Making Ourselves at Home

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Have you seen the most beautiful child in the world? Because he’s four years old now.

Slowly but surely, we’re settling in.

Decorating helps!

We tried to keep the car-riding time to a minimum this week, which I’m pretty sure is key to making sure our awesome little travelers stay awesome at it.

That said, we did jaunt down to the Columbus Riverwalk a couple of times. This is the only place I’ve ever been where you can whitewater raft through the middle of town.

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Naturally, there’s a great playground nearby.

Great parks and pretty walkways aside, let me just tell you this:

It’s hot.

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Poor guy starts sweating at 80F… 95F+ is an adventure.

Both my youngn’s turn pink pretty quickly. They don’t complain much, but we can tell they’re feeling a big difference between summer in Georgia and summer in Wisconsin.

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We keep venturing out, though, because that’s just what we do.

Ever wondered what it’s like trying to photograph a preschooler who has better things to do?

I guess the point is, we tried!

At the risk of sounding like a total wimp, we’re also enjoying testing the limits of our hotel’s air conditioner.

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Somebody here found Nolan’s cup of yogurt and thought it would make good fingerpaint. Greta did not disagree.

And then, of course, we had (sob) Nolan’s FOURTH BIRTHDAY.

I don’t know how it happened, but my beautiful, headstrong, affectionate, brilliant, untalkative, piece of work son has reached age four.

John got to pick the big present this year, and wouldn’t you know it? Toys ‘R Us stocks enormous squishy plastic dinosaurs.

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Checking out his new pal.

We haven’t named him yet, but I’m rooting for Leroy.

Happy Friday, ya’ll. We’ll keep you posted!

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John’s idea of a bedtime buddy. (Bet you can guess which parent gets up in the middle of the night to deal with bad dreams!)

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