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-18°F (-28°C) at the bus stop the other morning… cold it was.

art table


NYE ~ BDparty

Happy 13th Grace!

another year in pictures


cold ~ sort of

25°F today, a little windy, but for Angela, brutally cold.

the motley crew

Christmas at the Morey’s.

more please

Finally, some winter weather.

another dud

This was the first concept. The scale of things didn’t work out the way I wanted and the dogs were a nightmare to get sitting by the fire.

I’ve got another idea in the works – fingers crossed.

b roll

The Christmas card remains a work in progress… While it may  turn into a New Years card, I though I’d share one that didn’t make the cut.

thank you

Much to be thankful for today… Grandparents that drive half way across the state for Isabel’s piano recital. A piano teacher who takes great pride in her students, and a smart kid who makes learning piano look easy.

Thank You!

and great job Isabel ~ ribbon/certificate was for earning top honors on the Minnesota Music Teachers Assoc. piano exam.

high distinction

Isabel passed her piano exam last weekend with “high distinction”, scoring 90/99. In addition to sight-reading and scales, she prepared three pieces to play, one of which was “The Prowling Pussy Cat”.

Great job Isabel!


I’ve taken this photo before, but when the girls brought home a Chihuahua for a weekend of dog sitting, I felt a re-run was in order. For safety’s sake, I photoshopped in the wee one as we worried Samson might step on “Pepper” 😐


Grace has lived on smoothies, apple sauce and acetaminophen since her brace installation. Ouch!

happy halloween

kid free

No kids, just me, my photo buddy Sparky,  and the wildlife of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
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prowling pussy cat

Isabel’s new piano piece, the “Prowling Pussy Cat”, arrives just time for Halloween.


Trying to stay strong while her back recovers from minor gymnastics injury.

who’s at the door?

Peripheral vision is exceeding good at identifying movement. Which becomes exceeding annoying when you keep thinking someone’s at the door.

5 star

Good food, excellent service and cute servers.

MEA rocks

We kicked off MEA weekend just north of Two Harbors by climbing Silver Cliff. Isabel’s friend Claire turned out to be the billy-goat of the bunch, but everyone seemed to enjoy being out.  Weather was largely cooperative, but a few passing showers had the girls running for cover.  Grace gets photo credits for the two climbing photos 🙂
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more homework


fast food

ps. Isabel was at a friend’s house.

math homework

True story. Isabel’s playing Pizza Math, an app for the iPad that puts you in charge of a pizzeria. Figuring out pricing, which vendors have the best prices on supplies and
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despicable me

Homecoming week continues with movie character day.

princess Ange”Leia”

Thanks to Luke, Han and Chewie, Angela escaped the Imperial Army just in time for Sci-fi day and East High School’s homecoming week.

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