Thursday, July 29, 2010

Spring Photos

A friend of a friend took some photos for me. Being a single lady, this was the first time that she'd worked with a group of kids. She said that it was hard work, but I think she did great. Yay Heather!

This is the only pic that she got with all three kids in it. You can Almost see Micah's head! They were not interested in being anywhere near each other that day.

I think that I need to take some photography classes or something. I can point and shoot, but anything beyond that is just way too challenging for me.

Not that I normally have a lot of extra time, but now I really won't have time for extra things like photography classes. I found out yesterday that I was accepted into a graduate program at Concordia University (St. Paul, MN). The plan is to finally finish up my master's degree. It will be in Family Life Education, which I think is a very nice meeting place between my training in teaching and my recent work experience in social work.

I'm a little worried about the kind of time this program is going to expect from me, but I've basically accepted the fact that I won't be touching my sewing machine for the next two years. Or my paints. Or my beads. Or yarn of any kind. This is a big sacrifice for me, and I'm pretty sad about it. I'm sure that I'll find little projects to sneak in here and there, but it just won't be the same.

I also need to come up with some super fantastic strategies on keeping up with the cooking and housework. My husband's involvement in these activities ebbs and flows, depending on how busy the resort is. He means well, but I'm not sure that I can really depend on him to be consistent. I'm actually considering hiring somebody to clean. I don't know how we'll afford it, but I know that I certainly won't have the time that I need to keep the house as clean as I like it. I'm the type of person that can't focus when my surrounding are in disarray and I' might have to just write it off as a educational expense. (Mentally, not on my taxes -- unless my accountant tells me that it is a legitimate deduction, then on my taxes as well). Any moral support you can provide would be much appreciated.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Float Fun

Rocky Point held a tropical themed celebration last weekend. Check out the kids (and their cousins and Aunty Heather) on this cute float. They enjoyed throwing candy and the spectators. Except Mady. She just ate the candy... and a little sand.
It was a pretty good turn out:

After the parade there was karaoke at the lodge. Molly sang "Walking on Sunshine". I helped.

I have a weekly garage sale shopping quest. It usually goes more smoothly without the children, so I left them home with Mark last time. Mady had a super fun time with her daddy. She sat in her wagon in the shop and watched him fix tires. When I got home, she looked like this:
Here's a closeup of the dirt and boogers, in case you couldn't see them well enough in the first photo.
Wow, huh?

I've always been the kind of mom who lets her kids play in mud puddles. I believe that the dirtiness of a kid's feet is the best indication of how much fun she's had. When I'm cleaning them up in the evening, I will often say, "Wow, those are some super dirty toes. You must have had fun today!" They usually agree that they had. And I figure that skin and clothes wash, right?
So, dirty children are not uncommon in our household, but for some reason this bit of dirtiness just tickled me. I love the stage she's at right now. She's starting to play with dolls and trucks. She sings little made up songs and dances. She pretended to cook me a snack in the play kitchen the other day -- and warned me that it was "hot" when she handed me the little plate. And, just like her brother and sister, she plays outside and comes in dirty. Too cute!
And I promise I washed her up! I may let them get dirty, but they do not stay dirty!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Toy

I made a serious impulse purchase and bought one of these today. It's a digital still and video camera in one. My little kodak-that-could broke over the weekend. I will send it away to get repaired, but I thought that it might be a good idea to own a second camera. I found this and thought that the video option made it even more practical.

Do any of you have one like this? Did I make a wise purchase?

We went to the cabin this weekend and there was a mama deer and triplets chowing down 15 feet from our big picture window. And no camera. Plus, I missed all the cute cabin-y kids pictures. Bummer.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Weekend Projects

I'm so looking forward to the weekend starting that I can barely contain myself. I've got some fun projects planned and I can't wait to get going on them.

I'm going to finish up Molly's reversible sun dresses. My thought was that maybe she wouldn't change her clothes five times a day if she could just turn the dress around and get a whole new look. We'll see how that goes. She wants matching dresses for her American Girl doll, but I think I'm going to have her work on that herself and just help when she needs it.

I'm also bound and determined to make some upcycled underwear for the kids. I've got all of these cute t-shirts with one little hole or stain that I've just not had the heart to throw out, so I think that this will be the perfect project to put them to good use. I've surfed the web and browsed tutorials in preparation. Some of them are pretty good (This one's my favorite: I'm going to make my own pattern, so we'll see how that goes. I want to try to not use elastic, and that might be a little bit of a challenge. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

And just so you don't think that I'll be sitting on my bum all weekend, I'm also planning to teach the nanny how to do back handsprings. We've been working on back walkovers, and she's almost got it figured out. She has a cheerleading thing at the U of M next week, so she doesn't have much time to prepare. Luckily for her, she just happens to be working for one of the four people in the tri-county area that can actually teach her how to it. The pay may not be great, but the benefits seem to be working for her.

To top it all off, the resort has some sort of summery celebration planned. There is a parade on Saturday, and the kids want to make a float. I also think that this might be a good opportunity for Molly to do the lemonade stand that she's been talking about since February.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cutest Dessert Ever

We had a family pot luck on Monday evening. The nanny and I made these to bring. By the time I got these pictures taken, they'd melted a bit, but they were still cute.

The grill base is a brownie and the food is salt water taffy. We couldn't find the candy that the directions suggested, which would have been much easier, but I think that the taffy turned out better. Look at how cute the shrimp kabobs turned out:

We even put little grill marks on the food. Sweet, right?
How do food bloggers get such awesome pictures of their food? I had a neck of a time getting these -- I guess natural lighting would have helped, but they didn't last until the next morning!

July 4th Fun

As part of our holiday festivities, we went tubing this weekend. Nephew Collin said that it was the greatest experience of his whole entire life (all 10 years of it)! As you can see, everyone else had a blast, too!
Tubing was super fun, as was the whole weekend. We did a great deal of lounging around and enjoyed the Arnesen Beach Firework Potluck on the evening of the 4th. Mady even enjoyed them. About five minutes into the fireworks show, I asked her if she liked fireworks. She nodded yes vigorously. Five minutes later I stuck my head into the stroller to check on her, and she was fast asleep. I guess she didn't like them enough to stay awake...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Salt in Wound

As if the breakdown of my stupid van wasn't bad enough, look what I saw pulling into the parking lot (in my father in law's full sized Ford pick up) coming back from my lunch break.

Yep, that's my Vibe. I asked the new owner if I could please buy it back from him. He said that I did not have enough money to buy it back from him. I lied and told him that I had a lot of money. He said something along the lines of Bill Gates not having enough money to buy the car from him.

Yes, he loves it too. I'm not the only one. I'm not even romanticising it in hind sight. He loves it so much that he sold his other car.

God, I miss that car. I wish I had been able to find more petite car seats for my darling angel children.

Stupid van.