Monday, August 25, 2014

First day of 4th grade and 1st grade

Check out Alex looking at his brother!

Yeah! The kids are back to school! One of my kids was up at 6:30am, dressed and ready for school this morning. Can you guess which one? School does start earlier this year, but not quite that early.

We've had a very short(the kids used ALL the snow days the last school year so the school year seemed to drag on), very cool summer, with only 3 days above 90 degrees this year. Of course the 1st day of school had to be sweltering hot! Alex's classroom has AC, so it wasn't a bother to him, and the other two are used to warm weather as I rarely(only 2 days so far this year) turn on our AC. They all had a pretty good 1st day of school and they like their teachers!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Our 4th Grade Twins!

I really can't believe I now have 4th graders!! Straight A's for both of them on their report cards...I'm very proud of them both!

Kindergarten Graduation


Its hard to believe my littlest one is now a Kindergarten Graduate!! They had a really cute graduation program this morning, marching into the classroom, singing us some songs they learned, and getting their diplomas. Now off to 1st grade!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Baby Robin & Mandalas

A robin made her nest in our pine tree right outside our kitchen window, with 4 beautiful robin eggs. We kept checking the nest and one day noticed the baby robins had hatched. Unfortunately only one baby robin survived as the rest fell out of the nest. The momma robin (named Jenna by our kids) took great care of the baby(named Peep), bringing it worm after worm, and I just noticed today that the baby has left its nest after less than two weeks. They grow so quickly!

Here is a mandala I crocheted for Yarndale, a yarn festival in North Yorkshire. Last year Lucy from Attic 24 coordinated a massive crocheted bunting for Yarndale. This year she has asked for crocheters to send in a mandala for a display at Yarndale.  The colors in my photo don't really show the true colors, but since my mandala is already on the way to North Yorkshire, I can't take a new photo. Mandalas are a very quick project and a great way to use up leftover pieces of yarn...I'm making more for no reason at all!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Sports

Yesterday was opening day for spring soccer and baseball.  It was a very early start for us - the baseball parade began at 8:30am, and we had to have all 3 kids ready for the entire day by 8am.  I am not a morning person and neither are my kids.  Alex was very excited to have his very first soccer game. He even volunteered to be the goalie! He did great and only allowed one goal and his team won!

Before game practice

 Drew on the other hand was extremely nervous about playing baseball for the 1st time. He seems to have fun at practice, and he has been practicing outside with Andy whenever they get a chance. He was worried he would strike out or not catch the ball, or know where to throw the ball if he did catch it (which I told him all of which would probably happen but it was no big deal). I didn't get to see much of his game, but he got walked twice and stole 2nd base!  He was much happier and I think relieved to be done with his 1st game, which his team won. I hope he gains some confidence and has more fun at his next game! What a coincidence he's on the Twins team - he is a twin, he was born in Minneapolis, and I even worked for the Twins (very briefly)!

Twins team at the parade

Start of the parade - it was about 45 degrees and Alex was in shorts!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Treats

Here is our bunny cake for Easter tomorrow. Faye and Alex helped decorate it while Drew and Andy were at baseball practice today. Its a super easy cake to make with little kids, and I think it's cute too.

We made the same cake 3 years ago!! Look how little they were!

Bunny cake 2011

We also decorated some egg shaped cakes I made. I try to find something for the kids to decorate each year since we don't do the traditional egg dyeing.  There were some interesting ideas...but as I told the kids, "you make it you eat it", so think about it before you decorate it.

Friday, March 28, 2014


We were in Omaha, Nebraska last weekend to celebrate my mom's 6oth birthday. Happy Birthday Mom!!

It was a very short trip out there and back, but the kids had a great time. We went swimming and mini golfing, and had some great food and cupcakes. As we were leaving on Sunday Alex very seriously asked me, "Mom, can we bring Grandma home with us?"  Aww...Very sweet stuff!