Summer was sweet.

by Leslie

Jack and the blue popsicle.

Grimmershot kids.

Absolute adorableness.

Total cuteness.

The girls.

Another year of school began for Julia and Lucy on Tuesday. It made headlines!

Our Weekly Family Newspaper

Well, at our house, at least – in our very own newspaper.

Julia and Lucy on the first day of school

Julia is in sixth grade this year. Lucy is in second grade and she lost her first tooth today.

Lucy lost her first tooth!

It had been wiggling for a while, but a fall on the playground at recess may have expedited its removal. (Notice the fat lip and bloody gums?) That was okay by her, though. She had waited long enough to lose that tooth!

We had a lovely summer and I keep saying banal things about it being over too soon, but it was. Boys of Summer by Don Henley came on the radio as I pulled away from the middle school this morning and I’m getting up every day at 5 a.m. That’s about as far as you can get from camping on the beach which I did in July, but still haven’t even told you about!

Geez. I need to get my shit together.

Pink!

Pink!

Purple!

Purple!

Pink and purple!

Pink and purple!

Blue!

Just the ends.

What? Wait. No. Julia’s hair is just too dark. We gave her a few streaks, but the blue was nearly imperceptible to the naked eye and couldn’t not be caught on camera at all. So instead, we lightened her tips and colored it salmon.

Colored tips!

We’ll give the blue another try later.

We’ve started a family gratitude journal that we all scribble in after dinner. And day after day, the names that accompany these faces…

Our crew

…are written, over and again.

There are twelve weeks of summer vacation. Display that on a giant calendar beside a list of all the stuff you want to cram on it and it doesn’t seem like a very long time. Week one is already gone! We spent it making cookies, planting flowers, building tents, and playing in the yard at home, at ball fields, playgrounds, and Tuscora Park with our best friends. Also, there were fireworks.

Teeter Totter

Slide

Riding the rides at Tuscora Park

Kelsey and Jack

All of us on the train

Jack makes a friend

Fireworks

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