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July thread!

Hey all! We made it through nationals!!!! I couldn't be prouder of Alyssa. They got 1st place overall for their tap dance, and are national champions for their full company dance!!!!!! Pretty darn impressive for the studio's first ever national competition! I'm still exhausted after the long days. We did get 2 days at the beach, so that was nice! Smile

I'm now doing laundry and cleaning because we're leaving AGAIN on Thursday. We're going to Minnesota to my BIL's house. All of Scott's family is going to be there...wish me luck! :/ After that, we'll have one whole week with nothing to do!!! SO looking forward to that! Smile

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Congrats Brandi!! That's awesome! I bet Alyssa was happy. Good luck with the ILs. Maybe you can run away to Kelli's house. Smile Not sure how far that run is though. Could be quite far.

Not much going on here. We cancelled our overnight to North Conway due to weather. I was just as glad. I was exhausted. We finally had a weekend with NOTHING to do. I'm too old to work so much and then run around all creation. We are contemplating going to Hershey Park though. Now keep in mind this would be our 20th wedding anniversary.....with the kids....not what I imagined. But I did make it clear that the gift to me for enduring 20 years of marriage is we stay in the really NICE hotel. BUT there is the 7 hour drive. Not a fan. Not one bit. Sigh. What to do. Maybe we will get away alone for dinner when we get back. We decided 25 years is our time. Something really nice. Only 5 more years.

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Congratulations to Alyssa! Brandi, that is AWESOME. Smile HOpe you get some downtime soon.
Sam, happy almost anniversary! I vote REALLY NICE hotel.
The kids and I are back from a week in Alabama with my family. It was a lovely visit, except for a busted front windshield, but it was replaced the next day, no problem. Had a great Fourth celebration yesterday with friends, went to pool today, Despicable Me 2 tomorrow, friends' going-away party Sunday, and 2 days at the beach Monday and Tuesday, so the fun continues! I kind of like this summer thing. Biggrin

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That's so great for Alysssa - congrats to her and the team!

Sam, I'd vote really REALLY nice hotel :).

M.L., sounds like you all have had a ton of fun lately....glad to hear the windshield was a quick fix.

Am I the only one that can't believe it's already July 8th??? We had three wedding last month (Nathan was the ring bearer for one of them....so handsome in his tux!), then a parade and party/bbq at my parents house on the 4th. We don't have any trips planned, unless I win the lottery. Luckily we've been so busy around here. We might go away for a night or two in August, before the boys head back to school.

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Everyone is so busy! HI Carolyn!
ML are you finally relaxing?! Holy cow!
Brandi how is that trip with the ILs?

So it's been quiet here. Well not work wise but we have finally had a few "no plans" weekend and I feel refreshed. I was running out of steam.

So we ARE going to Hershey Park. We ARE staying in the really nice hotel too. Hershey Hotel. It looks amazing and I have heard good things. We are going to leave at the crack of dawn and be there after lunch, tour the Hershey Gardens, then go in to the park for the last 3 hours until closing. That is free to Hershey Hotel guests. The next day we have a fancy breakfast set up then we spend the day in the park and their zoo. Next day we do Chocolate World and leave after lunch. 2 nights. Its over the long Labor Day weekend. Should be fun if I don't piss everyone off during the car rides. I hate the car. Trying to get my brother to join us.

On a very sad note my brother was diagnosed with Stage 2 kidney disease. I wish our Disney trip was coming up sooner than November. He needs some fun that poor guy. There are also some questions about his liver as well though the tests go up and down. Everyone is trying not to freak out. It never ends for him.

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Oh, Sam, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. I'm sending lots of good thoughts his and your way. I hope he can join you all in Hershey. That trip sounds incredible and you definitely to deserve it. You have to be sure to design and make your own chocolate bar at Chocolate World. That bar was seriously the freshest, best choc bar I've ever had in my life. ***BIG HUGS***

Carolyn, great to read your update! Enjoy the rest of your summer. Smile

Beach was great. Ava and I are home now. We'll be here until July 21, then we are flying to...wait for it... Paris! Smile Returning on the 29th. Much to do in preparation. We've never taken the kids out of the country, so this will be huge for them.

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Oh Sam...your poor brother!!! Sad Why can't he catch a break??? Have fun at Hershey!
So jealous ML!! Paris will be wonderful!

This is our week off....YAY!!!!! Last week to sleep in. Minnesota was good, with no controversy in Scott's family. That doesn't happen often! Next week we start dance camp and Connor has golf camp. Gotta get school supply shopping done too! I got them all backpacks, but need pencils and such. Only 2 weeks until school starts! Dying to see who their teachers are!

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Yay Alyssa! Glad you guys had fun at nationals. Nice that Minnesota was good with no problems too. I can't believe school starts for you in 2 weeks!
How was Hershey Park Sam? Sorry to hear about your brother. That's just not fair.
Sounds like you're busy this summer Carolyn! Good luck with the lottery Smile
Hope you are having an AMAZING time in Paris ML! I want to go!

My summer has been busy! Still have soccer with the 3 kids 4 nights a week. And 3 days during the weekday I take the kids out somewhere fun. The splash pad, beach, cottages and friends houses! It makes staying home on Mondays and Tuesdays really tough. Then on weekends we're out on our boat all day long. I feel like I never get anything done around here. Oh well. We're having so much fun!

My brother lives here temporarily until he moves across the country at the end of August. We're trying to spend lots of time with him. We're going to have a hard time seeing him leave.

DH is going to take Savannah to see Justin Bieber tomorrow night, and she doesn't even know yet! She is going to freak out!
The girls also got invited to a Cody Simpson meet and greet tomorrow. (he's opening for Bieber) They don't really know his music that well but I think it's a good experience for them. So we'll see.

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Oh Sam I'm soooo sorry to hear about your brother Sad
Samantha - how did Savannah like the concert??? Your never on Whatsapp anymore Sad
Hope your enjoying Paris ML!!!!!!
Brandi - I can't believe your kids are so close to back to school!!!
Carolyn - that is a lot of weddings!

We've been keeping busy with the kids off! The weather has sucked! Just getting ready for our second camping trip this weekend!! Looking forward to that!