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Hi Everyone!  I'm back again to tell you about some of the exciting things I've been up to the last couple of weeks. I've been enjoying my first summer very much. I've been going for lots more hikes on the local trails. Either my Mom or Dad (and on really great mornings both of them!) take me for a walk at Kittatinny Valley State Park every weekday before we all head off to work.  The only thing I don't like about my walks is that I always get sprayed with stuff to keep the ticks away from me.  My Mom and Dad go on and on a lot about how bad the ticks are this year and I can't go outside for one second without getting sprayed.  We all have been using the Wondercide Natural Flea & Tick Spray with cedar oil that Dad got at Amy's Animals in the Wantage Plaza and I have to admit that even though it's annoying to be sprayed all of the time, the spray does work really well in keeping the ticks away.

On the weekends we've been out and about for more hikes and also to buy strawberries and flowers at the Sussex County Strawberry Farm in Andover. The strawberries were absolutely fantastic this year! We're now looking forward to more bounty from our favorite farms as the fruits and veggies ripen through the summer months.  We have also gotten a lot of great flowers at Andersen Farms in Wantage.  My Mom really likes to plant flowers and this has been a really great year for her flowery fun.  I really like to sniff the flowers and occassionally I'll pluck a bloom or two off when Mom isn't looking.

I also took my first trip to Maine! It was the sixth state I've been to with my Mom and Dad. So far, I've been in New Jersey (obviously), New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and now Maine!  I got to see and swim in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time during the trip and it was just a really awesome time. I was only allowed on some of the beaches in the Cape Elizabeth area and only during certain times (early morning and after 5:00 PM), but it was just as well from my perspective.  The beaches weren't very crowded then and I got to run back and forth on the beach with my parents. I also learned to play frisbee, although I wouldn't just hand that frisbee over because I really like to add a little bit of tug-of-war into my game of frisbee as it makes things a little more interesting...in my opinion anyway.

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I really hope everyone is having as great of a summer as I am having!!! I hope you all spend some great time with your family and friends!!! Don't forget to slow down, relax and smell the flowers from time to time too!!!

With warm regards and puppy kisses,
Piper
 
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Bill DeBoer Jr

Written by Bill DeBoer Jr