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Hot Saturday

We had the van Oordts over for lunch so Patrick could eat some meet and gluten!

Ella insisted on wearing her boots from bobou and wore them until her cheeks were bright red from being hot.

We watched Brazil lose to the Dutch and just laid down while the kids slept, as it was 90 today. At the end of the day we went to the pool and decided to bring Rhys into the pool today. He actually slept in my arms for 15-20 min, so I guess he liked it!

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4th of July

Family and friends alike enjoyed the game and some BBQ.

Our biggest accomplishment as a whole was to put down five kids down for naps at the same time. I could not believe we pulled it off! They all woke up happy after their nap and I was finally able to take a cousin pic with the outfits my sister got them. Only Grant didn’t nap and instead was perched on a chair watching cartoons

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Ella counts

For over a week now, Ella has been counting to ten. She does skip a couple of numbers, but kinda impressive seeing her do that.

Ella back with the binkie

Tim’s coworker brought Ella a gift and a mustache binkie for Rhys. Since Rhys was already in bed, we gave the binkie to Ella to pose for a pic. I’m afraid she liked it more than I expected…need to hide it.

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Swimming with the cousins

A fun day was had by all. Ella got picked up from school early to go “dada” ( = nadar = swim) with her cousins. The day ended with a trip to menchies.

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Monday was a big day!

Ella’s first day in the toddler 2 class. She knew several of the kids in july he class, including John, who exclaimed “Ella!” when he saw her.
Leaving her in the classroom wasn’t hard once she got her breakfast

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Also big night for Rhys as I let him cry out since he’s ready to sleep through the night! I still wake up in the middle of the night myself, bit look forward to sleeping through the night soon!

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Ella played hooky

Ella’s been missing me (when she’s not mad at me), so I decided to pull her out of school and take her to the zoo with Tia and her cousins.

(Notice Ella with the crackers on several of the pics…)

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