Lagging Behind And Our Craziness!

We have been so busy as we fall into our new routine for the summer.  We are filling our days with work around the house, cooking, crafts, exercise, and trips to the park.  Our evenings are filled with more trips to the park, more exercise, more house work, more cooking, Shawn's D&D, and Shawn's basketball.  Our weekends are full of yard work, grocery shopping, Shawn's D&D, trips to Shawn's parent's house, and playing outside where ever and when ever we can.

Shawn and I are really trying to get into shape and have been continuing our walking and attempt walks at least 3 days a week as the weather permits.

Saturday, June 12th was the 2 year anniversary of my Dad's death.  I tried hard to not let the day be any different for me than any other day.  Him and I were pretty close.  As close friends as a father and daughter could be.  While we had a tendency to butt heads (extremely similar personalities), I could talk to him like I couldn't talk to anyone else.

I miss him everyday.  I find watching tv , listening to the radio, and any family functions hard, because I'm constantly reminded of him.  I thought that Saturday would be the same, but when I woke up, I found that it was even harder.  I didn't want to get out of bed.  Shawn had planned a fishing trip with friends that day.  It was a really good time and a way to be outside, which is something Dad also enjoyed.

We had a good time fishing.  Ben hadn't been fishing since he was a very little baby.  Here's a picture from one of the last times we went fishing:

This time, was much different.  Ben was running all over the place and he even got to help Shawn fish.  He caught his very first fish.

Our friend Torren bought water guns for him and Ben to play with and they were a blast. 

Our friend, Buck, found a turtle, and we learned that Ben doesn't really like animals outside of dogs and cats. He's really pretty scared of them.

The best part of it all though, was the ability to spend time together as a family.  I love every second we get to spend together and I'm sure Shawn and the kids enjoy it too. 

We really do have the best friends also.  A lot of them are like our family as well.

We've been going to different parks around town.  It's been so much fun and we've found that there are a lot of really neat parks.

Here's a few pictures from the past week of parks.

Park 1:

Park 2:


Park 3:

Park 4:

(There are more pictures of Ben than there are of Sydney, but that's only because Sydney isn't doing anything interesting at the parks.  Only sitting in her car seat in the stroller or being carried around.)

I'll update later the crafts we've done so far this week, but for now, I need to go work on dinner and folding some laundry.


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