Happy 4th of July weekend from the Kriegers! Yesterday I tried to explain why we celebrate Independence Day to the kids and was baffled by the number of concepts I had to introduce. War, taxes, sovereignty, the existence of our country and also other countries. Two minutes into it I gave up because my kids already understand hotdogs and hamburgers so we’ll leave it at that until next year.

(David’s first Independence Day)

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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David / Several people have asked me about the maintenance required for a pool and here’s the short answer: the hardest part is finding a good pool boy. After that, the only thing you really have to worry about is mastering the perfect belly flop.

(The actual, non-sarcastic answer is that Tom’s doing 100% of the work and my only contribution is complaining when the water’s too cold.)

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Mary Virginia / Is lotion one of the five love languages? Because if so, it’s Mary Virginia’s. Anytime I go into the master bathroom Mary Virginia follows me and says, “Mommy, do you want to use some lotion? Would that be special? Juuuuuust a little bit…”

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Thomas / Not quite walking, but almost always trying.



  1. Katherine A. July 2, 2016

    Look at that Thomas, boy! So strong!!!! 🙂

  2. Carie July 5, 2016

    Oh wow – well done Thomas!! And pool boy or no, that still looks like pure bliss!


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