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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

June 28-July 4--mini vacation edition!

We kicked off the week in Lincoln for church.  I ended up keeping August out of evening church because he was running a slight fever.  He had been cutting molars forever (still working on them . . . 2, almost 3 are in) and I wasn't sure if it was that or if he was coming down with something.
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August's fever was much higher.  I took his temp around noon and found that it was closing in on 103 degrees.  We decided we would make a run to Columbus Urgent Care before the boys' baseball game.  We get checked in and find his fever was 105.3 degrees (mom of the year)! He felt hot, but not that hot (usually I am pretty good about "feeling" these things). They dosed him at the office and made us wait awhile to make sure his fever came down.  It did. We found he had a mild ear infection and they gave him a shot of antibiotics.  We went onto the baseball game . . .
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No pic for the 30th.  We followed up with a doctor's office in Columbus and they put August on a prescription of Omnicef.
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No pic for July 1st . . . I was in Lincoln for the afternoon, came home to find my baby covered in a rash and both my big girls complaining of ear pain.  Josh took boys to baseball game and I made another run to Urgent Care.  Girls both have ear infections, August possibly an allergic reaction. I go spend $80 at Walgreens on 3 rounds of antibiotics, Claritin, Benadryl, and probably something else I am forgetting
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And then I got up at 4:00 on Thursday morning to finish getting ourselves all ready for a little trip to my brother's house in Long Pine (north central Nebraska).  We were gathering up to celebrate my dad's 60th birthday with a Niobrara tubing adventure.
Jared organized the whole trip, renting a party bus, borrowing tubes  . . . going with a tubing outfitter would have cost us somewhere in the vicinity of $200-$300 (just for our family).  But thanks to his resourcefulness we got away with $60.  We all love a good deal. ;o)
 Jared driving the bus.
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 Emmett, Drew, and Owen enjoying the ride.
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 Completely staged "Run down the hill to the river in excitement."
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 And we're off!
A tubing selfie with this guy--we shared a tube for the first few hours.
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 The weather was perfect--blue skies, warm weather (but not too warm), lovely scenery.
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 Owen and Drew somehow eventually ended up in a tube all by themselves.
They were so funny to watch.
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And our four hour float ended at this little waterfall.
Not pictured is our youngest tuber, Blake.  He did so awesome for a 2 year old, but wasn't into taking a pic at the end.  I wasn't going to force it. ;o)
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After a slight issue with the bus (wouldn't start . . . because we hadn't shut the back door), we got back to Jared's where Louie was grilling up the meal. We had a fun time eating and visiting.  Jared and Lanay live on a pond and have a great slip and slide hill.  Jared had set up several large tarps.  The kids had a blast.
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Isabella snuggling baby Jett, Jared and Lanay's newest little fellow.
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The view over Long Pine Creek.
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My bunch and cousin Blake.
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After lunch we made an hour drive over to Smith Falls State Park so we could see Smith Falls.  It is one of those things you would never know is in Nebraska, all tucked away and not really advertised by signs that well.

 



August dug that cold spring water!
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And then we drove on home.
Fell into bed, exhausted, amazed at all we had done in the last less-than-48-hours.
The next morning I did laundry, we repacked, and set off to Lincoln, for some 4th-fun-with-friends.

The end.

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