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Week 28 (July 7th-July 13th): Another Year Older…

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Another year wiser! Happy 5th Birthday to our little Princess Warrior!

We celebrated with two little friends at lunch time.  Cupcakes disguised as watermelon are healthy right?

We celebrated with two little friends at lunch time. Cupcakes disguised as watermelon are healthy right?

We celebrated as a family after dinner with a butterfly cake.  She wished for a great birthday and later told us her wish came true.

We celebrated as a family after dinner with a butterfly cake. She wished for a great birthday and later told us her wish came true.

Week 27 (June 30th-July 6th): Good Bye & Good Luck

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to Tigger, that is! Tigger is a seal that was rescued this winer by the LIA. We saw her a lot this winter. She was finally healthy enough to be released. I tried to get the family to see a release earlier in the spring, but it never worked out. So I was excited that Tigger was going to be released at the USCG open house on Saturday. Gotta love the whole “two birds, one stone” thing.

The kids were a bit restless during the wait, but standing on the beach at noon in 90 degree weather will do that to you. I think it’s fair to say, though, once they caught sight of the pup and witnessed her being let go, they were impressed. A bonus: after Tigger was back in the cool, blue waters we got to tour some Coast Guard boats. You all know how we love the Coast Guard around here 🙂

The waiting is the hardest part (channeling Tom Petty here!)

The waiting is the hardest part (channeling Tom Petty here!)

Some Coasties bring Tigger to the beach.

Some Coasties bring Tigger to the beach.

We had front row views and the kids had an even better view atop of our shoulders

We had front row views and the kids had an even better view atop of our shoulders

There she goes!

There she goes!

And after Tigger swims away, we explore some boats!

And after Tigger swims away, we explore some boats!

Liam enjoys the view from this seat!

Liam enjoys the view from this seat!

Some hard working Coasties demonstrate their skills!

Some hard working Coasties demonstrate their skills!

Week 26 (June 23rd – June 29th): Things that Make You Go Hmmmm

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Hmmm....should I put a stop to this?!?!

Hmmm….should I put a stop to this?!?!

I think I am a pretty “chill” parent—-most of the time. I haven’t “hovered” over them in ages. Think 18 month olds on playground equipment designed for seven year olds. It’s been that long. Wait. I take that back. I do remember standing with arms wide open last month when Caroline was learning to climb the tree in our front yard. But that’s an occasion when being a “helicopter parent” is necessary, right? Or would a true helicopter parent not even let their kid up in the tree? I don’t know because I don’t really follow all that chatter.

But….

I did have an internal debate about whether or not I should stop the activity pictured above. Was it potentially dangerous? Sure. But it wasn’t anything worse than what I did with my siblings growing up and we all survived (without any broken bones or serious injuries, I might add proudly!) Were they have tons of fun? Absolutely.

So I did what any sensible parent would do (I think!) and shouted out a “be careful!” and then took a picture. If the fun had ended badly, I probably would have titled this post “The Before Shot.”

But just look at the concentration on Caroline’s face as she backed up. How could anything possibly go wrong!?!?!

Beep beep beep...backing up with a heavy load on top

Beep beep beep…backing up with a heavy load on top

Week 25 (June 16th – June 22nd): Strawberries!

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If you know anything about me, you know I’m pretty keen on keeping track of firsts. So when the kids went strawberry picking for the first time, the day seemed even more special because we had Granny with us!

Granny teaches Caroline how to pick strawberries.

Granny teaches Caroline how to pick strawberries.

Liam gives the berries a taste test.

Liam gives the berries a taste test.

Caroline approves of the berries!

Caroline approves of the berries!

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste. -Goethe