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spring?

Sun + snow = Spring in Duluth.

dog bed

Everyone seems to like Samson’s new dog bed.

movie night

When I suggested movie night, this wasn’t what I had in mind…

dishwasher

Got a new dishwasher.

cat in the hat

Book character day at school last week.

cornbread

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.

dog sitting

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.”

grand

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.

guilty

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

tumblr

I was invited into the gym tonight for a quick demo. Was impressed.

tangled

Grace’s corn row braids lasted for nearly two weeks, but it took these two nearly an hour to remove em’. Tangled she was.

ooops

Don’t want to forget this one :-)

más fotos mexico

surfer

He’s still here, an inch taller, 10 pounds heavier and becoming a serious counter top surfer.

pierced

Happy Birthday Grace!

a year in pictures ~ 2014

Happy New Year!

mexico

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.

gracias a los abuelos

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!

samson

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.

three dog days

Thursday Clarke turned 5, Friday he and the girls marched  in the Christmas City of the North parade supporting Animal Allies, and for the third dog day,  the girls worked the “Love a Pet” adoption event at the local Subaru dealer.

Piper

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!

rock star

A rockin’ beam routine couldn’t quite compare to the glam rock, purple head banded hair in the background at the Rock Star Invitational.

thank you!

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.

breakfast blanket

Isabel didn’t want to get out of bed this morning, so she brought it to breakfast.

three generations

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…

better bar

Placing 6th in her age group, the bars were certainly one of her better routines.

ghosts & goblins

Apparently unafraid of the ghoulish theme, Grace put up some of her better scores of the year.

BWCA

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.

gymnast

My gymnast, and the hardest working 11 yo. I know.

bel the builder

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…

welcome home

Don’t think anyone looks forward to the end of the school day like Clarke ~ Welcome home Isabel!

boo hoo back to school

First day of middle school and 4th grade… went well from what I hear :-)

rocky mountain high… Wyoming

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”?

a day in the life

Like the famous Beatles song, Isabel and her piano camp friends let the final chord of their silent film music score ring.

lifegaurd

Not allowed in the pool, Clarke was strangely content playing lifeguard.

cannon ball

Grace bombing mom’s iPhone in slow motion ~ still works.

under the sea

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.

fashion faux pas?

not for the mix master Miss Isabel.

spackling

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.

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