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Deep-frying things makes bad food good and good food better – that’s always been one of my governing tenets. Likewise, monogramming makes bad clothes good and good clothes better. And when you have a monogrammed seersucker bathing suit, you’re winning at life.

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Right at the start of summer, my baby turned 5. “A whole hand!” she said excitedly. “I am a whole hand old now!”

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Ruby spent three weeks at Camp Point Clear and, once again, loved every second. “Camp is home now (sorry!)” she wrote me.

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Georgia started ballet – with the same teacher who’s been teaching Ruby since she was 18 months old.

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She also took a ridiculous amount of selfies on my phone whenever I left it unattended.  #DigitalNative

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We made a more-or-less ill-fated trip to St. Louis, although it had its moments, like this iconic Fourth of July carnival.

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Taking the girls to my alma mater was amazing – Ruby is already sold on the idea of being a Mizzou tiger, and Georgia is considering it as long as Sparky’s ice cream stays open.

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Prince Charming

Georgia starred as Prince Charming in Southern Rep camp’s “Cinderella.” In your face, gender roles!

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Getting Ruby back after most of the summer away was a true highlight. When she left, I could rest my chin on her head. When she got back, she was up to my eyebrows.

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First day

And now I have a middle-schooler and a kindergartener.

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Summer went way too fast. It’s all going way too fast!