Friday, January 27, 2017

The texts I get from my sister about Alarik's behavior at daycare are often the highlight of my day.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jesse and the kids accompanied me to a work training/meeting in Bloomington last Friday and Saturday. We were hoping to avoid the Mall of America but it was visible from our hotel room window so, no deal.

I was spared. Jesse took the kids there while I was in my class on Friday. They had fun at the Nickelodeon theme park, Barnes & Noble and the Disney store, and they each got a new winter hat. They had lunch at Margaritaville which got two thumbs up from all of them.

Looks like Scott is having the time of his life and Bekah is wondering why she got on this thing!

You'd think they'd be all worn out after that but no. Bekah and Scott begged me to take them to the fitness center in the hotel as soon as I was back from my class.  We went and had a workout and then a quick dip in the pool before heading out for dinner.

After my short business meeting Saturday morning, we headed out of the cities, stopped in North Branch for lunch at Denny's and a little bit of shopping, then made our way home.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What we're reading now:
Scott is working his way through the 7th Harry Potter book. I just started reading the 4th one to them for our read-aloud book. Thanks to all the downtime at the farm this weekend, I just finished The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper and For The Love. Bekah picked up Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children since they were going to watch the movie in school and she wanted to read the book first. And Jesse is working on War and Peace which I bought him for Christmas.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

For the second year in a row, Bekah chose a weekend of snowmobiling at the farm for her birthday. This year we probably had enough snow to go on her birthday, but with the holidays starting up in full swing with Thanksgiving weekend, we decided it was still best to wait until after Christmas.
The girls and Scott had a great time putting miles on the sled as they zipped 'round and 'round the fields at the farm.

Sunday was particularly nice out and we enjoyed tromping around the place.

Even 14-years young Morgan put on some serious miles chasing the kids.

I doubt we ever go to the farm without watching Guardians of the Galaxy. The girls did the baby Groot dance at the end.

Alarik always declares a "free day off" as "Underpants Day" and being at the farm doesn't hinder that in the least!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Conversation with Alarik in the car today:

A: I think Corinne's Dad is kinder than my Dad.

Me: Why do you say that?

A: Dad is just so "wude" sometimes!

A: Are babies alive when they're in their mom's tummies?

Me: Yes.

A: How do they get out of there?

Me: (Going with honest and open) Babies come out of a body part called the vagina, between a woman's legs. Or sometimes the doctor has to do a surgery called a C-section to take the baby out of an incision in the mom's tummy.

A: Did you have to go to the doctor?

Me: Yes, most people go to the doctor either way. But I did not have a C-section.

A: But what if the mom dies?

Me: Well, that usually doesn't happen, but sometimes it does and it's very sad.

A: Do you think Dad would be kinder if you had died?

*pause*

Bekah: That was the weirdest conversation I've ever heard.

Me:  It ranks right up there for me too.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I'm not truly a superstitious person, but Friday the 13th kind of nailed me this year.

I had been having car trouble with my Jeep for several weeks and it was in the shop so I was driving Jesse's truck to a seminar for work. I had a terrifying encounter with the icy roads and a guard rail and dinged up the bottom of the brush guard.

The damage was very minimal and we're grateful for it because it was seriously a miraculous outcome. Meaning, it should have turned out much worse for both me and the truck, but it didn't. 

After God saw me through that, I pressed my luck by backing into our woodpile.  No damage from that.  Then on my way out the farm late that night, the headlights on the Jeep (which was out of the shop by then) just randomly turned off.  Once Bekah and I made it out to the farm where the rest of the family was already settled in, I walked in the door and straight to bed before old Friday the 13th could give me any more close calls.

Monday, January 9, 2017

We had a surprising discovery during my photo-album rearranging project.  We celebrated Morgan's 15th birthday in December 2016. Both Jesse and I were certain she was born in December 2001 and that we had gotten her in January 2002, before we got married later that year.

Well, these photos tell a different story, as they are date stamped January 2003. At first both of us were so sure that we had been right about 2001 being her birth year, we figured the date on the camera must have been set incorrectly at the time these photos were taken.  But they were in order in our older photo albums and fit in the 2003 timeline. 
Jesse did a little detective work and noticed his wedding band on his hand in this photo, so I guess that proves it.
Morgan turned 14 years old this past December.  Just a spring chicken, she is!
Overheard at the breakfast table just now:

Alarik: Can God hear when you say things in your head?

Jesse: Yes.

Alarik: How come people can't hear God?

Jesse: I think they can. They just don't always listen.  Do you ever have a little voice in your head telling you not to yell at your brother or not to do something naughty?

Alarik: That never comes into my brain.

Jesse: You never have anything like that?

Alarik: Nope.

Nice try, Dad.  😊

Sunday, January 8, 2017

I have been having a great time re-organizing all our photo albums into a more curated collection. Jesse and the kids are enjoying looking through all the newly-arranged albums.  Scott and Jesse were on the couch tonight looking through them.  Apparently seeing pictures of Jesse and I in high school and college prompted Scott to ask, "Dad, where were you when you had your first beer?"

Jesse said he'd have to think about it because he wasn't sure he remembered and Scott promptly followed up with, "Did your face turn green when you tasted it?"
Ah, family memory sharing at it's best!  😂

Friday, January 6, 2017

It is so irritating when people (who choose to live in Minnesota) complain about the cold and snow. This winter seems to have made people extra prone to complaining. Starting with almost two feet of snow over Thanksgiving, lots of that disappearing under a bunch of rain and sleet, then well-below zero temps for much of December, more snow accumulation around Christmas, and now we're dipping even further below zero with a forecast of warmer and more snow next week.
I love it! As long as my "IN" temp continues to linger around a cozy 70 above that is.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Alarik had a friend over one day during Christmas break and they sure had some funny conversations.
Alarik: Gage, I got a BIG bag of Skittles for Christmas.
Gage: Did they give you a stomach ache?
Aalrik: No. But I did have diarrhea yesterday.😕

Alarik: Gage, do you wish we were brothers and that Scott didn't exist?
It just so happened that Scott was standing right there when Alarik asked this and he said "Gee, thanks."

Alarik had a deep thought question for me as we were driving down the road the other day.
Alarik: Mom, what happens to peoples' mailboxes when they move?

Jesse and Scott were lounging/wrestling on the bed. All of a sudden Jesse yelped, "Are you flexing your butt on me???" and Scott immediately said, "Yes. Doesn't it feel like a hammer?"
That fits right in with his superhero alter ego that he and Bekah invented, "Steel Buttocks"
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

We had our last holiday gathering of 2016 at the Northome Grosses' on New Year's Eve. They hosted brunch and a round of dirty dice. We all had a wonderful time but can you believe I did not think to take one picture there?

Alarik has still been loving Owen and was disappointed to hear that he had to work for part of the day. No problem. A quick phone call to Uncle DRK and he had a sleepover planned! He got packed and ready to go as soon as we hung up the phone.

When the other four of us returned to Bigfork after the family festivities, we went over to the Rahiers' for appetizers, games and snowmobiling with their family and the Buckinghams. Jesse and I called it a night by about 9:30 p.m. Bekah and Scott wanted to ring in the new year with movies on the couch. They made it to midnight. Here they are still sleeping at just after 9:00 a.m.
The rest of New Year's Day has been spent relaxing. Jesse took Scott and Caden R. out spearing on Turtle Lake. Caden missed one and they saw a few others but didn't get any. I did a little bit of scrapbooking and reading and the kids all enjoyed some screen time. One more day of vacation and then we'll all have to get back into work/school/daycare mode!