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Blizzard of 2008

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Well, I am sitting here in Rock Island, IL, while my poor husband is back at home with our 4 year old son and ……drum roll please…….16 inches of snow and still counting because it has not stopped.  Oh and by the way, the mail carriers do not live up to the motto.  The mail did not arrive today.  Anyway, tommorrow my husband and son are going to go sledding down a local hill.  I don’t know who is more excited, my husband or my son.  I hope this is the last snow because we start soccer in 2 weeks, so let’s pray for some sun!!!

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Our house…

It has been so hot this summer.  We have had 16 days in a row of 100+ degree weeather. We have managed to keep the lawn watered with our sprinkler system, but it hasn’t been easy.  Friday night it rained really good.  The first good rain in about 3 months.

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We have two local outdoor pools. One of which is the YMCA. The outdoor city pool’s short diving board was broken (Benjamin was very disappointed) so we decide to give the YMCA’s a try. Benjamin loved it. It has 2 water slides instead of diving boards. It sure was nice to be able to go to the pool, since is was over 100 degrees.

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Benjamin has taken a few swim lesson classes, but has never liked getting his head wet.  Well we finally hit the jackpot!!!  We were swimming today and he saw a few of the bigger kids jumping and a few kids his size jumping.  He said he wanted to try, so I said ok.  He got up on the board and walked very slowly and then jumped. Keep in mind he has NEVER jumped off of a diving board at all.  He got out of the water and said that he didn’t want to do it again.  I said ok….but you looked like a pro.  So he said, he wanted to try again.  So he did.  Needless to say, I couldn’t get him to leave the pool.  

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I have been behind on posting.  We are getting ready for Benjamin to move up to the Pre-K (4 yr old) Room.  He is somewhat excited.  I really don’t think he wants to leave his current teacher Ms. Beth.  We keep encouraging him though.  He had his end of the summer party at school and next Friday evening is meet the teacher night.  It’s hard to believe Kindergarten is just around the corner!!  We got to visit Burritt on the Mountain.  It was a free event.  The reason why we wanted to take Benjamin is the orginal church (His school is a church) is there.  It’s a little one room church.  I don’t think he could believe it.  They have animals which he loves and a Mansion you could tour.  We had fun.  Here are a few pictures.

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Here are the pictures I promised. We put rocks around all three flower beds. and around a couple of trees whe have.

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A Very Rocky Evening

What an eventful day. Griff and I both worked and came home and started our new rock border around our flower beds. Those rocks were HEAVY!!! We managed to ge the rock done in the front yard and tomorrow night we plan on getting the back flower beds done. Benjamin has been a big help by putting the rocks in the back of his John Deere motorized tractor (it’s so cute to watch him). Anyway, the reason why we did it tonight and tomorrow night is because on Saturday we are going on a train ride called the Cottontail Express. The Easter Bunny is going to be on it handing out Easter candy. It’s going to be fun. Sunday it is suppose to rain (60% chance). I will post pictures of our progress, so stay tuned.

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