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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.

yellowstone & teddy roosevelt NP

Spent last week in Yellowstone NP with my photo buddy Sparky. We left last Sunday late afternoon, driving through the night arriving in Yellowstone early Monday morning.  We chased bears, birds and bison until Thursday afternoon when we headed
for Teddy Roosevelt NP.  After a night in Teddy we drove the wildlife loop
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gloomy

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

happy mothers day

With lotsa frosting and even more Love.

cake boss

Isabel trying to prove that the countless episodes of “Cake Boss” she’s watched, haven’t been a total waste of time.

handstand shenanigans

Grace demos the new and improved gymnastic bar. The metal brackets to the old one were actually torn in half in some particularly windy weather.

“shenanigans” = secret or dishonest pixel maneuvering or manipulation.

tuning fork

It’s a school day, your alarm clock’s playing a catchy pop song… snooze or pillow to ears is my response.

Isabel vibrates.

Music resonates with that kid such that humming/singing along is somehow a subconscious, almost required response. All I know is it’s awfully cute.

pretty but…

While pretty, the girls are less than impressed with the late April snowfall.

graffiti art

Some warm weather cleared the canvas for our resident graffiti artist.

headband ~ happens to have ears

For Isabel, an easter bunny headband is simply a functional fashion piece one wears around Easter. It’s not meant to be cute, just something to keep the hair out of your eyes when you color.

tubing, tunes & tailgating

The nine-year old moved the party from the Spirit Mt. tubing hill to the parking lot, for cupcakes and drinks.

undercover

Attempting to avoid the screen time cops, Isabel goes undercover.

support group

Lord only knows how many times I’ve taken the “reading to my dog at bedtime” photo… Wonder if there’s a support group, cuz I can’t seem to stop.

backyard bird

The snowless space under our deck is apparently an excellent place to eat… if you’re a Barred Owl at least. We’ve seen him perched here at least a dozen times this winter.

warmer

32°F today ~ and at the heels of the second coldest winter on record… warmer it was.

sleepover

Grace had a sleepover last night… with Isabel

in progress

Isabel’s new piano piece is still a work in progress… but already fun.

floor

Another shot from last weekend’s gymnastics meet.

tropical twist

The last meet of the year had a tropical theme… in the not so tropical St. Cloud, Minnesota.

snow-proof…

Naturally.

snow-proof

Grace keepin’ the snow on the outside.

red, white & stained blue…

Nikon D3, ISO 800, Nikon 24mm f/1.4, 1/125 sec @ f/2, +⅔EV

The cell lab at the Science Museum was pretty impressive.  Grace choose to learn about red and white blood cells by looking at sheep’s blood under a microscope.
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warm hearts

Warm hearts, but at -16°F, pretty cold for Valentine’s week.

paleontology ~ oh my!

The girls learning about Allosaurus and Camptosaurus, two of the many dinosaurs on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

let the games begin!

Hard to believe it’s been 4 years since Vancouver… Here’s Isabel getting the crowd pumped up back in 2010.

Go World!

bedtime tea

Grace was still on her way home from gymnastics when I sent Isabel to bed. Went to check on her and found her cuddled up with a Kindle book, and a cup of tea ~ Made it herself! Growing up waaay to fast she is.

sunny, but…

Sunny, but cold. -18°F at the bus stop this morning.

berrmidji

Scoring second on beam and 6th overall in her age group, Grace was anything but cold in Saturday’s Bemidji meet.

partier

Isabel joined in the birthday party fun.

party!

Joined by some school friends, Grace celebrated her birthday on the backyard hill.

a year in pictures ~ 2013

The annual highlight reel ~ enjoy.

happy birthday Grace!

The New Year’s girl turns 11 in 2014.
~Happy New Year~

legos ~ for girls

After following the 75 page construction book (by herself), Isabel had a little Lego land complete with flowers, kitties, swings and a sun deck.

wild

With Uncle Jeremy’s wolf looking Meeko tied to her sled, Grace was in for a wild ride.

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