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    This summer has been pretty amazing in terms of weather here in the Pacific Northwest. I've lived in this area my whole life and I don't think I remember a summer that had as many 90-plus degree days as we've had this year. I'm not complaining though. I love summer and I'll take as much as I can get.

    The boys have really enjoyed it too. One of their favorite activities has been playing in the pool. We stayed at my parent's house for a couple weeks while we were waiting for everything to close on our new place; and the boys went in the inflatible pool they have there practically everyday. They looked like they were having so much fun, I had to jump in there with them a few times! I'm about 6 feet 3 inches tall, so the water only went up to about mid-shin for me, but Aiden and Kai kept telling me I had to get "all the way in" the water so I had to lay down with my belly flat against the bottom of the pool in order to satisfy their request. I have to admit I wasn't really into it at first, but after I saw how much they loved having me get down at their level I remembered how fun it is to have an adult, especially your dad, play with you in terms that you initiated. I never want to be too cool to remember how fun it is to be a kid, or too disconnected to get down on the boys level and share those special moments with them. I don't get it right all the time, but I'm grateful for their persistence that always helps bring me back.

    Once we got to our new place we set up our own little pool in the backyard (Don't judge the lawn, we just moved in and it needs some work :) . These photos are from the boys innagural dip in it. I stayed on the side and took some pictures with my phone this time, but I'm sure it won't be long before I'm figuring out how to cram myself "all the way in" this one too.