Our Shining Star

May 26, 2015

Ava’s elementary school talks a lot about Trojan Pride and how that affects their behavior in school and attitudes toward learning.  So three times a year, every class at Sunset Hill votes two people to receive the Shining Star award for demonstrating Trojan Pride.  

This spring Ava was one of those two people voted as her class Shining Star. We could not be more proud of our little Shining Star and her Trojan Pride.  


Just because…

April 30, 2015

…I wanted to post this cute picture of Eddie.  ❤️  

Here is Ava’s latest project she made with her dad. Complete with tool belt and safety glasses!    


News About My Mom

April 30, 2015

Last week we learned that my mom’s heart was failing to the point of needing a heart transplant.  (She has the same genetic heart condition as me.) While the news isn’t completely unexpected, it was still surprising that she was at this point.  

She had some tests last week and right now her transplant team is presenting her case to the transplant board for a recommendation.  Because of her blood type and the very high demand for hearts in Minnesota, the chances are low that she will receive a heart here without a special exception being made.  If we cannot get a special exception, we will need to travel out of state to a different transplant center for a heart.  

We will meet with her heart failure specialist next month to finalize a plan. Until then, my mom will be busy trying to get her house sold and making preparations for the transplant. 

So my family – especially my mom – could use your positive energy right now as she prepares for this journey. Feel free to contact me with any questions. 

Bye Bye Training Wheels!

April 30, 2015

The title of this post says it all. Ava was so proud. And so were Erik and I.    


Cake Fail or Win? 

March 16, 2015

Before you pass judgement, let me tell you two things.  First, it’s a Minecraft cake for Ava’s sixth birthday in two weeks. Second, if you don’t know what Minecraft is – like me until three months ago — I want to tell you there are no Minecraft birthday supplies anywhere. They must not have sold the rights or something. So if you want a Minecraft cake, the only help you have is your imagination.  (And I will admit, the Internet.)

Okay. Now you can pass judgement.  While it’s not one of my best cakes, I am going to take the win for making the best cake I could with what I had.  Let’s hope Ava chooses something more conventional next year… 

Leprechaun Trap

March 15, 2015

Ava’s class made leprechaun traps in school last week. She left it out Friday night and this is what she found in the morning. 

That sneaky little guy escaped Ava’s trap. But not before making a mess with his footprints and leaving her a note. 

Maybe she will have better luck next year! 


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