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  1. Keri O says:

    I love this! Keep blogging and sharing your life! It helps keep me close to you and your family, which in some ways have become my family from afar!

  2. Absolutely love the summer you had, all the accomplishments of your family, and your Born sandals. You will be so happy to look back on this post someday and remember how youthful and energetic you were to be able to pack all that in AND hold down the fort with work.

  3. kmkat says:

    There is no Thai food in Duluth? I will not tell Andrew that or he may change his mind about his residency there. Love this post — what a great summer your family had!

  4. Barbara says:

    Sounds like a busy, busy summer-just the right kind. I’ve been wondering how Virginia was doing so it was nice to see their wedding picture.

  5. Robin says:

    Glad you’re back. You absence was noticeable and much missed. And what a wonderful summer you had (except for maybe all of that extra workload in the beginning). Wish we could have made the ginger potluck showdown, but our car full of stuff and dogs loaded-up for the cabin couldn’t get to Nisswa fast enough.

    Wish I ran into you more, you know, in the real world and not just in the internet. I will re-double my efforts to make that happen.

  6. ds says:

    Whew! Exhausted just by reading this. Congratulations to EVERYONE.

  7. Hell, this reads better than 95% of the Christmas letters we receive each year. NO WONDER you haven’t been posting–damn, girlfriend, you’ve been living it UP!

  8. chlost says:

    Thank goodness for September, I am worn out just reading about your summer! The good years…..keeping this record of them will be a treasure for you later. The time in life with children this age is a bit of a blur in my memory.
    And YIPPEE!!!! We are throwing confetti, blowing whistles, and cheering with Minnesota’s common sense vote to equalize marriage for all. Ain’t it grand?

  9. pam says:

    Your comment on my blog was hilarious.
    The places where you could have lost your wedding ring were interesting.
    I had a diamond ring from a broken engagement that I used to wear around the farmhouse.(It was a lovely ring dammit)- I lost in when I chucked a big bag of rubbish in the “garbage ravine” – bigger than a pit, smaller than the Grand Canyon… near-impossible to navigate down. Proves I guess that there is “gold/diamonds in them thar hills/ravines”,and obviously something underappreciated by the feral rats, mice, rabbits, cats, poisonous spiders and snakes which lurked there.
    Loved your photos Jocelyn.

  10. Maria says:

    Holy cow, you’ve been busy. I tell everyone that I am wayyy too busy in the Summer, but you make me look like a lily livered slacker.

    Bing is pushing me HARD to take our vows in Iowa, just a stones throw away. Soon.

    I lost my wedding (I called it that, it was actually just a ring since obviously we couldn’t marry) ring about 5 years ago down the kitchen sink. Bing has NEVER let me forget this and still reminds me daily to “be mindful of your ring.” She did buy me a new one.

    I love your blog. Gardening and books. How could I not? If you’d just decide to love Husker football, we could be near twins. Well, except that you teach and I don’t, I have a child and you have children, you are hilarious and I’m sort of funny.

    But, still…

  11. Lil says:

    Damn, I’m tired just reading this!

  12. ilyanna says:

    what a fantabulous, exhausting, exhilarating summer. Thank you for sharing the Cliff’s Notes version. 🙂

  13. Ann in NJ says:

    No wonder you were behind on the blogosphere! I didn’t post all summer out of sheer laziness, and while we had fun, we were not nearly so busy as you. And I haven’t even organized pictures to post yet. I shall revel in my slacker-ness, as soon as my kids go off to school tomorrow (first day for us).

  14. Jess says:

    This post is just full to overflowing with summeriness. It’s summerlific. I think I will come back and read it when it’s cold and I haven’t slept in weeks because of a crying baby. Right now I am just wishing for fall to arrive because I’d rather have said baby crying and keeping me up all night than kicking me in the ribs (and bladder) from the inside.

  15. Bijoux says:

    Sounds like a fun-filled summer! D.C. Is my favorite city to visit. So much free stuff to see and do.

    I’ve only been to Minnesota once (besides Minneapolis airport). I spent a week on the Red Lake Reservation.

  16. logo™ says:

    What a great summer.
    Doing all that AND teaching classes?
    You are an iron woman.
    I love kayaks, awesome that you can go out and do that with your manperson, also, I bet the woman in the locker room was using her tatas to distract you and she is really a ring thief.

  17. I loved this post so much. You have given us such a powerful insight into your life. I took time off blogging but couldn’t quite bring myself to leave my blog idle so I posted articles and essays I’ve come across in the last year for everyone’s enjoyment.

    I really appreciated the way you combined the personal and the social (your hubby swimming and the legalisation of gay marriage made for a good juxtaposition. Ta muchly).

    Great post. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  18. Bone says:

    Wow. I had to take notes (on a lime green post-it pad) so that I didn’t forget any of my clever comments. Here goes…

    1. Oh crap, I don’t know if I can make out what I’ve written. “Lovethe Byon.” Oh! Love the Byron sweatshirt that one kid is wearing. I had no idea Byron had his own line. Will this be available in the O Might online store?

    2. “Trampdn.” Oh yes. A trampoline bed! What an ingenious idea. Kids often like jumping on beds anyway, right? So, two birds, one stone. (Not that I could ever actually kill a bird.)

    3. “Kid inter.” I have no idea what this refers to.

    4. “Bunny wtch.” Hmm… Oh! Burning workbooks. Another fine idea. Wish I’d thought of it back in my school days. Seems like it would be quite liberating, or something.

    5. Glad your trip to the Ford turned out marginally better than Honest Abe’s.

    6. Please let me know if this whole Blogger Union thing ever gets settled.

  19. lime says:

    lordy, but i am breathless reading of your summer. glad it was so love and joy-filled though.

  20. sweffling says:

    Wow what a marathon post and and equally marathon summer. And what fun! Full of life and celebration and joi de vivre. An example to us all of how to take life by the scruff of the neck and shake the goodness out of it. Sorry for mixing my metaphors. Sorry to read later about the root canal: I lived it with you.

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