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

The Cabin at Dark

We made it home tonight after a long drive and a wonderful week of Christmas fun. We are about halfway unpacked but Tim and I ran out of steam so we decided to leave the rest for tomorrow. What I couldn’t leave until tomorrow was photos. There were a few photos in particular that I was really eager to see how they turned out.

Two nights before we left the cabin my Mom came in from her walk and said, “Meg it is gorgeous out tonight and it has warmed up. Can you take some pictures of the cabin?”

I have never taken night photos before. I own two lenses, the kit lens that my Rebel T4i came with an a 50mm that I bought later on. I didn’t know which lens would work better. I didn’t know what settings to put the camera at. What I did know was that my brother-in-law and sister-in-law bought me a tripod for Christmas and if I wanted any chance of getting anything other than a blur of Christmas lights, I would need the tripod.

For the record, “It has warmed up” meant that it was a balmy 10 degrees.

These were the best shots I got. Not horrible but now I am super intrigued by night-time photography and I want to learn more. The camera picks up some many more colors than the human eye can see at night.

The two previous photos are too grainy and the photo below is a bit blurry.

This one is my favorite because the camera captured more than I saw. The photo is grainy but I don’t care. I am pretty proud of this one from my first time trying night time photography.

Now it is bedtime. Tomorrow is going to be a long day of unpacking and tearing down Christmas decoration… if only it could be Christmas all the time. I love how festive the house feels around the Holidays.

More photos will be posted in the near(ish) future.

Fall 2015 Header

We had a long fall here in MN. In fact today, 4 days into November, it hit 62 degrees!

The weather has been gorgeous and some kids have even been wearing shorts to school. My kids have not been wearing shorts to school though because I am desperately behind on sock folding. Want to know a secret? Not once this week did my kids go to school with matching socks.

Anyways… the warm weather and the late turning of the leaves is why this is our greenest Fall Header yet! I missed the window of time where all the leaves were beautiful reds, oranges and yellows but this photo was taken the week of Patrick’s birthday so it counts for Fall, y’all!