The temperatures are into the mid-90s and there's a heat advisory in effect. Chris is off helping a friend move and we are hanging out in the lower level of the house, having fun and staying cool.

We did some painting, although that always comes with it a certain amount of frustration on the little one's part.
We also spent quite a bit of time with play-doh.

This thing is still going strong. All of the flowers died and I had assumed the plant was dead as well, but I noticed it has new buds on it.

We left even earlier this morning, just a little after 7am. We were looking for bunnies. We came across a few and several deer as well!
I also finally found a really good use for Google Lens. I question myself a lot on whether something is poison ivy so it was wonderful to have Lens confirm this is, indeed, poison ivy.

Also there's poison ivy on this path so now I have to make sure the little one doesn't go running through the grass.

Today we are cats!


We took a walk early this morning to catch Pokemon and look for bunnies. We didn't stumble across any bunnies but we did catch plenty of Pokemon.

We drove out to Pickerel Lake this morning. It has been years since I've been there and we've never taken Quinn. I brought a checklist for him to play with so he had fun hunting for different things.
And of course sticks are always fun. He carried it around and pretended it was a Splatoon gun and he was inking the trail.  
We didn't make it all the way around the lake - that's just too far for him to walk. But we had fun going back and forth on the boardwalk once he was done exploring on the dirt path.

He's been having a lot of fun playing with puzzles lately. I'm really enjoying it and hope he keeps his love of puzzles as he gets older, because I'd love to be able to keep completing them with him, just like I did with my parents.

A vendor shipped a ton of boxes full of manuals for classes. They all need to be organized by Friday. I'm so grateful that I work with a group of individuals who pitch in and help, even when it it outside of the scope of their work.

He's been "reading" at least one book to himself every night for the past week. It's great fun listening to him recite the story the way he remembers it being read to him. He even acts out the excited scenes I do.

We made a blanket fort and watched some videos this evening. Playing with this kid is lots of fun.

It's the 2nd week of dance class. This time the teacher asked me to sit in to help keep the little one on task. He's certainly on the younger side (the age range is 3-5 years old) and focusing is still a challenge. But he has lots of fun, especially because the whole ordeal is embarrassing to his mother.

It's Father's Day! That means opening all of the silly presents Quinn picked out Friday!
These two took turns watching Germany vs Mexico in the World Cup with Chris's VR headset.
It's 90+ degrees out, so in the early afternoon we headed out to the SplashPad to cool off.
And also had some fun putting together legos. I'm pretty excited he was able to follow the instructions for the house!

We bought a bunch of peaches and I made peach cobbler this afternoon. I made it all for me because the other two weirdos in the house won't eat it.

So I ate two servings as soon as it came out of the oven and napped for a few hours.

Totally worth it.

We did some shopping for Father's Day this evening. It's amazing how many things dad would really, really want match what a 3 year old really, really wants.

Quinn is so excited to check out the Octo Expansion today. It was the first thing he asked for when I walked in the door this evening.

It's still holding on, even if just barely.

I was able to watch the Nintendo Direct on my lunch break, which made me super happy. I've been in all day meetings all week so I'm glad I was able to get away for a little bit.

Tonight is the first night of dance class... It was an experience.

This guy had a great time, and that's what matters.

I wanted to get some things at Ikea, so we spent the night and headed out there first thing in the morning. Quinn is too young for their kids play area, so he came with us throughout the store.
He had a lot of fun, including trying to push one cart while in another. It was certainly an experience for the three of us.

So we drove to the east side for the weekend and to visit Grandma Karath and celebrate some things. First and foremost was a belated celebration for Uncle Jeff's birthday.
That involved cake.
And we went to see Solo. The Emagine Theater in Royal Oak is very nice.

It took me the better part of the day, on and off, to figure out notifications on iOS for my pebble. Turns out you have to turn on "Show in History", which was not at all obvious, in order to get notifications from the mail program.

I tried to show this game to Quinn this morning and he wasn't having it. When I came home he was excited to try it again. Chris is a great teacher and Quinn played it for much longer than I thought he would. Progress!

They're going to begin rolling out MDM software at work soon. I picked up a used iPhone for cheap so I can get emails and other work-specific things on my phone. In a bring your own device world, I'd rather carry two phones than put MDM software on my primary device.

I met some former co-workers for dinner and drinks after work. I always eat too many rolls when we meet up at Logans.

I guess it's that kind of Monday...

Camping in the backyard with the tent was a success. It rained quite hard for several hours and the little one didn't stir at all. There was a slight leak in the tent, so I'm glad to have tested it before we took it out. When I was out meeting a friend for breakfast I picked up some sealer and applied it in the afternoon.
We had dinner out at Logans, which is one of the few places we can take Quinn and he stays busy the entire time. He is much more interested in cracking peanuts than coloring, but he finally picked up a crayon.

We spent a few hours downtown at the Grand Rapids Art Festival. We met up with a co-worker and her family so our two kids had a good time together. We left a little early because our little one was getting tired and over-stimulated. As soon as we got him to the car he napped.
After some grocery shopping we set up the new tent that had arrived earlier in the week. It's an instant tent, so easy to set up with one person.
I picked up a Core Instant Cabin 6. You always divide by 2 so really it's a 3 person tent once you have gear and what not inside. It's not as roomy as I'd have liked, but it's roomier than what Chris wanted, so we compromised. The important thing is that it went up fast, which is great when you have a toddler bouncing around asking why, why, WHY every 3 seconds.

The plan is to do some backyard camping to test the tent out and see how everyone likes it. It is going to rain tonight, so we covered the very cool ceiling window with the rainfly.

Kid brought his phone to bed, because that's what you do apparently.