Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Farewell to Summer

We had a wonderful summer this year and even though the boys only get 6 weeks off from school, it seemed like we got the most out of it. The kids and I flew back to the states for the first time in 3 years for a month long visit. I was hoping we could have a good "Minnesota summer" like I remember growing up and we really did. We spent time at a cabin near the lake, lots of time at Grandma's house, and made the trip over to what the boys call "the secret lake", which is a very pretty little lake that has always been a special family gathering place.

It was really nice to see everyone and to be able to stay long enough to not have to rush through the trip.

Shortly after we got back, we celebrated Helena's 2nd birthday with a teddy bear picnic birthday party. It was lots of fun, but we were all still very jet-lagged at the time of the party. Helena refused to even crack a smile for the camera!

Then last weekend we finally threw Jack's 8th birthday party - a month late, but oh well! He had his first sleepover and they had a blast staying up half the night watching cartoons and showering the living room with snacks. Nothing out of the ordinary!

We're having a little extra summer weather here in England at the moment, a whole week of weather that's expected to be in the 70's. One last hurrah before we're all wrapped up in sweaters and huddled under umbrellas!

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