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cupcake

Joined by a dozen friends, Isabel celebrated her birthday with a cupcake decorating party. Happy 10th Birthday Isabel!

move up meet

Starting with a 7.6 on vault, Grace had to play catch up to get a move up score of 31. A solid beam, bar and floor exercises gave her a 33.1. Moving up to level 5 she is.

artsy

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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.

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

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.

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!

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 :-)

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.

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.

music in the park

Here’s another reason why Duluth was voted Outside magazine’s best outdoors town.  Chester Park’s weekly, and free summer concert series.  With sun and 70 degrees we took in local legend Charlie Parr playing at the base of Chester ski hill and it’s towering old school ski jump.

Isabel brought a friend, they listened briefly, but spent most of their time scaling the ski slope.

wind chill

The second of Duluth’s two seasons is upon us… Mosquito season. Hoping that a bit of wind would help keep the pests at bay, I installed a ceiling fan on the deck. While it does work, you need a lot of fleece to deal with the wind chill.

finals week

Isabel passed out cramming for finals week… that is if you call a field trip to the YMCA and Fort Folle Avoine Historical Park a final.

burnt

Isabel prefers a slow cooked, gently browned marshmallow that someone else has tended to perfection… Unlike her marshmallows however, the weekend sun left Isabel’s shoulders anything but nicely brown. Ouch!

crispy

Grace likes ‘em crispy.

gloomy

Despite the sunny weather a sore throat had Isabel feeling gloomy today.

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