Bill, Hillary, and Katy Perry

Little known fact: we are big Katy Perry fans. We enjoy her consistent hits and fun, positive songs. Today she was in town for a Hillary Clinton rally and we had to be there, so we were. Mari was at a friend’s birthday party, but he rest of us headed downtown for the rally.

After standing around for about 90 minutes Bill Clinton took the stage first. He did a great job, speaking without notes and working the crowd. He introduced Katy, who sung 3 songs and spoke a little. After Katy Hillary came out and said a few words before the crowd headed to the Jefferson-Jackson dinner. We went home.



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Playing in the Sprinkler

It only got up to 57 yesterday, but the kids decided to get the sprinkler out.

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Sledding

We got out sledding today for the first time this year. The kids had a great time and they all did really well. Andrew worked on his snowboarding and Mari and Elliot rode sleds. They all got going pretty fast at times and there was not a lot of crying, which was nice. They also all did a great job walking back up the hill and remembering to bring their sleds.

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Elliot Learned to Swing

Elliot has figured the swings out, which will hopefully make our lives easier.

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Ledges State Park

While Susan was in Seattle this weekend, the kids, Rebecca, Bianca, and I went camping at Ledges State Park. We had a great time, and there were no major catastrophes. On Sunday we packed up early and headed back to Des Moines for the Every Family Rocks music festival. Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, one of our favorite kid musicians (he is not a kid, but he plays kid-friendly music), was playing.

Check out some pictures from our trip.


Andrew Sliding Down the Rock Slide

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Some Videos

Here are some videos from the past couple weekends.

The first video is Mari riding her bike. She is a little distracted by the camera, I think, and forgets to make the turn at the end, but you get the idea.


Mari Riding a Bike

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There has also been a lot of hula hooping going on this summer. Here is a video of Mari trying to get things figured out.


Mari Hula Hooping

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The third video is just a short chat with Elliot. Generally, he is a fairly quiet kid, who would much rather use body language than words.


Elliot Talking

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Adventureland

This past Friday we went on our first trip to Adventureland. Like most things in Des Moines it is a little smaller than in big cities, a little cheaper, and a lot more convenient. We did not tell the kids we were going until the morning of, and they were very excited. Andrew could not wait to go on a rollercoaster, and Elliot and Mari were up for anything. It was a fun day.


Andrew’s First Rollercoaster

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The Liesland Cafe

Andrew got a guitar for his last birthday, and all of the kids enjoying playing it and making up songs, even Elliot. Here are some videos of Andrew & Mari making up some songs of their own.


Exploring

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The River

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Come Up With Me

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