Saturday, February 25, 2017

For the second year in a row, the ladies of the church invited the kids to come and quilt with them on President's Day when they were off of school. Each girl paired up with an experienced quilter and they finished a quilt top.
Corinne was still with us and the girls had a wonderful time together. We're so blessed to have a group of WELCA ladies that work so hard to involve the youth of the church.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The kids had Tuesday as well as Monday (President's Day) off of school.  It was a very lovely day. While I was at work, it made perfect sense to Bekah and Scott to grab the lifejackets out of the rafters, slide the canoe through the woods on the ice, and take a little wintertime paddle on the duck pond.  Some kids play with matches; my kids risk hypothermia!
What makes this even funnier is that they could not find the canoe paddles so they were paddling around the pond in February using snow shovels for paddles! 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

It was a weekend of 40 and 50 degree weather and we made the most of it!

Scott got his first driving lesson - in old Larry.  He caught on to the manual transmission very quickly!  Makes a boy feel tall.

Corinne was with us for the weekend and we hit the lake Saturday afternoon. The kids and I all voted to walk out rather than drive but when Jesse drilled through 2 feet of ice, he went back for the truck.

 Fish caught = 0  Fun had = tons

Today we've been looking for excuses to be outside in the sunshine. Step one for a Minnesota gardener: shoveling snow off the garden to let the sun start doing its work!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Alarik loves to use a hammer so Jesse put him to work pounding down any loose nails he could find on the basement steps.
 A perfect job for him!

Friday, February 17, 2017

So many selfies...

A little photo booth fun...

And she was nice enough to change my ipad lock screen for me.  I'm totally leaving it like this.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Before tackling that cluttered bedroom with the boys, I put in some time on my snowshoes. It was just what the doctor ordered for my exhausted and slightly stressed self.

I happened across a native creature.

There is still A LOT of snow back in the woods. And deer aren't that great at packing a snowshoe trail.

There were several intersections on the Woodland Super Highway. Here, you can see the deer have been traveling east-west and the rabbits are taking the north-south route. Man, if only I could put a toll booth back here in the woods; I'd make a mint.
I helped the boys whip their room back into shape this afternoon.  Here we are mid-project:
They wanted their dresser moved so we took the opportunity to sort out their drawers and get rid off too-small and other never-worn items.  I feel like there are always piles of clothes in my bedroom waiting to be stored in a bin for Alarik to grow into or to be shipped off to the thrift store.

Both my boys are slightly odd in that they really enjoy trying on and organizing their clothing. After we separated into "keep" and "toss" piles, Scott sorted his keep pile according to how much he liked each shirt, then put them in the drawer in that order!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

We mostly expect the kids to keep their own rooms clean. But every so often it gets to a point where I can't stand it any longer and I go in and do a deep clean. I cannot believe how many different places in the room pieces from each type of toy end up.  I scoop out under the dresser, under the bed and behind all the other furniture.  I dump out all the bins that have become a collection of everything, then I pile it all up in the middle of the room and start sorting. Bionicles in one bin, blocks in another, toy cars in one, MagFormers in another, and one more bin for, as Alarik says, "random items".  It's a rather satisfying process really.

But then two days later it looks like this again: