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It's summer here at Marcaritaville! The kids are out of school, camps have started. Trips to the local pond as well. Today was the first day nice enough to go swimming at Kimball Pond. The great thing about growing up in a small town is that you can still find a lot of the people you grew up with at the pond - with their kids. I was a lifeguard here. I taught this year's lifeguards how to swim! How crazy is that?!? It was today that I realized I was a lifeguard at Kimball Pond 22 years ago! MAN! I'm old!

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What have I been up to? Glad you asked! Well, Fathers Day came and went... My Dad came over and helped Kevin start to tear down the front deck.

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While Katie was restacking our woodpile, she came across a family of little mice. She FREAKED OUT! She did a very good job, restacking all our 3 piles from the winter into one small pile.

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Our first strawberries were ripe, and picked! So flippin yummy! I pulled one off the stem, and was halfway through eating it when I remembered I am on a stinkin new diet where I can't have sugar - NO FRUIT! GAAAAHHHCK! So the kids picked the strawberries and ate them. P.S. Who is so twisted that they tell someone they HAVE to do this special diet RIGHT at the beginning of summer - with all of the fresh fruit and icecream? I mean... WHO! GHAAA! The upside is that my Crohn's disease is really getting under control, so I guess I should shut my mouth!

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Our little tiny cherries from our wheeping cherry tree were ready too! So good! Maddy loves them! She has checked them every day waiting for them to be ripe. How cute are they??

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The wheeping Cherry was given to us by Kevin's Dad  aka Poppa. The day after we planted it, the kids and I went to You're Fired (a local pottery place) and painted this little tray - It lives in front of the tree during the summer, and in the shed when the snow falls. It is dirty in this picture, but I have washed it off.

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It was also a day of a major right of passage. Kevin taught Aidan how to ride the lawn tractor and mow the lawn. The torch has been passed. The whole process was fun to watch. Kevin walked along like an expectant father!  There were some uneven patches, there were some unmowed strips, but Aidan did it all by himself.

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While all of this was going on I got most of  my anniversary quilt cut out. I am in love with the poppies. Mom and I have adapted it from a twin sized quilt I saw at my local quilt shop.

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And then THIS happenned, and brought all my progress to a screaching hault! a week of no knitting, no sewing, no using my hand! How did I do it? Well, glad you asked. Kevin, Maddy, Aidan and I were playing baseball, and I accidentaly caught the baseball instead of hitting it with the bat. STOOOOOOPID! I am finally not wearing the brace anymore, but I can only knit for about 30 minutes before it hurts too much. *sad face*


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Anyways... I now return you to summer... Days in the sun... Summer camps... Playing outside... cookouts... Floating along in the cool waters while the sun warms whatever is above it... So, Enjoy!

 


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