art camp

It was a busy week at the Duluth Art Institutes teen art camp.  There was pottery, a self-portrait, a painting that included foreshortening and some fabric art.

gym camp

It's Hamline University gym camp week, and for these girls, two a day practices, 5 days a week covered in chalk, with hands ripped and taped is possibly the best thing ever.  Living in a college dorm with your two best friends is just icing on the cake.

Have a great week girls!



While Grace rides the roller coasters of Valley fair, Isabel looks delighted with her math homework.

there she goes...

off to her last day of middle school.  Graduation tonight, class trip to Valley Fair tomorrow, she's excited, I'm smiling on the outside.

Where does it go...

more fireflies

One of Isabel's Spring Recital pieces ~  More Fireflies by Carolyn Miller.


At the Honors Banquet tonight, just 5 kids held a perfect 4.0 for all three middle school years... Proud to call one of them my daughter.


hard work

This one's from 2011... Grace laying the ground work that would earn her a top spot at tonight's Honor's Banquet. She's among a handful of kids to graduate from middle school settling for nothing less than straight A's.

Smart she is, but it's her hard work that makes me smile the brightest.





Isabel wore the white jersey of the libero, which is a back row specialist for this year's last tournament.  Her team played really well with some great serving and big digs.



Had near perfect weather for the Yellowstone trip...  it was cold, the sun scarce, and it snowed often.  No joke.  Bright sun buries wildlife textures and leaves the landscape looking hot and harsh.  Yuk!

So for five days I had it all... perfect weather, abundant wildlife, stunning scenery and a good friend to share it all with.


may the 4th be with you

Happy Star Wars day Angela!


and works hard in school. :-)


Made the drive to Kenosha, Wisconsin for the last gymnastics meet of the season.  The drive was smooth, Grace's bar routine bumpy, but a 9.3/10 on floor made it well worth the trip.

The 450 mile drive was easy, but getting to regionals a ton of work...  Proud of that girl.


Our week in Little Cayman was absolutely fantastic.  Sharing it with some of our favorite people elevated it to possibly the #1 vacation of all time.  Thanks for diving in John, Carrie, Caroline and John Henry.

Given the epic nature of last week, packing all the memories into a little video was a bit difficult.  Thanks to an awesome soundtrack from the Cayman Tourism Office and some ruthless editing, I managed.  The track is called "Caymankind", and was a community project to highlight their welcoming culture and  friendly nature.  It's perfect.



this one sums up our week in Cayman ~ about perfect

point of sand

From left to right ~ Grace, Caroline and John Henry on the dock at Point of Sand Beach.

island time

Life on Little Cayman moves slowly... there's no traffic,  no stop lights, or stop signs for that matter.  No malls, water parks or mini golf.  With just 150 residents, three resorts and one gas station, Little Cayman isn't little, it's tiny.  The reef that surrounds it however is bustling with life and arguably the finest in all the Caribbean.  Coral canyons and sand chutes lead you through pristine blue water before plunging 6000'  into the Cayman Trench.

We shared the sea with our friends, John, Carrie, John Henry and Caroline, and after leading the "life aquatic" for a full week, we were all a bit sad to leave.

lots more to come...




Competing in the big auditorium at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Grace earned an invite to the Regional Meet in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Congratulations Grace!

hurry up

and wait for your sister...

state bound

There was lots of hard work and dedication on display today. While not her best meet, Grace's  season was successful enough to be invited to the state gymnastics meet in a couple of weeks.

50 back

In the last meet of the season, Isabel sets up for what turned out to be a PR in the 50 back.


Swimming the 50 free, 50 back, 50 fly and in a 400m relay, Isabel is one tired, and hungry girl tonight.



eyes are a window...

into the soul, and I see fire.  Oh the places she'll go.


Tried to get a nice photo of Isabel in our new snow... but a big black dog pulled a bigly photo bomb.


Grace building speed for her vault at the meet in St. Cloud last night.


Don't remember what happened on this play, but it looks like she's having fun.


Inspired by the wet snow, I decided to build something today... It took three flashes, two light stands, a couple of cooperative kids, a tripod, and some heavy Photoshop work to stitch together 29 different photos.

happy birthday Angela! (take 2)

Sending Birthday Love from Minnesota!

ps.  the music isn't Happy Birthday, but there's no other song that reminds me more of Angela. ♥

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Grace is painting her room this weekend, and other than helping with some disassembly, It's been a largely a DIY project.  DIY being very different than the typical DID (do it Dad) project.