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Logan amazed me three Saturday nights ago by insisting I sit out in the hall with his door open a few inches instead of sitting in the chair by his bed. He didn’t change his mind after we read our books, and fell asleep in under 10 minutes. He did the same thing again Sunday night with Susan. Things went back to normal on Monday night. I suspect not taking a nap on Saturday and Sunday is the reason. His first day in the Zebra room was last week, but he got a bad case of “turf toe” and is having problems walking around.

Seth played his first football game two Saturdays ago, and he was the first kid on his team to be quarterback. He threw for a touchdown and ran for a touchdown. Logan threw a fit about forgetting his baseball hat so Susan drove all the way back across town to get it for him. We went to the downtown arts festival afterwards, but did not stay long because Susan wasn’t feeling well. We took the kids to the apple orchard that Sunday afternoon and picked 10 pounds of apples.

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Seth went to spend three nights with G&G a couple Thursdays ago. Logan was devastated when he found out Thursday when Susan picked him up from daycare. We had lots of special things planned for him. Thursday night we played board games with him. Friday we went downtown and took Logan on a carriage ride. Saturday Cassie took him to the fair for a few hours, then we went to Newton Hills until sometime after 9PM. Sunday morning we had breakfast at Perkins, then took him to the Watertown zoo before picking up Seth. Before it was all over Logan was embracing not having Seth around. He kept saying. “Seth doesn’t get to do this” for the various things we were doing.

Seth had fun at G&G’s. His favorite part was driving the golf cart. Those three days were a big step for both boys. It was fun watching Logan make decisions for himself instead of agreeing with Seth all the time.

Last week in the afternoon we took the kids to the fair in Parker. I went on the Hurricane with Seth and felt nauseated all the rest of the time. Logan wanted to go on a giant, semi-trailer-mounted slide but was too short to go by himself. So, I ended up going with him twice. At the end Seth and Susan went on the Zipper.

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It’s been a long while since I last wrote. We went to the parents house for the 4th so the kids could watch fireworks. Bryce gave them both rides on his Harley, and asked me if I wanted to take a spin. I declined, but looked for a Voyager on Craigslist. Turns out there was one for sale in Aberdeen, but I didn’t get in touch with the guy to look at it. Bryce looked at it a couple days ago and said it was in great shape for the age of it. I am really torn about buying it.

In one of Seth’s last games he caught a pop fly then threw the ball to first for a double-play. I am so proud of him. He will be starting the second session in August. He also wanted to play flag football, so we signed him up for it. We are looking at the possibility of him staying with G&G for a few days by himself.

Logan is doing much better about going to sleep at night. Yesterday morning he actually asked me to take him to daycare. Prior to that he constantly insisted Susan do it and Seth was getting upset that we were not taking turns. Logan also decided he wanted to wear a backpack to daycare because he was a “big boy” now. He got a new pair of shoes a couple weeks ago that tie, and he is very proud of them.

I am staining and sealing the table I made back in March. Once it is done I will need to find a place for it in the house. The Jeep will soon be in need of new tires and I am thinking about getting a lift kit, new rims and bigger tires when that happens.

We took the boys to the hills for vacation. They were challenging during the time between activities, but pretty good while we were doing things. We had supper at the campground restaurant when we arrived Thursday, and it was disappointing. We spent all day Friday at the campground. The kids played mini-golf, swam in the pool and jumped on the bouncy pillow. We took them to Hot Springs on Saturday for the mammoth site and Trout Haven. Turns out the Trout Haven Ranch differs considerably from the Trout Haven Campground west of Rapid City. The Campground is the one I was at as a kid, and the Ranch is scary. The “Yes We’re Open” sign on the gate was hanging askew, there were a couple old Mustang cars parked in the visitor parking, the pond was had a bunch of moss and little fish. Nobody came to great us, and we felt like we were trespassing so we left. After visiting the mammoth site (both kids loved digging for replicated bones) we took them to a rock shop where they could pan for gold and other cool rocks. Sunday morning we loaded up the car and took them to the real Trout Haven. Both kids caught 2 trout. They were not interested in eating them, so we donated them. It was quite a long ride home, and we had to stop several times. It was good to be in our own bed again.

On Monday we took the kids to Wild Water West. We were there for over 5 hours and the kids had a blast. Seth liked the big slides. We all liked the Lazy River. Once Logan found out he could go on the big body slide he wanted to go repeatedly, and laughed every time we went down. Right before we left Seth went on the Black Hole slide, which is the 6-story high tunnel plunge slide. I was too scared to try it.

Seth’s first night of practice was on Tuesday. He was playing third base when he caught a pop fly. The runner who was on third took off for home so Seth tagged the base, then turned around to tag the runner on second who was running to third. We were both proud of his triple-play.

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