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Entry 23 ~ June 9, 2010
Ah, Summer Break

Hiking!I know it's been said before, but I can't believe it's June already! We are in our second full week of summer break and already time seems to be flying by. But I truly am enjoying having all the kids home all day. Sadly, I am having a hard time agreeing to let them go on play dates. I just don't want them spread all over the place all summer, but I know they do need to have some time with friends. We have also had so many activities planned that there haven't been to many "free" days to invite kids over here. I suppose we will settle in to some sort of routine eventually. Probably about two weeks before school starts--ha!

The last few weeks of school were busier than I could have ever imagined. Lots of little parties and things like that at school. Plus two of our nieces graduated from high school and we wanted to attend every event associated with that. I felt very emotional watching these two beautiful young women graduate. It seems like they were just little girls and now they are grown and ready to branch out on their own. If I'm feeling this emotional over them, I can't imagine how I will feel when it's my own children. I definitely felt lots of empathy for both of their mothers. God bless these girls and their precious mothers!

Hiking!One of our favorite days so far was the day I took the kids hiking. Lilly was much heavier in the backpack this summer than she was a year ago! But we still had a good time. Yes, I took all four kids up to the mountains by myself. Lots of people on the trail commented that I was "brave". I don't think so. I just think my kids are really awesome. Each kid had a backpack and carried a water bottle and some part of our lunch. We saw a fat marmot, a young herd of elk, a beautiful humming bird, and even a coyote! We were all exhausted by the end of the day, but it was well worth it. At least once a day now I get asked when we can go hiking again. Looking forward to more of those days!

Owen has been hitting some pretty major milestones since school has been out. He can now ride his bike without training wheels. He is pretty confident about it too. It makes my heart swell to watch him gain confidence. He has always struggled in this. He has also picked up on reading. I love watching him learn to read. He gets so excited as it gets easier. His fluency is getting better every day and he is getting more "sight words" under his belt. I have to give lots and lots of praise to the writer of the "Bob Books". I highly recommend these sets to anyone with a beginning reader. All of the books build on each other and they make reading really simple.

I have enjoyed having Ella home all day as much as I thought I would. I really do miss this girl when she's in school. I think she has enjoyed being a little more free at home too. Connor, on the other hand, is already looking forward to the time when big brother and sister head back to school! He misses having my attention more focused on him. I keep reminding him that this Fall we will have lots of time to do our own special stuff. And I'm sure he will miss them when they're gone again!

More adventures await in the weeks ahead. We are headed to Chicago to visit friends and attend a much anticipated wedding. My sweet Ella will turn 7 and my little Connor will turn 4. I get teary just typing it out. For those of you beginning summer break, I hope it's full of adventure and fun!

~ Katie

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