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August 2016

One of the last Great America trips before school starts!

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The kids finished swim lessons and everyone was impressed with Kinsley having no fear off the diving board!

Kinsley had been talking about having a girls night and was asking and asking and we finally planned one!  She LOVED it!!!

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We watched our friends kids for the weekend and I thought this was so funny when they all lined up for sunscreen on our way to the pool!

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The Olympics started and we have some fans in our house!!

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So I really needed to go through the toys and organize.  And I finally did it.  I even have an emptry shelf which was pretty hard with our toy loving kids!  My OCD side even labeled the boxes and shelves to hopefully help the kids put stuff away in the right place!  Notice 1.5 shelves just for Legos.  Craziness!

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I came in Kinsley’s room one morning and Cason was doing her hair!  So cute!

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The kids had been begging to do some backyard camping.  We finally did it.  They were disappointed that they just got to sleep in a tent.  We didn’t even roast marshmallows!  We’ll keep that in mind for next time, kids!! 

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Connor took a day off work to spend a last summer day with us.  The kids wanted to go to the zoo!

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Holly got tickets to a San Jose Giants game and we went one afternoon.  It was blazing hot.  There is not much shade coverage so we were baking, but we made it through most of the game!!

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Kinsley fell asleep in the car and it was funny because she was biting her lip!

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Another bucket list activity was to go to Chuck E Cheese, so we went there for lunch one afternoon!

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My mom had passes to the Monterey Aquarium so we headed there one day!

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These kids still love dressing up ALL the time.  Star Wars this day!

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Our annual last day of summer lunch with dad at Islands!

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And just like that, summer is over!  Goodbye summer bucket list!

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School starts!!

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Our friends came out from Utah and we met up with them at Giants game!  So fun!!

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Kinsley also started her last year of preschool.  I can’t even think about it too much or too long or else I may be a mess.  This will be the 7th straight year I will be taking one of my kids here.  Can’t believe it’s the last year!

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Now that we are back to the school routine, this is the view I see a lot on our walk home from school!

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Since Corbin has homework every day, Kinsley has been wokring on her “homework”.  It’s basically a workbook and flash cards.  It’s so funny that she walks in the house after picking up the boys and grabs her homework from her homework box and goes to the table to start.  I hope these habits continue!

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Our school has a back to school picnic the second week of school and it’s such a fun event!  I got the one picture of Kinsley getting her cotton candy, but other than this one time, I basically didn’t see my kids for the whole event.  They all took off with their friends!  Even Kinsley has some friends from preschool who have an older sibling at the elementary school!

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My mom took the kids overnight and Connor and I went to a baseball game with my siblings!  We even got to go early and catch batting practice which was fun.  It had been a really long time since I’ve made it to a game for batting practice.  We made it for the pitchers batting practice.  My favorite part was when Javier Lopez (he’s the one on the very right of the below picture) was talking to us fans tellin us we needed to stand back when Madison Bumgarner came up to hit,  And he was right, those balls were hit FAR!  Chris and Jona both got balls!  Pretty awesome!

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Jona took the picture of us since he was in his Baraves jersey!  They lost but at least 1 out of the 6 of us was happy!

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Kinsley and I did Connor’s hair.  I think this a rite of passage for a dad with a daughter!

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Can’t believe August is already over!

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