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Linus’s started preschool today…sniff, sniff! Where did the last 3 1/2 years go?! After snapping a few photos at home, we went to Linus’s friend’s house to get a couple photos of them together. They were very excited to start school today. Since we are required to drop the kids off in front of the preschool (due to a shortage of parking), the last photo shows Linus walking in with one of the teachers. Apparently he was fine until he saw his little buddy crying inside, then he started crying too. He said the teacher gave him a hug and he felt better. When I asked him why he was crying, he answered, “because I missed you Mommy.” I felt my heart completely melt right then and there. On the ride home, he excitedly told me all about his day. He talked about singing songs, playing the “shaker” instrument, reading a book about a rabbit’s first day of school, coloring with orange colored pencils, eating a snack, and playing on the playground. He’s already excited to go back on Thursday. Definitely a successful first day of school!

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We took advantage of the last unofficial day of summer by getting ice cream from our neighborhood ice cream truck (Linus’s first time!), and swimming in the pool. Ah, summer…we shall miss you!

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Thanksgiving in August? Why not?! Luke was excited to experiment with cooking a turkey on our grill. Our Swiss visitor was thrilled to eat a turkey dinner again after 10 years. And in case you’ve ever wondered…Thanksgiving dinner tastes just as good even when it’s 90F outside.

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We had a fabulous time in Washington D.C. today! This was Clara’s first time visiting our nation’s capital and she handled the adventure very well. Linus was very excited about many of our activities today including riding the metro, seeing the animals in the National Museum of Natural History, and standing on a police segway. It was especially fun to share the adventure with our sweet visitor!

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Linus had his first (unofficial) day of preschool today. His school held an open house this morning where students were able to meet their teachers and to see their classrooms. Since parents aren’t allowed to accompany students into the classroom next week when school actually starts, we took our first-day-of-school photos today. He seems excited to go to preschool  especially because his favorite little buddy will be there too. 

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What a wonderful day for a little sightseeing in downtown Leesburg!

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We had a great time hiking with our Swiss guest at Great Falls National Park today. Linus was a great, independent little hiker and Clara was quite content riding in the backpack-carier. What a fun adventure!

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We don’t know how she placed the puffs like this but somehow she did…little genius!

We don’t know how she placed the puffs like this but somehow she did…little genius!

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Clara is 8 months old! Wow, the months really are flying by! And here’s Linus showing off his snazzy new haircut. 

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We had a wonderful day at Mount Vernon!

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Linus watching our favorite local bluegrass band at the farmer’s market today

Linus watching our favorite local bluegrass band at the farmer’s market today

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Check out all of the delicious goodies our dear friend brought us from Switzerland…wow! Linus is thrilled to have a new friend to play with. We are looking forward to showing her around our nation’s Capital. 

Check out all of the delicious goodies our dear friend brought us from Switzerland…wow! Linus is thrilled to have a new friend to play with. We are looking forward to showing her around our nation’s Capital. 

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Fun and exciting ping pong match after breakfast

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Clara’s sweet dinner-time giggles

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I think it’s safe to say that Linus had fun at the park today.