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Chess... lots of chess games on our vacation! Maeve learned all the names of the pieces and how to move them. She really puts a lot of imagination into it!

We spent 5 nights out at Loon Lake, just north of Spokane and it was really nice! It was a pretty chill vacation with lots of TV, treats, swimming, chess and sleeping in. I'm glad my big girls are strong swimmers and that Maeve is happy to wear her life jacket. That was really convenient in terms of balancing babies and older kids. Conor and I took turns playing and it all worked out really well!

The lake was so warm... almost too warm. Our hosts were delightful and friendly. We had a great time!

For our 4th of July, we spent the weekend with some of our oldest friends. We've known the Blodgetts for 14 years. We had an awesome weekend filled with treats, swimming, playtime, movies, late nights and babies. I came home feeling really grateful for long standing relationships and looking forward to more fun memories! The kids all got along so well and they played so hard!

Conor starts his new job on July 1st. We took advantage of his last full week of no work (and no planned activities for the kids) and planned a little staycation. With babies and a 4 year old, we can't go hard every day, so we did a MWF staycation. We spent two days at Hayden Lake and one day at Deer Lake (with friends). The weather was hot enough that I wanted to get in the water, but not as hot as this week is. We had so much fun! I love watching Maeve swim around in her life jacket chatting to anyone nearby. She's a cutie. I have so many fond memories of playing in the lake as a kid, I love seeing my children enjoy the water. It's fun to play!

Another hot day, another day in the water! On this day, we went to Liberty Lake when Holly was done with school for the day. We invited our best friends and loaded up the paddle boards and played in the water! The day was record-breaking hot and so being in the cool lake water felt so good. Maeve ran around in her own little world playing on the dock and swimming where she couldn't touch (all while wearing her life jacket of course). E loved being thrown in the air and caught in the water and having his body swished in the water. Ira fell asleep in Amorette's arms with his feet in the water. Snapping a photo of our girl gang kicking off another summer of fun was really wonderful. SO many happy memories with these dear friends of ours!

On our way home, we stopped at Cafe Rio, picked up take out and had a picnic and late night at our house. It was one of those magical summer afternoons into evenings that was just right!

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