Isabel trying to hide from a wicked -32°F windchill.
Happy 14th Birthday Grace!
No matter what I was watching, I think this would give me a headache...
Why wouldn't you wear reindeer antlers to school... It's almost Christmas ya know.
crafting some custom cards
Grace was working on some homework when she called for the voice activated stress ball of fur. They're scientifically proven to lower stress levels and fill vacuum cleaner bags.
it's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
and yes, Isabel has antlers.
Isabel bringing down the Christmas tree.
some mornings are like that...
Had a Superior Hiking Trail hike/camp planned out for this weekend, but a bunch of armed men in orange scared us off. Ended up in Wisconsin where deer opener doesn't happen for another week. Rode the ferry out to Madeline Island with our bikes and make the 6 mile ride to Big Bay State Park and camped for the night. A little chilly, but we literally had the place to ourselves.
A Native American's take on the issue:
"Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot of the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket."
I agree, but make sure you vote for someone on Tuesday.
Other than the onion I diced, Isabel handled tonight's dinner of turkey kale soup. I'm generally kale phobic but this stuff was almost as good as the sunset.
Isabel styled to match her 50's poodle dress and leather jacket.
Looks as if we need a bigger dog bed...
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.
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.
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.
SCUBA tanks were re-certified the other day... To Isabel the blue was an ocean in need of some fish.
the diving board made for lots of flips, and a few flops this weekend ~ Special thanks for Roger and Faye for joining the fun.
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 ;-)
~that's Grace and cousin Brooke screaming for more.
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. ?
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!