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June Weather

Here is the sun report for June!

Sunny: 23 Some Sun/Some Clouds: 7 Cloudy: 0
We had 0 snowy days.  We had 0 foggy days.  We had 3 days with some rain.  We had 3 days with crazy wind (over 20 mph)
There were some storms that came through this month that would rain in the morning and then transition to blue sky and sunny (but super windy) in the afternoons. I counted these as "some sun/some clouds" days. That's how we had 3 days with rain but no totally cloudy days! Those 3 days with rain are also the same 3 days we had the crazy wind. 
We had 100 degree temperatures at the beginning of the month. Then, we had a cool middle of the month. Now, we're back to the upper 90's again! Good thing the kids get to swim most days! 

Our yearly total for 2016 through June:

Sunny: 111 days
Some sun/some clouds: 40 days
Cloudy: 31 days

Snow: 3 days
Fog: 9 days
Rain: 28 days
Crazy Winds (over 20 mph): 16 days

Elizabeth lost her first tooth!

Elizabeth lost her first tooth yesterday! It looks so tiny!

She wiggled it for awhile and then just pulled it out! 

Family Walks

It's getting hot out! We take our walks right before sunset so the sun is at least a little less intense. Here are some pictures I took last night. 

Church Picnic

We went to the church picnic at the park this past Sunday. 
We saw this big boat! 

They played in the Columbia River. 

Nathan and Jeremy played some badminton with some of the other kids. 

Elizabeth waiting her turn for the zipline. 

She got the zipline!


A big stick. 
Nathan playing badminton. 


We've had 2 weeks of swimming lessons this June. We are going to take 4 weeks in July! They will swim every week. They're not always in the pool. Here are some pictures pre-swim. 


It was a rather rough week at VBS this year. When we weren't at the hospital or doctor's I was helping in the kitchen so I didn't take many pictures. I got a few. 
Here is Elizabeth with her crew leaders. She had two!

Nathan and his crew leader. 

A picture during snack time. Their tables were next to each other. The reason the kids are wearing little hats is because the theme was "Cave Quest." They pretended they were in caves. 

Since I was in the kitchen, I took a few pictures during snack prep. Every day, we had one age group come down to do snack prep and make 325 snacks that were required for everyone. Here was Elizabeth's snack prep day. This day, it was the 1st and 2nd graders helping us make all the snacks. 

They used an assembly file system to make up the snacks. 

Nathan's snack prep day was 3rd and 4th graders. He got to dump maple syrup into 325 little cups. Guess who got to wash the 325 cups? 

Eating her snack. 

Elizabeth's first trip to the ER

We had a trip for allergies to the ER on Monday. We had had a good run. The last time this happened was when Nathan was 5 months old and had that super scary anaphylactic reaction to a tiny bit of whey. That was over 8 years ago. 
We got home from VBS on Monday at lunch and Elizabeth said "Mom, my legs itch." I pulled up her skirt to check her upper thighs and they were just covered in hives. I thought it was bizarre, but then turned her around to check her back. Her entire back and bottom were covered with hives. I could see little hives popping up all over her chest and shoulders and they were kind of making their way up to her neck. I wasn't sure if I should Epi-pen her or not since she wasn't currently having breathing problems, but I also didn't want to NOT Epi and then have it get really bad. Since I didn't know what to do, I just called the professionals. 
They were here in probably 3-4 minutes. Elizabeth was kind of freaking out because these huge we…

Happy Birthday Pippa!

Pippa is 4 years old today. 

While visiting Gram, Pippa likes to come and stare at me while I'm trying to read my books. She gets really close so here is the picture I took while she was staring. 
With my children, I write a yearly update about them. With Pippa, I'm not sure what to say. She continues to do her normal things she does every year. I guess I will list them? If I'm leaving off anything, Laura, let me know and we will add it!
1. She likes to nap all day. I never see it, but apparently she does.  2. She likes to ride around in the Kubota with Papa. If she doesn't get to go, she cries and makes life hard for Gram.  3. She likes to chase bunnies and gets "bunny brain" something terrible. She would sniff all day for those things and never catch one.  4. She's afraid of the vacuum.  5. She loves social events. This year, she got to take place in an Easter Egg Hunt! Hopefully next year, she can do the Halloween events, a 5K, Bark at the Park, the D…

Annual Allergy Testing

The kids had their annual allergy testing done today. As usual, no good news. Same old bad news. I don't know why it upsets me so much when it happens every year. I should just be used to it by now. there is no hope. 
 Last year, Nathan ate a kiwi and got hives around his lips which we thought was weird since he'd eaten kiwi many times. Today, the test confirms he is definitely allergic to kiwi! It's the big hive next to the "K."  26 is his hazelnut hive. We just wanted to check on that one since his skin test last year said it was borderline. But this year, it's definitely an allergy. We won't be eating any nutella!
4 and 5 are his milk and egg. The doctor seems pretty surprised that instead of getting better they are actually looking worse. Again, he says there is little chance of outgrowing for Nathan. 80% of kids do, and I know so many people that had kids who were allergic to these who grow out of them. But, being almost 9, I guess Nathan is in the …

First Piano Lesson

Elizabeth had her first piano lesson yesterday! She was desperate to start taking lessons like her big brother. I wasn't sure she was quite ready since she's just starting 1st grade, but the teacher said we can try over the summer and if isn't something that works. we can start up again next summer. 

Learning how to hold her hands and fingers over the keys. 

Splash Park

A lot of the girls in Elizabeth's kindergarten (now 1st grade!) class met up at the splash park to play and eat popsicles. 
Elizabeth is wrapped up in the purple towel. It was windy!

First Day of Swimming Lessons

The kids had their first of MANY swimming lessons today. They are going to take a lot of lessons this summer because we want to make sure they are strong swimmers! They are taking lessons from the same great girl they took lessons from last summer. They said they were pretty tired after their first lesson since they aren't used to swimming yet!
In the picture, Nathan is hanging onto the diving board and Elizabeth is hanging onto the rails. They must have been tired! 
*As I finished typing this, I realized Elizabeth was looking over my shoulder reading. She read EVERY word (except "hanging") all by herself. I guess I have 2 readers in the house now! How can that be? 

New Camera!!!

Laura got me a SUPER nice camera for my birthday (early present). I am actually afraid of it because it is so nice. I don't know a THING about photography or how to take pictures, but I will try to learn some-at least enough to take some nice photos. 
Thanks L! You can borrow it at any time! 
I went to the backyard to take a few pictures yesterday. It was the first day of summer vacation! I don't know how to do anything fancy with it, so these are just regular pictures. I just pushed the button. 
Elizabeth picking and eating all the raspberries. 

Nathan swinging. We're going to try to have him wear his headgear as much as possible this summer. The more he wears, it the faster he's done with it!! He's only been wearing it for 5 months but we sure wish he was done. 
Hydrangeas of course. 

School is out!

Yesterday was the last day of school! I will never have a kindergartner again! 

The weather this last week was crazy! Monday and Tuesday the temperature was 102! Yesterday on Friday, a big rainstorm had rolled through overnight. When the kids left for school, they wore jackets and it was 58 degrees! It was warm and sunny by the time they got home at noon on the last day, but it was still just crazy!

She wore her long skirt too to stay warm on the walk to school. 

Goodbye Kindergarten!

My big boy is done with 2nd grade! 

They had an awards assembly at school and he came home with lots of awards! He had 111 AR points this year and that was among the top in his class. He ran 10 miles in their junior joggers program so he got an award for that. He also won "Outstanding Student in PE" for his class. so that was neat! 

Time for summer!