Cookies and Sewing

IMG_2515We had Sybella over for the day.  After dinner, I let the girls frost a few Halloween cookies for dessert.IMG_2519

And yesterday, Rob gave the girls a little lesson on mending a rip in a comforter.  I thought this picture was too cute!IMG_2513


Pumpkin Patch 2018

It wasn’t the sunniest day, but it was nice and crisp; perfect for pumpkin picking.DSC_0165DSC_0171DSC_0133DSC_0135DSC_0136DSC_0137DSC_0138DSC_0146DSC_0141DSC_0150DSC_0148(It is an optical illusion that Holly is jumping above that child lying down.  That child was actually much further back than she looks.)

DSC_0155DSC_0152DSC_0162DSC_0173DSC_0175IMG_2497Forgot to take a picture of us actually picking the pumpkins.  Whoops!

Let’s Go Vikings!

DSC_0096Holly and Zoey signed up for cheer camp again this fall and got to cheer at the high school football game tonight.  They absolutely loved it.DSC_0105DSC_010820181005_194650Holly with friends Bailey on left, Sybella on right, and Delaney in front.DSC_0122All the little girls ready to strut their stuff.DSC_0117DSC_0124DSC_0127Awe, these two!DSC_0131

We’re still here!

My beloved computer died on me last week (sob!), but today I am attempting a forge a relationship with my new computer by updating the blog.  Wish me luck.

School has gotten off to a great start.  Both girls like their teachers.  Can’t remember if I mentioned that Linlee’s new teacher goes by Mrs. B, which thrills Linlee to no end (as she remains very into bees and has always referred to each of her teachers a the Queen Bee).  By the way, that is why you’ll see her in more yellow & black this year; she’s actually trying to dress like a bee. 🐝 🤣  Holly likes her teacher and her class as well.  Last year she favored math, so far this year she tells me that it’s writing.  Already there is a bit more girl drama in third grade than we’ve experienced in the past.  This year should be interesting.

One change we’ve made is exchanging ice skating lessons for swim lessons.  Both girls love swimming, but it’s been rather hard to fit in lessons to improve their skills.  We are taking a break from ice skating to do this.  They go twice a week and they are really enjoying themselves.  Holly also continues to take gymnastics once a week.IMG_2480

First Day 8th and 3rd!

It’s been a really nice summer, but we are ready for fall!8thgrade_033rdgrade_023rdgrade_03We have Sybella with us a few days a week again which Holly is really happy about – especially since they did not get in the same class this year!

BFF Picnic

FullSizeRender-2These two are so darn cute!  Look at them in their BIG (JoJo Siwa) hair bows.  They are enjoying one last summer picnic together before school starts on Wednesday.

Green Eggs & Ham

IMG_0041Miss Linlee got a bee in her bonnet to make green eggs & ham.  Attempts at anything “new” are always supported with this child.  She went to Rob with her request, so I decided to let the two of them work on this project together (without me hovering about).  Linlee enjoyed her green breakfast very much!


RiverMeadows2018_01Rob took the girls for one last camping experience before school starts.  I was a little worried about how much fun they’d have.  Our hot summer turned cold and rainy last weekend, so swimming in the river was not appealing, yet there was still a burn ban, so warming up by the campfire was also not an option.  Of all the worst luck!  Still, the campers packed up and headed to their yurt for the night.RiverMeadows2018_04RiverMeadows2018_02Rob packed games for the girls to play.  And then they had a bit of luck and the burn ban was lifted, so they were able to cook dinner over a campfire.  Everyone was happy.  Best news of all, both girls slept through the night for the very first time without needing a middle of the night excursion to the bathrooms.  Hooray!RiverMeadows2018_03

Here is a link to our yurting experience four years ago: Yurt-ing

Visit with the Grands

55631805503__E0897D18-FDD9-461E-8983-549DB5481D19Rob’s parents came up from Portland for the weekend.  Naturally the girls love spending time with their grandparents.  Attention from mom & dad is much too commonplace, but attention from doting grandparents is the best.  The weather wasn’t too hot or too smokey, so there was a nice visit to the park, as well as swimming and dinner out, etc.  We all enjoyed a lovely visit.  55631806724__C49BB26E-A9DD-45BC-AE82-8B97B38FE181

Surprise visit!

IMG_2438This is my friend Wendy.  We’ve been friends for what seems like ages, but last Tuesday was actually the first time we met in person!  Wendy is a good friend of my cousin Karen.  Karen must have showed her my blog back from when we were in China bringing Linlee home (thirteen years ago) and Wendy began following.  Somehow we got connected on FB and we’ve been chatting weekly ever since.  Wendy happened to be in the area visiting her sister last week and popped by for a quick visit.  She is just as pretty and sweet and wonderful in person as she is online.  Sure do wish she lived closer!IMG_2439