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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.

BWCA photos

All included in the video, but I really like some of these ~ so posting again 🙂

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swimming the BWCA

A long paddle, and soggy nights made for adventure, but perfect days, stunning scenery and the near absence of bugs made for lots of BWCA fun.

one week

It been just a week, but Angela’s snuggling right in.

first day

first day of 5th and 7th grade!


First day of school. Grace is stressed, worried and not so smiley. Isabel had her clothes hanging out the night before, bounced out of bed, and was waiting on everyone else to head for the bus stop.


A busy weekend it was… Thursday night Angela, our foreign exchange student from Majorca, Spain arrived.
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festival cup

This past winter Isabel participated in the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival for the third time.  It’s a non-competitive event where musicians perform 2-3 pieces and are evaluated by a number of judges.  Students earning a “superior” rating
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in training.


Grace took one for the team tonight. Mr. I chased a skunk and got sprayed is getting the peroxide, baking soda, dish soap concoction rinsed from his foul fur. Smells like Clarke will be sleeping in the garage tonight, and tomorrow…. and Saturday, and….

over the hill and through the woods

to Grandma’s house we went.

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No camera tricks here ~ hand over hand up, and holds the pike for a good 5-10sec.


Wandered about the Minnesota zoo on Sunday… Saw lions, tigers and Isabel snuggled Poo Bear.  Afterwards we walked over to the Weesner Family Amphitheater and saw the John Butler Trio where we got Tigger’s bounce back.


The big fella is anything but tough, so I figured he just had the doggy sniffles or something. Turns out a tick related fever has him feeling pretty blue ~ woof.


Sparkly and surprisingly difficult to remove… Went to work with a glittery peace sign on my arm 😐

photo bomb

Canadian wildfires left an odd haze in the sky behind the girls and Jack’s Beckham worthy catch.


$20 in gas station fireworks = priceless 4th fun with cousin Jack.

piano camp ~ update

It’s the last day of piano camp, and Isabel tells me that they’ll be doing a 5 student piano ensemble.  Sounds fun.

update:  Isabel’s piano teacher Emily thoughtfully placed a link to a video of the ensemble in the comments below.   Also, here’s a link to Emily playing a fun piece called “All of Me” by Jon Schmidt.

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