Before we could celebrate we had a bit of a scare. Caleb had a bad cough. This paired with Mollie and William getting over colds, and Josh having a tickle in his throat and myself having a headache, we thought it best to get Caleb in to see the doctor. We also called a mold specialist to check our basement and hired a company to clean our furnace and fumigate and clean our vents. We got a dry filter in the furnace as soon as we could after the flooding but we were nervous that something could be in the air. July 2 we took Caleb to the doctor and they believe it is viral, and it would be a bit early to tell if it is mold related. They gave us some medicine to help open his airways so he didn't have to work so hard to breath. Caleb was so great at the doctor. He was ready to open his mouth, asked to have them check his blood pressure and look in his ears. He liked all the things they did at his 3 year check up, he was ready for it again! haha!
Well we decided that to be safe, I packed up the kids and stayed at my parents Wednesday night and Thursday night. Packing them up, unloading, and taking care of my kids in not my home was a bit stressful. Despite being at my parents, they weren't really there. My stepdad is an interim pastor in Walnut Grove and my mom camped in their trailer this week with him. While I stayed at my parents, Josh worked hard at tearing out the final paneling, which behind he did find some trapped moisture. He sprayed down and cleaned the walls too. Thank goodness I have a wonderful and handy husband! He's such a hard worker. I wish he wasn't worked so hard though.
We came home the morning of July 4th though because we had a tradition to partake in. Our neighborhood in west Mankato has an annual neighborhood parade. It starts at Dotson Park and makes a small loop. There is a police car, color guard, and fire truck that lead the parade. Families, dogs, kids, etc then follow with decorated wagons, bikes, strollers, and pets. People on the side who watch throw candy in to the street for the kids to pick up as they walk the route. It's super cute. It's been going on well over 40 years, and started with just a couple of families almost 60 years ago!
On the way there, Caleb was interviewed for the radio. You can find his adorable interview here: http://ktoe.com/common/page.php?feed=121&id=10471&is_corp=1 So cute!
We came home and enjoyed some time in our home together again.
Then we went back and had supper at Oma & Grandpa Alms' house with Oma & Grandpa, Uroma & Great Grandpa Harjes, great Grandpa Alms, Lauren, Krista, Garrett & Kayla, and our 5.
After supper Caleb played frisbee golf and other games outside. As it got darker Caleb held his first sparkler! Prior to this he had been a bit scared. Then he caught lightning bugs. He was very excited and he called Papa to tell him and ran to Grandpa to show him!