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Summer of Sanity - The End

What a great time we had!  I think the little bit of organizing that I did this summer helped greatly.  I've only been back to work 5 days and my mind is completely baby-brain-mush.  Who knows what it would've been like this summer without a little planning for my sanity.  The boys really liked the charts and each got a nice Lego set with their money they earned ($20) and the other $20 they earned went into savings.  Alex is still doing his reading challenge, we're in the beginning of Treasure Island right now together.  Cameron is all set for preschool and Cora's been adjusting to the sitter.

Here's how Cameron's chart ended up:

And Alex's:
--oops, his didn't get pictured

I better start looking now for ideas for next summer.  Cora will be on the move and doing that drunk toddler walk which will be all sorts of fun to keep up with.  Until then we're gearing up for fall with preschool, 1st grade, work, soccer, flag football, and a Kitchen Makeover!

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