Thursday, July 28, 2016

A letter to my daughter on this historic night.

My sweet girl,

As I sit here tonight, watching Hilary Clinton accept the Democratic Party's nomination for President, I find myself thinking of you.

It's been a roller coaster night as I vacillate between the hope I feel when I listen to Hilary's words and how terrified I am of what your world will look like if we elect the other guy.  

I want you to know this.  You are amazing.  You are strong, and brave.  You are smart and considerate and eager to help.  You are observant and quietly intelligent. Be you, and you will find your way in this world. 

I will do my best to guide you, to be your role model.  I will do my best to provide opportunities that will be yours if you decide to work for them.  I am your mama, and I will do everything I can to make sure you inherit a better world. 

I love you.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Day trip to Duluth

 We took a quick trip to Duluth this past weekend and were joined by our neighbors and their kids.  

First, went on a train "adventure" called A Day Out Thomas.

Here is the one and only picture I got of Thomas.   We were running late so we didn't have a chance to take pictures before we boarded, then when we disembarked at the end of the ride we were shuttled straight into the railroad museum--so the kiddos didn't get to "meet" him.

I think Oliver and Henry thought it was pretty cool.  Henry even dressed up like a train conductor!

The girls were less impressed with the train and were just having fun together.

The $90(!) train ride also included admission to the train museum and various kiddo-oriented activities.  I love this picture of Oliver and Emelia--if only they were always this nice to each other!

Emelia really got into posing in front of the trains.  

Exhibit A: 

 Exhibit B:

Yep.  Definitely over the camera-shy phase.

After the train outing we went down to canal park for a picnic and let the kids run around for a while.  Then we walked down to the pebble beach and threw rocks in the "big lake."

Emelia thought that just standing next to the lake was dumb, she wanted to go *in* the lake.  I took this picture just before she ditched her dress so she could sit in the water.  I love her spunkiness.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A day at the lake

We spent the day visiting my cousin and her family who live on a lake in central MN.  The kids had a blast!

Emelia went for her first kayak ride with my cousin Jenny.  They went to look at the lily pads--I think she liked it.

Despite having a life jacket on, Oliver didn't quite get the concept of "floating"--he insisted on hanging on to anyone that was close.  It didn't take him long to decide that he'd had enough of the water and wanted to fish.

He caught lots of little sunnies!

Emelia, on the other hand, thought floating with a life jacket on was pretty awesome.  She even learned a modified doggie paddle by the end of the day.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Camera shy?

Thankfully, I think this girl has finally gotten over her aversion to cameras.  She used to yell "NO" and put her hand in front of her face when I pulled out the camera!  I got these cute shots the other night at Oliver's t-ball game.


Saturday, August 2, 2014


I tagged along to t-ball this week and had so much fun watching Oliver.

Here is a play-by-play of the highlights.


Ready position.

First Baseman, just like his favorite, Joe Mauer.

Throwing the ball home.

Ollie's turn to bat.

I love the look of concentration on his face.

And his tongue sticking out. 
Good hit!

Rounding 2nd...

 Tagging 3rd...

Heading home...

I think the kid is having fun!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nothing says summer... running through the sprinkler in your underwear.

I just love watching these two play together.

I've been so sick with this pregnancy, that I'm trying to squeeze an entire summer's worth of fun into the next few weeks.

Monday, July 28, 2014

And then there were three!

Little ones, that is.  Number 3 is due in January!  Much like the first two this one had me flat on my back for 8-9 weeks.  Yuck!

Today's blog post will be a random assembly of stories about each of the kiddos.

Ten Things about Oliver...

1.  If you know Oliver, you know he may just be *the most curious* boy in the world.  If you don't believe me, just spend 10 minutes with him, and count the number of times he asks "why?"--I love this about him.

2.  Emelia has also reached the "why" phase and ironically, Oliver has zero patience for it, the other day in the car Emelia was asking Oliver "why?" and he yelled, "Papa!  Emelia is frustrating me!"  Andy's response?  "Payback."

3.  Oliver loves to "pretend" that he is a Papa and Emelia is the Mama
 and I'm the baby.  But, we are rarely people,
 polar bears and dragons are most common.

4.  Oliver brought home his first "report card" from his Saturday preschool teacher--it said that he "was eager to learn, always willing to help others and a pleasure to have in class."  I was so proud!

5.  Oliver *loves* to help garden.  He especially loves eating the peas, beans and tomatoes right out of the garden.  I've had to cut him off several times!

6.  Oliver calls "Play-doh"--"potato". It took me forever to figure out what he was talking about when he was asking to play with "potato".

7.  Oliver loves music--he always has really but his current favorites crack me up-- AC/DC especially "Shoot to Thrill" and "Back in Black" and the Pitch Perfect Soundtrack--especially "Please Don't Stop the Music"

Oliver will dance anywhere--
here he's bustin' a move at the MN Zoo

8.  Oliver played T-ball this summer and loved it.  I'm hoping to go next week and take some pictures--more to come.

Joe Mauer hit a home run!  It was really 
fun to watch games with Ollie this year. 

9.  Oliver has out-grown naps.  I don't know if this is really blog worthy, but it feels like a big milestone to me.  It's definitely changed our afternoon routine--sometimes he works out with Papa and then gets a Shakeology to get big muscles!

10.  He's learning to write.  He's pretty good at his letters and he'll copy out phrases that we write for him.  It's so fun to watch!

Ten Things About Emelia...

1.  Although she doesn't like to cuddle (never has really) she does give the best full-body hugs and big juicy kisses when she's feeling lovey.


2.  If it is raining outside and Andy happens to be carrying her, she covers the bald spot on his head with her hand. :)

3.  Emelia still twirls her hair, especially when she is tired.  Sometimes, if she twirls it a lot she gets a funny alfalfa-style curl on the top of her head.

4.  Emelia acts out Anna & Elsa's movements when she watches Frozen, especially the parts where they are singing.  It is too cute!

5.  She is such a girly-girl.  I really don't know how it happened but she loves all things pink, purple, glittery or otherwise bedazzled and anything with a bow.

 Modeling one of her many dresses.

6.  Shoes.  Seriously this girl loves shoes and she has more than I do.

7.  At the age of 2 1/2 she finally has enough hair to wear pig-tails.
 Sort of.

8.  At some point, Andy or I started calling Emelia "peanut butter."  She would get the funniest look on her face and say "I not peanut butter. I'm Emelia."  It was so funny we started calling her peanut butter just to get the reaction.

9.  She turned the lullaby I sing her (Go to sleep, little girl) into "Go to sleep, little dragon" and sings it to me when I'm baby-dragon.

10.  She adores her big brother and happily plays along with all of his games.  She is going to love being a big sister.