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Fireworks, Pools, and Gymnastics in July

By Mom | October 6, 2010

This summer I decided to take Grace out of preschool so that we could spend more time with family and save money as well. Grace was excited to start off her summer vacation with Independence Day. We invited some family and friends over for a bbq at our house. Grace knows how to party!
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So does her brother Cole.
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July 4th also happens to be Uncle Shane’s birthday. Aunt Cara made him a special cake to celebrate.
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Finally it was time for some fireworks. Those kids waited so long. Grace was ready with her fireworks gear.
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We walked to the college nearby to watch the show. It was a little chilly outside, can you tell? Don’t worry, that hobo was just Uncle Shane freezing to death.
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The kids sure enjoyed watching the firework show. But I think what they really enjoyed was just snuggling and giggling on the blanket.
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July was also when Cole turned the big 2. We celebrated it in Orange County with Grace’s grandparents, Papa and Yaya. We spent the time before the party just hanging out. Grace and Cole love to visit their great-grandma Dorothy because she has bunnies hopping around outside. Cole is searching hard for one.
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It also happened to be one of the hottest weekends in July so we ate dinner outdoors under shade a lot. It was probably cooler in the air conditioned house but Grace wanted to eat outside.
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We also went to the Fullerton farmer’s market where Grace got her face painted. What a pretty butterfly!
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There was also a pony ride. Grace couldn’t pass this up.
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We also visited Grace’s grandma Minnie and her cousin Navaeh. They moved to a new house that has a pool so the kids had a blast splashing around. Good thing because it was over 100 degrees out that day. Yikes!
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Cole only wanted Mommy to swim with him. Silly little boy.
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During another visit to Fullerton Grace and Cole got to try out Cole’s new Buzz Lightyear sprinkler. 5,4,3,2,1……
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Blast off!
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As if this post wasn’t long enough, I must tell you about Grace’s gymnastics class. She started a class with her friend Ava. They both have matching leotards. Too cute.
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Grace looked forward to this class each week. They did different things every time. Like backbends. (Sorry, dark photo, crappy camera)
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And testing their arm strength.
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And crab walks.
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Cole and baby Mila hung out on the sidelines getting into everything.
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Well, we’re all exhausted from this busy month. Time to relax in our overgrown backyard. Would it kill you Dan to mow the lawn once in a while! 😉
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