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Megan’s first band concert

Megan had her first band concert tonight. She started playing the flute in October and has improved dramatically over the past few months. They played a few very short songs in unison, but it was pretty neat to see that they could play together in such a short time.

She wanted to make sure we saw her when she got into her seat. Front and center, waving hugely. Almost missed her 🙂

And playing her instrument.

She seems to really enjoy playing an instrument. Scott and I are really proud of her improvements over the past weeks (even though he’s a little bitter she didn’t choose a brass instrument!) We have regular living room concerts since that is her practice room of choice!

Delaware Beach Vacation

We went to Delaware for a week to visit the beach. We stayed in a house with my parents, Phil & Kathy, and Aunt Sara’s family – 17 people in all! The house was in Broadkill Beach, DE, and was pretty nice. It was a fun week and went way too quickly!

Day 1: We arrived and got settled. The kids wasted no time exploring the beach behind the house and starting their shell and rock collections.

Day 2: More playing on the beach and shell collecting! We rounded out the day with a fire in the fire pit and s’mores.

Day 3: It was a little rainy on Tuesday, so the kids just put on jackets and did some beach exploring! Some of the grownups went to explore the outlet mall in Rehoboth for a while.

Day 4: Got up early to head south to try to find some good shells or sand dollars at Bethany Beach. We struck out on the good shells and sand dollars, but Kathy spotted some dolphins playing in the surf just a little ways off the shore. That made the early morning worth while! In the afternoon, we took the kids for a visit to the Boardwalk in Rehoboth. The girls and I got henna tattoos on our hands. Molly spotted an orange beach cruiser at a bike shop and wanted to get it for Scott – we settled for a photo instead 🙂

Day 5: We went to play Mini Golf with Phil & Kathy and family in the afternoon. The course was just right – not too easy or too hard. It wasn’t too busy either, which was good since we had 9 people in our group! Had another fire in the evening and of course, s’mores!

Day 6: Last day of vacation – it went too fast! Hung out around the house to let the kids just relax and enjoy the beach some more. Kassidy taught Megan to play chess. Scott and I went out to the boardwalk in Rehoboth with Phil and Kathy and had dinner at Dogfish Head Brewery.

Girl Scouts Rock the Mall

This year Girl Scouting celebrates its 100th anniversary. Throughout the year, there have been celebrations in honor of the anniversary. The final event of the year was a huge sing-along held on June 9th at the Mall in Washington DC. Since we live within an easy bus trip of DC, our Brownie troop rode a bus with several other troops from our area. The event was attended by around 250,000 people and broke a record for the largest sing-along. It was a hot day but I think the girls all had a good time.


Last day of School

Molly’s last day of school was Tuesday, June 5th and Megan’s was Friday, June 8th.  Look how much they have grown up over the past 9 months.  Both received glowing reports from their teachers.  Megan will be starting 4th grade in the fall and Molly will be going to first grade.

First Day:
Megan's First day of School Molly's First Day of School

Last Day:

Paulus Orchards 2011

We have been going to Paulus Orchards every year since we moved to the area. Before that, we took Megan to Eckert’s in St. Louis every fall. It is one of my favorite fall family traditions – I hope the girls don’t grow out of it any time soon. This year, we took one of the girls’ friends along, and they all had a great time. The photos don’t really require much of an explanation.

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And the traditional…lots of apples in the tree photo.