signage Andy photographed while on the job. It's kind of a one-stop shop. Depending on your needs...
What happens inside the tube.
Kids get their first music lessons and they both are real taken. We will be sending them over regularly for violin, ukulele, guitar, and piano lessons from here on out. Let me know if I left anything out. Oh, accordion!
Family dinner after a long hard day of playing and soaking up the sun. Leena nodded off at the table.
Alice, the goat whisperer, and Edwin, the goat runner-away from.