camp cake

Isabel went to Camp Cake today, a day long live video stream with Yolanda of "How to Cake it".  It's a YouTube channel of baking videos and fancy decorations.  She loves this stuff and has watch more episodes than there are sprinkles on her cupcakes.  Anyway, today she and a few hundred others spent from 10'til nearly 5 with Yolanda via live video stream making taco cakes and sundae cupcakes.

Believe it or not, they tasted even better than they look.



While Grace rides the roller coasters of Valley fair, Isabel looks delighted with her math homework.

hard work

This one's from 2011... Grace laying the ground work that would earn her a top spot at tonight's Honor's Banquet. She's among a handful of kids to graduate from middle school settling for nothing less than straight A's.

Smart she is, but it's her hard work that makes me smile the brightest.




point of sand

From left to right ~ Grace, Caroline and John Henry on the dock at Point of Sand Beach.

hurry up

and wait for your sister...


Grace is painting her room this weekend, and other than helping with some disassembly, It's been a largely a DIY project.  DIY being very different than the typical DID (do it Dad) project.


Isabel trying to hide from a wicked -32°F windchill.

happy birthday

Happy 14th Birthday Grace!


No matter what I was watching, I think this would give me a headache...

why wouldn't

Why wouldn't you wear reindeer antlers to school... It's almost Christmas ya know.


crafting some custom cards

stress ball

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

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

some mornings are like that...

madeline island

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.

daylight savings

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.


soups on

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.


halloween style

Isabel styled to match her 50's poodle dress and leather jacket.

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.