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slim lake

This year our annual adventure beyond the cell towers and constraints of our every day, brought us to Slim Lake.  Joined by Grace’s friend Geneva and her mom Carol, we spent five mosquito free days (seriously!) in the BWCA. Perfect it was (except for my poison ivy legs that is  😥 )

not fair

Two schools this year. Isabel doesn’t start until after Labor Day, but Grace on the other was mumbling something about “not fair” on her way to the bus.

happy birthday!

Not till, Thursday, but our canoe sets off in the BWCA tomorrow so we celebrated tonight…  As you can see, Isabel spent the afternoon in the kitchen. ~She stuck toothpicks in a foam ball set in a glass cup, then stuck the cupcakes on the toothpicks and added some plastic flowers.




The house boating video rolls by pretty quickly ~ so I thought I’d post the stills, and some B-roll that didn’t make the cut.

double up

Grace had a teammate in the boat tonight.

making house boating great again

Just back from 5 days aboard a 54 foot houseboat in Voyageurs National Park. While things on “Our Boat” mostly worked, it looked like a 1970’s costume party, and had some post party GI issues that made us thankful for a breeze. Despite that, sunny weather and warm water more than made up for our smelly party guest.

If house boating were an Olympic sport, our team would be wearing gold!

Go World!


Thanks to an extremely generous brother-in-law, we have a really big fishing boat for a couple of weeks. The boat is something like 22 feet long, but under that big bridge and atop some unexpectedly large waves, we felt a bit like minnows on an inland sea.

Thanks Mark!

anything a canvas

SCUBA tanks were re-certified the other day… To Isabel the blue was an ocean in need of some fish.

flip flop

the diving board made for lots of flips, and a few flops this weekend ~ Special thanks for Roger and Faye for joining the fun.

circle of death

Captain Sam called it the circle of death… It’s sort of like NASCAR, you make a bunch of left hand turns, someone crashes and everyone screams for more 😉


Photoshopped for sure, but this looks like how it feels when he showers you with 40 deg Lake Superior water.

ps ~ concept credit goes to my niece, Lydia.


at least for a weeks worth of gymnastics camp ~ special thanks to the Hamline graduates who donated the sweatshirts 🙂



chester bowl

Caught the Brothers playing the Chest Bowl concert series tonight.  Sun and 70° made for a perfect night in the park.


Grace is at gymnastics camp until Friday but flight 4132 for Palma Mallorca departs on Thursday…  the goodbyes begin.  😢

gym camp

These two gymnastic superheroes have a week of twice a day gymnastic workouts and bunking in the Hamline dorm rooms. Which for them, is about as good as it gets. Have a great time girls!

dad’s day

For Father’s day, Isabel made me hamburgers… A vanilla cupcake bun, fudge brownie burger, frosting ketchup, mustard and green food coloring coconut lettuce. Yum!

camp ready

Gymnastics camp beings on Sunday. Grace and cousin Maria are making it a second annual for the Hamline University camp.


First day of summer and Isabel’s already trying to make some money. She wants to sell lemonade, I think she should sell signs.

poetry slam

Isabel’s 5th grade class kicked off the year-end fun with a poetry slam.

last light

pushing pool time until last light


At tonight’s Honor’s Banquet, Grace was named an Edison Scholar for her perfect 4.0 GPA.

v ball

Getting better all the time.

move up meet

Grace worked hard to come back from a season on the sidelines due to a back injury. Tonight it paid off with some solid scores, and a nod from her coaches to move up to level 6.   Congratulation Grace!

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