Friday, November 22, 2013

This is why I am going to officially be the best mom ever this Christmas.


Yep, I got one for each person in the family -- even me and the hubby.

This is going to be great.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

So, I'm a little late, but here are some pictures of our Halloween adventures.

 I love Halloween.

My kids love Halloween, too. 

Of course, their love of Halloween might have something to do with my excellent makeup application skills.  

Or, you know, the candy.

Ya, it's probably because of the candy. 

We're moving into a new house next week, which is super exciting.  I will be sure to post before and after pictures as to stun the general public with my mad decorating skills.  Or maybe just so that the friends and family can see the new place.  That works, too.  

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Lemonade for Sale! Frogs for Sale!

After an especially productive garage sale trip, Molly decided to have a lemonade stand yesterday.  The bait house is a perfect location for a lemonade stand, and she always does well. 

She makes her own brownies and lemonade, and must pay for the groceries out of her profits.  If she has any helpers, she must give them a wage.  This is, I have explained to her, what Grandma Mary has to do at the restaurant. I might get a little bit of resistance to this if she didn't make so much money. 

She made enough to pay me back for her groceries, for her new hamster (Toffee), and to save for a rainy day. 

Today when we were having lunch at Nana and Papa's cabin, some little boys drove by and told us, "Frogs for Sale!  25 cents!" 

Mady really thought that she should have one, but confessed to not having any money.  One of the little boys tells her, "You're in luck.  We are having a sale.  Little girls get one free." 

This is very clever for a 9 year old boy! 

So Mady got her frog.  She loved it for about half an hour, and then I made her give it back.  We didn't have anywhere to put it on our bikes, since Gracie was riding in my basket.   
We made it home before the rain hit, but not before the wind picked up.  It was a very long, very strenuous ride home.  We all agreed that we are going to have legs and buns of steel before the summer is done! 

The little ones are now having a very much needed nap and Molly is folding and putting away her freshly washed rummage sale spoils. 

The men are in the field, trying to get as much seed into the ground as possible before it's too late.  Luckily, the raid has been just a sprinkle so far, and if the weather holds, they might get almost all of it in.  I am looking forward to being done with seeding, though.  I'm reading to start landscaping the yard! 

Friday, June 7, 2013

There's Just Something About That Rainbow Park

My kids love the "rainbow" park at the Warroad Point.  I can use the rainbow park to bribe them into being perfect angels for hours worth of errands. 

As they were playing, I was able carry on a real conversation with my besty Kristyne AND even snap some cute pictures.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Summer time, and the living was easy...

I'm not sure if those are the exact lyrics, but it works.

Top 10 Reasons I Love Summer:

1.  No school
2.  No job
3.  Warm weather
4.  Summer theater
5.  Summery foods
6.  Hanging at the beach
7.  Hanging at the resort without hundreds of drunk fishermen
8.  Campfires
9.  Sleeping in
and last, but not least
10.  Lots of quality time with my kiddos.

This is how we spent our quality time together this morning.

No, I don't think it's really warm enough to be running through the sprinkler.  But, you know what, I'm not the one doing it and they don't appear to be freezing.  And yes, I am the best mom ever.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Dance Recitals

Posting the spring concert and graduation pictures reminded me that the girls had their dance recitals, and I hadn't posted any pictures from them!

They had a big performance at the Roseau auditorium, but I didn't get to see much of it because I was back stage with Madelynn.  I was afraid that she was going to bolt, so I kept a very close eye on her. 

After days of refusing to go on stage (at the nursing home performances and the dress rehearsals, Mady decided to actually dance at the recitals.  I was so proud.

 Molly did wonderfully, as always.  That girl can dance!  She was the youngest member of her group (ages 9-13 or 14) and the only one in third grade.  She did more than keep up with the older girls. 

It was wonderful and they did a great job, but I am so glad it's over! 

End of the School Year

It's almost here: the end of the school year.  I am so excited for summer that I could almost burst.  We've had our spring concerts and kindergarten graduation.  Now we just need to get through the pesky last days and we'll be free to enjoy the summer vacation.

Molly's spring concert.  The photo is a little fuzzy, but Micah took it. 

This is a picture of Micah taking the picture posted above.  He also took some very nice pictures of fields and ditches on the way home from the concert.  I think I'm going to have to get that kid his own camera. 

Micah's spring concert

Micah's kindergarten graduation. 

Micah in his cap and gown. 
As a way to try summer on for size, I think we are going to sleep in a tent on our trampoline tonight.  The kids will think it's great fun and I won't get a sore back from the hard ground. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Creative Outlets

Now that I am done with Les Miserables, I'm looking for a new creative outlet.  I was hoping that my contractor would have had a good start on my remodel by now, so that I could poor my creative energies into decorating.  Alas, that was not meant to be, and I am spinning my wheels.  I have projects planned, but nothing that I really wanted to start until summer time. 
Since I can not decorate, I'm not ready to start my summer writing projects, and I don't feel like hauling my sewing machine and sewing goodies to Greenbush, I am going to work on my photography.  I can take a mean picture, but I think that I need to step it up a notch before summer arrives.  I've been hired by Rocky Point to take photos (of people fishing, people dining at the restaurant, etc) for their promotional materials, and I'm hoping to expand.  There are just so many wonderful photography opportunities in the summer (Weddings!  Senior Pictures!  Lovely sunsets!  Beautiful wildlife!) that I'm pretty stoked.  

As I am pining for warm weather and all of the wonderful things that come with it, it does not help that Northern Minnesota is in the throws of the coldest, nastiest spring in memory.  After five inches of extra wet, extra slippery snow on Monday, we are now waiting another dumping tomorrow. 

I am so sick of snow.  Seriously.