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I think its official....

Anyone who lives in Seattle, I think, would agree with the statement that summer has officially started here. I'm really excited to take full advantage of my "at home" status. This will be the first summer I will have Callie 100% of the time at home and I am so excited! We have already been busy, but in the best possible way. 

We've had some extremely hot days which have resulted in many sprinklers, sponge fights, and water balloons. We decided to make some water balloon 'pinatas' and had fun breaking them.

I took the kids on a hike. I was a bit nervous, being on my own, as I was only carrying one in the back pack. Not sure how far Callie would go, I picked a simple 2  mile (round trip) hike and kept my fingers crossed. Callie did it and I was so proud of her!
Liam walked a bit of it and was so happy just being out and exploring. We had lunch at the river and he loved it!

We made it! Yay!!

We even tried to hug some gigantic trees

We've had a couple beach play dates and picnics.....Have I mentioned how much I love Washington....hiking, beach......everything!
We had a super fun picnic with Clara and Aunt Amy

Ha.....Liam looks thrilled

We hit the low tide to explore the tides and just play with Rachel, Cale, and Wyatt. It was a fun day!
The crew

Liam wasn't so sure about the seaweed but had to splash in the water. 

Not a bad spot to swing!


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