as a canine, climbing on a sofa is a crime in our house. Isabel however has designated her room a sanctuary city for illegals...  Might have to cut her funding.


bigger bed... or smaller dog.

bigger tub... or smaller dog.

odocoileus virginianus

A small group of Odocoileus virginianus' caught Isabel's attention at breakfast this morning.

cook smarts

Lacking homework I attempted to divert Isabel from her phone to the kitchen...  It worked, sort of.  She made soup for dinner, but watched a couple baking shows while doing so.


17° brrrlow this morning.


putting on some color... in b&w.

christmas camp cake

Christmas Cakies ~ chocolate cake sandwiched between two chocolate chip peppermint pattie center cookies

Santa's Mug Cake ~ Alternating layers of 7 minute frosting and chocolate cake.

Reindeer Food ~ Twix bars, chocolate chip cookies, candy canes all chopped and held together by melted chocolate.

and lottsa SPRINKLES!


new construction

New on the market is this stunning single ginger bread family home. Built with attention to every sprinkle and story book style, Isabel and her friend Claire are sure it won't last long.


Isabel navigating the morning kitchen traffic.


" she told me to just learn the melody, but I wanna make up some chords to go with it".  So she did...


Grace shot this with her iPhone during the LANY show at First Ave.  Like some other things in life, photographic skill appears to have a genetic component.

face paint

Isabel working the facing painting booth at the Halloween block party.


A tie blanket and a fall banner.


Isabel's in charge of face painting at the neighborhood Halloween party.  She was going to practice tonight, but looks like her friend Claire got to go first.

movie night

Mom's in Minneapolis rockin' with Bono and friends. Grace is footballing and shakin' a leg at the post game dance... high schooler ya know.  So Isabel, her friend Claire and I decided to go big for movie night.

back to reality

the last one was the "Facebook post".  Here's the real story on back to school...

happy birthday

Two layers of cookie dough, a chocolate cake, separated by layers of frosting made for nearly 10 pounds of birthday love.

Happy Birthday Shari !



motley resort

Spent the weekend at the Motley resort. Good food, fun family, and lots of time in and on the water.

camp cake

Isabel went to Camp Cake today, a day long live video stream with Yolanda of "How to Cake it".  It's a YouTube channel of baking videos and fancy decorations.  She loves this stuff and has watch more episodes than there are sprinkles on her cupcakes.  Anyway, today she and a few hundred others spent from 10'til nearly 5 with Yolanda via live video stream making taco cakes and sundae cupcakes.

Believe it or not, they tasted even better than they look.



While Grace rides the roller coasters of Valley fair, Isabel looks delighted with her math homework.

hard work

This one's from 2011... Grace laying the ground work that would earn her a top spot at tonight's Honor's Banquet. She's among a handful of kids to graduate from middle school settling for nothing less than straight A's.

Smart she is, but it's her hard work that makes me smile the brightest.




point of sand

From left to right ~ Grace, Caroline and John Henry on the dock at Point of Sand Beach.

hurry up

and wait for your sister...


Grace is painting her room this weekend, and other than helping with some disassembly, It's been a largely a DIY project.  DIY being very different than the typical DID (do it Dad) project.