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…
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!
February 28, 2015
This post is for you, dog lovers. I haven’t posted many pictures of our sweet Eddie lately. He continues to grow bigger and bigger. And he continues to steal our hearts.
Notice he is sleeping in most of the shots. That’s the only time he holds still enough to take a photo.
Eddie and I are starting dog obedience school next month. We are looking forward to teaching him some more commands, although he already knows a few simple tricks.
It’s been pretty cold here for the last few months so he’s starting to get cabin fever. He loves his yard but we all can only stay out and play for a little while. His mind will be blown this spring when we start spending entire evenings outside as a family. And when Erik strikes up the grill?! He will be in heaven!
February 28, 2015
January 26, 2015
We got back from Disney World last Friday. We brought home lots of great memories…and the flu. So I won’t write a lot because I’m under the weather. But here are some highlights from our trip. I will warn you there are a lot of photos. Don’t feel bad if you don’t make it to the end of this post. My fuzzy brain couldn’t decide which ones to include so I included a lot. Good luck.
I do want to say that I was completely impressed with our resort for many reasons. One was that I was kinda expecting this value resort to be overrun with loud, obnoxious children. (The value resorts have more character-themed rooms. Along with the affordable price tag, the value resorts attract families with small children.) My expectation could not have been more wrong. Every child had a supervising parent nearby. I honestly didn’t see one loud or rowdy child while I was there. Even though the resort has over 1100 family suites and 900 standard rooms, we never felt like it was busy or crowded. The rooms were quiet, clean and incredibly efficient.
Ok. Back to photos.
Congrats! You made it to the end. I may post a few more pics after I have a chance to review them with a clear head. Until then, I’ll be on the couch.
December 30, 2014
Ava and I drove home Wednesday evening to spend Christmas Eve with Erik. Erik was not able to go to Moorhead with us because he had to work. When we got home, Erik had little appetizers to eat while we opened presents.
Ava’s present from us is a trip to Disney World. She has been talking about it for the last year and we have told her that we have to save money before we can go. So it was a surprise to her. Here is the video of her opening the present announcing the trip to Disney World.
While she was excited, she doesn’t quite have the response we were expecting. When I asked her the next day if she was excited about going to Disney World, she said, “Yes, Mommy, really excited. But I didn’t want to get too excited last night. Because then I would be too excited to sleep and Santa would not come.” Smart girl.
Christmas Day we ate cheese, meat, and chocolate fondue and it was delicious.
Erik’s Dad’s family got together the Saturday after Christmas for a meal at Aunt Sue’s house. It was great to see more family over the holidays.
We are very excited for the New Year to begin. I wish you a very happy and healthy 2015!
December 30, 2014
Ava and my holiday festivities began the Sunday before Christmas when we drove to Moorhead to spend a few days with my mom and my sister’s family. After almost 40 years, my mom hopes to sell her house this spring or summer. So this was probably the last Christmas we will spend there. Here are a few photos from our visit.