Random Pie

September 30, 2014

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Erik turned 39 years old today. I took him out for a birthday lunch this afternoon and we made homemade pizzas for dinner tonight to celebrate.

Ava really wanted Erik’s cake and presents to be a surprise. After Ava and I made the cake last night and Erik came into the kitchen, Ava said trying to hide the cake, “Don’t pay any attention to that daddy. It’s just a random pie.” Erik and I had a good chuckle about that.

Happy birthday, Erik!

Ava and I went to Target today and she found her Halloween costume. But not before trying every one on to see if she liked it. Here are some of the funnier ones…

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After all that she decided to be a witch. You’ll have to wait until closer to Halloween to see that costume!

Shed Progress

September 28, 2014

Just a quick update on the shed Erik has been working on. The roof is up! And it should be shingled this weekend.
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If you think it looks large, that’s because it is. Erik has a lot of toys….errrr…. I mean tools to store in the shed. Stay tuned for more updates.

Apple Park 2014

September 27, 2014

We made our annual trip to Minnetonka Orchards today. Ava affectionately refers to the orchard as an “apple park.”

This was our fourth time visiting Minnetonka Orchards. But this was our first time picking apples. You have to pick by the peck (10-12 pounds). That always intimidated us so we would buy a small bag of apples at the orchard store and call it good. Especially because the orchard has so many other kid-friendly activities (corn maze, barrel train rides, face paint, petting zoo, mountain of hay, big slide…you get the point).

But this year I planned to visit on the first day honey crisp apples were available to pick because I knew we would have no problem eating and baking all of them.

This is probably my favorite fall tradition with our family. Ava is already looking forward to going back to the apple park again next year.

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Good Bye Stacy

September 25, 2014

My cousin, Stacy, passed away two weeks ago after a courageous year and a half battle with cancer. She leaves behind a young family of four children — three of which are still living at home. My mom and I attended the memorial service and burial in Joliet, IL last week. Both were very sad because her life was cut way too short. And also because her children lost their mother way too early. Here are a few family pictures of Stacy.

A family holiday (maybe Thanksgiving) probably 1982. L-R: Uncle Paul, Aunt Leslie, Me, Kim (in the high chair), Stevie, Stacy (in blue), Grandma Glumich, and my dad.

Christmas probably 1982. L-R: Uncle Paul, Aunt Leslie, Me, Kim (in the high chair), Stevie, Stacy (in blue), Grandma Glumich, and my dad.

Christmas with the Pollach family (my dad's sister) 1985ish.

Christmas with the Pollach family (my dad’s sister) 1985ish.

Stacy and her sister, Stevie, at a benefit they held for Stacy last October.

Stacy and her sister, Stevie, at a benefit they held for Stacy last October.

Stacy and her kids (and two grandkids) last summer.

Stacy and her kids (and two grandkids) last summer.

This is how I will remember Stacy. Smiling and so beautiful.

This is how I will remember Stacy. Smiling and so beautiful.

Go Gophers!

September 25, 2014

We went to a Gopher football game last weekend. The University of Minnesota is Erik’s alma mater so it’s fun for him to head back to campus for an afternoon. He also likes to plant seeds in Ava’s head like, “Wouldn’t you like to attend this school too?”  (I make sure to give Augsburg a plug when we drive by it on the way to the game. Haha.)

We left at half time. Ava was antsy and a thunderstorm was quickly approaching. But we had a great time in the first half cheering on the Gophers!

Daddy's little gopher

Daddy’s little gopher

It was a beautiful day! Until the dark clouds arrived...

It was a beautiful day! Until the dark clouds arrived…

Hooray! Ava loves the excitement of the game.

Hooray! Ava loves the excitement of the game.

They have poster stations where you can make your own posters. Of course Ava had to do it with a little of Mommy's help.

They have poster stations where you can make your own posters. Of course Ava had to do it with a little of Mommy’s help.

Ava got her first light rail ride from the East Bank to the West Bank where we were parked. She looks like a pro at train riding!

Ava got her first light rail ride from the West Bank to the stadium and then back. She looks like a pro at train riding!

 

Ava was done posing for pictures.

Ava was done posing for pictures.

10 Year Anniversary

September 25, 2014

A couple weekends ago, Erik and I went to Chicago to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Here are a few pictures from that trip.

A view from our hotel downtown.

A view from our hotel downtown.

Me enjoying that view!

Me enjoying that view!

Waiting for a table at a pizza restaurant downtown.  We decided we prefer Davanni's Pizza here in Minnesota better.

Waiting for a table at a pizza restaurant downtown. We decided we prefer Davanni’s Pizza here in Minnesota. Shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone from Chicago!

We took a night bike tour the first night. I volunteered us to be the "derrière" of the tour so we got to wear these fashionable yellow reflective vests.

We took a night bike tour the first night. I volunteered us to be the “derrière” of the tour so we got to wear these fashionable yellow reflective vests.

One of the pictures of the downtown skyline from the tour.

One of the pictures of the downtown skyline from the tour.

"The Bean" at Millennium Park also taken during the bike tour.

“The Bean” at Millennium Park also taken during the bike tour.

We also did a Chicago food tour that was excellent. One of the stops was Sprinkles cupcake shop. This shop has an automated cupcake machine open 24 hours. So I made Erik stop there on the way home from the comedy club that night. It was delicious.

We also did a Chicago food tour that was excellent. One of the stops was Sprinkles cupcake shop. This shop has an automated cupcake machine open 24 hours. So I made Erik stop there on the way home from the comedy club that night. It was delicious.

You can see we had a really fun time! Happy ten year anniversary to us! Oh and a BIG THANK  YOU to Aunt Kimmy for letting Ava spend two nights at your house. You made this weekend possible!

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