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This week included the start of our fall soccer season one, the finishing of swim lessons for another, playing with dear friends and a fun trip to IKEA.  We finished painting the bonus room and are now in the midst of organizing (which has, in fact, made the room even more chaotic- but IKEA came through with some organizing assistance!).  Hopefully during this upcoming rainy weekend we (I) can get some things put away and start planning our school year.

From the week- when you have a Dada as cool as these guys he just whips together a see saw while Mama cans peaches.

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Someone moved up to a starfish… he was a bit excited.

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What a busy week it has been- between daily swim lessons, play dates, farm pick-ups, produce pick-ups, park play and more play dates we have been busy.  I can’t recall a week I have driven more since we moved here.  No pictures were taken until last Thursday afternoon- after our friends had left, we had Sparkle Stories and all three were quiet while I made dinner.  Truthfully, this did not last much past the documented photo- but still worth noting.  Also our new roadside find- a dresser/toy organizer.  It is amazing what a little elbow grease and time can do- and these boys have been playing with things they haven’t played with in months- all because of a new location.  To quote five-year old Henry, “all we need is a little organization.”

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We spent part of the weekend and the first part of the week on Whidbey Island at Deception Pass State Park.  We were joined by good friends and had a blast.  We had  a lot of whining, laughing, eating, drinking, running and playing.  We brought home some very tired children.  What a pleasure it is to watch this kids grow up together- lots has changed since two girls met at the swim pool.

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Our Henry, or the ambulance, as his brother called him, was on duty when disaster struck:

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These two were very proud of their rain shelter… I went to look for a more prepared campsite ;)


Onward through the rain to explore (it really only rained long enough for the shelter to be built):

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Cranberry Lake:

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This sunset almost made up for the one we missed in Birch Bay, it was pretty spectacular:

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Braving the bridge and one last beach stop before the drive home:

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What a great time we had!  Now we are back to reality of house closings (which got extended…grrrrr….), jobs and to-do lists.  It was a nice break, even with tired and very very dirty kiddos.


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Our week included a birthday (yeah me!), a chest x-ray (Henry is fine), a puppet show, Kent house errands, IKEA, free museum day, a baby with a snotty nose and cough and a lot of playing.  Oh, and one of the chickens can get out of the coop- so that is fun too.  Luckily Chris loves time sensitive projects.  We are all in a funk- mine caused by external obligations associated with the closing of the Kent house and the boys’ probably just feeding off of my lack of patience and exhaustion.  I am looking forward to our camping trip this weekend- I will have high hopes for nice sunny weather where we can play and not have to think about the to-do list.  I am having a hard time believing that summer is almost over- we still have things to do!  On the plus side though, is that this time next week the Kent house will no longer be ours- bittersweet for sure, but we could use only being responsible for one homestead, 3 kiddos, 4 hens and 1 dog for awhile.

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The biggest boy headed to day camp this week- he is having a blast.  Swimming, canoeing, playing, chasing, snacks, and a bus ride- yeah, we started off with a few tears, but we are going to be sad when we don’t get to go back next week.  When big brother is gone, we did a little playing of our own.

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This week we were back into the swing of things- less sickness and more chickens!  We got chickens this week.  In addition to Flanders’ dental surgery this week, we have been spending a lot of time and attention to animals these past few days.  The boys are especially enjoying the chickens- we have four Ms. Dotty, Ms. Lundy, Bebe and one to be named at a later day by Bennett when he decides.  Hopefully Chris and I get a bit better at chicken wrangling- getting them in the coop the first night was a bit interesting…

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