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this is big

bigger than big.  The Stanley Dadley Cup!


The girls think the new trampoline lighting system is pretty awesome. The neighbors on the other hand may disagree… it’s 10:00pm, with two bouncing giggly girls still outside.

school’s out!

A week of field trips, movies, and field days rounds out what was an otherwise educational school year.


First the dog, now a supersize teddy bear. At least this one doesn’t shed.


A mother father duet of escalating reminders is generally required for Isabel to accomplish most tasks she deems not fun. So we had a little chat last night about a 10 year old’s responsibilities. She responded with a mostly silent “huff breath”, but about an hour later I found this…

Hopefully it’s a sign.


Middle school comes to a close in a couple of weeks, and tonight we celebrated some of Edison’s brightest at the  annual Honor’s Banquet.  Among the 150 6th graders, Grace was one of just 7 kids to earn a 4.0 grade point average.  With her smarts, discipline and dedication, I keep telling her…

“Oh, the places

you’ll go”

                                                                         Dr. Seuss


Spent the night on the deck and noted two sure signs of summer; a lone mosquito, and freshly pinked toes.


or maybe just an impressive 6th grade band.


The “ps. ;-)” in my previous post may have been a bit to subtle… Heres the real deal that should remove my name from the child protection officers list.

way easier

Been working on this for weeks… When I realized that a counterweight would make pulling the front wheel up  way easier.  The bags of dog food in the back helped a little, the steel barbell was better but kept falling off. Then Isabel showed up.  With her back there the big bike wheelie is a snap.

ps.  😉

terrible, horrible, no good…

Grace is at a hotel/water park birthday party sleepover. Isabel’s home, feeling left out, and she lost her boots, bumped her chin, bit her lip, and is having a terrible, horrible no good very bad night…. So we went for a walk. A stick put a brief skip in her step, but didn’t turn the frown upside down.


My weekend work schedule has kept me from a number of Isabel’s volleyball games, but got to watch yesterday and saw some serious improvement.

best of

Cayman favorites

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cayman clips

Major motion picture fun. Thanks for making it possible Molly, Dennis & Louise!


Lots to celebrate lately.  Just spent a week with the whole family on a tiny tropical paradise snorkeling, sunning and SCUBA diving.  Despite a bit of anxiety, Grace completed her SCUBA certification while we were there.
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back layooouuut

continuing education

Grace was doing her Google drive math homework  when she asked for some help…

Write an expression to show the following:

“If there are 100 bacteria in a petri dish, and they multiply doubling every hour, how many bacteria will there be after 7 hours?”
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Happy Birthday Grandma!

Hope you had a fantastic day Grandma Louise!


Joined by a dozen friends, Isabel celebrated her birthday with a cupcake decorating party.

Happy 10th Birthday Isabel!

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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.




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…

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