dog bed

Looks as if we need a bigger dog bed...

first day

Grace is still  in bed, and the bus doesn't come for over an hour... but someone's excited for her first day of school.


Middle school starts on Tuesday and Isabel is EXCITED.  There's a reminder chart in the mud room,  it's got magnetic tape above and below the fold. Fold up each item up as you pack it and never forget anything for school ~ pretty clever.  Then there's the locker... She's spent hours planning and making thinks to decorate it with. We stopped her when she asked for wallpaper.

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.


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.