Book character day at school last week.
While I got some exercise, Isabel whipped up some cornbread to go with the chili I made for dinner. The brown sugar topping she used was kinda the bomb.
Briggs, a Golden-Doddle is spending her spring break with the boyz. Samson loves his fluffy little playmate. Clarke on the other hand is probably growling on about how good he had it, “back in the day when I was an only dog.”
For every minute of piano practice, I spend two getting her there. “Maybe if we moved the piano out of the basement, she’d have more fun playing,” we thought… We not only moved it, thanks to cashforkidneys.com, we upgraded to this beauty. It’s nearly as old as I, but a recent overhaul has it looking and sounding absolutely amazing.
It’s Friday night, Mom’s running Isabel from volleyball to piano to volleyball (don’t ask), and Grace is home with nowhere to be and nothing to do. Unlike her Dad, who’s eating chips in front of a mindless good cop, bad cop movie, she’s catching up on practice minutes from Wednesday night when she presented her second place science fair project.
Should have opted for a documentary… Guilty
I was invited into the gym tonight for a quick demo. Was impressed.
Grace’s corn row braids lasted for nearly two weeks, but it took these two nearly an hour to remove em’. Tangled she was.
Don’t want to forget this one
He’s still here, an inch taller, 10 pounds heavier and becoming a serious counter top surfer.
Happy Birthday Grace!
Happy New Year!
We’re home, it’s snowing, laundries piled up, but hair is still braided, our skin glows of summer sun and warm smiles linger. Can’t wait to do it again.
What could be better than spending your holiday on a sunny beach in Mexico? Sharing it with cousins Ethan, Lydia, Maria! Thanks to some wonderfully generous Grandparents, that’s exactly what we did.
“gracias a los abuelos” = thank you Grandma and Grandpa (I think…)
lots more to come!
Dog week continues… via a friend of a friend we met Samson, who as it turns out needed a new home. We found out on Friday, he moved in on Saturday and now Clarke’s considering legal action. The rest of us kind of like the big fella. He’s 6 months old, towers over Clarke and will likely grow another 4 inches and 50 pounds before he’s through. A Great Dane he is, but whether he’ll stay for good remains to be seen.
A little early, really tiny, and massively cute. Little Piper managed to sleep through her cousins constant cooing during our Saturday visit.
Congratulations Jeremy and Sibby!
A rockin’ beam routine couldn’t quite compare to the glam rock, purple head banded hair in the background at the Rock Star Invitational.
Mark, Hiedy and cousin Maria made a last-minute road trip attending Grace’s gymnastics meet yesterday. I worked this weekend missing the meet, but despite the cellar like lighting in the Superior, Wisconsin gymnasium, Mark saved the day with this fantastic shot.
A great weekend for us, made particularly special with cousin, and fellow gymnast Maria in attendance.
Isabel didn’t want to get out of bed this morning, so she brought it to breakfast.
I shared a photo of some loft beds I thought would be a cool Christmas gift with my Dad ~ while I’m well aware he doesn’t stand around much, I didn’t think they’d arrive this early…
Placing 6th in her age group, the bars were certainly one of her better routines.
Apparently unafraid of the ghoulish theme, Grace put up some of her better scores of the year.
We had it all on our overnight BWCA trip ~ Sun, rain, snow, and wind. Despite the unpredictable weather, we also had a bit of fun.
My gymnast, and the hardest working 11 yo. I know.
Spotted in the recycling bin at school, Isabel asked if she could have a particularly interesting piece of cardboard. Brought it home and turned it into this…
Don’t think anyone looks forward to the end of the school day like Clarke ~ Welcome home Isabel!
First day of middle school and 4th grade… went well from what I hear
Couldn’t resist on the soundtrack… it’s copyrighted so you’ll need the password. Hint, what’s a pack animal that beings with “Lla”?
Not allowed in the pool, Clarke was strangely content playing lifeguard.
Grace bombing mom’s iPhone in slow motion ~ still works.
come on… sing it!
Under the sea
Darling it’s better
Down where it’s wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin’
Full time to floatin’
Under the sea
Under the sea is where Grace and Isabel will be spending this week; surfacing only occasionally in Grandma’s pool for food and air.
not for the mix master Miss Isabel.
This was my answer to “what can I do?”. When I start sanding I’ll probably reconsider the wisdom of having Isabel help with drywall prep.
Here’s another reason why Duluth was voted Outside magazine’s best outdoors town. Chester Park’s weekly, and free summer concert series. With sun and 70 degrees we took in local legend Charlie Parr playing at the base of Chester ski hill and it’s towering old school ski jump.
Isabel brought a friend, they listened briefly, but spent most of their time scaling the ski slope.
The second of Duluth’s two seasons is upon us… Mosquito season. Hoping that a bit of wind would help keep the pests at bay, I installed a ceiling fan on the deck. While it does work, you need a lot of fleece to deal with the wind chill.
Isabel prefers a slow cooked, gently browned marshmallow that someone else has tended to perfection… Unlike her marshmallows however, the weekend sun left Isabel’s shoulders anything but nicely brown. Ouch!
Grace likes ‘em crispy.