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Monday, August 24, 2009

Back to School!

Well, never thought we would get to this so fast! Today was Deirdre's first day of the 5th grade. Seems like just yesterday I was taking her to preschool..........now she is in her last year of elemantry school. Then.........off to middle school!

She looks so grown up!

Mom! It is a bit chilly out here!

Okay kiddo.......wanna happy face before you go to school! Let's see if you are still smiling when I pick you up!


Strike a pose.........work it!



Out on the playground before school.


Deirdre and her teacher.


I do believe there are 31 kids in her class this year.


She was still smiling when I picked her up!







Saturday, August 8, 2009

Kirkwood 2009 & My 100th Post!!

Alrighty! This is going to be a large post! Not only is this my vacation post, but my 100th post! We went camping at Lake Kirkwoood August 3rd-8th. This year the girls caught their first fish with "Mom Flingee" from camp and both within 10 minutes of casting their poles in the lake. We also took a hike down to Vikingsholm Castle in Emerald Bay, which was lots of fun! However, we did experience quite a bit of COLD weather this year, which included hail. The girls played with two kids they met last year while we were camped and great timing that they were there again at the same time!! Here are some pics that I took. I did take ALOT more, but these are my favorites!

The Two Sentinels as seen from the lake.

Our home for the week.

My bed........before the kids totally messed it up with all their stuff on the floor.


Lake Kirkwood and the girls.



Senya, Emily and Deirdre.

The girls playing on the rocks.


My little girl at the lake.


Mom and Deirdre having lunch on the rocks in our campsite.


Armed with her watergun............she got in the lake!!


The girls in the little boats we have had for years!


Emily........she looks so cold!


Isn't he cute?



Bonfire on the lake at the wishboat ceremony at the Girl Scout camp..........see the video clip below!


OH NO!!! These clouds were not what we wanted to see.........

Me at the campsite........obviously against a big rock!

Me and Emily......before the girls caught their fish!


Emily and her first fish.

She didn't wanna get near it after all that!


Deirdre's first catch..........she didn't really know what to do next!


Mom Flingee and Deirdre with her fish.


Helping her make a good cast in the lake.


Trying for a second fish each......but it got real cold and we called it a day!


Deirdre didn't wanna get her dirty boots in the play tent...........

The start of the hike to Vikingsholm Castle............1 mile down and 1 mile back up!!



Deirdre, mom, Jenny and Carl..........on the way down to Vikingsholm Castle.


They made it down! The girls in front of Vikingsholm Castle.


My kid just cracks me up........here she is taking a picture of me taking her picture!



One of the paddleboats.



I think this little guy needs to work out a little more............

Maybe I should make this a postcard??


Me and Emily in front of Vikingsholm Castle.


Carl and Mom in the courtyard of Vikingsholm Castle.

The critters just loved my camera!

Carl, Jenny and Emily.



Mom and the girls.


Me and my big brother!

Mom and the chicken we BBQ'ed for dinner after our day at Vikingsholm Castle.


Relaxing in the campsite.


My favorite place............


The sun setting on the lake.


Carl skipping rocks with Emily.


Carl and his wife, Jenny.

Me and my shadow down at Vikingsholm Castle.


Good night girls! This was the last night at the campground........


Saved the best for last! This little guy thinks a battery just might be tasty! I hope he dropped it somewhere and really didn't try to eat this thing!!


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