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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.

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Linus and his buddy were lucky enough to get the chance to check out their new preschool’s playground today. It was great having the whole playground to ourselves. They’ll be starting school on Tuesdays and Thursdays here in two weeks. How is it possible that our little Linus is starting preschool already?!

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We held off on buying a double stroller because wanted to see if we really needed one. Lately, Linus has been hopping onto Clara’s stroller when we go places and let’s just say it’s not really meant to carry two. I was thrilled to find this used stroller with excellent ratings for a really good price. Clara can sit comfortably in the front and Linus can either sit or stand in the back. They both seem to really enjoy riding in it and I’m happy I can go places where they both have a place to sit now.

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We enjoyed another lovely afternoon at the pool. Linus had fun swimming with his noodle (and Daddy close by) in the “deep end.” Clara enjoyed kicking her feet and splashing in the pool. We will sure miss these warm, sunny days at the pool when it closes next month!

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Clara and Mommy enjoyed a day together at home while Daddy and Linus ventured to the Baltimore Aquarium. Mommy was happy to get many things accomplished while the house was a little calmer than normal. Clara seemed happy to get a lot of Mommy’s attention. If you look closely at the second photo, you can see her two bottom teeth poking through. 

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This little girl sure seems determined to start crawling. We think she trying hard so she can keep up with her big brother. She was happy watching him play with his puzzles this afternoon. He graciously gave her a puzzle with big pieces to play with (well, chew on). 

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Linus loves telling jokes. Here’s one for you.

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As you can clearly see, Linus had a great time playing in our community’s fountains today. We met up with some little friends from Linus’s play-group. Clara kept very busy investigating the fascinating green stuff that was all around her. After Linus finished playing in the water, we enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch together. We’re trying to make the most of these last weeks of summer before Linus starts preschool. 

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I’m a little sad to say that Clara is quickly outgrowing a lot of her baby equipment. We often use this bouncy seat when we shower and she is generally quite content there. Today she used her legs to reposition and almost launched herself out of it. Later, Linus had fun playing with his best buddy. They had a lot of fun playing musical instruments together. Clara was really interested in the noises they were making. 

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First grocery shopping trip with both kids. It was a success!

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We built a marble run with Linus out of a cereal box (an idea we found in a magazine). He loves it…and we had fun playing with it too! Later in the evening we had a sweet friend over for dinner. After spending several weeks at Janelia doing some chemistry research, she’ll head back to Indiana this week. We will miss you Laura!!

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We are anxiously awaiting Daddy’s return from San Diego tomorrow. He presented at a conference there this past week. Today we kept busy with all kinds of activities. From painting to drumming to playing with all kinds of toys to taking Linus’s precious train tracks apart (shh…don’t tell him!). 

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Wondering how long it would actually take to read all those books?