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The rain came down

Last week it started to rain, and then it really started to rain.

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So of course Eva wanted to go out and play

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The creek was overflowing (we have a major river at the end of the street that this creek dumps into so it doesn’t stay this swollen for long). Always fun to watch it get this high. Our older boys used to get the boogie boards out up the street when this would happen.

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One of our neighbors is doing some construction and there was a bit of a muddy run-off down the street.

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Makes for some good puddle jumping.

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But today is sunny and warm and we just got back from the pool. I just picked some basil from my mini garden and I think I am going to make this Caprese Pasta salad for dinner.

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Ingredients:

16-oz. box Rotini pasta, cooked to al dente and drained
8-oz. container grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
8-oz. package Mozzarella pearls
1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
1/4 cup pesto
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste

Recipe here

Hannah - We love to play in the rain. Well, Sophia and I do. The boys are weird. Of course now I need to buy new boots for Sophia because my dog ate her Hunter boots :{

Summer is here!

And flowers are blooming everywhere

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We love walking down to the park

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The older boys were out and Andy had a work meeting so it was just the youngers and I.. And Hud.

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The plan is to ditch those training wheels soon

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Hudson loves the park

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So do the youngers

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We ran into a friend and the dogs had a blast. Puppy play date

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Eva didn’t want to ride her bike back up the hill so her nice brother did it for her

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Hannah - I wish Buddy was a friendly dog. He’s just a barking idiot. We’ve taken him around people since he was little and he is still a dork.

Love the last picture! ๐Ÿ™‚

Graduation

And just like that Austin is now a college student.

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This picture cracks me up- we couldn’t get his hat on correctly

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We finally figured it out. The red sash and cord are for his Honors degree and 4.0 or higher grade point average.

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The Grandparents came in for the ceremony

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Blake went with us but we let the other two kids stay home which turned out to be the best idea because it was LONG. And kinda boring.

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I am so proud of him ๐Ÿ™‚

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I was afraid I would be very sad the whole weekend but I was just excited for him

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He asked his XC and track coach to give him his diploma

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What a great way to wrap up his high school career

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And there go the hats

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I know he is proud of all of his hard work. He has a long road ahead if he continues his dreams of med school

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But we are behind him every step of the way!

Susan/Gramma - It was a wonderful weekend. We are so proud of Austin.

hannah - Congratulations! He is awesome-sauce. It doesn’t seem right that they are done…but it’s so awesome for them.

Track Banquet

The end of the year track banquet fell right in the middle of finals so they decided to do a quick pizza party after practice.

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I was totally ok with that as I have been sitting through a lot of banquets and such lately.

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Bittersweet for sure.

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Going to miss it, without a doubt

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hannah - It’s so crazy how the stuff that used to take up all our time is the stuff we’ll miss the most.

Prom

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I made Austin take a few pics with his crazy brother.

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I have no words

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I can’t believe this was his last High School dance

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This year Austin decided to go with his runner friends so we followed he and Taylor over to get pictures done

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It was raining on and off and muggy. Same as last year!

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Austin and Taylor looked amazing

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Austin forgot his prom tickets so Blake ran them over and they had to stay for pics

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Love these two

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Hannah - Those are classic. Typical siblings. If you tried to take a picture of me and one of my brothers, you’d get the same thing! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it.

They are a cute couple!