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Kivrin wore her pretty new 4th of July dress to church on Sunday — a present from Grandma Sandy!

After some troubles trying to go down the slide in her church dress before church on Sunday morning, we took a second trip to the park after church with pants and a tucked-in shirt (a present from Uncle Jim!) with much more sliding success. In fact, Kivrin could climb all the way up the big slide and go down by herself, leaving the three adults to just stand around and cheer her on!

After we let Kivrin watch the last 10 minutes of the World Cup game with us on the television, she was a VERY enthusiastic soccer player at the park the next day. As long as no one kicked the ball away from her. And she seemed to like to pick up the ball and run away from us holding it in a manner more appropriate to football…or possibly keep-away….

Kivrin and Papa were playing babies together — but apparently Kivrin decided that Papa should take a nap too!

We enjoyed a delicious dinner and dip in the swimming pool at Pat’s house — Kivrin is even sporting her new swimsuit (a gift from Pat!). She liked splashing everyone else, but didn’t like when she would get splashed herself.

Kivrin showed Nana the correct way to line up all of the babies in a row and cover them with blankets.

Kivrin happily dancing in Papa’s truck. After this, she talked Papa into sitting in the truck with her. Then Mama. Then Dada. Much to the neighbors’ amusement, soon all four of us were sitting together in the back of the truck, hanging out in the shady driveway!

After a very full day of playing and visiting family on the 4th and only a 30 minute nap, we didn’t think Kivrin would be able to stay awake in the car seat long enough to get to any fireworks displays after dark, so we simulated our own display using the PBS fireworks instead!

Gramma Mary knows what toddlers like– We met up with Kivrin’s Gramma at the mall on Monday, and Kivrin was overjoyed! Kivrin woke up from a short nap to discover a dream world of fun all around her– A carousel! A train! Escalators! A pet store! Mac and cheese for lunch! We had a fabulous visit and then we got on the road back to Topeka and had a relatively uneventful drive.

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