Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The boys pooled their money to buy a fish tank, the necessary accessories, and four fish.  They have been pretty excited about them.

Alarik's fish are a puffer named Puffy and a Giant Danimo named Speedy.
Scott's fish are a Green Tiger Barb named Pepper and a Pink Kissing Gourami named Hot Lips

The puffer fish was supposedly aggressive and so we had to choose the other three based on who could survive with him, however it turns out that Speedy the Giant Danimo is the aggressive one.  He took a chunk out of Hot Lips' tail!  The kids tried quarantining him in a canning jar for a short time period, the "jar of shame" as they called it, but he didn't learn his lesson.  So they resorted to fashioning a new home for him out of a giant Twizzler container.

 Now he lives on his own and is known as "the mean fish who blew it".  😂

Monday, June 5, 2017

We went car shopping over the weekend and Scott fell victim to this Shelby GT350 on the showroom floor.  He wanted me to take his picture with it and in it, then proceeded to take a dozen more photos of his own with my phone.

Alarik's  6th birthday was the day Jesse and I flew home. We picked all the kids up from school/daycare and came home to relax and open his present from us: a crossbow he'd been pining over on Amazon.

 Birthday cash from Grandma Helen!

Birthday snuggles with Dad - I think they missed each other.  ☺

And birthday dinner/dessert at Park Rec for the birthday boy!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Everything about our trip to Montreal was AMAZING!

Day 1: Arrived, got our bearings and got over being motion sick on the city bus (me)

Day 1: Mount Royal, St. Joseph's Oratory, figured out the metro (subway) system, dinner at La Caverne Russian restaurant - Golubtsi (cabbage rolls) for Jesse and Vereniki (pierogi) for me

Day 3: Class for me from 7:30 to 4:30, walked in Old Montreal, Encounters in New France street fair, poutine for dinner at La Baraque du Vieux

Day 4: class from 8am-12:30pm for me, Notre Dame basilica, horse carriage ride in Old Montreal, Olympic Park, Biosphere (closed 😒), Brit & Chips for dinner 

Day  5: Class from 7:30-5:30 for me, smoked meat tray at Pub Victoria for dinner, walking along the Old Port and all around Old Montreal, City Hall, washed up clothes and dishes in our rental and packed for home.

Day 6: met some fellow clerks at Hotel Bonaventure at 3:45 am for a cab to the airport, Montreal → Minneapolis...Minneapolis → Duluth, lunch at Olive Garden, picked up groceries and home, sweet home!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

We like our music in the mornings, after school and pretty much anytime, and we play it on an old ipod touch plugged into a speaker on top of the fridge.  We mix it up with Pandora stations, our own iTunes collection, and playlists the kids have made on YouTube.

Jesse was playing a classic county station and Marty Robbins' "Big Iron" was on.  Bekah commented, “I love it when Dad plays music like this. It’s like a John Wayne movie that you just listen to!”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jesse and I enjoyed observing the difference between boys and girls over the weekend.

Scott had originally covered his teepee with boughs, but a windy rain storm proved that wasn't going to work.  Jesse gave him a lumber tarp and he spent a long time making holes properly spaced to secure the base.  He cut a door from another section of tarp and fashioned a hinge by weaving smaller, flexible twigs through the edges of each piece.  He even made a latch with another small flexible twig.

And then here are the girls.  They have been wanting to create some privacy out at their fort.  The tried building a "stick-ade" out of the existing brush surrounding the fort, but gave up on that when it wasn't working for them.  So this weekend, Corinne arrives with 8 shower curtains, a hot glue gun and a bag of boughs and branches (because apparently the ones we have aren't sufficient :)
She and Bekah got right to work hot gluing the camouflaging greenery to their shower curtains, then hauled them out to the fort and strung them up.

The curtains suffered a few rips on the trip out to the woods so they were also graced with big hunks of duct tape.  Now, I'm not saying that the girls set up looks any more white-trashy than a lumber tarp, but the difference in their approaches was just too marked.  Nature over nurture.  :)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bekah has been enjoying her track season so far.  The boys and I made it to a meet in Nashwauk last week and Hibbing last night.  Bekah completes in a variety of events.  She's done shot put, long jump, hurdles and sprint relays.

Track was my absolute favorite sport, hands down and I'm really enjoying seeing her get started in it this year.  I'm also enjoying her brightly-colored, non-matching sock habit as it makes her very easy to spot from across the track and pick out from among the crowd.

And you can't underestimate the social aspect of track and field!  :)  More reasons to see Corinne?  She's in!

A chance to be goofy with friends?  Yes, please!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bekah had a track meet last night and Jesse took Scott to a football camp in Bemidji so Alarik had some "Mommy & Me" time. 
His first wish was to ride shotgun and he was in heaven.
We drove to Marcell and had the playground all to ourselves.
 Alarik kept checking in with me asking, "Are you having a good time, Mom?"
 "Isn't this a pretty great day, Mom?"
 "How much fun are you having, Mom?"

When he tired of the playground we hit the road and headed home where we played outside some more and went for a walk down the road.

Alarik got to choose what we had for supper. It was corn dogs and mac n cheese for two.  :)