Afton Hike

it is 60 degrees, sunny and so wonderful. The kids didn’t have because of Teacher Workshop day so the kids and I loaded up for a hike and invited our neighbors along for the fun.

It was so wonderful to have the day off of school and the weather was a total bonus. I am so looking forward to summer and having more days like this.

a few more photos here. 

Daily Grind

A little snippet of our Daily Grind:

Kids walk in the door after school. 

Michael, “Mom what is that smell? What IS that? Why does it stink so bad?”

Me, “I baked homemade bread today.”

Michael, “Oh. Mom, I don’t want to hurt your feelings but your bread smells really bad. Can you make the smell go away?!!”

Me, “Elise, do you think Mom’s bread smells bad?”

I hold the loaf of still warm bread under her nose.

Elise, “I can’t smell anything, the boogers in my nose are blocking the smell.”

I know I haven’t posted much lately. Things are busy and the blog hasn’t been top priority. I will do better to make more time for it because 10, 20, 30 years from now I am going to want to share stories like this with the kids.

As for photos… I still take them. I take photos all the time, I just haven’t been great about uploading them. Here is a photo from this past weekend when it was a beautiful 50 degrees. We trekked over to Hastings for the afternoon with Beth in tow. It felt so wonderful to let the sun warm us from the outside in.


Shannon Birthday Extravaganza

The Shannons came to visit for a Birthday Extravaganza. Four of the seven Shannons have a birthday in January and February.

All five cousins got to play hookie from school on Friday and then spent the day at the Science Museum of Minnesota. It was a fun and exhausting day. We spent 5 hours working our way through the exhibits and then finished the day by watching the Humpback Whale Omni Theatre movie.

Saturday was all about birthdays. We spent the day hanging out. Elise sweet talked Jon into dancing with her to the Okee Dokee Brothers. If you have Netflix, check out the Okee Dokee brother’s movies Can you Canoe and Through the Woods. We are big fans of the Okee Dokee Brothers so when Netflix released the videos for Watch Instantly we were pumped.

Elise couldn’t have been happier than she was while she was spinning, twirling and dancing with Jon!

Of course there was cake.

And there was hours and hours of playing house, Legos, video games and art. It was a fun weekend.  Don’t believe me? Just ask these two monkeys.

Cabin Time

This is what the kids most look forward to… playing at the cabin!

Even the big kids join in on the fun!

And when it gets to cold to play outside, we head inside warm up with cocoa and play some more.

Patrick loved his new legos

We stay fuelled with an abundance of yummy food. We all love Nama’s special banana bread and Elise was more than willing to help mix up a batch if it meant she got to hang out with Nama and eat some dough!

And there is no better way to finish a long day at the cabin then to be curled up under a blanket with someone you love.

more photos here