Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Carl and Inga

The kittens are now 5 1/2 weeks old-- we got to visit them again this afternoon to confirm our picks of the litter(s).  We decided, after snuggling them and watching them play, that the brother-sister pair would be the perfect addition to our family. They'll come home on the last day of Farm School :-)

Sleepy Carl....
 Slightly annoyed Ingeborg (she didn't want to playtime to be interrupted)
 Hi Carl---

Justin and Mama Gloria

Friday, May 6, 2016

Justin's "LOST" Tooth

It finally happened.  The wiggly tooth that Justin has been working on for the past month finally fell out.  It happened during Farm School, right after he got done playing with the kittens.  He proudly brought it home in a homemade envelope.  We were ecstatic!  I will admit to being unexpectedly weepy when he smiled at me in the rearview mirror on the way home.
 As soon as we got home, Justin ran upstairs, blue paper envelope with masking tape sides clutched in his hand.  He thrust it in Alex's face and she opened it up to examine the treasure.  She was excited for him and perhaps gestured wildly (I wasn't in the room) with her hands--- all of a sudden the little tooth bounced out of her grasp, off of her nightstand and into the abyss of the air vent.  The world shifted.  What was bright and sunny became soul-crushingly dark and twisted.  At least in the eyes of a 5 year old.  There were tears.  Alex searched the floor with a flashlight, hoping the tooth had somehow ricocheted from the metal grate onto the surrounding plush carpet.  I searched the floor, hoping the same.  We decided to write a note to the Tooth Fairy, explaining the situation, hoping that she would be able to spelunk into the shaft and retrieve the treasure.  Alex offered Justin one of her dollars in exchange for the baby tooth in her room.  The tears stopped.  Playtime resumed.  Drama.  Drama.  Drama.
Hopefully the Tooth Fairy will be successful--- only a night's sleep will tell.

In a moment of prescience, I recorded Justin talking about his tooth this very morning.  Before the event occurred.  Enjoy the wiggliness.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

More gardening

he kids worked for three hours this morning, clearing out the garden beds.  I told them that if they did all the weeding and chopping and mixing of new dirt, I would buy them WHATEVER they wanted to put in it.  They took me up on the offer and worked their dirty little fingers to the bone.
 So we hopped in the car and took off for the garden center.  You can tell they were a bit excited-

 They chose FLOWERS.  All types-- an asiatic lily, gerber daisies, ranunculus, fuschia, begonias and marigolds, among others....  I let them decide where to place each plant. It is their goal to have "The prettiest yard in the neighborhood".

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Preparing for Summer

Now that we're home, it is time to seriously start preparing for summer.  This summer is going to be a little different than our normal traveling summers.  We only have ONE vacation planned (and it's in a few weeks).  Other than that, we're going to be at home- enjoying Minnesota.  So, we're getting serious about our gardening.  This year I've decided to do all my veggies (pretty much) in containers.  The kids want to clear out the garden beds, but I'm not sure what we'll do with them yet...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


We also received a very cool surprise when we returned home from Arizona.  All of the 'mystery bulbs' that Alex and GranMama planted last fall have popped up--a gorgeous variety of tulips that make our home the prettiest on the block!

 photo by Alex

photo by Alex

photo by Justin

 photo by Justin

photo by Justin

Spring Trip to Phoenix

We just returned from a really fun springtime trip to Grandma Mary and Papa Bob's home in Phoenix.  The kids spent HOURS and HOURS in the pool (I think they might have grown webbing between their digits), we went on lots of desert hikes, we got to visit Kartchner Caverns AND Dave and I even got a few nights away at the hotel his conferences were at!  What a rejuvenating and  restorative vacation!  Enjoy these photos from our week in Arizona :-)

 I was serenaded on a morning run by this sweet quail

 Getting a taste of spelunking at Kartchner Caverns. They had very strict rules about not bringing ANYTHING (including cameras) into the caverns with you.  Check out the website for a taste of the magic that we experienced on the cave tour!  It was amazing!

 photo by Justin

 Enjoying the pool at the Westin Kierland while Daddy conferenced.

On BOTH flights, the pilots invited both kids up into the cockpits.  It was really special to have them take the time to actually talk to the children (and, I was impressed, actually LISTEN to the kids' answers!)  Alex is contemplating flying lessons when she's old enough--  Way to go, Delta pilots!

 Kids channeling Auntie Rorie

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Edgewood Farm- checking out the Wedding site!

My baby sister is getting married!  Well-- we've known about this for a long time, but today it actually felt real.  We met Almost-Uncle Chris at the venue's (Edgewood Farm) open house to poke around and get a feel for what it will be like on the big day.  
This was imperative for my kids.  Now that they know what it is like, how the aisle looks, where the bathrooms and changing areas are, it will not be a big deal to be in a wedding.  
 I don't want to post too many photos and give too much away, but it's an absolutely lovely location-- the ceremony will be (weather cooperating) outside in a gorgeous little shady glen.  The reception inside the finished (and very rustic chic) barn.  Really looking forward to the big day!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

How do you make a cat tree??

With the imminent arrival of our two new kitties, we are in need of some kitty supplies.  We have a litter box and plenty of baskets to make into beds, but as I was thinking back to Percy and Huxley's kitten days, I remembered how ACTIVE and crazy they were.  We need a cat tree to direct any scratching to, and to give them a 'good' alternative to racing around the tops of our furniture.
Here's the problem.  I really dislike the way that traditional carpeted cat trees look.  I found some 'natural' versions on pinterest and Etsy, but didn't want to shell out $150.  I decided we could make it ourselves.

So Justin, Alex and I headed to the garage to see what we had lying around.  After a quick trip to Home Depot for some sisal rope (for the scratching post) and HomeGoods (for a bunch of wooden stuff that we ended up taking back anyway), we were ready to go...... and then I realized that I needed another adult to help me think through the construction process.

I have an AMAZING husband.  He didn't balk at a weird 'homemade hippie cat tree' project when it fell into his capable hands just minutes after getting home from work.  

I think they'll like it.  Right now Percy is warming it up :-)