Sunday, May 31, 2009

"Pik-nihs OUT!"

We spent Sunday playing outside, for the most part. Alex and Rorie hung out while Dave and I ran to the grocery store to get picnic fixings. ("Pik-nihs" are Alex's favorite way to eat, and she insists on including an enthusiastic "OUT!" after saying picnic). We played in the pool for a while, although it was mighty cold, and generally had a nice and relaxing day.

The house is starting to come together, now that I've had a live-in babysitter to help out! Here's a shot of the dining area, where you can see Al's felt board (aptly labeled) as well as the perfect spot for the Copper quilt that I made.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Thanks for your patience!

We've been doing some computer overhauls at the Marotz household, so that's why we've been offline for so long. I'll do my best to catch up on entries, back-dating them. Keep checking back for updates! Thanks!!
UPDATE: I've officially back-blogged from May 20th- May 29th- enjoy!

Feltboards used for evil

GrandMama gave us a bunch of felt animals and people when we were last in Des Moines, so Auntie Rorie and I had a new project-- to make a felt board. I was so excited when I found a shadow box frame at Michaels (marked down 80% because the plastic that covered it was damaged). It matches the woodwork in the house perfectly, and that means that it can be up in the dining area!

It's been perfect for Alex to work on while I fix dinner.
Auntie Rorie has also enjoyed the felt board. Please pardon the somewhat questionable nature of the material above, but I thought it was kind of funny, myself.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sunbathing Beauties!

I came home today from a haircut to find Auntie Rorie and Alex sunbathing on the lawn! We may need to get them a pool to lounge by (the mice in the Prior Lake storage shed ate a hole in her little one from last year).
I love having a live-in nanny (she doesn't really have to go to college in the fall, does she?)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Alex LOVES spending time with her good friend, Emma. In fact, she frequently talks about Emma....and Emma's bubbles (one time Emma's Mama gave Alex some bubbles, so that is permanently seared in her memory). So she was elated when we loaded up in the car this morning to go visit the Mulders.
The girls had a lovely morning, playing together while Megan and I chatted. I watched them for a while while Megan ran some errands, and I seriously didn't have to do a THING! They entertained themselved playing in the kitchen, "mixing" and eating Kix.
Alex did raid Emma's extensive accessory stash. LOVE the necklace!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Three is lots of Fun!!

We FINALLY caught up with our good friends the Olsons today. Between their traveling to Korea and bringing home their second child and our moving and vacationing, we hadn't seen them since April! It was so fun to catch up and spend some time getting to know Miss Amelia!

Alex did a good job sharing her toys-- she and Graham share a fondness for climbing and swinging. At one point both kids had climbed to the top of the jungle gym (sorry, no pictures-- I was too busy trying to make sure our children didn't break an arm).

We made the older 2 work for their lunch. They assembled both the "Mama's Pizza" and their own individual english muffin versions.
I think Alex ate more corn than she put on the pizza, which was fun both at the time and later (those of you with kids in diapers know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.....gross)
Enjoying the fruits of their labor. Apparently it was more fun to make the pizza than to eat it, but both kids really enjoyed the hands-on experience! We had such a fun morning that Alex took a 3 hour nap that afternoon! Yea!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day-- day of memories

Alex and GrandMama spent most of Memorial Day planting more 'babies', it seems as if the gardening gene skipped a generation and went straight from my mother into my daughter. We got some seeds planted as well as my windowbox!
On our way to a local greenhouse, we stopped at an old farmhouse to take a look around. This just happened to be the same farmhouse that I lived in for a while as a young girl. GrandPapa Claude pulled into the driveway as the owner was planting tomatoes outside. After chatting for a while, we were invited inside to see how the restoration had come (when my parents lived there, they gutted it completely in order to begin renovations, but then had to move before they got to really start anything). I wasn't surprised that I didn't remember many details, but I was surprised by the things I did remember (jumping on the couch, running around the corner into the kitchen, my parents making Grasshoppers in a blender, trying to hide the ice cream treat from me (I think I snuck out of bed)).
It was neat that Alex got to visit-- even if she had no idea where she was.
The barn that was SUPPOSED to house my pony. Yep= still bitter. It was a slight compensation to learn that the barn was now on the register of Historic Places, and featured in a calendar of old barns! It would have looked better with my pony in it.
So......I love my new house, but someday I'd love to tackle homesteading a farm. Sigh-- after the lotto.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

'Um Ya Ya' for Uncle Willy!

We loaded up and made it to Olaf for Uncle Willy's graduation (a note of warning to all you who have kids exactly 4 years makes for one crazy graduation weekend!). After hanging out with Uncle Willy for a while, packing up the vehicles and having a picnic lunch (as well as meeting his Econ profs who gushed over our little 'cabbage patch' girl), we let him get about the business of graduating.

Our Ole classmates/friends Beth and Josh were there to support Josh's younger brother, and they brought their little sweetie- Laura. Alex was interested in the baby. They joined us on the outskirts of the track under a tree where the kids could just relax. We couldn't hear the speeches too well, but it was worth it for Alex to be able to run around and blow bubbles during the graduation.
Congratulations, Will!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Auntie Rorie........and Bob.

Bob the tomato made a surprise appearance today, at the Dowling Catholic High School graduation. He was packed with goodies to keep any toddler busy for a while (which was good because we arrived at the Drake Knapp Center an hour early to get good seats). Alex seemed a bit shocked to see him there, in 'person'.The ceremony started at 7pm (half an hour past Al's bedtime), and she managed to make it until about 8 before Daddy brought her home.
Congratulations, Auntie Rorie!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Behemoth Bubbles

GrandMama and Alex made some special bubble solution from scratch today, and then Alex got to play outside with the big bubble wands.
She took some time out to smell the flowers.
And you gotta have a slide or two in there.

Back to the bubbles.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Day at the Zoo

Since everyone in Des Moines had either work or school, Alex and I entertained ourselves at the Blank Park Zoo this morning. It's a great little zoo, but Alex's favorite part is the kids' area with the petting zoo!
We forgot the stroller in Woodbury, so we tackled the zoo without one. All things considered, Alexandra did a fantastic job. Granted, it would have been much easier had it not been full of field-tripping preschools, elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, but Alex and I had a fun morning.
After a much-needed nap, Alex woke up refreshed and ready to perform. Gotta love Rock Band!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

To Des Moines!

On our way down to Auntie Rorie's graduation we met up with Alex's Baptismal Sponsor Jeff and his brother Jon. They come up from Phoenix each summer to visit relatives. We managed to talk them into meeting at El Tequila in Faribault (the site of one of my first dates with Dave). Alex seemed to enjoy the company as much as the tortilla chips- and the salsa! She actually requested more 'dip', even when she obviously was shocked by the spicy stuff. What a girl!

When we got to GrandMama and GrandPapa's house, Alex remembered immediately that they had a 'park' in their backyard. She spent a long time playing on it, and then wandered around the garden, smelling the 'babies'.

Relaxing with Daddy after a long day in the car.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bearskin: Day Five- Bye Bye

We had a fantastic (if a bit chilly) time at Bearskin this year! Now-- on to Graduations (both Auntie Rorie's and Uncle Willy's)!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Bearskin: Day Four- Nature Appreciation in a Nutshell

After we got back from our trip to the shore, we decided to take Alex out in the boat. This ended up being the fodder for many, many discussions about "ducks" and "doons" (loons).
Today was 'hiking day'. We started out early, when it was still a little chilly, but we bundled up. Alex was excited to see Daddy's backpack again (she hadn't been in it since last summer). After re-adjusting her straps-- she's a bit bigger now-- we were off. Well- for a while. Then she decided she wanted to hike, too. And use a pole.On a side-note, Grandpa Bob caught a really big Smallmouth Bass, right off the end of our dock! How cool is this!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bearskin: Day Three- PEBBLES!!

The weather was nicer today, so after Alex's afternoon nap we headed down the Gunflint Trail, back to Grand Marais and up to Naniboujou Lodge, one of our favorite spots to enjoy the Lake Superior shore.

Alex LOVED the 'bebbles' that compromised the entire beach. It was definitely one of her favorite days!