festive

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

and yes, Isabel has antlers.


timber

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.

recipe


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.


excited

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.


stills

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.


s.s.minnow

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.


circle of death

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.


chester bowl

Caught the Brothers playing the Chest Bowl concert series tonight.  Sun and 70° made for a perfect night in the park.


goodbye

Grace is at gymnastics camp until Friday but flight 4132 for Palma Mallorca departs on Thursday...  the goodbyes begin.  😢

 


gym camp

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!


dad's day

For Father's day, Isabel made me hamburgers... A vanilla cupcake bun, fudge brownie burger, frosting ketchup, mustard and green food coloring coconut lettuce.

Yum!


lemonade

First day of summer and Isabel's already trying to make some money. She wants to sell lemonade, I think she should sell signs.


poetry slam

Isabel's 5th grade class kicked off the Read more


last light

pushing pool time until last light


v ball

Getting better all the time.


move up meet

Grace worked hard to come back from a season on the sidelines due to a back injury. Tonight it paid off with some solid scores, and a nod from her coaches to move up to level 6.

Congratulation Grace!


falls

Isabel's been at a friend's house all week, so just Grace, Angela and I for the Baptism River high falls hike.